From “one of Sweden’s best younger writers” (Los Angeles Times Magazine) and a “talented new author” (Booklist) comes this riveting third book in the critically acclaimed Fredrika Bergman crime series.
A young woman on her way to a party vanishes without a trace, and it’s not until two years later that her body turns up. Mercilessly dismembered, it has deteriorated considerably in its lonely burial spot on the edge of a forest. The forensic team is able to identify the body as that of Rebecca Tolle, a student at the nearby university.
Investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman and her team are assigned to solve the case and question those who may be responsible for Rebecca’s brutal death. Soon, more bodies are found in the same area. But the killer is still at large.
As Fredrika digs into the case, she discovers that when Rebecca died, she was researching a person with a dark past—one that Rebecca seems to have uncovered. Fredrika is deeply invested in the already heart-wrenching case, but when her lover’s name comes up as a possible suspect, it might be too much for her to bear…
“A gripping tale not for the squeamish, the shy, or the nervous” (Kirkus Reviews), The Disappeared is internationally bestselling author Kristina Ohlsson’s most mesmerizing thriller yet.
Credible characters whose heartaches are all too close for comfort populate Ohlsson's outstanding third Fredrika Bergman crime novel (after 2012's Silenced). Fredrika, a Stockholm detective who has returned from maternity leave too soon, lives with an emotionally fragile, much older partner, who's being targeted by a vengeful student. Recently widowed Alex Recht, a colleague of Fredrika's who became obsessed with the disappearance of Rebecca Trolle two years earlier, must contend with the discovery of Rebecca's dismembered body. That Rebecca had been investigating a possible snuff film suggests the darkest of motivations for her murder. While the main characters often lapse into self-doubt, self-deprecation, and self-disgust, they never abandon their essential humanity. Alex finds the stirrings of new love with Rebecca's grieving mother, and Fredrika confronts the reality of life with the aging partner she still loves fitful glimpses of redemption in Ohlsson's stark landscape of moral turpitude.
Very good book! I loved reading this book -- my second in this series. The police characters are very realistic and dedicated. The last chapter was my least favorite, and I had to read it twice to understand it. I'm not sure why it was included; it seemed irrelevant. Unless the man was TR? I do not like loose ends or guessing games and would prefer to know more about Spencer and how that accusation was resolved; justice for Thea's protecting and enabling her son's bad behaviors; Thea's selective moral compass--why she condemned her boyfriend's depravity but allowed her son's bad behaviors and Jimmy's abduction. A great mystery!