The Forgotten Girls
The body of an unidentified woman has been discovered in a remote forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. Louise Rick, the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, waits four long days before pulling off a risky move: releasing a photo of the victim to the media, jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation in hopes of finding anyone who knew her.
The gamble pays off when a woman recognizes the victim as Lisemette, a child she cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette was a "forgotten girl", abandoned by her family and left behind in the institution. But Louise soon discovers something even more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago.
Louise's investigation takes a surprising when it brings her closer to her childhood home. And as she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, she is forced to confront a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed. Set against a moody and atmospheric landscape, The Forgotten Girls is twisty, suspenseful, emotionally intense novel that secures Sara Blaedel's place in the pantheon of great thriller writers.
In the chilling fourth Louise Rick thriller to be published in the U.S. from Danish bestseller Blaedel (after 2012's Farewell to Freedom), the former Copenhagen homicide detective craves a fresh start as head of the fledgling Special Search Agency, but the unit's first case plunges her back into a nightmare she has spent decades struggling to forget. Before the body of a middle-aged woman found in the forest can be identified, a toddler's cries lead Louise and her enigmatic new partner, Eik Nordstr m, to a brutally slain babysitter, not far from the first corpse the very place where a teenage Louise suffered the tragedy that would shape her life. As the dogged investigator and Eik to whom she finds herself attracted despite his alcoholism and other issues pursue links to a long-shuttered mental institution, it starts to look as if the past could prove key to catching a present-day monster. The swiftly moving plot and engaging core characters help make up for serviceable prose and a hard-to-swallow denouement. Author tour.
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Awesome story line. Kept me on my toes with suspension and curiosity around every corner.
I am seriously thinking that book reviews are given by people who are paid to give a glowing report, because I don’t understand how this book got high reviews. I found this book to be slow and the characters lacking in depth. The ending had too much crammed in with many questions unanswered. Wouldn’t recommend it.
Becomes very far fetched
I found this book interesting at its surface. But I found the character actions, particularly the two female characters, to be unrealistic. They are both mothers, yet their actions and indifference to their kids was annoying, considering the reader is supposed to like these characters. The last 20 or so pages were also completely far fetched in terms of how a police force would handle an active crime scene. I won’t spoil the ending but just be forewarned you might be annoyed.