The Killing Forest

Sara Blaedel’s The Killing Forest is just as dark and thrilling as her other novels. Louise Rick and Camilla Lind usually work from different sides; police vs. journalist, but in this case of a missing boy from Hvalsoe, Camilla ends up finding him deep in the woods and trying to save him.

The truth behind the boys disappearance has ties to Louise’s former boyfriend’s suicide years earlier. Louise encounters the same level of secrecy surrounding what happened the weekend her boyfriend killed him as the boy whose currently missing. Many of same friends/acquaintances seem to be hiding information and theres a dark religion that many follow that encourages their secrecy.

A great mystery! Read June 2016

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Call Me Princess

Call Me Princess is about the horrors that can be encountered with online dating. Meeting people online allows a certain anonymity that doesn’t usually occur in the real world. Inspector Louise Rick is called out to meet with the victim of a horrific date rape and has to piece together how the rapist met and chose his victim. Based on the evidence, this was a planned attack and Rick needs to determine if there’s been any other victims.

The clock is ticking and another victim is found, worse off than the first victim. Once again, journalist Camilla Lind investigates the crime from a more personal perspective and  gives the victim an outlet for her pain. This time Camilla and Louise’s personal lives are at odds and the tension in their relationship causes a potential gap in catching the criminal.

I really enjoy how Blaedel delves past the basics of a crime and tries to figure out how the criminal and society in general contribute to the problems.

Another good read by Sara Blaedel.

Read June 2016

Only One Life

Only One Life by Sara Blaedel is not the first, and won’t be the last, Scandinavian novel that dives into Islamic immigration into an insular Scandinavian country. Inspector Louise Rick and journalist Camilla Lind try to determine if the death of a young, Jordanian girl was a honor killing. Members of Samra’s family are evasive and secretive, making it seem as if they may suspect each other of her death. After Samra’s best friend, a young Denmark girl named Dicta is found dead, the hunt for the killer intensifies.

Both Rick and Lind attempt to break the family’s tight circle, again in different ways. Camilla wants to understand how hard it is for a young immigrant to live between 2 cultures and live her own life while trying to please her family. Louise wants to find out why someone would feel the need to kill a young woman for honor.

Blaedel sensitively moves between cultures as the characters investigate these horrific crimes and shows that making assumptions based on stereotypes is not the best way to run a murder inquiry.

After reading, The Forgotten Girls, I had to read another Blaedel novel. Only One Life was written first and Blaedel evolves as a writer, both novels are fantastic.

Read June 2016

The Forgotten Girls

Sara Blaedel’s The Forgotten Girls is a perfect example of Scandinavian mysteries. Its a stark setting, with overworked and dedicated police officers, dealing with a social injustice that penetrates Denmark’s society.

The Forgotten Girls were institutionalized during a time when family kept mental illness a secret. They truly were forgotten until one ends up dead in a forest more than 30 years after her death certificate was signed.

Blaedel’s Inspector Louise Rick and journalist Camilla Lind dive into a defunct mental institution to try to find the identity of a women found dead. The different interests of the two friends come at the mystery with different intentions, but both have the same goal of helping.

This was a great read with a disturbing and horrific ending.

Read June 2016.