Series: Louise Rick, Missing Persons Trilogy
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
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In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed—and hidden—in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.
When I first read this book, I had no idea it was a part of a series. I actually didn’t know until the end, where I read the first few pages of the author’s next novel. It’s the seventh book in a series following Louise Rick, a detective in Denmark as she deals with the struggles of life and her grueling career. Luckily, you didn’t need to have knowledge of the prior books to understand what was going on. Blaedel did amazing at briefing the audience of a background while still keeping it interesting to older readers. So it can be read as a standalone, if all you’re interested in is the main conflict being solved.
I loved this book. At first I was weary, I tend to lean more towards fantasies and romance novels. But the change to a serious crime novel was worth it. The characters were some of the most believable I have ever encountered. While reading I was so intrigued that I often lost myself in the book. It was the first time in a long time that I didn’t find myself thinking of finishing the book as a burden.