Author: Sara Blaedel
Series: Louise Rick, #2
Published: February 2016, Grand Central Publishing
Format: ARC E-copy, 320 pages
Sara Blaedel, author of the #1 international bestseller The Forgotten Girls--which was roundly praised as "gripping" with "uncompromising realism" (Washington Post) and "tautly suspenseful" (BookPage)--returns with the thrilling next book in her series featuring police investigator Louise Rick.
Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She's assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend's long-ago death . . . Louise's investigation takes her on a journey back through time. She reconnects with figures from her past, including Kim, the principal investigator at the Holbaek Police Department, her former in-laws, fanatic ancient religion believers, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she moves through the small town's cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken and dangerous secrets.
My thoughts: This is the next book in Sara Blaedel's Louise Rick series and I was so excited to get my hands on it. I really liked the previous book in the series, The Forgotten Girls, and have been desperately waiting for this next book.
If you know anything about my reading habits, you know I have to read series in order and in this case, it really does make sense. The previous book sets up a big part of the personal story line that Louise is struggling with in this book - and in fact sets in motion her drive for finding out what really happened the night her boyfriend died so long ago. Luckily this personal investigation is able to be paired with the case she is working on - that of a missing teenager.
As for this case...it's a bit creepy and a little suspect. It seems as if his family isn't all that concerned that the boy is missing. Between this and the old Nordic religion, Asatro, this book will have you intrigued for sure - sacrificial woods, an ancient religious cult, and a series of murders - how could it not?
What I love about this book, and about the series so far, is that the characters are well-developed and believable. They are all flawed, real, down-to earth people that could easily be someone you might know or even be friends with - that makes them so much more relatable, even if they aren't likeable all the time! I also love that the books are fast-paced. Even when Sara is taking the time to set things up - like in this book when we are learning about the Asatro - I never felt bogged down in detail.
Sara Blaedel is very quickly becoming one of my favorite crime fiction authors...and I really do hope her books continue to be translated in English. This latest one was really good, despite the creepiness of the case, and Louise Rick is such a great main character that I can't wait to catch up with her again. But trust me when I say, read The Forgotten Girls first - there is a lot of background story that is referred to in this book!!!
Books in this series:
- The Forgotten Girls
- The Killing Forest