Friday, May 24, 2019

Review: The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson

Title: The Disappeared
Author: Kristina Ohlsson
Series: Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht, #3
Published: March 2015, Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Source: Personal copy

The body of a young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in an innocuous Stockholm suburb. As Fredrika Bergman and her colleagues in the Stockholm Police continue to excavate the site, several more bodies are unearthed. Meanwhile, the name of a children's fiction author keeps cropping up in the investigation. All the bodies in the mass grave appear to have some connection to the old author and her enigmatic circle of friends - The Guardian Angels - who formed an elitist film club in the 60s. But the elderly writer is mute and incapable of helping Fredrika with the investigation.

But the complex case starts causing rifts within Alex Recht's team and new revelations cause them to enter morally ambiguous ground. Now under investigation by Internal Affairs, the unit approach the case's resolution with a sense of impending doom. The author has kept a dark secret under wraps for decades, but now that the truth is seeping out only one question remains: which will be the next body to turn up in the grave when the killer returns to the forest?

My thoughts: This is the third book in Kristina Ohlsson's Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht series and I cannot read these books fast enough. I am so enjoying getting caught up in this series - having read book 5, The Chosen, a few years back and finally deciding to go back and start at the beginning.

There is nothing I love more than a series with great character development and that is what we have here with this series. Each book so far has really balanced the time between the case and the personal lives of the main detectives, and that is never so important as it is in this latest installment. Each of our three main characters' lives are personally affected by the investigation they are working on, so much so that there is an internal investigation and the way this book is written, you aren't quite sure until the very end what exactly is under investigation. There are snippets of the interviews here and there that lead you down a few different paths, but it's not until the end that it all comes together...I loved this because it really keeps you on your toes the entire time. And the case itself is so twisted and complicated that it really could go in any direction.

I think this might be the strongest installment in this series and I really have enjoyed all the books so far. There is just such so much character development here and I am such a fan of that. Yes, the mystery element is strong as well, and I do read this series for that, too, but I can't discount the fact that I stick with this series for the character development. And as I've said before and I will say again, I highly recommend starting this series from the beginning.  While I did start with book 5, I am glad that I have gone back to the beginning and I definitely will be rereading book 5 when I get up to it again.

Books in this series:   
  1. Unwanted
  2. Silenced
  3. The Disappeared
  4. Hostage
  5. The Chosen   



  1. This whole series looks good and this looks especially interesting. I'm heading over to Amazon to add to my cart!

  2. You've recommended some really good reading in this genre. Thank you.


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