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.
I am a big fan of Sara Blaedel and her character Det. Louise Rick. She is a smart, no-nonsense easy to like character.
Louise has moved over to the Missing Persons Department now and isn’t sure of this new partner but she has a job to do and she is really good at it. This time the crimes are happening in the forest where she grew up. The place doesn’t hold great memories for her for reasons you will find out. It does give her an edge on finding the killer since she is familiar with the area and the people.
Any time there is a mental institution and a spooky forest I’m happy. The writing is well paced and the suspense builds to an ending no one saw coming! If you like really scary fiction this one is for you. I’m already moving on to her newest book now. The Lost Woman.
About the Author:
in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-three countries. She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time in 2014. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.
Sara is one of the writers I would love to be at a party with. Sara, Lisa Unger and Karin Slaughter. They are all funny women who write crazy scary mystery thrillers!