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 received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. *
When I picked up this book I didn’t realize it was part of a series. Not that you need to have read the others to read this one, but I was intrigued enough with the story to check into the other stories the Sara Blaedel has written. And if it’s any indication I will be reading more of her tales.
Louise Rick is a strong character. She is newly in-charge of the Missing Persons Department and she is determined to fully finish her first case. Her interactions with the people around her are guarded. She is a hard worker and pushes herself.
The case itself has so many twists and turns along the way and when it all comes to a conclusion you will be shocked. With out giving anything away I found myself repulsed by the chain of events that took these girls from there home to the institution and then eventually to the end.
Along with the twists of this investigation is Louise’s newest partner Eik. The two have a good re-pore despite the initial meeting. As they work through the case together and get to know each other the chemistry is evident and the end leaves possibilities for more.
Keep in mind when you are reading this book it has been translated into English and some of the wording may be a little different then what you are used to. It is well worth the read and a try mystery.
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