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The Forgotten Girls
     

The Forgotten Girls

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by Sara Blaedel
 

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#1 International Bestseller
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS

The body of an unidentified woman has been discovered in a remote forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. Louise Rick, the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, waits four long days before pulling off a risky move

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#1 International Bestseller
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS

The body of an unidentified woman has been discovered in a remote forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. Louise Rick, the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, waits four long days before pulling off a risky move: releasing a photo of the victim to the media, jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation in hopes of finding anyone who knew her.

The gamble pays off when a woman recognizes the victim as Lisemette, a child she cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette was a "forgotten girl", abandoned by her family and left behind in the institution. But Louise soon discovers something even more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago.

Louise's investigation takes a surprising when it brings her closer to her childhood home. And as she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, she is forced to confront a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed. Set against a moody and atmospheric landscape, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is twisty, suspenseful, emotionally intense novel that secures Sara Blaedel's place in the pantheon of great thriller writers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/17/2014
In the chilling fourth Louise Rick thriller to be published in the U.S. from Danish bestseller Blaedel (after 2012’s Farewell to Freedom), the former Copenhagen homicide detective craves a fresh start as head of the fledgling Special Search Agency, but the unit’s first case plunges her back into a nightmare she has spent decades struggling to forget. Before the body of a middle-aged woman found in the forest can be identified, a toddler’s cries lead Louise and her enigmatic new partner, Eik Nordstrøm, to a brutally slain babysitter, not far from the first corpse—the very place where a teenage Louise suffered the tragedy that would shape her life. As the dogged investigator and Eik—to whom she finds herself attracted despite his alcoholism and other issues—pursue links to a long-shuttered mental institution, it starts to look as if the past could prove key to catching a present-day monster. The swiftly moving plot and engaging core characters help make up for serviceable prose and a hard-to-swallow denouement. Author tour. (Feb.)
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"Tautly suspenseful and sociologically fascinating, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS demonstrates yet again that the finest contemporary suspense fiction emanates from Europe's snowbound North."—BookPage

"For readers who gorge on captivating characters and chilling suspense, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is a tantalizing treat. Enjoy yourself, America."—Sandra Brown

"Sara Blaedel is a force to be reckoned with. Everyone keeps talking about the 'trend' in crime writers--Scandinavian, German, Russian. Blaedel is no trend. She's a remarkable crime writer who time and again delivers a solid, engaging story that any reader in the world can enjoy."—Karin Slaughter

"One of the best I've come across."—Michael Connelly

"Crackling with suspense, atmosphere, and drama, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is simply stellar crime fiction. I loved spending time with the tough, smart, and all-too-human heroine Louise Rick--and I can't wait to see her again."—Lisa Unger

"THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is without doubt the best the author has delivered so far...strikingly well done....the chances are good that THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS will become your favorite crime novel for a long time to come."—Børsen (Denmark)

"THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS has it all. At its heart, it is a puzzling, intricate mystery whose solution packs a horrific double-punch...Once you start, you will have no choice but to finish it."—BookReporter

"Sara Blædel is at the top of her game. Louise Rick is a character who will have readers coming back for more."—Camilla Läckberg

"[THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS] is gripping when it depicts some horrific crimes...[An] uncompromising realism...distinguishes this novel at its best."—Washington Post

"Tightly knit."—Kirkus Reviews

"A sharp protagonist who wrestles with her own failings and fears, in a skillfully told

story that is typically dark in the manner of Nordic crime fiction."—Booklist

"Chilling...[a] swiftly moving plot and engaging core characters."—Publishers Weekly

"Already an international best seller, this outing by Denmark's "Queen of Crime" offers trademark Scandinavian crime fiction with a tough detective and a very grim mystery. Blaedel is incredibly talented at keeping one reading even as one wants to look away from the graphic scenes. Recommend to fans of Camilla Läckberg and Liza Marklund."—Library Journal

"Sara Blaedel's THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is an emotionally complex police-procedural thriller set in Denmark. With a gripping premise, fast-paced narrative and well-developed characters, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is an incredible read."—FreshFiction.com

"This is a standout book that will only solidify the author's well-respected standing in crime fiction. Blaedel drops clues that will leave readers guessing right up to the reveal. Each new lead opens an array of possibilities, and putting the book down became a feat this reviewer was unable to achieve. Based on the history of treating the disabled, the story is both horrifying and all-to-real. Even the villains have nuanced and sympathetic motives."—RT Times - Top Pick **Nominated for a Reviewer's Choice Award**

Library Journal
12/01/2014
This is Blaedel's fourth Det. Louise Rick and journalist Camilla Lind mystery (after Farewell to Freedom) to be released in the United States, although this is actually the fifth in the series. Hoping she hasn't made a huge mistake with her career, Louise Rick now heads the new Special Search Agency, which investigates missing-person reports. The job isn't off to the best start when Louise has to retrieve her new partner Eik Nordstrom from the bar where he is passed out. Their first case is an unidentified woman found dead in a forest near where Louise grew up, and scans show the victim was mentally disabled. Heading to the forest to investigate, Louise and Eik encounter another body. As the danger mounts, the case forces Louise to confront the reasons she left her hometown while she tries to find the killer before he strikes again. VERDICT Already an international best seller, this outing by Denmark's "Queen of Crime" offers trademark Scandinavian crime fiction with a tough detective and a very grim mystery. Blaedel is incredibly talented at keeping one reading even as one wants to look away from the graphic scenes. Recommend to fans of Camilla Läckberg and Liza Marklund. [See Prepub Alert, 8/22/14.]
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-29
Taking charge of Copenhagen's Special Search Agency, detective Louise Rick (Farewell to Freedom, 2012, etc.) catches the case of a young woman who's been found dead more than 30 years after her death certificate was issued.Responding to a public announcement, Agnete Eskildsen, a former care assistant at the Eliselund facility for the mentally disabled, identifies the distinctively scarred woman who recently took a fatal fall as Lisemette, who was one of the young patients at Eliselund a generation ago. The complication is that Lisemette turns out to be two people, Lise Andersen and her twin sister, Mette, and that they were both pronounced dead at age 17 on the same day back in 1980. Louise's recent corpse is clearly Lise, but how can she have been alive (and having sex) until very recently—and what's become of Mette, whom the Special Search Agency no longer has any reason to assume is actually dead? Ragner Rønholt, Louise's new boss, wants her to mark the case closed now that she's identified the dead woman, and you can see why. The murder of child care provider Karin Lund has reopened the search for a rapist who may have been preying on women in the neighborhood of Hvalsø ever since 23-year-old Lotte Svendsen went missing in 1991. But Louise, egged on by both her new colleague Eik Nordstrøm and her old friend Camilla Lind, keeps dogging the surviving staff at Eliselund until she uncovers long-buried secrets as ugly as you could wish. This first installment of a new trilogy for Louise and the Special Search Staff is perhaps the most tightly knit of Blaedel's grim procedurals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455581504
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/03/2015
Series:
Louise Rick Series
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
635
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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The Forgotten Girls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Hope there is more to come.
LeliaPiet More than 1 year ago
Louise Rick thinks she may have made a mistake leaving her job as a homicide detective to accept the newly commissioned position of technical manager of the Special Search Agency for Copenhagen. Her office is a couple of old rooms at the end of the hallway that have been named by her colleagues as the “Rathole”. And, although her new boss promised that she would be the one to hire her partner, she was set up with Eik Nordstrøm, who at first appearance, she deems incapable to perform the duties of the job description. Now her first case takes her back to old stomping grounds in mid-Zealand, a place she had run from long ago.  Louise is just two weeks into her new position when a forest ranger happens upon a woman that has fallen to her death. Though Louise and Eik can find no matches in the missing persons’ files, they are called into the case to help identify the corpse. The woman is terribly scarred and dressed in threadbare, old-fashioned clothing. Matters become more interesting when semen is found on the woman but there is no evidence of sexual abuse or foul play and her death has been ruled an accident. When the autopsy turns up an indication of a broken forearm left untreated, a lack of dental care, and deep furrows in her brain confirming mental incapacity, Louise and Eik know they are dealing with a case out of their ordinary job parameters.  A lucky break for positive identification comes when a former employee of a mental institution calls to say that she remembers caring for the woman and her twin sister as patients of the sanatorium.  Delving deeper into the case, Louise and Eik discover death certificates for the sisters dated over 30 years ago. How is it possible that this woman died only days earlier and what has happened to her twin? The answers to these questions provide a harrowing tale that will keep readers steadfastly seeking answers. As the story moves through the investigation of the forgotten woman, more crimes take place in the same wooded area. Louise and Eik discover links between their investigation and the crimes that continue to occur. Spending so much time in the area Louise grew up is bringing back haunting memories she’s long pushed away. Louise is painfully private with a history she is not willing to share. Like Eik, the reader is eager to understand what Louise is feeling and what memories are causing her curious reactions to these feelings. While some events in Louise’s past are addressed, there are many questions that the reader will still continue to ponder. Research on the author of THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS, Sara Blaedel of Denmark, turned up the fact that this book is part of a series. Given this information, one would assume that Louise Rick, as well as her friend Camilla, (who presented her perspective in two chapters in the middle of the novel) have been developed much deeper than this book delves.  This novel presented some horrific crimes, crimes that seemed quite unbelievable. Therefore, I was surprised to learn that while this book is a work of fiction for Blaedel, some of her events were actually based on true crimes.   Though a bit predictable, readers will appreciate the heinous nature in which the story comes together. The story was indeed fascinating, but I believe that some thing has been lost in the translation. Nevertheless, readers will find themselves turning page after page of this engrossing novel to learn more about the mystery and its characters. Good news for Blaedel’s fans, the open-ended finish to the book suggests another story is yet to come.
Anonymous 10 hours ago
Kept me intrigued throughout the entire book.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Reads a little like "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" which is a BIG compliment.
lotsofpuppies 11 months ago
A woman's body is dicovered in the woods near the lake. When no one comes forth to file a missing person's report, Louise Rick then decides to release the woman's photo to the media. Jackpot...the woman is identified; However, the identification does not make sense. The woman identified as the victim was said to have died years before. When Louise and her partner begin searching for the truth, it may be more than they and those around them initially bargained for. A good book! I did not realize this was a part of a series. I shall keep a lookout for more novels about Louise Rick as I desire to know more about her past and her future. The book also makes me wonder what is going to happen with other characters within this novel. I look forward to making time in my busy schedule for this new series!
av11 More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Girls was novel written by Sara Blaedel. The story begins by introducing the main character, Louise Rick, as being apart of the search department. Being new to the job she attempts to get the hang of things. When her boss tells her to pick up her new partner at a bar, she begins to realize what she's getting herself into. Before long Louise and her partner, Eik Nordstrom, are involved in a case that draws Louise back to her hometown. Both the partners not being fond of eachother. The characters are forced to rip off old bandages as they try to solve a case. When a woman’s body is found near the edge of a forest, the police are unable to identify her. When it is determined that no one matching her description has been reported missing, and that the woman appears to have been dead for about a week, Louise and her colleague Eik are tasked with the investigation, which becomes more and more complex as it goes along. Louise uncovers that the missing girl supposedly has been dead for over 30 years. While things continue to get stranger within the case, Louise’s love life takes an unexpected turn when she wakes up next to Eik. On the business side, the case does not add up. Forcing them to dig deeper for lost information. Before long it is uncovered that the missing girl and her twin sister were issued death certificates nearly 30 years ago after being locked up a mental institution. With the case going no where there are other people disappearing throughout the woods. Putting Louise in an uncomfortable situation when she has to question old friends and neighbors. Still knowing the roads and houses perfectly comes in handy when she has to chase suspects down. When the case comes to a stand still her old friends help by interviewing old employees from the mental institution. Later discovered when a man runs around raping women, the cases are all linked together. All of the people connected to the case are linked with the mental institution. When the investigation is over the end results are unbearable to read about. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Overall it was a very good novel. It tugged at the heart strings when secrets about the mental institution are revealed. Showing the treatment all the patients received while staying there. All outside contact was cut off, leaving them as “forgotten children”. It also threw in some scary details giving a good mix. Would recommend to all my friends, the audience is meant for young adults. It had a very interesting theme and plot. Which made it difficult to predict what was going to happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but interesting read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it..will definitely recommend it to my friends. Sad and scary but also interesting and very well written. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! I couldn't put the book down and never would have guessed the ending. My only complaint is that there was a back story that was left a little open-ended...I'm hoping the next book elaborates more.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Louise Rick, forty years old and formerly (and for 8 years) with the Homicide Department of the National Police, is in her second week as technical manager of the Special Search Agency, a newly established unit of the Search Department. We are told that each year sixteen to seventeen hundred people were reported missing in Denmark, one out of five of which involve a crime. Those investigations fall to this unit, still in its one-year trial period. When a woman’s body is found near the edge of a forest, the police are unable to identify her. When it is determined that no one matching her description has been reported missing, and that the woman appears to have been dead for about a week, Louise and her colleague Eik Nordstrom are tasked with the investigation, which becomes more and more complex as it goes along. The woman’s body was found in the Avnso Lake area, one which Louise knew well despite the fact that she had left there 21 years earlier, her family having moved there when she was in 5th grade and moved away when she was twenty, but still knew every road and lane and most of the people living there. The characters, of Louise and her colleagues and friends, are wonderfully well-drawn. Each of them has his/her own personal tragedies in their past still resonating now, which is kind of the theme throughout this tale – decades-old events still haunting the lives of those affected. The “forgotten girls” of the title were among many children housed decades earlier in an institution for the mentally disabled, who were almost entirely separated from their families and “left to their own devices,” with life-altering consequences. Definitely recommended.
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Interesting theme and plot, writing style seems awkward. Maybe translation problems, or needs better editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Enjoy reading the book
Anonymous 10 months ago
I liked this book, also enjoyed the other books in this series. Looking forward to the next.
Anonymous 11 months ago
9/8/16 Too many characters that have nothing to do with storyline, too many boring plots within boring main plot, want to give no stars ughhhhhhh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick easy read. I hope there is a follow up.
Carolinecummins503 More than 1 year ago
pretty good book.  Was slow at parts but overall was interesting and easy to read. Most of the characters are easy to relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad ass book its sexy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't get you March 25,2015.Is it attention you want?Well here it is.Feel better now?