The Killing Forest

The Killing Forest

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by Sara Blaedel

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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.



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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A missing-persons case gets personal for Det. Insp. Louise Rick in Danish bestseller Blaedel’s engrossing fifth series mystery to be published in the U.S. (after 2015’s Forgotten Girls). Sune Frandsen, a 15-year-old boy, has disappeared in the woods near Hvalsø, on the property of Camilla Lind, Louise’s journalist friend. Louise’s first great love, Klaus, who apparently hanged himself years earlier, belonged to a group of young men, including Sune’s father, who practiced rituals inspired by old Norse religious beliefs. When a dead prostitute is found near the sacred oak where these men still meet, Louise becomes certain that Sune witnessed her murder and is in grave danger himself. She also suspects that Klaus’s death wasn’t a suicide and that the cultists had a hand in that as well. Now she just has to get someone to talk. Blaedel nicely balances the twisted relationships of the cult members with the true friendships of Louise, Camilla, and their circle. (Feb.)
Library Journal
A case involving a missing 15-year-old boy named Sune lures Det. Louise Rick back to her hometown again despite the shocking events of her last case (The Forgotten Girls), which left her bruised and with even more questions about the devastating death of her boyfriend Klaus many years earlier. Hoping to delve into those lingering questions while in town, Louise begins searching for the boy. The investigation soon hints at more long-hidden secrets about Klaus's childhood friends who are still bonded through the ancient, ritualistic religion of Asatro, based on Norse mythology. Sune and a prostitute disappeared on the night of his initiation, but the Asatro practitioners are circumspect. Meanwhile, journalist Camilla Lind, Louise's longtime friend, thinks she has spotted Sune in the forest behind her backyard, but her efforts to help by leaving food and clothes out for him lead to someone terrorizing her family. As the suspects and their motivations become more personal, Louise must break their silence to uncover some deadly secrets. VERDICT Blaedel excels at portraying the darkest side of Denmark. Readers who enjoyed the previous mystery will especially appreciate this story as it finally provides some closure for Louise. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/15.]—Melissa DeWild, BookOps, New York P.L.
From the Publisher
"One of the best I've come across."—Michael Connelly"

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

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

Tautly suspenseful and sociologically fascinating, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS demonstrates yet again that the finest contemporary suspense fiction emanates from Europe's snowbound North."—BookPage on The Forgotten Girls"

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 on The Forgotten Girls"

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"

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 on The Forgotten Girls (Top Pick) "

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)"

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

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Grand Central Publishing
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Louise Rick Series
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5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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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