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3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,933 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
Born into a life of privilege, Sybilla has spent many years opting instead to live on the streets of Stockholm, cadging a bed, a bath, a meal, where she can. Her favorite technique--one she permits herself only as a special treat--plays out at the Grand Hotel, where with luck she can usually charm a lonely visiting businessman into buying her dinner and a room for the nigh ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by De Geus (first published 2000)
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I knew their was a reasom Scandanavian crime fiction was so well renowed. This waa absolutely brilliant.

Missing is different from the norm. Usually with your typical crime novel, the story is told through the perspective of some kind of law enforcement official not through the perspective of a suspect and an innocent suspect at that.

Sybylla is a homeless woman after having fallen out with the family some time ago. She had lived this existence for some time getting by in several ways. One of
Oct 01, 2013 Col rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sybilla Forsenstrom doesn't exist. For fifteen years she has been excluded from society and, as one of the homeless in Stockholm, she takes each day as it comes, keeping all her possessions in her rucksack - apart from a knife and salami which she stores in a smart briefcase. She is always well-dressed and displays impeccable manners. One night, in The Grand Hotel, she charms a susceptible businessman into paying for her dinner and room. His dead body is discovered the follow
Minty McBunny
Sweden & Norway's monarchies must be in a right state if all the book jackets declaring this person or that person 'The Queen of Crime!' are correct. In some cases (Camilla Läckberg, Karin Fossum) I'm not going to argue, but Karin Alvtegen is at best a Viscountess.

This book was entertaining enough, it was nice to have a story from the point of view of a suspect for a change from the police inspector's perspective. It was a bit stressful for me, as I have a fear of being wrongfully accused of
May 17, 2010 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
It doesn't make any sense to me. The first Alvtegen mystery I read, Betrayal, was a good thriller only really marred by an uninspired ending. But Missing is Alvtegen's most acclaimed novel, and it's a mess. For maybe the first quarter of the novel you can buy into the goings-on, but the plot gets increasingly more trite, more convenient, and more unlikely.
Mar 04, 2011 harryknuckles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missing - Karin Alvtegen
Over recent years, Scandinavian crime writers have produced some of the most exciting and fresh contributions to the genre. And Karin Alvtegen's Missing seems to fit right in. Put aside two or three hours and read this book from beginning to end. It's a tense and involving read, and you won't want to be distracted. This novel gives us an in-depth portrait of the life of Sibylla Forsenström, a homeless Swedish woman.

Sibylla is the daughter of a rich but insensitive merchan
Aug 23, 2008 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It could be me. I am just not sure I get on with crime fiction. It always seems to me it gives plot an undeserved ascendancy over character, observation, depth and good writing. I'm afraid this was no exception. The prose was flat, and while Sibylla was interesting, there seemed to be little subtlety to her character. I just didn't really believe in her or her rather melodramatically appalling childhood. The serial killer as religious maniac theme also struck me as hackneyed. The news stories we ...more
Feb 08, 2009 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missing is the story of Sibylla Forenström, a 32-year old drifter on the streets of Stockholm. Dressed in her best thrift-store suit, Sibylla cons a wealthy businessman into buying her dinner and a hotel room in a fancy hotel. When the police arrive the next morning she assumes the con has been exposed and flees. But the man has been brutally murdered, and the police identify Sibylla’s fingerprints and charge her with the crime, revealing that she disappeared from a mental institution 15 years e ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Hedoga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No encuentro aquí el Libro en español "Fugitiva" ... si lo encontrais, leedlo, me ha gustado mucho, de hecho, leeré más de ésta autora, seguro.

Un estilo directo, cuidado, sin caer en la tentación de meter páginas de relleno con aventuras/desventuras intrascendentes, realista (a mi parecer), un lenguaje claro, simple ...

Y por supuesto, una historia que engancha ...

Si queréis el libro, lo tengo.
Ineke van Mackelenbergh
A tightly-knit, fast-paced plot, and well written, but it didn't really all hang together. It was a little obvious to me that the main character, Sybilla, would work out the who-done-it, in the process of clearing herself of falsely being accused of murders she didn't commit. The plot relies heavily and hangs together on an 'unbalanced' psyche... a very prevalent thread of murder mysteries in the present day, if you ask me. That said, the book is also about trust and self-preservation, which wer ...more
Första kriminalromanen/deckaren jag någonsin läst (!), ganska konstigt, med tanke att jag läst en hel del böcker de senaste åren... Nåväl, riktigt bra var den i alla fall - lättläst, spännande, intressant handling och upplägg. Bra karaktärer, fina miljöbeskrivningar, man känner igen sig! Gick lite för snabbt mot slutet men på det hela taget en riktigt bra bok!
Jul 14, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read of this Swedish author. I read it primarily because it was the winner of the Glass Key award which is the primary literary award for Swedish crime novels.

It was told from a different point of view. Generally the books are told from the cops point of view or the killers pov. In this case a young homeless woman is in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets accused of a series of brutal murders. We see the story through her eyes and her helpless condition. Great read. 5 s
Nov 01, 2013 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Missing” is a good psychological thriller book with pages that are easy to turn. This novel wasn’t just about murder, it’s about what goes on in the mind of Sibylla Forsenström who, after a childhood of being tightly controlled, has decided to live her life without anyone telling her what to do. Being falsely accused of murders she didn’t commit, Sibylla finds that she has to let down her guard and trust a little so that she can prove her innocence. This is the first book I’ve read by Karin Alv ...more
Jul 20, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sibylla came from a rich home, but an unwanted pregnancy, a forced adoption, a couple of nervous breakdowns and her bitch of a mother all combined to make life there intolerable, and for years she's been living rough on the streets of Stockholm. Except, that is, for those occasional nights when she can con someone into paying for her dinner and a room at one of the capital's swanky hotels.

And then along comes the morning when she wakes in just such a hotel to find the cops knocking on her door;
If you like your Scandinavian crime, you’ll like this one by Karin Alvtegen. Unusually told from the suspect’s perspective, it has the added twist of mental illness and parental cruelty thrown in. Though, to be honest, the parental cruelty angle is not the strongest…

What is interesting here is how it is possible to live life invisibly, how people who live on society’s fringes find each other and forge allegiances of convenience. Whether it’s the shambling tramp or her ex on a barge or the awkwar
Carey Combe
Can someone please tell me the point of including her mental illness and her parent's cruelty towards her? Yuo only needed a fraction of that information to understand why she was now sleeping rough and even then it didn't add anything to the story at all. And why did she think being 'caught' for scrounging a room was worse than being sought for murder - Unrealistic scenario's to move the plot along is my big bug bear.... Saying all that it could have been worse!!!.
Ellen Keim
A different take on the wrongly accused suspect on the run meme. The book didn't take very long to read, which was fine, except I think the story would have been better if it had been a bit more detailed. The climax came kind of abruptly and then the book ended. I liked the main character and would have liked the last part of the book to be more about what happens to her after the killer is finally caught and she is exonerated.
I was a bit surprised by this book. It was far less than I expected. There was something forced in the plot lines, heavy-handed and over-wrought in the scenes, and stylistically, the writing (or perhaps translating) was mainly disappointing. After reading some amazing Swedish crime fiction, I had high hopes. I found mediocrity.
Jun 13, 2015 Pupilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ez volt az első skandináv krimim, de biztos nem az utolsó. :) Nem tökéletes, de nekem nagyon bejött, tetszettek a bonyodalmak, az elején a fura érzés, mire megtudtam, miről is van szó, a karakterek ábrázolása - persze itt főleg csak egy karakteré, Sibylláé, és a hangulat is.

A blogon is írok majd róla.
I'm not at all sure what to say about this book as I can't even decide whether I can say I liked it or not! Reading about someone being falsely accused of something always winds me up but in this case I didn't seem to have the concern for Sibylla that I would have expected. The problems faced by the homeless & Sibylla's feelings of persecution seemed plausible but despite her history, I never felt sympathetic towards her situation....although Sibylla's treatment at her mother's hands, well t ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Carlyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The biggest mystery is why is this book listed as a mystery? To be honest I didn't finish the book. At page 147 I grew too impatient for the actual mystery to start. Within the first couple dozen pages you have a brutal murder then shortly thereafter you have a second brutal murder, then halfway through the book, still nothing else has been said about the murders or any attempt to solve them. The entire story is about a poor rich girl who chose to walk out of her life and live on the streets. Af ...more
The first of her books I have read, and I can see why she is compared to Ruth Rendell. This is a psychological thriller rather than a police procedural, seen entirely from the point of view of a homeless, but originally wealthy, woman who due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time is suspected of a gruesome murder. I was put off at first because it seemed very similar to another book I read fairly recently, and I couldn't think what it was, but realised eventually that it was very like th ...more
Susan Morrison
Apr 05, 2014 Susan Morrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting book. It is the story of Sibylla who is a 32 year old drifter who has been living on the streets since she fled a mental institution as an 18 year . She was committed as her behaviour became unstable after she was forced to give up her baby for adoption. Her current problem begins when the man she cons into buying her dinner and a room for the night is murdered. The police identify her by her fingerprints and Sibylla is forced into hiding. Other murders follow and she is blam ...more
Anders Kermod
I was attracted to this book by what seemed to me an excellent and unusual premise: a homeless woman functioning totally below the radar becomes a suspect in a murder and has to investigate in order to clear herself. The details of her way of living are very well done but, as the plot progresses, it becomes clear that Sybilla has considerably more resources than you'd expect to be available to a homeless person. It's a bit of a disappointment but that didn't discourage me from reading some more ...more
Czarny Pies
Jun 21, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian-lit
In Missing the reader meets Scandinavian crime fiction at its absolute best.
The heroine is a homeless woman who somehow manages to overcome her emotional and psychological problems when she becomes the suspect in a murder. She takes on the investigation and unmasks the villain. While the underlying plot seems farfetched, Alvtegen's description of the lives of the homeless is richly detailed, highly sensitive and always very intelligent.

I am setting aside my rule of never giving more than three s
Feb 26, 2014 Renny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost could not read this story there was so much sadness, tragedy and cruelty in it... So much so that it affected the mental health of characters in such a way that they broke. Part of the message is that despite incredible scars and illness, life strives for healing and homeostasis. Part of the message is that behaviors of cruelty and abuse are passed on through generations ...yet one has a choice on whether to continue passing those patterns to new generations or work for the changes insi ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Nathalie rated it liked it
Ik las Voortvluchtig onlangs opnieuw in scan-modus omdat het één van de 2 juniboeken is van de FB page 'Literatuur uit het hoge Noorden'. Net zoals Eva's oog (zie verder bij recensies) werd dit een opfrissing na het enkele jaren geleden al eens gelezen te hebben. In tegenstelling met 'Eva's oog', stond dit verhaal er voor mij nog wél. Ergens gebruikt Alvtegen een andere stijl dan andere thrillerschrijvers en verplaatst ze zich in dit boek in een personage dat aan de rand van de maatschappij leef ...more
Jan Derksen
Jul 19, 2013 Jan Derksen marked it as to-read
Sibylla Forsenström is op de vlucht, al bijna vijftien jaar. Niet alleen voor haar ouders, maar ook voor zichzelf. Ze is een van de vele daklozen in Stockholm. Maar Sibylla is anders. Als dochter van een welgesteld fabrikant weet ze hoe ze zich moet gedragen om niet op te vallen. Ze wil met rust gelaten worden. Dan slaat het noodlot toe. In het exclusieve Stockholmse Grand Hôtel wordt een man vermoord terwijl ook Sibylla er verblijft. Kort daarna wordt er een tweede dode gevonden, eveneens op be ...more
Эта книга в другом издании называется «Утрата», где ей подобрана соответствующая картинка с женщиной в позе эмбриона. Может быть, читай я книгу в том оформлении, я бы воспринимала ее как психологическую драму, или, того и гляди, историю самокопания и утраты. Но для меня она – Wanted с указующим перстом на обложке.

Детективный триллер чистой воды. Главную героиню подставляют, она бежит, скрывается, находит подельника, по пути выясняет с ним отношения, докапывается до правды и поступает в конце абс
When we first see Sibylla, she is dining at the Grand Hotel's magnificent French dining room. She looks the part of the successful executive unwinding after a tough day at office. But why is her suit then having a false label (is she so concerned about appearances that she resorts to such falsehood?), why is the waist button of her skirt replaced by a safety-pin (if she can dine in such a posh hotel, couldn't she have put on a new dress before coming to dinner?), why is she thinking of stealing ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not exactly crime as it's not a procedural or a detective centered story. "Psychological thriller" sounds horrible as a description, but that fits a bit better. Imagine a Karin Fossum but without the detective and the police stuff and with some other twists, and it can get close. As in, as brilliant minds of the characters captured as Fossum can do.
Sibylla is an invisible person, a non-person, a homeless one, not exactly missed by anyone, that is trying to enjoy a night at a fancy hotel in Stock
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The Queen of Crime in Scandinavia.

Missing was awarded the premier Scandinavian crime writing award the Glass Key in 2001 and was also nominated for the Poloni Award and Best Crime Novel 2000 in Sweden.

Shame was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger award for crime novels in translation upon publication in English.

Alvtegen lives in Stockholm. She is grand
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