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Paradies. 5 CDs. (Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) #2)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  1,430 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
A hurricane sweeps across Sweden leaving chaos in its wake. Two men lie dead in Stockholm, shot in the head at point-blank range. A young woman runs for her life, finding refuge in Paradise, a foundation dedicated to those whose lives are in danger. Newspaper sub-editor Annika Bengtzon is trying to piece her life back together following the violent death of her fiancé, and ...more
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Published March 1st 2002 by Hoffmann und Campe (first published 2000)
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Athena
Oct 04, 2015 Athena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τελικά τι είναι αυτό που μπορεί να σε κερδίσει σ' ένα λογοτεχνικό βιβλίο; Νομίζω ότι ένα από τα πιο σημαντικά στοιχεία- αν όχι το κυριότερο- είναι ο πρωταγωνιστής. Αν καταφέρει ο συγγραφέας να δημιουργήσει ένα χαρακτήρα που μπορεί ο αναγνώστης να συνδεθεί μαζί του, τότε έχει επιτύχει. Στην προκειμένη περίπτωση, η Liza Marklund έχει δημιουργήσει μια ολοκληρωμένη ηρωίδα με τα προτερήματα της και με τα ελαττώματα της. Σε αρκετά σημεία, η στάση της δικαιολογείται από το παρελθόν και από τα στοιχεία ...more
Fenia Vazaka
Πολύ ευχάριστο, διαβάζεται γρήγορα, σε κάποια σημεία ίσως λίγο υπερβολικό (πολλές καλές συμπτώσεις). Η ηρωίδα είναι συμπαθητική. Θέλεις να διαβάσεις το επόμενο, για να δεις την συνέχεια της ιστορίας.
Madeleine
Tycker om Marklunds sätt att skriva och jag tycker Bengtzon är intressant som karaktär, men jag fann aldrig själva storyn särskilt fängslande. Kanske är lite morbid av mig, men vill gärna läsa deckare som kretsar kring något mer obehagligt och som manar mig att fortsätta vända blad, dvs sträckläsa, fram till fallets lösning. Hoppas på att de övriga böckerna i serien som jag ännu inte läst ska föra mig närmare denna känsla.
Stacia
Sometimes, when I hear about the plot of a book or movie or TV program, I think, "wow, I wonder if they're going to . . ." and I head off on a possible story arc. Sometimes that parallels what the book/movie/TV show does; sometimes it doesn't. In the case of this book, it didn't--and as much as I liked this book, unfortunately I felt it could have been a bit better "if only . . ."

This is the second book in the Annika Bengtzon series if you're reading them in story order (so the story events are
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Lynn
Sep 04, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, translation
Annika Bengtzon is a copy editor for the Evening Post in Stockholm. They receive a call in the newsroom from a Bosnian refugee who says someone is trying to kill her. Shortstaffed, Bengtzon is sent out to interview the woman and the two narrowly escape the killer. While trying to find help for Aida, Bengtzon inadvertently uncovers some shady practices in the social services area. Vanished touches on the after effects of the Bosnian war and the criminal gangs that profited from the strife.

This w
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Manny

In volume #2 of Liza Marklund's wildly popular series of feminist thrillers, Annika gets involved with a married man. Needless to say, his wife is a cold-hearted, frigid bitch, and she's doing both of them a favour by taking Thomas away from her.

Well, if the message were always consistent it would get boring. The nice thing about these books is that Annika is anything but a goody-goody feminist icon. She's a fragile, vulnerable person who's trying to do her best in an extremely confusing world,
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Janice
May 14, 2011 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I read this thinking it was the first in the series, as it is shown that way on Fantastic Fiction; here on Goodreads it is shown as #2, and I saw someplace else where it was listed as #4. The book was okay, maybe I would have been more engaged in the story if I had read the series in order. I felt impatient with Annika's (main character), histrionics and irrationality. Some parts of the story were interesting, and I have heard others who like later books in this series, so I may try others at so ...more
Ulla
Jun 29, 2016 Ulla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite Liza Marklund. I own the book and read it when it was new. Now I just wanted to hear the fantastic Katarina Ewerlöf narrating it!
Axel Wilson Nydén
inte den bästa av Marklunds böcker, men väl läsvärd.
Franki
Jan 17, 2017 Franki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, you don't guess imediatly the end but discover it reading.
Marisolea
Feb 21, 2017 Marisolea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

Paraíso es la segunda novela de la serie de Annika Bengtzon, iniciada con "Studio Sex". Tras el final trepidante de la anterior, Annika se encuentra en un punto de su vida delicado. Parece haberse recuperado de su experiencia anterior, pero libra una dura batalla consigo misma en lo personal, amén de tener otras en el ámbito laboral, donde lleva un año prácticamente de chica para todo.

La novela comienza en medio de un huracán que asola el país y deja dos muertos en los muelles, un camión desapar
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Marleen
Jan 25, 2012 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Proof copy received from Transworld Books through BookGeeks
If possible, I would have rated this book 4.5 stars.

In a deserted port in Stockholm, a woman is fleeing for her life from a gunman determined to kill her. When she dives in the freezing water in order to escape, survival is far from certain. The next morning a security guard finds two dead men in the port, and a murder investigation starts.
Journalist Annika Bengtzon, meanwhile, is approached by a woman who says she has founded an organis
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Ellie
Dec 02, 2011 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, translated
Last year I read The Bomber as part of the Transworld Book Club and whilst I had reservations, I said I'd give Annika, the main character, a second chance. I took the offer of a review copy of Vanished as a sign. At this point, I need to point out I am not reading this series in chronological order and you may very well enjoy it more if you start at the beginning.

Vanished is, chronologically, the second book featuring Annika Bengtzon and these events happen years before those of The Bomber. Anni
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Lindsay
Dec 02, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Our circumstances shape us, but the choice is always our own.'

Another installment of the Swedish crime series by Liza Marklund and featuring 'Evening Post' reporter Annika Bengtzon. In this novel, Annika is actually just working in the capacity of copy-editor, her past having had a bearing on her current role at the newspaper. As the novel commences, two bodies have been found out at a Stockholm port and a woman is on the run from a gunman. At the newspaper, Annika takes a call from a mysteriou
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Luanne Ollivier
3.5/5

I read my first Liza Marklund book last year (review of The Bomber) and quite enjoyed it.

Reporter Annika Bengtson returns in Vanished. I hadn't read the books in between and found Annika in a different state of mind and place. She's at the newspaper, but is a copy editor, not out in the field. She lives in a stark apartment in a condemned building, simply existing, trying to deal with numerous tragedies in her personal life. But while editing a story on a recent double murder on the waterfr
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JudithAnn
Feb 12, 2012 JudithAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annika Bengtzon is a copy editor at a newspaper in Stockholm. Her colleagues are working on a double murder that happened in the harbour. Annika hasn’t got much to do so when gets a call from a woman who wants to meet a journalist to talk about her Paradise Foundation, she agrees to meet her.

The Paradise Foundation, it turns out, is set up to help people change identity and leave no traces behind of their old identity (for instance, because they have been threatened and the police can’t do anyth
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Janny
I received Vanished as a preread copy from TransWorld Book Group. It’s my first novel by Liza Marklund. Because I enjoy reading Scandinavian thriller writers a lot I had high expectations.

Liza Marklund has written several thrillers with Annika Bengtzon as leading character. Annika is a copy editor at a Stockholm newspaper. She is approached by Rebecka Björstig who claims her Paradise Foundation can help women make a new life. The foundation takes care of erasing peoples history completely.
When A
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Scott Parsons
Mar 09, 2014 Scott Parsons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third novel featuring Annika Bengtzon that I have read. I found this one more enjoyable than the others. Annika is now a copy editor in Stockholm having served her self-defence probation for the killing of her crazy boyfriend Svenn. While a plot involving the Yugoslav mafia in Sweden and a venal character named Ratko is unfolding, Annika becomes involved in investigating an organization called The Paradise Foundation whose spokesperson says it is responsible for helping battered wome ...more
Dyah Subagyo
Nov 15, 2013 Dyah Subagyo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
In the first book, I felt sympathy towards Annika Bengtzon. In this book, my sympathy decreases dramatically. Not only towards her, but also towards her extremely childish mother and obnoxious sister.
The only character I can sympathise with is Anders Schyman. It's a wonder that he doesn't collapse from the tiredness of manning those kind of people! Jeez.
Annika. Please. Grow. Up.
Stop getting angry at those who haven't done you any wrong.
And well.
There is a very unbelievable scene nearing the e
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Natashya KitchenPuppies
In Vanished - Annika is doing night research in her limited capacity at the paper. A call comes in that nobody wants to deal with and the woman is given to Annika to talk to. She has set up a foundation called Paradise that wipes out people's identities and leaves them untraceable for their own protection from criminals who would do them harm. She mostly deals with women and children, an issue close to Annika's heart. She wants the paper to write about her foundation.

Annika is at the same time
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da-wildchildz
Apr 02, 2013 da-wildchildz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He lives on Kungsholmen in Stockholm along with his fiancée and their newborn son.

Last line from Paradise by Liza Marklund. This was more enjoyable than I was expecting and it’s all because of Marklund’s lead character; Annika Bengzton. Bengzton isn’t a cop or detective like you’d expect from the crime/ mystery/ thriller genre, instead she’s employed as a copy editor for a newspaper, which provides a different feel to the book. She’s lively and clever but what most makes Bengzton likable is her
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Sandy Weir
Jul 29, 2013 Sandy Weir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe 2nd in the Annika Bengtzon series, translated by Neil Smith. Marklund takes the familiar crime mystery and gives the persistence and critical thinking work to talented reporter, Annita.
The particular book brings our awareness to the existence of organizations pledging to help people with serious problems and everyone thinks at first what a great thing! Little by little it becomes obvious that the only one benefiting is the person who manages the organization! To a lessor extent I thin
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Bev Taylor
Oct 09, 2014 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a follow on from exposed with annika bengtzon but can be read separately

2 brutally murdered men r found by a security guard in a derelict warehouse in stockholm. who did it and why?

in the same area aid is on the run from deranged gunman

meanwhile annika is approached by a woman wanting her story to be published in the evening post. this is for an organisation that claims to erase people's pasts so giving vulnerable individuals a completely new identity

annika puts aida in touch with th
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Brenda Chapman
Aug 19, 2012 Brenda Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The English translation is entitled Vanished and has an interesting premise - a Swedish foundation can erase people's identity and make them disappear. But what if the foundation isn't accountable to anyone? Annika Bengtzon works for a paper and has been demoted from reporter to copy editor (read the previous book to find out why). The newspaper is awash in political intrigue, struggling to survive while reporting the truth. Annika is recovering from a tragedy in the previous book in the series ...more
Madziar
Apr 02, 2014 Madziar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Annika Bengtzon, korektorka tekstów na nocną zmianę w gazecie angażuje się w opisanie tajemniczej fundacji Raj, pomagającej ludziom prześladowanym w ukrywaniu tożsamości. W wyniku zbiegów okoliczności kieruje do niej młodą uciekinierkę z Bijeliny, związaną z serbską mafią zarabiającą na masowym przemycie papierosów. Fundacja okazuje się maszyną do wyłudzania pieniędzy s sama Annika na skutek zawiązania współpracy zawodowej z pracownikiem socjalnym Thomasem - dokonuje poważnych zmian w swoim życi ...more
Tony Nielsen
Jun 18, 2012 Tony Nielsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am seriously addicted to Liza Marklund and her character Annika Bengzton although I must admit it is disconcerting reading the books out of sequence. Vanished is one of the earlier thrillers in the Bengzton series, with Annika at the rookie stage of her soon to be successful journalistic career. Its also the story in which she meets her future husband Thomas. The plot revolves around a shady charity foundation but also morphs into an expose on the Yugoslavian mafia's extensive criminal activit ...more
Pilla
Dec 16, 2013 Pilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating read! The protagonist is working at a newspaper at a job beneath her intelligence level, when a woman shows up claiming to be able to make people vanish. Suppose a woman is trying to escape an abusive husband - this woman can make it so that all the available records are hidden and the husband can't find her. Our protagonist gets the story since she's a female. Next, a foreign woman desperately needs to hide. Our journalist gives her the woman's phone number. But was it the ri ...more
Mepi
Jul 28, 2016 Mepi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 * Den af feministen Liza Marklunds krimier om jounalisten Annika Bengtzon jeg holder mest af. Har læst alle hendes titler, og selvom en del af Liza Marklunds til tider urealistiske og poppede plots irriterer mig (Nå, så fandt man lige 13 millioner i en plasticpose på en mark), så MÅ jeg bare lige vide hvordan det går med hovedpersonen Annika. Jeg synes jeg kender hende og kan rigtig godt lide hende. Interessant atypisk kvinde.
Men Marklunds første krimier er klart de bedste. Og denne er fa
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Henni
May 16, 2010 Henni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi, drama, 2010
Jeg var laaang tid om at komme ind i denne fortsættelse af Marklunds ellers rigtig gode bog, Hedebølge, Paradiset bliver også spændende i slutningen, men den er altså noget træg om at komme i gang.
Vores heltinde Annika og hendes personlige udvikling og problemer er stadig i centrum af bogen og jobbet og krimigåderne er nærmest sidehistorier, det gør slet ikke bogen dårlig, men det er lidt svært at finde troværdighed i annikas på den ene side nærmest psykiske nedbrud of så dagene fter er hun topt
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Bill
Jan 18, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it's first two sequels, I continued reading Scandinavian thrillers and mysteries. Marklund's novel comes closest to achieving the Girl with... standard. It's disturbing, just as Stieg Larsson's books are, while also tackling social issues, frequently involving women. Because of the content I'm not sure I'd recommend it, at least not to someone who had not read the Girl With... books. This book was interesting enough for me to track down other boo ...more
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Scandinavia’s undisputed queen of crime fiction, Liza Marklund is the No. 1 international bestselling author of the Annika Bengtzon series.

Liza Marklund was born in 1962 in the small village of Pålmark, close to the Arctic Circle in Sweden. She is an author, journalist, columnist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She is also co-owner of Piratförlaget, one of Sweden’s most successful publishing
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Other Books in the Series

Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Studio sex (Annika Bengtzon, #1)
  • Prime Time (Annika Bengtzon, #3)
  • Sprängaren (Annika Bengtzon, #4)
  • Red Wolf (Annika Bengtzon, #5)
  • Nobels testamente (Annika Bengtzon #6)
  • Livstid (Annika Bengtzon, #7)
  • En plats i solen (Annika Bengtzon, #8)
  • Borderline
  • Lyckliga gatan (Annika Bengtzon, #10)
  • Järnblod (Annika Bengtzon, #11)

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