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

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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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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

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,
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
Scott Parsons
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
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
Bev Taylor
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
Interesting storyline. I must admit that the first in the series kept my interest more than this one. However, I did have to read it quickly to stay within a time line to read the entire series for an upcoming read.

I will also admit that I found myself not finding Annika as strong as I did in the first book, so I was turned off to her character where I didn't have that issue previously. As I move into #3 in the series, Prime Time, will be interesting to see if that growing dislike con
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
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
'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
Luanne Ollivier

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
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
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
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
Dyah Subagyo
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
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
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
Sandy Weir
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
Tony Nielsen
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
Brenda Chapman
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
Fiona Padgett
Obviously read english version called Vanished. Enjoyed it but did take a while to get into. Main character Annika got on my nerves sometimes - especially amount of weeping she seemed to do! Found it slightly complicated to follow at times as there were several threads running at same time
Petr Čapek
Autorka stejně jako v ostatních dílech skvěle pracuje s jednotlivými postavami, každá má své problémy a svůj život. Annika se neustále vyvíjí a každý neúspěch, či problém, kterým projde ji zoceluje a utváří její osobnost. Opět zde máme knihu plnou poctivé novinářské práce sepsanou osobou nejpovolanější. A dává tak zajímavý pohled na zločiny, také z jiného úhlu pohledu.
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
Jun 25, 2012 Brenda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


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Eerste druk: Pirat, Stockholm (Zweden)

Annika Bengtzon, tekstredacteur bij een Stockholmse avondkrant, krijgt een telefoontje van een vrouw die aan het hoofd staat van een hulporganisatie voor bedreigde mensen. De vrouw eist aandacht voor haar stichting: Het Paradijs. Wat later wordt Bengtzon gebeld door een huilende jonge Bosnische, die op de vlucht is voor een Servische moordenaar. De vrouw weet iets over twee lijken die in de haven zijn gevonden én over een ge
Goed 2e deel van deze serie. Het duurde wat langer voordat ik in het verhaal zat, daarom ‘maar’ 3 sterren. Wel een erg goed thema, mooi in het verhaal verwerkt.
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
After discussion with my mother, who has read all of the series, I was able to clarify why I like these books so much. The main character, Annika , is such a real person. It took me a while to get over being irritated with her bad judgement at times. But, her flaws and attributes make up a very interesting person. As a bonus, the reader gets to learn so much about Swedish society and how everyday life works. I loved my one visit to Stockholm and these books make me long to go back.
Newtown Review of Books
In Vanished, we have another series character – Annika Bengtzon, lowly copy-editor at Stockholm’s Evening Post. Annoyingly these novels have been translated out of sequence and Vanished takes place before the events of the previously published The Bomber. It can be read as a one-off, but part of the pleasure of books like this is in following the sequential events of the protagonists’ lives, feeling that we get to know them better as we see them develop and their circumstances change.

Read full r
While in Sweden this weekend, my mom and I went to a book store with the purpose of purchasing Swedish song books and children's books translated into English. While in the section of Swedish books translated into English of NK, my mom grabbed this book off the shelf and said you should read this.

The story is interesting. A typical thriller, murder mystery involving foreign nationals and the media. This is a theme in Swedish writing. It was a good book. I finished it on my 8 hour flight home. I
Ann Repetto
dense and interesting - the lead character is so flawed she can be annoying
Die Figur Annika Bengtzon gefällt mir gut: Sie ist mitfühlend und manchmal taff. Ihr Privatleben nimmt einen großen Raum in den Büchern ein, aber auch diese Geschehnisse schildert Liza Marklund mitreißend. Es ist nie langweilig. Wie im ersten Band hat die Story einen gesellschaftspolitischen Hintergrund, ohne belehrend zu wirken.
Auch diesen zweiten Band hab ich in einem Haps gelesen (bis tief in die Nacht). Hoffentlich sind auch die momentan laufenden Verfilmungen so gut, momentan habe ich sie n
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