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Askungar (Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,387 ratings  ·  353 reviews
En liten flicka försvinner från ett x2000-tåg som just rullat in på Centralen i Stockholm. Flickans pappa blir snabbt misstänkt och alla resurser läggs på att lokalisera honom.
I en annan del av Sverige lever en ung kvinna gömd, rädd för att en dag återfinnas av mannen som hon först trodde var den prins och befriare som hon sedan barnsben väntat på. Hon vet bättre än någon...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published August 19th 2009 by Piratförlaget
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This suspense novel was an excellent combination of a police procedural and psychological thriller – and the most enjoyable Swedish crime novel I’ve read since the Stieg Larsson Millennium series.

The story is written with multiple viewpoints, three of which are the main detectives; but, also another point of view includes a woman coconspirator of the perpetrator, which was an interesting departure from the conventional crime novel. The reader has access into the twisted mind of the criminal (onl...more
I always have a hard time getting into books that take place in other countries - this one is in Sweden - because of the weird names and places that I'm not familiar with and the same was true with this one BUT holy cow, it drew me in and wow. Great murder mystery.

This story starts with a little girl, Lilian, being abducted from a train on a summer day in Sweden. A futile race to find the little girl is stalled when she's found dead in the parking lot of a hospital with the words UNWANTED writte...more
An all new set of characters in this police procedural from Sweden. The observant inspector, a woman who serves as an investigative analyst, and the young male detective who resents her. Each character gives us just enough of their lives to keep them interesting, with Fredrika, the analyst, at the center of the novel.

Well written from 4 points of view, that of the 3 police and the bland-faced culprit with no fingerprints whose victims call him The Man. These are real people, but a bit dry, perha...more
While she's not the 'next Jo Nesbo' as the jacket blurb suggests, this is a tight book. It's obviously the first in series and it introduces us to a crime solving team with all their quirks. While the details of the mystery are interesting and well-drawn, the ending feels a little rushed and the identity of the perpetrator seems kind of forced - I thought we should have been casually introduced to the perp a little earlier. And the whole red herring thing with Ellen's beau just wasn't called for...more
This is a Scandinavian mystery, and I've been reading these on and off when I hear about another title that is supposed to be good. While I did like this and thought it had excellent writing and good characterization, I could not believe how slow the detectives were to figure out the motive for the crimes!

Let me back up a bit...the story is about a young girl who disappears from a train and is later discovered murdered with the word "Unwanted" written on her. It turns out this is just the first...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Les Enfants de Cendres est le premier roman de Kristina Ohlsson. Analyste pour la police nationale suédoise, l'auteure nous fait profiter de son expérience et propose un polar efficace, maîtrisé jusque dans les moindres détails.

Dès les premières pages, le lecteur ne peut que se passionner pour la disparition de la petite Lilian. On espère que celle-ci soit très vite retrouvée et rendue à sa mère. Mais l'enquête pour enlèvement bascule rapidement dans l'horreur quand on retrouve la petite fille q...more
Book Him Danno
How quickly do we think we have someone all figured out? How does this deduction affect our behavior? What are we missing from life based on these quick assessments? Unwanted features young children kidnapped from their parents only later to turn up dead in meaningful places with the word unwanted written on their foreheads. A competent detective team consisting of grizzled veteran, the bull in a china shop overachiever, and the contemplative thinker begin digging into the sparse clues to uncove...more
Pamela Kramer
'Unwanted' by Kristina Ohlsson is a police procedural/mystery/suspense novel that is the first published in America by this author.

Ohlsson's background is an impressive reminder of the expertise in crime and investigation which she brings to her work. She is a counter-terrorism officer in Vienna and a former security policy analyst for the Swedish police.

But impressive background notwithstanding, this novel is much more than a police procedural story. It is a dark, sometimes gloomy, character st...more
This moving novel takes place in Sweden. The reader tries to understand who could carry out a horrific deed and then observe the authorities as they seek to identify and apprehend the guilty person.

A parent's worst nightmare is realized when a mother gets off of a train to make a call and then the train, carrying her six-year-old daughter, leaves without her. When the train arrives at the final station, the child is missing.

After the police interview the mother, their first thought is that it is...more
Is there anything worse than the abduction and murder of a child? For a parent, of course, it's the worse nightmare.

In this debut novel by Kristina Ohlsson (just published in the US, but published in Sweden in 2009), this subject is explored, often in grisly detail. Perhaps because crime is low, reading about really gory crime is more fascinating to Swedes? However, despite the fascination with the dark side, the writing has been pretty much uniformly good. Kristina Ohlsson is no exception. She...more
Unwanted is a debut novel, and the first of a series of Swedish crime novels to be translated into English.

I wasn’t sure that I wanted to start on another series, but when the book appeared on the library it caught my eye. The cover was stgriking, the plot looked promising, and the comparison to ‘The Killing’ made a change from the usual Steig Larsson mention on the cover of pretty much anything Scandinavian.

And I knew that if I didn’t grab it while it was there I might not see it again for mont...more
Okay so yup another unheard of two week reading is so hard to get the time to wrap my head in a book again! I plan to read fiendlishly after this wedding is planned though seriously..Anyways on to this book that was a little too easy to put down though the characters were nicely written because the plot and "mystery" were so easy to figure out..The book starts off with the disappearance of a little girl from a train after her mom steps off to make a phone call ( I hated this scena...more
Hana Howard
Unwanted is a superbly written detective story. It is an excellent combination of a police procedural and a psychological thriller.

Inspector Alex Recht and his special team of federal investigators, assisted by the investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman, are assigned to investigate the abduction of a little girl from a crowded train in front of hundreds of potential witnesses. To the veteran detectives it appears to be a classic custody fight. But to Fredrika there are too many odd coincidences...more
PROTAGONIST: Fredrika Bergman, investigative analyst
SETTING: Stockholm, Sweden
SERIES: #1 of 3
WHY: When a young girl is abducted from a train on the way to Stockholm, the police assume that a custody battle is to blame. The police team has 2 male members who have very successfully relied on intuition to solve cases. Their newest member, a civilian named Fredrika Bergman, instead is very analytical. She doesn't fit in at all. When more children are taken and murdered, Fredrika's approac...more
Sharon Jones
Great mystery read. The fist in a new series. I'm going to have to read the rest of them now. Good writer too!
I got into this book very quickly and enjoyed every bit of it. One of the aspects I liked was that the detectives seemed as if they were more human and didn't solve the mystery too quick. more of Kristina Ohlsson please
Bonnie Brody
Unwanted, Kristina Ohlsson's first book in her Swedish mystery series is the best of the three I've read. In this novel she introduces the characters that will be developed even more fully in the subsequent books.

The story begins with the abduction of a child on a train. The child's mother had stepped off the train to make a phone call and ended up helping a woman with a sick dog. Helping the woman caused her to miss the train. When she finally caught up with it, her child was missing. No one sa...more

Aaah! I’m glad I give Unwanted a chance. It is well written gripping mystery with a set of interesting main characters. As the first book in the series, the author introduced us to not only the main characters, she also includes the pov’s of minor characters, which add to layers to the story. I feel like I know these people in real lives.

The detectives are often sidetracked by their prejudices and rather narrow-minded in their investigation at the beginning of the story. I am glad that Frederick...more
Tomáš Kaplan Fojtik
Nechtění jsou typickou ukázkou toho, jak knize může uškodit přehnané očekávání. Pokud od Nechtěných čekáte, že to bude „lepší než Nesbo“, jak slibuje nakladatel, tak budete zklamáni. Je to ostatně důvod, proč jsem se nakonec přiklonil ke třem, místo ke čtyřem hvězdám.

Druhá věc, která této knize ublížila je tempo vyprávění. Já od detektivky čekám, že to bude jízda, při které se budu bát, budu napětím okusovat stránky a že zapomenu na všechno okolo. V Nechtěných vše plyne jako klidná lesní říčka....more
Kristina Ohlsson
A new Swedish author has been translated into English, adding to the already long list of outstanding Scandinavian authors. Ohlsson will be one to watch for future offerings.
A young girl is kidnapped from a crowded train to Stockholm and is found in the driveway of a hospital, miles from Stockholm. She is naked, with the word “unwanted” cut into her forehead. Her mother is distraught and the signs point to her estranged husband, the child’s father. He is indeed an arrogan...more
Audiobuch--Swedish Krimi.Good Krimi--a child disappears from a train while the mom stepped off at a stop to make a call. They find the child dead; the father is the main suspect until a baby is found dead. Both had "unerwünscht" (unwanted) on their foreheads. The detectives finally solve the crime, but not until another child disappears. Why "Aschenputtel" (Cinderella)? You must wait until the end to find out.

Der voll besetzte Schnellzug nach Stockholm muss außerplanmäßig halten. Eine junge Fra...more
I had such a good time reading Stieg Larsson’s Girl with a Dragon Tattoo before it became popular in the U.S., I thought I would ask the Stockholm bookstore worker for a suggestion for the next good book from Sweden that has been translated into English. She gave me a choice of two detective novels and I chose the one written by a woman. It had a Stieg Larsson feel, with unusual detective work, abusive childhoods and quite deep evil, maybe not the energy I was looking for, but engaging enough th...more
By Kristina Ohlsson

Unwanted is a superbly written detective story. It is an excellent combination of a police procedural and a psychological thriller.

Inspector Alex Recht and his special team of federal investigators, assisted by the investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman, are assigned to investigate the abduction of a little girl from a crowded train in front of hundreds of potential witnesses. To the veteran detectives it appears to be a classic custody fight. But to Fredrika there ar...more

This was a new author to me in the Nordic crime noir and this is book 1 in the (Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht, book 1) series. Set in Stockhom, Sweden it starts out when a little girl travelling with her mother by train disappears from the train. The investigation focuses on the estranged father but the deeper the team digs the more involved the case becomes. The team discovers that this little girl isn't the only one to have disappeared. This was a really intense story and I will definitely b...more
This is the first of Kristina Olssons novels and I´m glad there now is three more to read. I was a bit reluctant to read it because here in Sweden we suddenly have a lot of crime writers - unfortunately few of them are worth reading...

Well, Kristina Olsson is NOT one of them. The story is ok and the characters are interesting. This first book makes you want to get to know them better.

I also do like when there is a theme in a crime novel, when the crime and the investigation somehow is being refl...more
Ich habe schon einige Bücher von schwedischen Autoren gelesen und war jedes mal von der Schreibweise fasziniert. Wenn der Schauplatz dann auch noch Schweden ist, verleiht das dem ganzen Buch einen besonderen Charme. Die Autorin schreibt aus den verschiedensten Blickwinkel. Somit hat man den Gesamtüberblick und die Hintergrundgeschichte von jeder Person. Eine Situation wird aber nie doppelt erzählt, sie setzt immer am richtigen Punkt an und bringt die Geschichte so immer wieder zum laufen. Es wir...more
Bella Grewal
För några år sedan försökte jag lyssna på den här boken. Vissa böcker passar utmärkt att lyssna på, den här inte alls. För någon vecka sedan laddade jag ner Askungar som e-bok istället. Och läste ut den på några dagar. Författaren är statsvetare och arbetar som säkerhetspolitisk analytiker på Rikspolisstyrelsen. Språket är bra och boken är både spännande och bitvis riktigt otäck.

Askungar inleds med att en liten flicka försvinner från ett X2000 strax innan tåget rullar in på Stockholms Central....more
Meghan Snelgrove
I LOVE this book! Absolutely fabulous! It is translated from Swedish and the translation is flawless.

This was a book I could not put down. It’s a story about a little girl who is kidnapped on a train. She is travelling with her mother who steps off at one of the stops to make a call - she is distracted and misses the train. She reports her child as being alone on the train immediately, but when it arrives at the next stop, her daughter is nowhere to be found. No one even remembers having seen a...more
Lauren (Likes Literature)
4.5 stars

Unwanted is about a team of policemen trying to solve a very complicated case. The team members are Alex and Peder, policemen, Ellen, their tech of sorts, and Fredrika, who is new to the squad and is arguably the main character of the novel. They are at first under the impression that it's simple child abduction due to a messy divorce with the father to blame, but soon the case evolves into a thrilling, gripping twisting mystery of a novel that leaves readers and characters both baffled...more
When a woman's (Sara) child (Lilian) is taken off a train to Stockholm, the police figure it's the usual "father/soon-to-be-ex-husband took her" and rush to tie those ends together. The investigation team is headed by veteran/lead inspector Alex Recht, his colleague Peder Rydh, and former desk worker Fredrika Bergman. Having a woman on the team is useful, as Sara opens up a bit more to her. Even Sara's ex's (Gabriel) mother is a bit more amicable to Fredrika, although THAT woman is very tight-li...more
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Kristina Ohlsson is a political scientist and until recently held the position of Counter-Terrorism Officer at OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). She has previously worked at the Swedish Security Service, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish National Defense College, where she was a junior expert on the Middle East conflict and the foreign policy of the Eu...more
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