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Askungar (Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  3,655 ratings  ·  486 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
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published August 19th 2009 by Piratförlaget (first published January 1st 2009)
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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
The storyline beginning with the abduction of little Lillian off a crowded train really drew me in, but my interest kind of petered out when it turned to the investigative part of the story. Didn't much care for the character's, their interaction or their modus operandi. Oh well...

Overall, a decent debut, but doubt I'll read others in the series.

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
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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
Freda Malone

There were a lot of mixed reviews about this book and I can understand why. This being a more procedural criminal mystery, anyone who does not enjoy the TV film Criminal Minds, will mostly likely not enjoy the process of this fashioned novel. I love watching Criminal Minds so this novel was fantastic for my tastes. However, I was very disappointed when I found out who the killer was. Some of us readers enjoy the suspense of guessing who a killer might be throughout the story. In a thriller movie
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
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
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
Обичам случаите, когато една книга напълно отговори на очакванията ми. Точно така се получи с "Пепеляшките" на Кристина Улсон. Типичен скандинавски трилър, напрегнат и доста добре написан.

Историята започва в дъждовен летен ден с мистериозното изчезване, по-точно - отвличане, от влака за Стокхолм на едно спящо момиченце. Малко по-късно детето е намерено убито, изоставено голо и скалпирано на паркинг пред болница в далечен северен град с надпис на челото "НЕЖЕЛАНА". Първото убийство много скоро е
Lynda Kelly
I greatly enjoyed this first story by this author and I'll certainly be sticking with the series. I liked Fredrika though she can be a little odd, despised Peder most of the time and wasn't sure Alex was the supercop he thought he was but over all they worked well as a group together as they all brought something to the table as such.
It was a clever story and you'd think you figured a lot of stuff out only to realise you hadn't.......and that sentence brings me to a gripe I have with it. America
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.
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
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
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
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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
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
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

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
This is the first book in a Scandinavian mystery/thriller series by Kristina Ohlsson.

This is a new series for me, and WOW, what fantastic way to start a new series. This is a police procedural that is set in Stockholm, Sweden. And I am intrigued by all the characters.

This is a very dark tale involving children being kidnapped and later killed and the who and why of this story is extremely difficult to figure out.

I read this book in only a couple of days I just really had a difficult time putting
Shelina Shariff-Zia
After reading this book, I wonder why I am so obsessed with reading mysteries and thrillers. I especially like books by a female author witha female protagonist. But why mysteries? I think the genre satisfies a need for rules and creativity constarined within a tight framework. And of course the suspense keep one reading. Right now I am on a Nordic crime binge. I am reading Swedish and Norwegian thrillers. I started with the great Henning Mankell and am now turning to many lesser known writers. ...more
Emily Mack

Now, perhaps I've been spending too much time with my boyfriend, FBI Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid (aka, watching Criminal Minds), but I had the motivation behind this mystery solved way, way before any of the detectives in this novel did. In fact, it's not incredibly hard to determine from the description alone.

This is the second book I've read in this series by Kristina Ohlsson, the first being The Disappeared, which was slightly less predictable in plot. They've both been very readable and e
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

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
Saphira Bm
Wat een verschrikkelijk spannend boek.. ik legde pas om half 5 in de morgen het boek weg. want hij moest en zou uit zijn. het leest vanaf het begin al lekker weg. je zit gelijk in het verhaal waarin een meisje vermist is en er steeds meer dingen gebeuren. er word geschreven vanuit de dader en slachtoffers. maar ook vanuit de rechercheurs die ieder hun eigen karakters hebben en issues. ik dacht te weten wie het gedaan had.. maar had het uiteindelijk mis.
kortom een spannend boek. als ik het boek o
There is just something about Scandinavian crime fiction that keeps drawing me in over and over again. Maybe because it's so dark at times. Maybe it's the rhythm of the language. Maybe it's the fact that I love how flawed the main characters usually are. When I added this book to my "The Book Addicts!" reading challenge I knew I was setting myself up for a reading marathon. This book turned out to be the perfect winter read. You know, cozy under a warm blanket, with a mug of hot chocolate/tea, k ...more
Unwanted, Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht # 1. Kristina Ohlsson, Sweden. 2009....first novel by this writer.
I see there are two more translated into English of a total of five so far. And the writer has just published a first children's so many writers seem to do!! I am keen to read the others as I enjoy the writing and story construction. My only criticism is the over wordy descriptions of the thinking processes of Alex, Fredrika and Peder... Reading the real life actual career of
Barbara ★
I enjoy these Scandinavian mysteries though the language is sometimes outside my grasp (colloquialisms and such that just make no sense to this American.) For most of this debut novel, we have an briefly unattended child stolen from a train. And the detectives spend 3/4 of the book trying to figure out why this particular woman was chosen to lose her child. Honestly I couldn't figure out how this crack special team (a respected veteran, the overachiever and the intellectual) couldn't figure out ...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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