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Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson
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May 22, 12

Read in May, 2012

Unwanted
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 are too many odd coincidences and disagrees with the detectives, pursing some investigation herself.
When the child is found dead and a second child is found dead, each with the word “unwanted’ on their forehead, the team redirects their efforts towards seeking a brilliant ruthless killer who targets his victims.

Ms Ohlsson develops her characters with great finesse. The reader goes from disliking some of the detectives to understanding their problem’s and what they have to cope with that makes them so unlikable. She reveals all the characters' weaknesses, insecurities, and strengths using inner dialogue. This competent detective team consists of the highly respected veteran, a young overachiever, and the contemplative thinker.

Fredrika Bergman is new to the force and rejected by her fellow officers because she is a female and a civilian and an intellectual. She is considered too cold to be an effective. Investigator. Yet it is Fredrika who is able to reach the inner secrets of the mothers.

The several levels of conflict covered, make it an outstanding read. The conflict of closing a case even if all the facts are not understood or leave gaps is not logical to Fredrika. She causes friction opposing the streetwise system of detection with her academic intelligence gathering. Lastly the different approaches men and women take to viewing the facts of evidence. Because she is different she sees the case differently

At first I was put off by some gruesome details that gives us a better understanding of evil. And as I continued to read, and became more involved with all the characters and their approaches, I could not put down the book.
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