In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her distraught mother was left behind at the previous station in what seemed to be a coincidence. The train crew was alerted and kept a watchful eye on the sleeping child....more
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
Overall, a decent debut, but doubt I'll read others in the series.
Scandinavian thrillers became quite popular there for a while and as such there are many wannabes attempting to take advantage before the furor died down. As a result, I have become quite wary after having read a handful of mediocre attempts to cash in on the success of others. However, this little gem kept popping up in my ‘recommendations’ and in gro ...more
Lilian Sebastiansson, daughter of Sara and Gabriel, is abducted from the Gothenburg-Stockholm train in broad daylight, with no evidence of her abductor. Two days later her naked body is dumped in the driveway of Umea Hospit ...more
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
This is the first in a series of novels by Swedish author, Kristina Ohlsson, featuring Alex Recht and Fredrika Bergman as protagonists, about crimes involving missing children and the Swedish police task force assigned to find them. Alex Recht is the lead officer on the task force and a legend within the police because of success rate in solving crime. He has added beautiful and intelligent Fredrika Bergman, a civil ...more
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 ...more
Fredrika is a civilian attached to the police force for her problem solving skills. Peder has troubles at home and jealousy in the workplace. He makes his opinion of women in general and Fredrika in par ...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
The investigating team determined the killer was psychotic and knew about medicine.
In a firery ambush the killer was stopped, and the last child was saved.
A very suspenseful story.
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
SETTING: Stockholm, Sweden
SERIES: #1 of 3
Sara Sebastiansson and her 6-year-old daughter, Lilian, are taking a train to Stockholm. At one of the intermediate stops, Sara gets off the train to make a phone call. When she returns to her seat, she finds that her daughter is missing. In the confusion of people boarding and disembarking from the train, no one has seen what happened to the little girl. Could the abductor be Sara’s ex-husban ...more
the first of many. What I particularly enjoyed was the pacing of the
investigation which made me feel as a reader utterly involved- a true sense that
you were solving the crime at the same time as the detectives with no unfeasible
leaps in the plot or twists and turns for the sake of it. We all knew that Sara
was concealing something in the murky recesses of her past but what was it and
how did it connect to the killer? I liked ...more
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
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
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
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[domestic violence, violence against children, sexual abuse of children (mentioned, not graphic) (hide spoiler)]
What I want to say first about this book is that I really liked the killer. He’s a bit more than the classic disgruntled, abused-as-a-child-rejected-by-women entitled male that you usually run in to. His motivation was pretty unique and I was proud of myself for figuring it out long before the police.
The characters have depth, too. Fredrika isn’ ...more
This book felt like the author wanted to write contemporary but had no real plot so she just threw a murder in there. If I wanted to quantify this hot mess, I'd say: 75% the mundane life of police officers and 25% murder. At this point, it's personal, but I don't read crime fiction to know about the detailed love lif ...more
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