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Unwanted

(Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht #1)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  7,548 ratings  ·  812 reviews
One mistake changes everything

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.

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Hardcover, 357 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published August 19th 2009)
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Carol
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-audible
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
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İntellecta
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristina Ohlsson has written the book in such a way that the storys end wasnt predictable at all. The plot of this book has a lot mysterious, which completely captivated me. My respect, this debut is very successful – because of the great tension, I couldnt put the book out of my hand. ...more
Carol
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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.

Julie
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unwanted (Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht # 1) by Kristina Ohlsson with Sarah Death translating is a 2012 Atria/ Emily Bestler Books publication.

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
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MaryG2E
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the debut novel of Kristina Ohlsson as a crime writer and the first in a successful series featuring DI Alex Recht and investigator Fredrika Bergman. It is a worthy entry into the field of Scandinavian Crime novels, of which there has been a burgeoning in recent years.

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
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Sharon
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
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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Fred Shaw
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unwanted, by Kristina Ohlsson, Narrated by Justine Eyre. A Dreamscape audiobook.

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
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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
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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
Monique
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Laura
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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Elvan
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Excellent read. The first book sets up the three main Swedish investigators for the series. Alex has a track record of success and yet as leader of his team of three he does very little to actually solve the mystery of why a sleeping child is abducted off of a busy train in the middle of the day.
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
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Richard
This a good first novel and an excellent read. The detectives (three) are well written and more than the usual two-dimensional stereotypes. An interesting plot but dealing with the disturbing subject matter of child abduction and murder. A common theme in recent fiction. At times reads more like a TV script but I did like the pace and sense of place/continuity. I found the initial stalling of the investigation true to life in how important leads could be overlooked but the experienced detective ...more
Sheila
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
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Diane S ☔
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in a new and what I consider a wonderful new addition to the Nordic scene. In Stockholm, a three yr. old child is taken from a train, from there the chase in on. The characters and their back stories are interesting, I especially liked Fredrika, the book is amazingly well written for a new novelist. Can't wait to see what she does next.
Sharon Huether
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, murder
A child was abducted off a train traveling from Stockholm to Gottenburg. After a few days the child was found murdered. The circumstances was unusual and morbid. They found other children murdered too.
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.
Charlene Intriago
One of my new favorite authors! Great police procedural, "whodunnit ", good crime mystery. Not as dark as some of the other Scandinavian writers. A definite page turner for me.
Jane
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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
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Maddy
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads, tops
PROTAGONIST: Fredrika Bergman, investigative analyst
SETTING: Stockholm, Sweden
SERIES: #1 of 3
RATING: 4.5

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
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Raven
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut crime novel by Ohlsson and hope it will be
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
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Larraine
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Kendra
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Wyma
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Victoria
Translated from Swedish, this police procedural mystery novel is a solidly entertaining one. And though a few of the plot’s turns are quite predictable (the commonalities between certain characters, for example), Ohlsson still manages to mix in some genuine surprises. Either way, the plot moves quickly and it’s definitely an entertaining story. The characters - though a bit slow on the uptake at times - are likable and sympathetic. Their personal lives round out the entire story, adding a fuller ...more
Riley Ashby
3.5 stars

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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’
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Nels
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 out of 5 golden stars 🌟🌟🌟

A good Swedish crime novel. 🔍📓
Fragmentage
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popsugar-2018
it's been a while since I've read a crime thriller from Scandinavia and this one pulled me right in. great stuff!
Clementine
Crime fiction is the butter I put on toast. It's cotton candy. It's pop corn I have no shame shovelling in my mouth. It's supposed to be greasy and hella entertaining. This was not.

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
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Hana Howard
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Shelina S Z
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nordic
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
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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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