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Unwanted (Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht #1)

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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 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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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.

Morana Mazor
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odličan psihološki triler koji sam baš s guštom čitala! Jako mi se sviđa stil pisanja Kristine Ohlsson, jednostavan, lako čitljiv, rečenice su jasne i konkretne, a sve je to, naravno, začinjeno izvrsnom radnjom.
Usprkos tako "pitkom" stilu pisanja, autorica se bavi nekim jako jako teškim temama... Svi mi koji čitamo dosta trilera već smo, na neki način, navikli na razne brutalnosti, sakaćenja, obredna ubojstva i slična zvjerstva, ali kada se susretnemo sa ubojstvima male djece i beba, onda je to
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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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Sandra Bašić
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
U poznatoj nam bajci Pepeljuga pronađe svoga princa s kojim će živjeti sretno do kraja života. Ovo nije bajka a On nije princ. On je zlo koje otima djecu...

Roman započinje u trenutku kad mala Lilian nestane iz vlaka koji putuje na relaciji Goeteborg – Stockholm. Tko ju je odnio, gdje su svjedoci ovog nemilog događaja? Na ta i brojna ostala pitanja morat će odgovoriti Alex Recht i njegova istražiteljska ekipa: Peter Rydh koji se bori sa svojim obiteljskim problemima i Fredrika Bergman koju smatra
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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
María
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leidos-en-2017
3 de 5 estrellas ⭐⭐⭐ (me ha gustado ...more
Petra Miocic
https://procitajto.com/2016/05/21/pep...

Djeca ne nestaju već ih roditelji gube. Iza svakog nestalog djeteta stoji izgubljen roditelj, smatra iskusni policijski istražitelj Alex Recht, jedan od ključnih likova u kriminalističkom serijalu Kristine Ohlsson čiji su Pepeljuge prvi dio. Upitani za mišljenje, inspektora bi Rechta vjerojatno podržali i ostali stručnjaci čiji je posao postaviti dobrobit djeteta na prvo mjesto; socijalni radnici, psihijatri, psiholozi, defektolozi, odgajatelji, učitelji i
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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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Monique
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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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Tonkica
3,5
Dobro razradjeni likovi, interesantna prica koja drzi paznju.. Pred kraj sam ocekivala vise detalja i objasnjenja s obzirom na dobre detalje od pocetka.
Laura
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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Zeynep
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Şu anlık okuduğum polisiye romanlarından en iyisi gibi duruyor. Çok güzeldi, çok beğendim. Herkese tavsiye ederim.

Spoiler*
Kitap boyunca katilin kim olduğunu çözme girişiminde sıkça bulundum. Ve sonunda büyük hayal kırıklığına uğradım. Katili kitabın başından beri tanımıyormuşum!
Bitti*

Polisiye severler beğenir diye düşünüyorum.
Martina
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pročitana u jednom dahu! Već me dugo neka knjiga nije ovako oduševila!
Sandra
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spannung
4,5 Sterne!
Elsa
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Två stjärnor istället för en pga läste faktiskt klart, men det var på håret. Långsam, ryckig och lite väl mycket onödigt berättande om karaktärernas bakgrunder - hade hellre sett att detta hade fått utvecklas pö om pö.
Lese lust
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi, 2017, autorin-17
Solider, gut erzählter Krimi mit interessantem Personal. ich hättest auf so manche Wiederholung verzichten können, vor allem, wie wenig ernst Frederika genommen wird, aber ich baue darauf, dass das in den nächsten Bänden nachlässt.
Die Reihe werde ich jedenfalls weiter verfolgen.
Učitaj se!
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Ova napeta i uzbudljiva knjiga govori o mračnoj temi koja nije za svakoga, a radi se o zločinima nad djecom i policijskoj istrazi cilj koje je da počinitelje tih zločina dovedu pred lice pravde.

Slučaj započinje nestankom jedne djevojčice iz vlaka, koji se dogodio dok je vlak stajao na kratkoj usputnoj stanici na svom putu prema Stockholmu. Dok je djevojčičina majka vani obavljala kratak poziv, djevojčica je netragom nestala iz vagona u kojem je do tada bila spavala, a apsolutno nitko od ostalih
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Onur Uslu
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Kristina Ohlsson'un yazdığı ilk kitabının son derece popüler Milenyum serisinden (belki ilk kitabıyla yarışır) daha iyi olduğunu düşünmem acaba bu kitap için ne anlam ifade eder? Konusu son derece akıcı ilerleyen, karakterlerin mesleki ve özel detaylarını yeterli detaylarla inceleyen ve polisiye romanlarındaki en önemli unsur olan katil psikolojisini tatmin edici şekilde açıklayan bu kitap hem Milenyum serisiyle beraber İsveç'in birtakım sorunlarına el atmış hem de polislerin olayı incelerken ha ...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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Esra Nazenin
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polisiye
Abi sen İsveç polisiyesisin. Niye işin içine gereksiz yere Amerikalı bir danışmanı katıyorsun? Bir de yazar ekiptekilerin kişisel hayatını olaya bağlamaya çalışmış ama tam olmamış. Akışın bölünmesine neden oldu daha çok. Yinede bir ilk kitap için iyiydi 3.4/5 .


http://www.esranazeninozdemir.com/201...
Vera Pns
3,5*/5
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.
Ana Udovicic
Moram priznat da me kraj knjige razočarao; sve je nekako zbrzano u par stranica što je prava šteta s obzirom da su početak i sredina knjige lijepo razrađeni. 4* idu samo na račun toga, inače je realna ocjena 3*.
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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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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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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