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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,805 ratings  ·  216 reviews
Yitirilen bir gençlik. Yitirilen bir çocuk. Yitirilen umutlar. Yitirilen sevgililer. Yitirilen inançlar. İsveçli yazar Karin Alvtegenin roman kahramanı Sibylla, kendisinin ve başkalarının yitirdiklerinden oluşan ve cinayetlerle pekişen bir kördüğümün ortasına düşer. Bu kördüğümü çözmek, yalnızca faili meçhul cinayetlerin izini sürmekle kalmaz, Sibyllanın ailesiyle, ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published 2005 by Can Yayınları (first published 2000)
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Born into a life of privilege, Sybilla is now homeless. Sometimes she hangs out at a hotel bar and charms a visiting businessman into paying for her dinner and hotel room. One night Sybilla chooses the wrong man and he's found dead and mutilated the next morning.

Of course Sybilla is the prime suspect and her situation only gets worse when more victims are found murdered in a similar manner. Alvtegen does a skillful job developing the character of Sybilla by interspersing scenes from Sybilla's
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow another great Scandinavian novel at its best. This is a story about Sybylla Forenstrom, a 32 year old female drifter. Sybylla grew up in a home with a very protective and painfully obsessive mother, what people thought was more important to Sybylla's mother than anything else, as you can imagine there was not a good relationship between mother and daughter. Always looking for her next meal and bed for the night Sybylla meets a man in a restaurant and dupes him into buying her dinner and then ...more
H.A. Leuschel
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very suspenseful, intriguing and highly recommended for the perfect psychological thrill (without too many gory bits :-).
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An okay read ...

I think it was the writing style which put me off. It's very 'simplistic' and sometimes awkward. It is translated from the Swedish, though, so that might be part of the problem (for me.) However...

The story of a young woman from a very strict and cold upbringing who rebels, goes off on her own, and lives a homeless life. She receives a small stipend from her horrible mother, but otherwise, she's on her own. Problem is, she often sets up wealthy men to get lodging, meals, etc.,
Not a very plausible storyline. Maybe it would be better as a film.
Sybilla came from a rich but dysfunctional family. Her mother was a tyrant, petty snob and unloving. As a teenager, Sybilla has a rebellious phase, a breakdown and a number of stays in a local asylum.
She walks away from her family and 18 years of living on the street has made her tough, cunning and resourceful. In one of her scams her dinner date is found dead and she finds herself on the run from the police.
There were a number
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read of this Swedish author. I read it primarily because it was the winner of the Glass Key award which is the primary literary award for Swedish crime novels.

It was told from a different point of view. Generally the books are told from the cops point of view or the killers pov. In this case a young homeless woman is in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets accused of a series of brutal murders. We see the story through her eyes and her helpless condition. Great read. 5
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sybilla Forsenstrom doesn't exist. For fifteen years she has been excluded from society and, as one of the homeless in Stockholm, she takes each day as it comes, keeping all her possessions in her rucksack - apart from a knife and salami which she stores in a smart briefcase. She is always well-dressed and displays impeccable manners. One night, in The Grand Hotel, she charms a susceptible businessman into paying for her dinner and room. His dead body is discovered the

I knew their was a reasom Scandanavian crime fiction was so well renowed. This waa absolutely brilliant.

Missing is different from the norm. Usually with your typical crime novel, the story is told through the perspective of some kind of law enforcement official not through the perspective of a suspect and an innocent suspect at that.

Sybylla is a homeless woman after having fallen out with the family some time ago. She had lived this existence for some time getting by in several ways. One of
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It could be me. I am just not sure I get on with crime fiction. It always seems to me it gives plot an undeserved ascendancy over character, observation, depth and good writing. I'm afraid this was no exception. The prose was flat, and while Sibylla was interesting, there seemed to be little subtlety to her character. I just didn't really believe in her or her rather melodramatically appalling childhood. The serial killer as religious maniac theme also struck me as hackneyed. The news stories ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Scandinavian author I have read! I loved this book. This novel is not as dark and violent as is the trend with so many other new authors coming out of Scandinavia. Karin Alvtegen uses psychological suspense over violence to tell a good story. This is the second book I have read by her and I'm really pleased that each book so far, is a standalone suspense novel(at least as far as I'm aware). Too many authors write series books (probably spurred on by their publishers), and I'm tired of ...more
I'm not at all sure what to say about this book as I can't even decide whether I can say I liked it or not! Reading about someone being falsely accused of something always winds me up but in this case I didn't seem to have the concern for Sibylla that I would have expected. The problems faced by the homeless & Sibylla's feelings of persecution seemed plausible but despite her history, I never felt sympathetic towards her situation....although Sibylla's treatment at her mother's hands, well ...more
Minty McBunny
Sweden & Norway's monarchies must be in a right state if all the book jackets declaring this person or that person 'The Queen of Crime!' are correct. In some cases (Camilla Läckberg, Karin Fossum) I'm not going to argue, but Karin Alvtegen is at best a Viscountess.

This book was entertaining enough, it was nice to have a story from the point of view of a suspect for a change from the police inspector's perspective. It was a bit stressful for me, as I have a fear of being wrongfully accused of
May 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
It doesn't make any sense to me. The first Alvtegen mystery I read, Betrayal, was a good thriller only really marred by an uninspired ending. But Missing is Alvtegen's most acclaimed novel, and it's a mess. For maybe the first quarter of the novel you can buy into the goings-on, but the plot gets increasingly more trite, more convenient, and more unlikely.
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-reads
Sibylla Forsenstrom had a life of privilege as compared to her schoolmates in a small town in Sweden. Her father headed the main local business. However, Sibylla's life was not all champagne and caviar. Her parents were emotionally abusive. Ultimately, she ended up in a mental institution as a result of her warring emotions, suffering from depression and an unwanted pregnancy. Sibylla's hatred of her parents rules her life. However, she is not at all reluctant to accept a monthly stipend from ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
Sep 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
I liked the unusual angle of this Scandinavian crime novel which follows the main suspect after a murder is committed. This approach reminded me of The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan. Sybilla, in Missing, is homeless and a former inmate of a mental institution which makes her the perfect suspect for the police. She isn't destitute though and far from the populist drug-addled junkie image so this gives her the capacity to remain invisible - for a while at least. Alvtegen jumps between ...more
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missing is the story of Sibylla Forenström, a 32-year old drifter on the streets of Stockholm. Dressed in her best thrift-store suit, Sibylla cons a wealthy businessman into buying her dinner and a hotel room in a fancy hotel. When the police arrive the next morning she assumes the con has been exposed and flees. But the man has been brutally murdered, and the police identify Sibylla’s fingerprints and charge her with the crime, revealing that she disappeared from a mental institution 15 years ...more
Ineke van Mackelenbergh
A tightly-knit, fast-paced plot, and well written, but it didn't really all hang together. It was a little obvious to me that the main character, Sybilla, would work out the who-done-it, in the process of clearing herself of falsely being accused of murders she didn't commit. The plot relies heavily and hangs together on an 'unbalanced' psyche... a very prevalent thread of murder mysteries in the present day, if you ask me. That said, the book is also about trust and self-preservation, which ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Missing” is a good psychological thriller book with pages that are easy to turn. This novel wasn’t just about murder, it’s about what goes on in the mind of Sibylla Forsenström who, after a childhood of being tightly controlled, has decided to live her life without anyone telling her what to do. Being falsely accused of murders she didn’t commit, Sibylla finds that she has to let down her guard and trust a little so that she can prove her innocence. This is the first book I’ve read by Karin ...more
Carey Combe
Can someone please tell me the point of including her mental illness and her parent's cruelty towards her? Yuo only needed a fraction of that information to understand why she was now sleeping rough and even then it didn't add anything to the story at all. And why did she think being 'caught' for scrounging a room was worse than being sought for murder - Unrealistic scenario's to move the plot along is my big bug bear.... Saying all that it could have been worse!!!.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
A different take on the wrongly accused suspect on the run meme. The book didn't take very long to read, which was fine, except I think the story would have been better if it had been a bit more detailed. The climax came kind of abruptly and then the book ended. I liked the main character and would have liked the last part of the book to be more about what happens to her after the killer is finally caught and she is exonerated.
I was a bit surprised by this book. It was far less than I expected. There was something forced in the plot lines, heavy-handed and over-wrought in the scenes, and stylistically, the writing (or perhaps translating) was mainly disappointing. After reading some amazing Swedish crime fiction, I had high hopes. I found mediocrity.
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this excellent thriller by another Swedish author! It is so different, and it grips you from the beginning - quick, GOOD "read". I can't wait to read her other two books, Shame and Betrayal. LOVE to discover a new author!
Dec 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To Carey then Clare
The poor little rich girl thing didn't grab me at all.

When we first see Sibylla, she is dining at the Grand Hotel's magnificent French dining room. She looks the part of the successful executive unwinding after a tough day at office. But why is her suit then having a false label (is she so concerned about appearances that she resorts to such falsehood?), why is the waist button of her skirt replaced by a safety-pin (if she can dine in such a posh hotel, couldn't she have put on a new dress before coming to dinner?), why is she thinking of stealing ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Book club read.

This was an interesting story. You start off thinking one thing and within the first few chapters realise that you might well have been wrong.

The characters are believable and shockingly the main character is very relatable. You can actually see yourself in her position and how easy it would be to end up there. There's a sticky point which hits home when she meets up with an old 'friend'. I had to put the book down at that point and then pick it up a bit later.

All in all, I'm glad
should be a 3.5 and almost 4 .0 rating- will make one reconsider the why of homelessness and how it impacts perception of same; specifically how one becomes homeless mentally and emotionally sometimes way before the actual occurrence. All that wrapped up in a series of murders and the search for the killer.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish-mystery
This was really very good. I've read one other title by her (well tried to) and it was just too damn bleak for me.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a barrel of laughs--we are talking Swedish mystery here but the difference is that you like some of the characters, you might even love some of them.

Tight pacing, gripping story, not too gory and satisfying conclusion.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good. I found myself on edge throughout the book wondering if Sibylla was going to find out who the real killer was and if she would finally find the peace she deserved. The author won a Glass Key Award as Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year in 2000, so I am guessing others loved the book as well. Highly recommended.
Lucy McLaurin
This was a good read. It wasn't too taxing and actually quite easy to read.

I am not sure it lived up to all the brilliant reviews but I would read another book by Ms Alvtegen. I just felt maybe it needed a bit more back story to know why Sybilla's mother was the way she was to her...
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The Queen of Crime in Scandinavia.

Missing was awarded the premier Scandinavian crime writing award the Glass Key in 2001 and was also nominated for the Poloni Award and Best Crime Novel 2000 in Sweden.

Shame was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie International Dagger award for crime novels in translation upon publication in English.

Alvtegen lives in Stockholm. She is
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