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Farewell to Freedom (Louise Rick (English translation order) #3)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  671 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
A young woman's body is found on the street in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district, her throat slit, and the media is clamoring for the grisly details. Louise assumes it is because Camilla, a crime reporter on a morning paper, wants to be the first to hear of any juicy new developments. Instead, her distraught friend reveals that her eleven-year-old son found an abandoned baby ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 2nd 2012 by Pegasus (first published April 22nd 2008)
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Dec 12, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
Once again Danish author Sara Blaedel uses the vehicle of a crime novel series (featuring Copenhagen Detective Louise Rick) to expose the exploitation and abuse of women. In this instance, the emphasis is on a particularly insidious form of prostitution.

In Farewell to Freedom, Blaedel calls attention to human trafficking: specifically, the kidnapping of young foreign girls who are brought over to Copenhagen and forced into prostitution, which was decriminalized (albeit with restrictions) in Denm
Kelly Hager
Nov 17, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far, three of Sara Blaedel's books have been released in English. I have read all three this year, which means that this has been an excellent year. Unfortunately, this ALSO means that I have a long time to wait until either (a) her first book is translated and released or (b) books five, six and seven are translated and released here. Please, PLEASE get on that, Pegasus! Because these books are excellent and I need to read them. And it will take me forever to learn to speak the language.

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Zohar -
Nov 24, 2012 Zohar - rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blædel is a fictional book in a series featuring Copenhagen detective Louise Rick and her friend Camilla Lind, a reporter. This is the third novel translated to English written by the best selling Danish author.

A woman is found with her throat brutally slashed, policewoman Louise Rick and her colleges from the Copenhagen Police start to investigate. During the beginning of the investigation, Louise gets a phone call from her journalist friend, Camilla Lind, who is dee
Feb 18, 2013 Vivian rated it liked it
Louise Rick and Camilla Lind have been tied to one another for years as friends. It seems quite prophetic that Louise would become a detective and Camilla a crime reporter so that even their careers become linked. Farewell to Freedom seems to shine more of a spotlight on Camilla and her son Markus. Camilla advocates for more in-depth news coverage and an investigation into the murdered prostitute. When she feels the paper isn’t providing the coverage needed, she launches her own investigation in ...more
Ken Fredette
Feb 15, 2013 Ken Fredette rated it it was amazing
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May 04, 2017 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another suspenseful read! Love the development of the main character, she's flawed but she's real.
Brenda Freeman
Jun 25, 2017 Brenda Freeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this author.
Jun 18, 2015 Carrie rated it liked it
3.5 stars but I have reservations about rating this book in general. First, this is the only book in the Louise Rick series that I have read. I realize that there are other books in the series that have been translated to English that precede this one. Therefore, some of the issues I had with this book may be the result of not reading prior books. Second, I had no knowledge of character backgrounds prior to reading so I think the fact that I felt the characters were flat may have been a result o ...more
Clay Stafford
Sara Blædel was voted as Denmark’s most popular novelist three times in a row. That’s no surprise. When it comes to police procedural, she’s always been one of my favorites.

“Farewell to Freedom” is from #1 international bestselling author Sara Blædel. Unlike a good number of writers I read in the crime genre who try to sex-up the victimization of women, Blædel’s portrayals are straight-on ugly. The story opens with a violently murdered woman and, across town, a found newborn. Though set in Copen
Jan 03, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars -- Another good one, the 4th in the Louise Rick/Camilla Lind series. These are police procedurals and they move slowly as the detectives uncover clues, follow leads, and investigate the crimes. Camilla, a journalist, usually gets involved by interviewing people of interest as they relate to stories she is writing for the newspaper.

I like the characters as I learn more about them with each book. Louise and Camilla are complicated women and they are quite private about their per
Ella-Maluca Floyd
Oct 17, 2013 Ella-Maluca Floyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi, lydbog
I den 4. bog om Louise Rick er hun tilbage i Drabsafdelingen på Københavns Politigård.

Denne gang bringes læseren udover landgrænserne og får en virkelig grim side at se med menneskehandel, prostitution og organiseret kriminalitet.

Det er rart at følge kollegerene og selv Michael Stig er jeg så småt begyndt at kunne lide, selv om han nok altid vil kunne få “mit pis i kog” med hans arrogante holdning.

Camilla Lind får en hel del skrammer psykisk og jeg er spændt på hvilken retning denne bogs konsekv
Alison Gray
Apr 17, 2016 Alison Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story sees Louise take part in an investigation into trafficking from Eastern Europe to Denmark. It's the fourth in a series which I love although it can be read as a standalone. For me it's interesting to see the characters develop through the series and for some reason I couldn't get this book in England. I think this is the American translation. Louise's friend Camilla is growing friendly with Pastor Henrik Holm as her son, Markus is friendly with his son, Jonas. When the two boys find a ...more
Jul 13, 2008 Henni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: krimi-dansk, 2008, 2011, 2013
Endnu en bog i Blædels serie om Politipigen Louise Rick og veninden journalisten Camilla Lind.
Det er den 4 bog, og den er noget tid om at komme i gang syntes jeg, det er først i den sidste fjerdedel af bogen den bliver rigtig spændende.
Det er stadig en god bog, men i forhold til de tre første i serie er jeg lidt skuffet, der er for mange problemstillinger i bogen der fortjener en mere uddybende behandling, men det kan være at noget af det kommer i den femmer, som der lægges op til med den ufulds
Dec 12, 2013 judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Wow! A new (to me) Scandinavian author who writes the kind of sensible mysteries I love. Actually, Sara Blaedel is hugely popular in her native Denmark. I must say it was delightful not to be inundated with the country's politics, a common theme in many Scandinavian novels. I think we have more than enough of that right here at home. The subject was not happy but at least the setting wasn't cold, dark(literally) and depressing. Love her two main characters in this series. This isn't Girl With or ...more
Naomi Blackburn
Dec 05, 2012 Naomi Blackburn rated it really liked it
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My opinion: Although this isn't my favorite book by Ms. Blaedel, this one is right up there. She manages to weave to very intricate storylines and bring them together at the end brilliantly. We are also allowed to continue to study the complex relationship between Rick and Lind. One final thing that I love about the writing of Ms. Blaedel, unlike her contemporaries, is that her storylines tend to focus on issues relating to the societal victimization of
Catherine Woodman
Jul 08, 2013 Catherine Woodman rated it really liked it
This is set in Copenhagen and it is a cop and her friend who is a reporter. THere are women and girls being trafficked from E. Europe, and one of them ends up dead, and another leaves a baby in a church. There are a few twists and turns here--like it wasn't an accident that this church was chosen, but the two women work together, and while the bad guy is not caught, they do make some progress--I suspect he will come back again in another book--not so hot on the profoundly evil bad guy, but it wo ...more
Colleen Coleman
Jan 28, 2013 Colleen Coleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only negative comment I have, which has nothing to do with the author, is the translation. Perhaps it should be proof-read to catch some of the words and punctuation. I found that several times I had to re-read parts. Other than that this was a very good book. The topic was definitely not a pleasant one, but it got me thinking about what some women have to do to survive. It was very interesting how all the parts came together with a nice twist at the end. I hope there will be more books for ...more
Maria Elmvang
Slow to start, but it quickly picks up and becomes very interesting. It touches upon one of the most despicable crimes around - human trafficking. It's something I feel very strongly against and therefore had a hard time stomaching the book which as always was very well written. It ends rather abrupt and with an unexpected twist, but unlike some of her other books the abruptness doesn't mean any threads are left hanging... or rather they are, but not in an unsatisfying way, but rather because it ...more
May 14, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: danish
Second of Blaedel's books I've read. I always enjoy the combination of myster/thriller with social commentary and this book really reflects this. The two crucial women - journalist and police detective best friend - are interesting and their personal lives and complications are believable. The sex trafficking aspect of the case they are pursuing is both interesting and probably sadly accurate. The book is a lot more fun to read than I'm making it sound here!
Kathy Sales
Apr 22, 2015 Kathy Sales rated it liked it
I think I'm finished with this series. It stretches the bounds of credibility and coincidence too often. Book after book, Louise and her friend Camilla get embroiled professionally and personally in the same cases although they are in different professions. The books are very informative about timely social and legal issues, such as human trafficking, but the storylines of the two women are just not credible.
Sandy L
Feb 06, 2013 Sandy L rated it liked it
I'm on page 100 of 375 of Farewell to Freedom. I am enjoying this read. I do however, have a comment even though I have more to read. The story, characters, and setting are interesting. The translation seems to be well done but the editing leaves a lot to be desired. It is very distracting. I am having to read some sentences several times because of punctuation or added wording. Editors, please do a better job. I thought about giving up on this book but the story is interesting.
New author for me. Another Scandinavian author, but not as good as some others. The protagonist is a woman detective investigating murders in the prostitution world of Denmark. The story was worked out well, the problem I had was with the number of characters, their names, the names of the streets and the sometimes frantic scenes and I couldn't keep up trying to figure out who was who.

It all came out OK, but I wasn't satisfied. Not at the top of my list.
Linda Lipko
Apr 25, 2015 Linda Lipko rated it liked it
his is the fourth of the author's books I've read. This one didn't hold my interest as much as the others, but still, it was worth the time and energy spent in reading. The detective Louise Rick is involved in a series of very gruesome killings. She and her team mates discover an underground ring of evil thugs who use women for sex traffic. Once the snare the women in their net, it is impossible to get away.
Apr 30, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very strong series. The characters are likeable and easy to relate to. While the crime aspect is well written, it is an issue that's been explored before. Towards the end, some new ground was covered which led to an interesting twist at the end.

This is an enjoyable read that's hard to put down.
Feb 26, 2016 Lis rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
I like this series, but I really am uncomfortable with the subject of this book: trafficking of women and prostitution. A twist at the end that will presumably carry over into future books though.

This is #4 in the series -- as far as I can see, #s 5 and 6 have not been translated. I have already read #7 (the Forgotten Girls) , and I have #8 (the Killing Forest) on request at the library.
Bethany Adler
This was by far my least favorite book by this author. It was not engaging at all and I felt no connection to any of the characters, except perhaps the 2 main investigators. I wanted twists and turns and instead I got ho hum "surprises." Read "The Killing Forest" instead of this- it takes place later but is far more exciting.
May 02, 2013 Sif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bogen er noget langsom om at komme igang - men når historien først folder sig ud, forstår man pludselig, hvorfor alle de små historier skulle fortælles først.

Sidste halvdel af denne bog - læste jeg på en nat. Jeg kunne slet ikke lade være!
I'm sorry, I adandoned this book as I couldn't get into it after a third of the book. I received an eelctronic copy of this book from netgalley in return for an independant reivew, but I struggled. Sorry.
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Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-three countries. She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark's most popular novelist for the fourth time in 2014. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark's most prestigious literary award.
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