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The Forgotten Girls

(Louise Rick #7)

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In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to sa ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2011)
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Deanna
I have not read any other books written by Sara Blaedel but I was curious after reading the book description for The Forgotten Girls.

This book features Detective Louise Rick, who is featured in the authors other novels.

Police detective Louise Rick. Louise is now the new commander of the Missing Persons Department in Denmark.

Two weeks as the new commander and Louise is working on the case of an unknown woman whose body was found in the forest. The woman has a very unique scar on the side of he
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Karen
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was a good one but it was very poorly executed. The main character Detective Louise has just moved to a new position and will be a heading a division that investigates missing persons cases. As the story begins she gets her first case and is sent to pick up her new partner who is passed out drunk in a bar. Within minutes of her retrieving him he is alert and making suggestions on how to investigate that Louise seems unable to think of herself. While he is doing all the i ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I would like to thank Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

A woman's body is found in the forest, but no one seems to know who she is. Louise Rick then discovers that the woman is already dead, or rather that she was a patient in a state mental institution and was declared dead 30 years ago. Now Louise and her colleague Eik must find out how a woman can be declared dead and then end up dead for real decades later.

This book was far less gruesome and gory than I expe
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A woman's body is found in the forest, but no one seems to know who she is. Louise Rick then discovers that the woman is already dead, or rather that she was a patient in a state mental institution and was declared dead 30 years ago. Now Louise and her colleague Eik must find out how a woman can be declared dead and then end up dead for real decades later.

Have you ever read something good, but at the same time revolting to read? You know the kind of engrossing book, but with a really really sick
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Diane S ☔
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Two young girls, both mentally challenged, are institutionalized as their mother died in childbirth and their father can no longer care for them. At the institution, the father is told that his visits upset them and is told to forget about them and get on with his life. When the girls are eighteen the father is told that they have both died from pneumonia. How then to explain when the body of one of the girls, 30 years later, is found. Where has she been all these years? Where is her twin?

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Melissa
4.5 stars

It's books like this that give me anxiety at the mere thought of going into the woods. This is the seventh book in the series, but the first I’ve read from Sara Blaedel. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed. The writing, the characters, the creepy setting - I didn’t want it to end.

“Something like that haunts you for the rest of your life.”

From the start there’s a sad and ominous undertone. The best way I can describe the setting and my feelings in the beginning - a dreary, rainy day.
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Emm C²
I'd never heard of this series or author before, and what really coerced me into reading The Forgotten Girls was its setting - the eerie, ethereal rural woodlands of Denmark. How a story can be so enticing when the subject grows so horrifying is a mystery in itself. Blaedel's writing is meticulous but unsparing in realism. The style is fittingly stark, like a tree stripped of bark to reveal bloodstains.

The plot revolves around a detective, Louise Rick, and her partner investigating the death of
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Cat
Feb 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the story line for this ebook, I couldn't wait for it's release. The mystery sounded intriguing, unfortunately it failed to deliver. There wasn't a single aspect of the story (the mystery around the twins and where they were, the romance between the protagonist and her temporary partner) that I would consider suspenseful. While the crimes against the mentally handicapped children was awful, I felt that way because of my own morals and not because of any narrative by the author.

I tho
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♥Rachel♥
1 Star for the narration. The book is set in Denmark, yet the leading detectives voices are read with an American accent. Other characters, however, were read with several different accents: US South, and then maybe Wisconsin? Then there were characters read with what sounded like a Scottish accent. Not sure what was going on here, but I wouldn't recommend the audio version AT ALL. Thank goodness this was a library lend or I'd have to return the book. Needless to say, I won't be listening to the ...more
Stephanie Swint
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
'The Forgotten Girls' is a good addition to the Scandinavian mysteries that are being translated for English readers currently. Blaedel has been writing them prior to their recent popularity and if Goodreads is accurate it looks like there are a few installments prior to 'The Forgotten Girls' surrounding Louise Rick's friend Camilla Lind we will need to learn about as well. I believe this is the first book where Louise Rick is in the spotlight. It is a fast paced mystery centered around the stor ...more
Wendi
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just once - once, damn it! - I want to read one of these mysteries wherein the detective isn't berated, stymied, threatened, or prohibited in their investigation by their boss. Just once, I would be so impressed if the man who hired the person to do the job he has entrusted them with would actually just trust the person to do the damn job.

At least in many of these police procedural-type mysteries, the protagonist is being condemned because what they want to do is dangerous or wildly outside the
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Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Plot/Story:
The Forgotten Girls is a brilliant book with an exciting plotline which engulfs the reader right from the beginning. The enjoyed the storyline thoroughly and would definitely love to read more from the author. This book has so many elements that it'll keep the reader guessing at all times. This book is what a real psychological thriller should be. The twists and turns were well timed and the intrig
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JoAnna
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was good! It was fast paced and very enjoyable! I figured out who the killer was at chapter 8.... so that was a little disappointing, but at the same time I had that I FUCKING KNEW IT moment at the end when the author revealed the killer. Who doesn't love it when you are the real detective in a murder/mystery book!
Kristie
Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review.

I received this book to review little over a year ago. It sat on my shelf unread all that time. Instead of informing the publisher that I hadn't had time to review the book, I kept re-reading the book blurb and thinking that I really wanted to read this one.

Ultimately, I think the book was pretty much what I expected it to be. It was good, some parts better than others, but
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Aisling
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The premise for this mystery is great; a body is discovered and then identified by her death certificate saying she died as a teen 30 years ago. More intriguing? She has a twin, also with a death certificate. Is the twin still alive, did she live beyond her 30 year old death certificate and what really happened in the home for forgotten children? The story gets grim and probes some ugly history of how the world used to treat children with mental/physical deficiencies. The author writes fluently ...more
Cass
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75

i didn’t realize this was the seventh book in the series until i was ab halfway through it and checked it out on goodreads bc i was confused by some of the characters backstories so whoops 😂. i really enjoyed reading the parts ab the murders and especially reading ab the twins but because i have yet to read the first six books in this series (that’s embarrassing) i didn’t really enjoy anything else and was pretty confused ab some parts but that’s also my own fault for not checking before so
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Lisa
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I tend not to enjoy police procedurals, but herein lies an exception. This was a solid mystery with an interesting and unique plot. I enjoyed this little trip to Denmark and I think I'll be coming back for more. 4 stars.

p.s. Although this is technically the 4th book in the series, books 1-3 seem almost impossible to find and I think you'd be just fine starting the series from this point. I think this was the first book translated and published for English readers, and subsequent books seem to be
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Cathryn
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
It was Ok. I'm sure if I read a lot more crime/mystery it wouldn't rank as high as some others.

One mistake I made was not checking GR before I started reading. I didn't realize this was book 4 in the series. There were references to characters from prior books that probably would have made more sense but overall I don't think I missed too much by not reading the prior books.

I think this will be a series that I can take or leave. If I need an easy read I might pick up another one but I'm not dyi
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Tracey
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This took entirely too long to read, but that’s the life of a wrestling mom during season.

I absolutely loved this book! The Forgotten Girls is the first of a trilogy within a series. But at no time did I feel lost or confused without reading the books that came before. Sara gives enough background on the protagonist, Louise Rick so I felt like I wasn’t missing anything vital.

I thought the mystery was solid and developed slowly. There was definitely some creep value, which I loved. The writing f
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Shaun
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
3.5 stars rounded down

Louise Rick has just been appointed technical manager of the Special Search Agency, a division of Denmark's Search Department that is responsible for investigating unsolved missing-person cases.

When Louise and her partner Eik Nordstrom identify a Jane Doe as a mental patient that supposedly died decades earlier along with her mentally-ill twin, the new partners embark on an investigation that leads them down a path of rape, murder, and family secrets--a twisted path which
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Paul
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was ok. Maybe I just don't understand how the police operate in Denmark. It seems like their police force is made up of a kind of bumbling keystone cops. But without giving anything else away, it was light and easy.
Anne
I feel bad giving a book that's been translated (and not by the original author) from another language this low a rating. I mean, I'm sure it sounded better in its original form. However, being an egomaniacal 'Merican, I do not speak or read any language but English, and that's the format of this book I will review here.

The mystery itself was compelling and well-conceived, and I didn't solve it until the protagonist did, which doesn't happen all that often. I definitely wanted to keep reading, i
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Kimberly
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading from Sara Blaedel. Louise Rick is tasked with identifying the body of a woman found dead in the woods, in the area where she, herself, grew up. The identification should present no problems, due to the prominent scar along the entire side of the deceased's face and neck. This is where the story just gets harder and harder to break away from!

I thought that the entire concept of the "forgotten girls" was an emotional ride from start to fini
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Laura
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I always like to have an audio book going for my commute to work, but I am a little peculiar about what I choose to listen to versus what I will read. The majority of the audio books on my "read" shelf are books that were never on my "to-read" shelf, and as a result, I have discovered some favorites based entirely on what caught my eye at the library.

Most of them are thrillers or mysteries, and so when I saw the title "The Forgotten Girls" in combination with the eerie cover, I was happy to grab
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Pia
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Nordic Noir and this book is a very good example.
Book #7 in the Louise Rick series (but don't worry, it works as a stand alone book, too), and I'm ashamed to say I'm just discovering author Sara Blaedel.

After a woman is found dead in the forest, police detective Louise Rick, who has just been assigned to a new task force, and her new partner have to find not only who she is, but where she came from.
When they discover she is supposed to have died more than 30 years before, the story takes
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Meredith
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

Sarah Blaedel’s The Forgotten Girls captivates from the very beginning. It’s a dark and disturbing read, and fits in quite well with other Scandinavian mysteries! My only criticism is that the translation seems a little choppy. Do not read late at night!
Kay Parker
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating:  5  🔪
Author: Sara Blædel
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
 
Synopsis:
#1 international bestseller THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS
The body of an unidentified woman has been discovered in a remote forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. Louise Rick, the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, waits four long days before pulling off a risky move: releasing a photo of the victim to the media, jeopardizin ...more
Vanessa Teixeira
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-tbr
Wow! I read this in no time, that's how good it is 😍
I had read and loved The Lost Woman, also by Sara Blædel, but this one is even better!
Full review on my blog
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Albert
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel is another addition to the growing and popular Scandinavian crime drama genre that was broken open by the internationally famous Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. The Forgotten Girls is the seventh in the Louise Rick series of crime novels and though the character certainly has moments that might have been better explained if the reader had read the prior novels, the plot and story itself stands on its own. The Forgotten Girls is a tense crime drama that highlights t ...more
Kaya
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
“What do you want to get away from?' she repeated and put her hands around his face. Finally, he turned his head and looked at her with pain in his eyes and a dry laugh. 'Me,' he said. 'It's completely trivial. A lonely heart and pain and something that never heals.”

My expectations were pretty much fulfilled. I started the book hoping for an intriguing mystery and suspense and I got all of that. However, the characters and relationships between them are a bit shallow and one-dimensional. In
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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-seven countries. In 2014 Sara was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.

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