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The Disappeared

(Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,927 ratings  ·  315 reviews
From “one of Sweden’s best younger writers” (Los Angeles Times Magazine) and a “talented new author” (Booklist) comes this riveting third book in the critically acclaimed Fredrika Berman crime series.

A young woman on her way to a party vanishes without a trace, and it’s not until two years later that her body turns up. Mercilessly dismembered, it has deteriorated considera
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published 2011)
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Margaret The point is to show that since there are peope who ask for this kind of pleasure this kind of crime will exist. So it doesn t really matter who is…moreThe point is to show that since there are peope who ask for this kind of pleasure this kind of crime will exist. So it doesn t really matter who is the man. Either an ordinary man or someone we have met in a book.(less)
Barbara Allyn I don't think it is Spenser because he is not a Succesful man whose company has annual reports. It also says he enjoys the role he has been given so I…moreI don't think it is Spenser because he is not a Succesful man whose company has annual reports. It also says he enjoys the role he has been given so I am thinking Lund.(less)
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Diane S ☔
3.5 Quickly becoming one of my favorite Nordic series. This book finds Fredericka and Alex tackling a case with widespread implications. The world of snuff films, a famous children's book author who has not spoken for many years but who was convicted for killing her husband and a grave that holds three victims murdered many years apart.

Love the mix of their personal lives which comes to play in an important way. This case has so many threads to untangle that the reader cannot help but to become
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Fred Shaw
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson, Dreamscape Audiobook. #3 Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht Series

This is a very enjoyable series with protagonists Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht violent crimes detectives of the Stockholm police. What I enjoy most is that the author brings enough of the personal lives of the key characters into the story to make it more interesting and to endear the characters to the reader. I also enjoy the international flavor of the series. I recommend the books, and start
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Sheila Beaumont
This is the third book in this Swedish author's excellent mystery series. Kristina Ohlsson is one of the best of the current Scandinavian crime writers. She really knows how to maximize the suspense, her plots are complex, and her characters are portrayed with depth. This one is rather grisly in comparison to her two previous books, but it shouldn't be missed if you enjoy good Scandinavian crime fiction. These books should be read in series order, as the regular characters go through changes in ...more
Mae
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One strong point in The Disappeared, the detectives are good, sturdy, believable characters. However, the victims, and the bad guys play out as poster board mark ups (shallow and flat), and the author leads the reader in circles trying out various "possibles" for the crime(s). The repeated coincidences come off like cheap shots at getting around plot, character and background implausibilities. About two thirds through the book, I figured out what was going on and should have stopped while I had ...more
Charlene Intriago
I thought this book was good enough to warrant a second read so I did so yesterday (March 4) before my digital loan on this book expired. Loved it as much as the first read.

This time there's more than one body found, but it's that first body - Rebecca Trolle's - that haunts Alex Recht. Her disappearance two years ago was a case he just couldn't solve and now he's getting a second chance. But, it's so complicated. There are many years between the murders - and somehow those other bodies seem to b
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Bree T
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two years ago Alex Recht caught the case of a missing young woman. Despite his best efforts he was unable to find her and when the discovery comes in of a dismembered young woman’s body in a forest glade, he immediately knows that it’s Rebecca Trolle. Now they finally know what happened to that young woman who went missing, but now they have to find out the how, the why and the who.

As his team continues to excavate the site, they make a startling discovery. Buried further down, underneath where
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Book Him Danno
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not that the rich and powerful ever commit crimes; I am sure
they do. It is just a vast majority of crimes are committed by the average,
including murders. It has been an American crime fiction tendency that all
murderers are serial killers; or the thought we would only enjoy it if the
characters are super rich or powerful. I realize there are some fantastic
exceptions to this generalization, but as a trend it is easy to spot.
I bore of this trend and have found great solace in the crime fiction
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Donna
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This wasn't my kind of book. It is the first novel I've read by this author. She had great "good" characters who seemed competent and could carry the story, but there seemed to be many problems in all the other areas.

The whole plot seemed a tad bit on the convoluted side. In the beginning, there were so many things going on all at once it seemed like a dot to dot. I literally had to restart this book 4 times to get through it. Then the rest of the book was trying to link all the dots together.
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DianeAlice
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A touch too long, and one or two coincidences too far but still very engrossing and enjoyable.
Gina
Goodreads Description- The body of a young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in an innocuous Stockholm suburb. As Fredrika Bergman and her colleagues in the Stockholm Police continue to excavate the site, several more bodies are unearthed. Meanwhile, the name of a children's fiction author keeps cropping up in the investigation. All the bodies in the mass grave appear to have some connection to the old author and her enigmatic circle of friends - The Guardian Angels - who for ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I quite discovered Swedish author Kristina Ohlsson by accident when I picked up her first book "Unwanted". Fortuitous accident - because it was the first in a fantastic crime series featuring Investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman. The third book, Disappeared, is newly released and it too was a fantastic read.

The prologue's opening lines, set in the past, grabbed me immediately....

"When the film begins she has no idea what she is about to see. Nor does she realise what devastating consequence
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Paul Pessolano
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Disappeared” by Kristina Ohlsson, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – March 04, 2014

This is another wonderful mystery/thriller from Sweden. This is the third novel by Kristina Ohlsson, the other two were “Unwanted” and “Silenced”.

A dog unearths the body of a young woman that has been missing for over two years which starts a chain of events that is not only far reaching but baffling. Detective Fredrika Bergman is living with a college professor mu
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Mackey
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristina Ohlsson has become one of my favorite Nordic Noir authors, however this - the third book in her sequence of tales involving a trio of Swedish detectives - was a bit more jumbled than the first two. She has chosen to switch from the past tense to the future-tense, from story telling to interview style and it makes for a more disjointed style of reading. Despite this, as always, I was unable to determine the "whodunit" until the very end and that it is huge plus for me. Her characters are ...more
Mainlinebooker
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leave it to the Swedes. I have yet to find a Swedish mystery author that I haven't fallen for. Ohlsson is new on my list but does not disappoint. I had a hard time putting this down. The story is the third installment of the Fredrika Bergman crime series, though one does not need to read the others to enjoy this. Suffice it to say that the story revolves around a missing girl whose body along with others is discovered 2 years later, who was investigating and uncovering details about a person wit ...more
Ken Fredette
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this book. Kristina really wrote a book that would make you want to read the next book she puts out. She has all the elements that keep us reading. Talent for writing a good story. You want to know what happens to all the characters in this book that she describes in detail.
Denise
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the 2nd Kristina Ohlsson book I read - because I really liked the next in this series. As for The Disappeared - I'm annoyed. After reading the ending (no I'm not going to put a spoiler here) and then her Acknowledgement I was a bit miffed. If she hadn't been so self-congratulatory about this book I would have been willing to pass it off as new author stumble and give her the benefit of the doubt and move on to the next book but Noooooooo... Now I'm nitpicking. Not only did she have one ...more
Bonnie Brody
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have become quite enamored of Swedish mysteries. Kristina Ohlsson definitely holds a solid place in her country's genre of dark, twisted, and complex thrillers.

This book opens with an unknown woman watching a snuff film and deciding to leave her baby's father. The book then progresses to the present, 2009, and in a series of days, recounts the discovery of horrible murders and the search for the perpetrator. In a gravesite in Uppsala a German Shepherd sniffs out two buried bodies. One has bee
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Lynda Kelly
I'm really liking this series but this one was my least favourite of the three so far. There was some sadness when we lost one of the regular characters which was a real shame. It's nice we see the usual folk along with Cecilia, the new addition. She sounds feisty and could be a very interesting character in further stories, I think. I wanted to kick Spencer up the backside a great deal in this one. Alex also irritated me a little with his refusal to haul in any scions of industry for questionin ...more
Tom
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a great book to read
Helen
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David V.
Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started on 2-21-14. Finished it 2-26-14. I'd been told a year or so ago by another Goodreader that Scandinavian murder mysteries tend to be slow and plodding, as opposed to the fast pace of the American variety. This book, written by a female Swedish counter-terrorism officer, is no exception to the rule. The pace didn't pick up until the last 100 pages(of 406.) Lots of characters, and occasionally I got lost as to who was who. Interesting plot, characters ...more
Laura
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was the strongest book (by far) in the series, and also a good stand-alone. It's darker in every sense (it centers around a snuff film), and the characters are all going through dark, draining periods in their lives. However, in that darkness there is some incredible story-telling and it's hard not to be empathetic even as you watch the investigation unravel.

This was an excellent mystery, and she moved the larger, series, plotlines along nicely. The only quibble I have is that she
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Sheila
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Swedish series. This one finds Fredricka just returning from maternity leave and being thrown into a series of murders that span decades. It becomes personal when the father of her baby becomes one of the leading suspects.
Lara
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal. The pacing was fantastic and the way the story unfolds really sucked me in. I was sorry to finish the book and look forward to more.
Leslie Schoeb
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every book in this series gets better and better. A good dark swedish mystery!
Lone Matz
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting Story, a very enjoyable read.
Lisa
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book for me was drawn out a bit flat & the characters were weak the storyline just plodded along without any excitement this is my 2nd go at a SWedish author & again has failed to impress
Margaret
3,5 stars. Very well put together crime story. It could be smaller, but it kept my interest till the end!
Rob Parsons
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with reviewing is that all novels require suspension of disbelief, and when you sit down to think through what you want to say, those suspensions come back and haunt you. The first draft of this review went through all the things wrong with the book, and ended up saying “Yes, I definitely recommend you read it!” A lot of it is simple things, like the fact that when they drive somewhere, there is never traffic in the way. One issue is more serious, the fact that Fredrika’s partner is ...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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