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The Chosen

(Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht #5)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,334 ratings  ·  224 reviews
The brand new thriller featuring Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht of the Stockholm police. On a cold winter's day, a pre-school teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice. A heavy snowstorm hits Stockholm and the tra ...more
Paperback, 584 pages
Published December 31st 2015 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published 2013)
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Birthe Trchl I didn't read the Swedish version but what I understand from my Swedish skills and the original publisher's homepage it is a literal translation. The …moreI didn't read the Swedish version but what I understand from my Swedish skills and the original publisher's homepage it is a literal translation. The Swedish term is "papperspojken".
Mary Smith There appear to be a couple of editions available in English. My copy was published in 2016 by Washington Square Press. This is the one mentioned by r…moreThere appear to be a couple of editions available in English. My copy was published in 2016 by Washington Square Press. This is the one mentioned by reader below.(less)
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This is my first read by this author and I'm so happy I found her! The best thing ever! This story, I still can't fully comprehend what just happened. Wow, I feel like I've just re-lived what each character in this book went through and it's A LOT! The story and plot are so complex, interesting and just a lot to take in. You have one plot and that is to find the killer (or possible killers) but the way the story unfolds is very fascinating, at least
Fred Shaw
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson, narrated by Justine Eyre, a Dreamscape Audio production., and number 5 in a series. The story takes place in Stockholm, current day, as 2 10 yr. old boys go missing and an elementary school teacher is murdered, both occurring on the same day and all victims from the same Jewish community. Protagonists Alex Recht and Fredericka Bergman, Stockholm police officers, are tasked to find the kidnappers and killer and determine if the incidents are related.

I chose this b
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pre-school teacher is shot and two boys are missing all from the Jewish community and all with in hours of each other. Are the two incidents related or is it just coincidence. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht are only a two man/woman team and they are tasked to investigate these crimes but when it appears the teacher's death is unrelated to the boy's disappearance the crime is assigned to another team. As they continue to investigate it seems more and more as if the two cases may be related. An ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I loved the first 3 books in this series, but was not a fan of #4, so this one has been sitting on my shelf for years.

I'm so glad I finally picked it up! Even though it was repetitive at times, I still really enjoyed it. It was nice to be back with Fredrika and Alex again
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson
I would like to thank Net Galley, Kristina Ohlsson and Simon & Schuster publisher for providing me with my advanced readers copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This novel was translated by Marlaine Delargy who did an amazing job with the prose. The author, Kristina Ohlsson lives in Stockholm, Sweden, although she wrote the book in Jerusalem. To give the vast background of the author she is a political scientist. She previously worked as a counterterrorism
Ken Fredette
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like the way that Kristina Ohlsson keeps you informed but has Fredrika and Alex always guessing. It keeps you in the know while her characters are always guessing whats happening. They come close to what really happens but they will never know the truth. You didn't know the truth until the last few chapters. It was a good read and I would recommend it to my readers. ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Fear came with the darkness.

This opening line sets the tone for all that follows, in this case a well thought out complex thriller written by Kristina Ohlsson. As the blurb states, a schoolteacher in a Jewish community in Stockholm gets shot on the same day two ten year old boys go missing, all during a snowstorm which envelops the city. Detectives Alex Recht and Fredrika Bergman are tasked with solving what might be a random murder and kidnapping or something far more sinister.

This is the fift
Susanne  Strong
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson is a mystery novel with recurring characters of Alex Recht, Fredrika Bergman and Peder. Alex and Frederika are detectives with the Stockholm police who are called in to investigate the murder of a teacher at the Solomon Community. Immediately after the initial crime, a subsequent kidnapping and murder of two children who are students at the Solomon Community, occurs. Alex and Fredrika take over the investigation. Peder, a former detective on their team, becomes a s ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personally, I don't know how anyone could give less than five stars to this terrific novel. It had more twists,turns and zigzags than a roller coaster.
When a schoolteacher is shot at a Jewish congregation in Stockholm, shockwaves went through the community. A few hours later two Jewish boys were abducted. Fredrika Bergman and police superintendent Alex Recht then begin a hunt to ascertain who could be the killer. Were the two crimes connected ? Suddenly the intrusion of an Israeli myth about The
Gisela Hafezparast
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Best in series, read it in one long sitting. Real page turner.
Sheila Beaumont
In just a few weeks, I've read all five of this first-rate Swedish author's books, and this is the best of them all. And the most suspenseful. The very complex story is fascinating, with many twists and a wide variety of interesting, well-drawn characters, yet it's easy to follow and never confusing.

The novel starts off with a fatal shooting at the Solomon Community, a Jewish congregation in Stockholm. Then two 10-year-old boys who belong to the community are abducted on their way to tennis prac
This was the first I've read in this series and I very much enjoyed it. The murder of a teacher and (subsequently) two young boys from the same school seems far from coincidental. And of course it isn't. But the case at hand is complex and Ohlsson delves into national security, terrorism and religion. And there's the underlying theme of a terrifying mythical figure added into the mix.

I realise I'd missed quite a bit of backstory, but it made no difference. I probably didn't identify with the ke
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series with the protagonist Frederika Bergman. This is an excellent book in an excellent series.
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

Thank you to Netgalley, Atria Books and Kristina Ohlsson for making an e-ARC of The Chosen available in exchange for an unbiased review.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a Scandinavian crime novel and, after finishing The Chosen, I’m sure I’ll be reading a lot more of them. The Chosen is my first book by Kristina Ohlsson but it’s the fifth in a series featuring Stockholm detectives Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht. I was a little wary of starting five books in because I generally prefer t
The Chosen, Ohlsson's fifth novel in the series, starts with the shooting of a nursery teacher and is closely followed by the disappearance of two young students after a tennis lesson. The shot teacher and the boys happen to belong to Stockholm's Jewish Solomon community, and at first it looks as if the crime and disappearances are down to anti-Semitism, but as Frederika Bergman and Alex Recht start to investigate and put the pieces together, the motives appear not to be so clear-cut.

I enjoyed
Charlene Intriago
A teacher killed at a Jewish school in Stockholm and later that day two ten year old Jewish boys from the same school go missing and are found murdered. This happens just when the school is looking for a new head of security and has brought in a Mossad agent from Israel to help them find the best candidate. And, the boys, they are from families that left Israel ten years ago in search of a better life in Sweden. Is there a connection between their lives in Israel and the killings? Our two detect ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Twists and turns galore,-another roller coaster ride. I can’t say enough about this excellent Swedish series. Intricate plots abound with wonderful characters. If you haven’t read any of this series, you should!
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
My View:
This is the 5th book in the series and I feel my reading experience would have benefited from reading the earlier books and therefore being more invested in the main characters relationships. Despite my lack of background this was an intriguing read; the political and social commentary was thought provoking and reflective of many recent worldwide events (no spoilers here).

I really liked the clever use of the violin and superstition to add another layer of intrigue to this narrative – I w
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love a good Scandi thriller and this one set in Stockholm is jam packed full of intrigue and mystery. What starts off as a murder of two young boys turns into something of international importance. This case turns out to be an issue of national security, terrorism and religion. And that's not all.
The Paper Boy—a mysterious old Israeli legend of a nighttime killer— was something I'd never come across before in a novel and this brought the novel to a new level to me. Chilling, brilliant and comp
Marie Bergman
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I raced through this book like I was paid to do it. Twisty twists, good plot, characters that you don't want to kill off; I suggest you put this one in your beach bag and read it pronto! ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author and very much enjoyed it. Lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I will definitely read more by Ohlsson ...more
Annabelle Solt
Swedish police kidnap/murder investigation. Much too complicated.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two crimes seemingly only related by coincidence and then the twists and more twists begin. Hard to put down and even believable in a twisty kind of way.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome, diabolical, edge of your seat, convoluted thriller! I love these Scandinavian writers
and the series they write. This is one you will not want to put down until you learn what is really going on.

Highly recommended!
Beverly J. Harvey
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great writing with just a dash of politics took a routine crime drama and made it very exciting. Loved it. Now I'll go find her other books... ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5th in the Alex Recht series. Excellent.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this before reading the 'Hostage', and I'm wondering if that's part of my disconnect. A lot happened (apparently) in the personal lives of the group and it took me a while to catch up. While I consider this a solid series, the writing style is venturing less into mystery and more into thriller-espionage in this book, which isn't a change I'm wild about. The mystery part of the story was what was weak to me; while I couldn't figure out who was doing the killing, I thought it was pretty obv ...more
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This novel story is one of those you can't say too much about in the review without revealing significant bits of the plot.

It is #5 in a series featuring Fredrika Bergman but I haven't read earlier titles. I gather Fredrika is returning to work after an absence and her colleague Alex Recht is constantly worried that he is asking too much of her. Fredrika's talent is that she can connect the dots of a trail in a different way to most of her colleagues - she can envisage different scenarios for th
Linda  Branham Greenwell
This is the 5th book in the Fredrika Bergman series by Kristina Ohlsson, set in Stockholm. ... and they just keep getting better
This story begins with a preschool teacher getting shot and killed - at a Jewish Community dayschool. The same day, 2 ten year old Jewish boys are abducted
After the overwhelming events of the previous book Fredricka and Alex have lost their coworker Peder Rydh, and they're having trouble handling both of these events happening at once. All of the victims are connected
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Looking forward to reading more by this author.
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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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