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The Lost Woman

(Louise Rick #9)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,859 ratings  ·  318 reviews
Following the incredible success of Sara Blaedel's #1 international bestsellers The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest, Louise Rick--head of the police department's elite Special Search Agency charged with missing persons cases--returns in Sara's latest twist-filled suspense novel...

A housewife is the target of a shocking, methodical killing. Shot with a hunting rifle
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Hachette
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Kivrin Engle Hi, I'm reading this series totally out of order because of publication dates and such. The first is Green Dust (as yet untranslated) #2 is Call Me Pr…moreHi, I'm reading this series totally out of order because of publication dates and such. The first is Green Dust (as yet untranslated) #2 is Call Me Princess, #3 is Only One Life, #4 The Night Women (Farewell To Freedom), #5 The Running Girl (Goddess of Revenge) and #6 The Stolen Angel (The Angel of Death). #7, #8 and #9 are the trilogy within the larger series, which begins with The Forgotten Girls, then The Killing Forest and then The Lost Woman.(less)

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3.5 stars

Not only is there a HUGE gaping hole in this plot, there’s one in my heart now, too. This didn’t come close to being everything I hoped it would be. One of my most anticipated reads of 2017, I was sure The Lost Woman would deliver even more of what I loved most about The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest—Louise and Eik. I thought this was their big chance. The payoff for all of the tension and possibility that’s been surrounding them for a few books now. Sadly, I was wrong.

This sta
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher

I haven’t seen much in the way of the original series covers, but the book jackets for Sara Blaedel’s US books are fantastic. They draw you right in and have a clean feeling that is extremely appealing to the eye, while also containing fantastic stories inside that have you hooked throughout. Blaedel is a pro at not only including a fantastic case (usually some form of murder mystery or missing persons event) but drawing you in with her reoccurring characters and their personal lives a
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5*. Hidden in the bushes as the rain pelts down, someone is watching motionless, fixed on his prey. He can see the woman clearly through the kitchen window chatting and laughing with her daughter as the husband enters the room. Not wanting to waste another moment he steadily raises the stock of the gun to his shoulder, adjusts the scope and pulls the trigger. It’s a perfect head shot. The Lost Woman is a strong character driven story concentrating on Louise Rick, head of the police department' ...more
Diane S ☔
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lor
3.5 A woman is shot through her front window, her teenage daughter sees the shooter. The woman has past ties to Eik , and has been presumed missing for many years. Eik soon disappears and Louis needs to know why. Starts a complicated case, concerning a controversial subject, a case with implications for Eik and presenting a personal and professional challenge for Louise.

Felt this was not as tightly plotted as her previous books in this series. Too much back and forth, maybe the pacing too fasr.
Judy D Collins
The queen of Danish crime thrillers, Sara Blaedel returns following The Killing Forest (2016) and The Forgotten Girls (2015) with her latest, THE LOST WOMAN: Louise Ricks finds herself once again caught up in a web, between her personal and career life, in this highly emotional, well-researched and enthralling mystery suspense.

The saga grips you from page one with the chilling scene of a brutal murder of a forty-four-year-old woman in her home, shot outside Nailsea. Her husband drops the w
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

I won a copy of The Lost Woman in a Goodreads Giveaway.

The Lost Woman has a shocking opening. A man is lurking in the underbrush outside a home. He has a good view through the kitchen window and he watches the family inside: a wife, husband and teenage daughter. Suddenly, he aims a gun and shoots the mother dead. Though the murder takes place in England, it will have repercussions in Denmark.

In order of US publication, The Lost Woman is the sixth book in Sara Blaedel’s Louise Rick series. Elsew
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
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I have to start by thanking Abby at Crime By The Book for putting Sara Blaedel and her novels on my radar. She’s always recommending the most fantastic books, and I’ve seen her mention the Louise Rick series several times, so when an opportunity arose to review this one, it was a no brainer for me. Thanks Abby! ❤️

This is the first book I’ve read in the Louise Rick series, but it most definitely will not be the last. (Poor Mount TBR) Anything r
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley, Hatchette, and Sara Blaedel for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Detective Louise Rick is back again in another thriller this time involving her partner and lover Eik Nordstrom. When Eik's former girlfriend is assassinated, Rick enters the world of those who support assisted suicide. With this delicate subject matter as the forefront of her story, Blaedel never loses her edge while maintaining the respect for life, death, and love. ...more
Laura Rash
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the characters in this book & it was a quick smooth read while not lacking in substance.
The Lost Woman is the latest in the Louise Rick series by Sara Blaedel, and it is another brilliant piece of storytelling from an author I have only found last year, but she is to be found on all lists for must-read crime fiction in the past several years. Known as the Queen of Crime in her native Denmark, where the Louise Rick stories take place, Sara has quickly shown readers of crime/mystery fiction on this side of the ocean how amazing her writing, her storylines, and her characters are. Her ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I have with this one read the last three books in this series, which means that six unread books to read. And, that's a comforting thought because I really like this series. So far, has not a single book disappointed me and the thing with The Lost Woman that I really enjoyed was that an old case could finally be closed. A very personal case for Eik, Louise Rick lover, and police colleague. Several years ago did Eik's girlfriend disappear and now she has been found. Well, the English police found ...more
Crime by the Book
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book from Sara Blaedel. THE LOST WOMAN is less procedural-heavy, more character-driven than Sara's previous Louise Rick novels -- but it's still an engaging, engrossing read (as always!!). The best thing about Sara's books? The big, beating heart at their core. Sara puts so much love into her characters, and THE LOST WOMAN is a prime example of that care. This book puts special focus on Eik - Louise's partner in the police force and recent live-in boyfriend. We learn about Eik' ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's hard to read this book without thinking of death and a person's right to choose when to end their life. I liked that part a lot, even if it freaked me out. What I didn't like was how irresponsible one of the characters is, and a teenager that reminded me of how little I like them as characters in novels. It's interesting and well written. ...more
Kelly Hager
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This mystery has a ton going on but the non-spoiler version is that people are turning up dead and one of the victims was already sort of presumed dead (she was reported as a missing person years before). There isn't a connection (until, of course, there is) and that connection is shocking and also perfectly feasible.

Most mysteries may not be good for book club choices (what can you discuss, really? Motives? And I am not slamming mysteries; I think they're wonderful) but this one would be. Ther
Tichana  (The Book Hobbit)
I picked this up because I have not read crime/thriller books in a while and I was also really craving some adult novels instead of YA. The Lost Woman did not disappoint.
It is short and it gets to the point.
The whole plot is set between Denmark and England. I found this to be very refreshing because I was expecting somewhere in the US lol.

The atmosphere of this novel was almost cinematic to be completely honest. I felt like I was reading a movie instead of reading a book. The details are ve
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
My second book in the Louise Rick series and I cannot wait to read them all! I was lucky enough to get an ARC for this from the publisher and I highly recommend Ms. Blaedel to anyone who enjoys Scandinavian mysteries. Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larssen fans will appreciate this series. A housewife in England ends up dead. The victim of a shooting with a hunting rifle as she stood innocently in her kitchen. It turns out the victim is a Danish citizen reported missing many years ago. She was the girlfrien ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I will say that I thought this book was very well written. I enjoyed the characters although I didn’t feel as if I knew them. I was not surprised by anything that transpired throughout the book so it was missing the unexpected twists and turns that I had been hoping for. It was a solid mystery that also offered good, well thought-out opposing views to an important social issue. I am glad I read this one and may reach for this author again if I’m feeling a lighter type of mystery.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With compelling characters, a gripping plot and chilling suspense, Sara Blaedel delivers another must-read thriller with The Lost Woman.

Louise Rick is back, happier than ever now that former partner Eik and she are living together. But a new case threatens to tear apart their burgeoning relationship.

In England, a mother is shot through her kitchen window, leaving a daughter and husband as witnesses to the shocking murder. As it turns out, victim Sofie Parker is a Danish citizen who has been miss
Jan 28, 2017 added it
Louise and her boyfriend, Eik, work together in the Search Department that she heads since leaving Homicide. In this police procedural set in Copenhagen, Louise is drawn into a missing persons case that ends up as a homicide when the woman is murdered in her home. The victim, Sofie Parker, was killed in Bristol. The catch is that Sofie is Eik's long lost girlfriend -- she had vanished almost 20 years ago when the two were bumming around Europe together. She had been living in England and had mar ...more
Linda Quinn
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great installment of the Louise Rick series. This one explores the controversial topic of assisted suicide, something that hits very close to home for me, and the different emotional reactions people have to it.
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to the audio of this book and enjoyed the narrator, Christine Lakin. She is fast becoming a favorite of mine. She did a great job with the story and capturing the feel of the plot.

As this was a new author and new series to me, I kind of just jumped in into the thick of this series with this being book 9 and I have to say, I didn’t feel like I was missing a lot of backstory on the characters. There were some things I would've liked to understand better and to see if the relationship b
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
I'm quite pleased with this book. It was a good book. I'm starting to like more and more the side of the plot where we are following life of Louise Rick and her friend's Camilla. Of course the criminal cases are better and better, and I wasn't disappointed with that side of the book either. The main topic, regarding the euthanasia and moral and ethical reasons for and against it, was remarkably presented. My interest was kept the whole time and I couldn't put away the book.

I want to read more a
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
When I first picked up The Lost Woman book I did not realize that it was a part of a series – the 9th book, no less! That made me slightly worried, but I was surprised as to how easy it was to dive right in. Blaedel nicely covers all that needs to be covered without going too far into backtracking, which kept from being tedious and kept the plot moving quickly. The book is a very quick read, one which you could confidently bring onto an eight hour flight and be finished with thirty minutes to sp ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks so much to Hachette and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

I've been wanting to get back into thriller/crime novels, and I was hoping that this one would do the trick. Unfortunately, while I liked it, I didn't love it.

Basically, the story follows Louise, a detective in Denmark. Her partner and boyfriend, Eik, disappear one day, not answering his phone and taking out a large sum of money from the bank. Eventually, Louise finds him in Engl
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I finished my binge read of Sara Blaedel's series featuring Danish detective Louise Rick and her journalist friend Camilla Lind. Unfortunately, this one was my least favorite of the entire series--maybe because I set my expectations so high.

The story line begins with the execution-style murder of a woman in England, who turns out to be a Danish women who was reported missing years before by none other than Eik, Louise's fellow investigator and live-in boyfriend. He takes off for England without
Hannelore Cheney
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful and thought provoking book that starts with the shooting of a woman as she's working in her kitchen. Having been missing for years, this case involves and baffles Louise Ricks, as the woman is the former girlfriend of Louise's live-in lover and co
-worker and they've had the missing case on the books since the victim's disappearance. It turns Louise's life upside down.
The story delves heavily into the ethical questions of assisted suicide, and makes one think long and hard.
I truly en
Ken Fredette
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic read by Sara Blaedel and it was so interesting that I read it in one sitting. Only interruptions by our cats which you can't put off. Louise Rick and Eik Nordstrøm seemed to fit well together and they both had what I refer to as dead weight from previous encounters in their lives. With Louise it was Jonas and with Eik it was Steph. Things happen for a reason and both Louise and Eik found out the hard way, never giving up hope once things became clearer. You have to read this ...more
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3.5 Stars really.

Jumping into a well-established series and reading the newest offering can be a problem and I think it was a problem for me with this one. Even though Blaedel does a good job of explaining the relationships and back story of the characters there were gaps I wished were filled - and this was in a book that was all about the backstory of one of the main characters, Eik.

That said, it was still an extremely well-written, fast moving, complex mystery and a thought
Patricia Romero
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The latest thriller by Sara Blaedel shows you exactly why she is always Number One in Denmark and around the world.

A crime writer merging with a great storyteller!

Louise Rick is one of my favorite book detectives. And even though I can't pronounce a single name in these books, I really enjoy the writing.

It is very hard to review this without giving anything away to spoil the fun of unraveling the mystery of who the missing woman is/was and where has she been all of these years, and what in the
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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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.

In 2016 she published the first book "The Undertakers Daughter" in a new trilogy

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