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Vanished? (Stockholm Sleuth #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  27 reviews
She: a very hot 30 something Swedish woman. He: a native of Berlin, on vacation in rural Sweden, seeking solace for his broken heart. They meet. He finds her irresistible. But before their relationship can get off the ground, she vanishes mysteriously, having apparently been abducted. So Martin sets out to rescue Liv from her captors, with the aid of two Swedish detectives ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 30th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Susan Baker
Recently divorced German attorney Martin travels to Sweden for a brief respite from his law practice in hopes the vacation will help him recover emotionally from the separation from his now ex-wife and child. Upon arrival in the general area of the vacation house he has rented, he becomes lost and stops to ask for directions, which immediately characterizes him as a male secure in his manhood. Martin meets an attractive women who, it turns out, is a close neighbor. After settling in, he drives t ...more
Ken Fredette
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book really made sense to me because I have a daughter that is living in Austria and had to learn German. Although, that's were it ends with the story. Christer makes it sound like nothing was out of the ordinary at first but Martin and Liv had a small meeting of the extraordinary kind. He lent her money and it was to be paid back the next day. That's where the story begins and it has three changes to it where each time it is resolved it becomes different. I liked the story because of the c ...more
Eileen Thornton
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Martin, an attorney in Berlin, decides to take a holiday in Sweden to help him get over his recent divorce. What could be better than two weeks of solitude in a summer house well away from the beaten track. However, almost immediately after arriving, Martin meets, Liv, a Swedish lady, quite by accident and takes a liking to her. She invites him to join her for tea the following day, but when Martin arrives there is no sign of her. Finding her door unlocked, he checks inside the house, where he f ...more
Bonnye Reed
I received a free teaser to a series of Swedish police procedures from Christer Tholin. This Kindle file contains portions of Vanished?, Secrets?, and Murder? and leaves you invested and wanting more. Christer Tholin is an author I will follow. He writes a tense, fast-paced story with characters you want to be involved with.
Lars and Kalle are Swedish police, Martin is a lawyer from Berlin, visiting Sweden to get over a love gone wrong. Liv is an irresistible Swedish woman. With these men, we tr
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced crime novel thoroughly enjoyed it.
Rick Molitor
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting thriller

I found this to be a very good thriller. The characters were interesting and unique. The story moves a a fast pace. It keeps you guessing as to who was doing what. It is nice to have a good story to go with the detective aspect.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept my attention from the first page to the last
Jessica Bronder
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Martin is an attorney in Berlin and has recently finalized his divorce. He decides to go on vacation in Sweden to help get over the divorce. He happens to run into a beautiful lady, Liv a couple times and he invites him over to her house for tea. But when he gets there she is gone and it is clear that there was a struggle involved.

Martin tries to go to the police but it seems that they don’t really care about Liv. Martin then decides to investigate himself. The only problem is that he doesn’t s
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Martin decides to take a vacation at a summer home in Sweden just to get away for a couple of weeks after his divorce is final. He runs into Liv a couple of times and she invites him over for coffee. When he arrives, she's not home and things look a little suspicious. He's afraid that something has happened to her but no one will listen to him so he takes it upon himself to find
P.J. Roscoe
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

Having never read this kind of genre before I began with an open mind, however, it did become difficult to get into the story as many sentences did not need to be there and did not help the story in any way. Skip past all that and there is a really good, strong story within it that kept me interested. There are core characters who we follow within the novel and Elin became the most dominant one which I'm a little unsure of as surely, Martin should be the main focus? If you can ignore the pointl
Frances Powell
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a first novel, I say well done Mr. Tholin! The characters are well-developed and the scene descriptions are detailed and excellent, leaving the reader to feel that they are traveling through Sweden on this adventure with Martin, the main character, as a brief respite turns into something other than relaxing! Lots of twists and turns keeps the reader guessing. There may have been a few translation issues, hence the 4 stars. All and all an exciting read!
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A recently divorced German man rents a vacation home in Sweden and quickly finds himself caught up in the disappearance of an attractive Swedish woman. Unfortunately, the author decided to write this book in English instead of German or Swedish. It feels like it was written by someone whose mother tongue isn’t English. Also unfortunate is that neither the plot or characters captured my attention.
Gary Van Cott
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book. A bit different. I was surprised to discover that the two people who were the main characters in this book are not the primary characters in the series, but that the two detectives that helped them are. I thought the translation was a bit odd, especially in the early portion of the book which had several words that I think had just been made up
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable enough

The writing is pretty amateurish but the storyline kept me interested. It’s the kind of story with many threads that in this case seemed to be revealed one after the other rather than hinted at throughout the story. I think it would have benefited from a few early chapters that revealed a bit more about some of the later twists in the novel.
Barbara Fusi
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Fascinating

An easy read. A novel with not one but two interesting crimes. Quite a lot of data about Sweden including.Stockholm. I didn't realize it was the Venice of the North.

I am looking forward to the second novel in the series.
Jill Stirling
Quite good. Fairly predictable. Translation a bit pedestrian. A German lawyer get caught up inadvertently in power struggle that involves a Swedish family, the Russians, the police and a private detective.
Michele M Barron

I found this book quite entertaining. The story line is different and kept my interest. The characters are well fleshed out and interesting. Can't wait to read the next book.
While the plot line was interesting the author belabored the dialogue again and again and again. There was no heat between the main characters, the relationships were hollow, and the heroine as a mother was really empty. I would rate the book as just average.
Ann Lombardi
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An entertaining read. A series in the offing? Lars and Elin seem to have a future together! Good translation, too.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story line

Fast paced, kept me interested. Will read the next book in the series. I already know Martin won't be in it, but I hope Lars is.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Interesting plot, good description of Sweden.
Nadine Vansant
Easy to read. Don't think you know everything after a number of pages, because you don't. Persons dissapears, are kidnapped, get themselves blown up etc etc. But: all's well that ends well....
LizaRose Alderson
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well paced thriller set on the Northern part of the European continent finds Martin, a German lawyer zipping between Germany and Sweden as he tries to find out what happened to a mysterious and enchanting woman with whom he has a fledgling relationship.
After a promising start, her disappearance leaves him curious and worried, particularly after what happens to Martin himself as he looks for her.
Translated from the original German, the occasional excess word creeps in, but the overall feeling i
Sandra Lopez
Martin was on his first trip to Sweden since his divorce and separation from his daughter. On the first day, he meets a beautiful woman named Liv. The next day, when they agree to meet, she vanishes.

This seemed interesting to me. The character ruminates a lot, often thinking thoughts out loud, which was not bad, but it just didn’t make for very interesting reading. The guy didn’t really strike me as the detective type to be honest. In fact, he goes through the missing case like checking off gro
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story starts interesting and we have a nice tension in the air with the disparition of Liv, but that feeling starts to get lost once we get deeper in the story. While the action is fast paced , we find out almost right away who the kidnapper is and the reason why Liv got abducted. I think those details were better told near the end of the story so we could have tried to guess the kidnapper.
Martin is a nice character and a great man for his interest in Livs health and wellbeing .
Pat Kahn
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a book I would recommend although I see that it got quite a few very favorable reviews. The writing seemed very amateurish, even childish, although this could be the translation. People were not very realistic. Also entirely too much detail repeated over and over. I really don't care that route 214 runs into 65 or whatever. Perhaps things like that would be overlooked if only once or twice but it was constant. Will not read any further books.
Tony Rampling
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Lee Child recommendation another great Swedish writer with a pair of detectives that are superb. The stories build slowly which adds to the suspense and the plot twists are unpredictable and keep you on the edge of your seat.
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The author grew up in the North of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein. Today, he lives together with his family in Stockholm, Sweden, where he works as management consultant.
Already for ages he has been a great fan of crime stories and therefore, had the desire to write his own crime story with the characters acting in Sweden. This crime-fiction is now available under the title "Vanished?".
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