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Aldrig mere fri

(Louise Rick #4)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,441 ratings  ·  155 reviews
#1 internationally bestselling author Sara Blaedel delivers an electrifying, page-turning new novel in which detective Louise Rick confronts a case that will change her life forever.


A journey to a new life or a prison of despair and death? A shocking murder on Copenhagen's idyllic streets and an abandoned child reveal a perverse criminal underworld that
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by People's Press (first published 2008)
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L.A. Starks
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book for its twists and turns, and for its Copenhagen/wider European setting.

However, per the Danish worldview, the characters and the action seemed more muted than I expected.

Readers who have visited or who live in Denmark will especially enjoy this book. The bicycling scenes ring true.
Vanessa (The Bookish Deer)
4/5 stars. A gripping, twisty, and very well-executed read with some of the best plotting Ive read recently.
Read the full review on my blog
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
As a huge Nordic Noir fan, I've been meaning to start reading Sara Blaedel's books for ages now. Grand Central Publishing is releasing three of her early Louise Rick books in January 2017 and they were kind enough to send them to me early to review. The Night Women is a police procedural that deals with human trafficking. Detective Louise Rick and her good friend, reporter Camilla Lind, both are involved in investigating parts of this case. In this book, I would say both Louise and Camilla get ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Danish author Sara Blaedel uses the vehicle of a crime novel series (featuring Copenhagen Detective Louise Rick) to expose the exploitation and abuse of women. In this instance, the emphasis is on a particularly insidious form of prostitution.

In Farewell to Freedom, Blaedel calls attention to human trafficking: specifically, the kidnapping of young foreign girls who are brought over to Copenhagen and forced into prostitution, which was decriminalized (albeit with restrictions) in
Kelly Hager
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So far, three of Sara Blaedel's books have been released in English. I have read all three this year, which means that this has been an excellent year. Unfortunately, this ALSO means that I have a long time to wait until either (a) her first book is translated and released or (b) books five, six and seven are translated and released here. Please, PLEASE get on that, Pegasus! Because these books are excellent and I need to read them. And it will take me forever to learn to speak the language.

Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nordic crime fiction is a thing ya'll!"--Me. The Night Women was actually originally published as Farewell to Freedom -since I had not read that little number I was happy to tear into this novel. This is another crime thriller featuring Louise Rick-it takes place early in Rick's career, and it is extremely painful to read, not because of the writing (which is excellent) but because of the subject matter which is horrific. Lincoln freed the slaves-but no one seems to able to end slavery which is ...more
Zohar -
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blædel is a fictional book in a series featuring Copenhagen detective Louise Rick and her friend Camilla Lind, a reporter. This is the third novel translated to English written by the best selling Danish author.

A woman is found with her throat brutally slashed, policewoman Louise Rick and her colleges from the Copenhagen Police start to investigate. During the beginning of the investigation, Louise gets a phone call from her journalist friend, Camilla Lind, who is
Vicki Jaeger
Certainly not up to the rave reviews from and Michael Connelly on the cover. It was...okay. I saw the plot twist coming a mile away. There was one unexpected twist near the end, but in hindsight it too was predictable.
I also think the translation was very stilted. Phrasing was awkward and word choices sometimes questionable. So won't be reading any more of her books.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book wasn't very exciting at the beginning and I predicted I'm not going to like it, but after the first third, things started to heat up.

The subject is once again very interesting, human trafficking from Eastern Europe.
Well, this subject, for me is interesting because of two reasons. Firstly, my country is one of those Balkan countries where there was war during the late 80's and 90's. Second reason is that I'm very familiar with spoused steeling of children from Bosnia. From time to time,
Nida Khan
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was very interesting, and had me hooked. There were some parts, however, that were kind of slow and unnecessary to me. Other than that, it was very good. The story line was about detectives who were investigating the murder of a prostitute, Iveta. Also, they were investigating a case on infants who had been abandoned. This book's main topic is basically bringing attention to human trafficking. There's girls who are being forced into prostitution. There's also ...more
Twin mysteries combine in Sara Blaedels Night Women. A dead woman and an abandoned baby both provide problems to be solved. But curious teens and the threat of human trafficking, family life and longing, and unfamiliar horror interveneits a story where the good guys and bad guys arent always what they seem, where horror is the least of threats, and where friendship might be the tie that truly binds.

Dark, complex, compelling and devious, the Night Women is a good, steady read with great
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story set in Denmark.
Mike Cuthbert
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sara Blaedel is typical of Scandinavian female authors in that her detectives and women in general are more caring and more affected by their work and what happens to the victims and the criminals they work with than males are. While this novel, for instance, ostensibly deals with a slaughter using the Balkan Necklace, a technique involving skewering the victims tongue from the bottom and sticking it to the roof of the mouth before having their throat cut, we are soon in another area entirely: ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the cast of strong women characters and the fact that this author doesn't see the need to describe every tiny detail to be a big selling point on her books. I have read two of her other books but this one I found to be somewhat tedious with way too much going on making the story somewhat hard to follow. The editors...or rather the lack of...was partly to fault. I know translation is sometimes difficult from some languages to English but it seems they could have done a better job.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louise Rick and Camilla Lind have been tied to one another for years as friends. It seems quite prophetic that Louise would become a detective and Camilla a crime reporter so that even their careers become linked. Farewell to Freedom seems to shine more of a spotlight on Camilla and her son Markus. Camilla advocates for more in-depth news coverage and an investigation into the murdered prostitute. When she feels the paper isnt providing the coverage needed, she launches her own investigation ...more
Let me begin by saying that although this is listed as book number three, I have not read any of the prior novels in this series - and I had no trouble figuring out who is who. However on the whole I found this story to be tedious, and not exactly my cup of tea.

I understand that the majority of police work is tedious, however the few "action" sequences we were given didn't seem to bring the story out of that funk. There were also several instances of bad editing (which seeing as how this is an
Ken Fredette
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hannelore Cheney
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for the eARC.
Previously published as Farewell to Freedom, The Night Women is an unblinking, harsh look at the 'business' of trafficking young foreign women and underage girls. In Copenhagen, police woman Louise Rick investigates the slaughter of a young woman as her good friend Camilla Lind, a police reporter, is called to the scene of an abandoned baby girl. The baby was found by her son and his best friend.
The two cases seem to be linked and
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A step back into Louise's and Camilla's past for me as a Sara Blaedel fan. I have read the three books in the "Missing Persons Trilogy." I suppose these three "Camilla Series" books were perhaps not out in English yet???? Louise and Camilla are young - mid/late thirties. Louise has only been a detective for 5 years in this story. Camilla is much more prevalent - each chapter going back and forth from Louise to Camilla (who is a full time journalist in this story) pov. I was driven to read the ...more
Shelley Lawrence
3.5 stars
In my opinion, all of Sara Blaedels books are good, and I always enjoy the crime fiction genre. The main topic, prostitutes in Denmark, mainly young girls, is not a subject I particularly enjoy reading about, so that was a bit of a distraction for me. It was also terrifically sad given the hopeless nature of the content. However, it was really interesting to learn about some key elements in Louise Ricks backstory. I enjoyed Camilla better in later books than in this one, but its still
Camilla can be a little too hyper for me, but I like Louise a lot. The book mostly made me think back to when my son Josh broke his leg in 7th grade. He had a really fine pediatric surgeon at Mass. General. His surgeon was treating kids from Bosnia, and quite often while we waited for our appointment these kids with partial and missing limbs would be like joyful monkeys, chattering away. It was very sobering to watch.....remarkable really, they were so full of energy, and hutzpah, but you'd try ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Ive read the previous books in this series and this one was just as good and maybe better than one of them. Blaedel does a good job in keeping the mystery alive as I had no clue what was really going on until the very end. The ending was so explosive and left me teary eyed. I cant wait to continue this series. In this story, Louis Rick is tasked with solving 2 murders that happen back to back and solving a case of 2 abandoned babies. Camilla Lind begins reporting this ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, this is my favorite in the series. I spent most of this blustery weekend curled up with the book; I did not want to put it down. It's still not high literature, but that's not what I'm looking for here. Blaedel writes a nice detective story. There were bits that were predictable, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.

Aside from the enjoyable story, I'm fascinated by the prevalence bicycling as a mode of transportation, rather than a car, to get around the city, even while
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unspeakable crimes, including human trafficking, and barbarous Eastern European villains await the reader in this Nordic Noir mystery. Louise Rick, a police detective in Copenhagen, is confronted with a series of horrific crimes, and she and her team must find out who is telling the truth, and who is not. Her friend Camilla, the journalist, helps her to find out who is behind some grisly murders. This is a very dark thriller, not recommended for the faint of heart.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the third in a series but it is easy to follow as a standalone. I usually enjoy police procedurals but for some reason this one did not hit the mark for me. I found it a bit slow and plodding. Also not a fan of Nordic locales, prefer warm beaches or cities such as New York or Paris. While I have no leaning one way or the other for strong female leads, readers who prefer a strong female lead may find this a positive.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Eh.this wasn't *bad*, and I really can't find anything to really be critical about (other than not liking Camilla, but even then I can't quite put my finger on what bugs me about her), but it just wasn't all that compelling to me. I typically am fascinated by this topic, but I just couldn't find much connection with the story and how it developed. ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman is found dead with her throat slit on a street in Copenhagen. Louise Rick is on the scene when her friend reporter Camilla Lind calls her to report her son has found an abandoned baby near his school. This is a well crafted mystery with Eastern European gangs, prostitutes who are controlled by these gangs.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I already loved Louise Rick, the detective in this series, but I had never read this one before, which was previously published in English translation years ago. I loved it. There was some of Louise's backstory in this that I was aware of the outcome of from later books but I finally got in this one. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will continue to devour the rest of her books asap.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I am really enjoying finding European mystery writers. Something about them is so different from American writers. This book has many twists and turns around prostitution rings in Copenhagen. When the end came, I still wanted more of these characters. Guess Ill have to see about other books in the Louise Rick series. ...more
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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 Denmarks most popular novelist for the fourth time. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmarks most prestigious literary award.

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

Other books in the series

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  • The Midnight Witness (Louise Rick #1)
  • Call Me Princess (Louise Rick #2)
  • Only One Life (Louise Rick #3)
  • Hævnens gudinde (Louise Rick, #5)
  • Dødsenglen (Louise Rick, #6)
  • The Forgotten Girls (Louise Rick #7)
  • The Killing Forest (Louise Rick, #8)
  • The Lost Woman (Louise Rick #9)

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