Stockholm: From one day to the next, 16-year old Hanna just vanishes without a trace. Her worried parents hire detectives Lars and Elin to find their daughter. The two of them do just that and very quickly. However, Hanna’s problems are far from over – she is trapped in the clutches of a “loverboy”. Just a couple of months later, the two private detectives are asked to help once again, because now Hanna is facing a much more serious issue. This difficult assignment pushes everyone involved to their limits … GUILTY? is the fourth, standalone book from Christer Tholin’s Stockholm Sleuth Series.
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?". The crime novel starts at a slower pace - like Martin's holidays, but the tension goes up more and more. It comes to a number of surprising turns giving new impulses to the story. Apart from that, the lovely country Sweden is described with the view of a foreigner.
"Guilty?", is an easy reading and pleasant book. I really enjoyed reading it.
The story takes place in Sweden and features Hanna, a 16 year old girl, who abandoned school and left the family home with Ali, her boyfriend, who is older than her. Two private investigators, Elin and Lars, will find her as requested by her parents. But she refused to go back to home and stayed with Ali. Quickly, Hanna is in trouble and her lawyer would call Lars and Elin for help.
Actually, Ali is a "loverboy". Here is how the author have described the profile of a loverboy. He is a young men, often even under twenty, who approached underage girls with an uncanny sense of who to target. They pick up girls who were hungry for recognition and socially unstable and they show them with compliments and gifts as well as went out with them. They play the great love for them and do everything to isolate the girls from everyone else. It often lasted only a few weeks and these girls were already emotionally completely dependent on their loverboy and then no longer accessible to friends and parents. At some point the loverboys would then get the girls into prostitution, using both psychological and physical violence.
Ali is found died and Hanna, who was there, is accused of having murdered him. Lars and Elin will investigate the case and try to clear Hanna because they think someone other than her was with Ali and killed him.
As usual, nordic noir books go slowly and authors focus thoroughly on the context. Many details are given to readers leading them to engage progressively in the story. I like this way of setting up the plot. On the other hand, I did not like the sad ending of the story.
I highly recommend this book.
Read: April, 2020 Source: NetGalley and Christer Tholin, the Publisher.
We have a story that Christer Tholin takes to the limit of emotions. Hanna was a 14 year old that was beat on from her father and was abused by her sister. Her best friend was Klara, and one day they saw a 20 yer old working on his car and struck up a conversation with him. Hanna was in love and in a matter of weeks moved into Ali's apartment. Elin, who's our hero, was called by Hanna's family trying to find Hanna. Elin called her friend Lars who was also a private investigator and made the deal that she would receive a commission on the deal. It took 3 days to track Hanna down but once they found her, she stayed with Ali. The story goes down hill for Hanna from here. Ali was a "Loverboy" where he would get young girls to work as prostitutes for him. Hanna agreed to this after some time and prostituted herself for Ali. We found out Ali had only Hanna as a prostitute and he only made love to her. It goes downhill fast and ends up with Ali being killed with Hanna taking the blame. Our hero Elin works with Lars to clear Hanna. But Hanna really loved Ali and committed suicide. I've left out a lot because there were killers, you have to read the book to find out about them. I gave it a 4 star rating.
Vielen Dank an NetGalley für das digitale Rezensionsexemplar, das ich im Tausch gegen meine ehrliche Meinung erhalten habe!
Ich muss sagen, dass ich anfangs nicht besonders begeistert war. Der Roman schien sehr leicht vorhersagbar zu sein. Die Charaktere waren zwar gut beschrieben und auch die Handlungen - vor allem der Minderjährigen - waren realistisch und absolut nachvollziehbar. Aber ich war mir nicht sicher, wohin die Handlung uns führen würde. Die ganze Zeit dachte ich mir, dass der Roman wohl bald "auserzählt ist" (also nichts weiter zu sagen ist), aber dann kam die große Überraschung und der Titel machte plötzlich Sinn. Danach ging auch die Spannung wieder hoch und das Ende, ja das Ende, war nicht, was ich erwartet hatte und hat mich total sprachlos gemacht. Ich wollte die "Heldin" des Buchs in die Arme nehmen. Meine Kinder sind zwar noch keine Teenager, aber ich konnte mich total gut in die Situation der Mutter versetzen. Sehr gutes Buch! Dieses Buch war mein erstes Buch dieses Autors und ich habe bereits das erste Buch in der Serie bestellt.
Guitly?: A Swedish Crime Novel is the fourth book in Christer Tholin's Stockholm Sleuth series. The author gives readers a story about a teenage girl by the name of Hannah. Hannah isn't happy at home, and she's not the prettiest girl around. So when an older guy by the name of Ali takes an interest in her she can hardly believe her luck. He showers her with gifts, compliments her lavishly, and succeeds in making her fall for him, but the truth is a much darker thing than she can expect. When she disappears one day and never comes home her parents try to involve the police, but since Hannah appears to have left voluntarily they are dismissive. So Hannah's parents call in private investigators Lars and his partner Elin. But none of them have any idea of the dangers that are awaiting them as they dig deeper to find Hannah and then to save her from a crime she did not commit. Guilty? is the first book that I have read by this author and while it is the fourth in the series, I was pleased that it can be read as a standalone novel. While the relationships between the two investigators have already been established it is not heavily impactful in this story. There are some aspects of a previous book(s) that are touched upon in this book, but they don't weigh in on the overall storyline, but they do pique my interest in what has happened previously. This book is truly realistic in that you can imagine this storyline playing out at any day or time anywhere around the world. Even though I am older than Hannah I could understand her insecurities. When her friend expresses concern (whether real or simply out of jealousy - we'll never really know) I found myself frowning at her. I felt like Hannah, that since she wasn't the one receiving the attention...was she jealous? The author plays the storyline well in that aspect. As the storyline goes deeper and the investigation begins I'm eager to read how the investigators will handle the situation. I'm honestly not disappointed and I keep page-turning to learn what happens next. This book is not for everyone. I'll say that much. A young teenager being forced into sex trafficking and still believing that she is in love with the guy who is putting her through all of this is not something that all readers should dive into. You can honestly see it playing out in your mind and it's heartbreaking, to say the least. Hannah's insecurities drive her to believe that this guy truly loves her but his actions...they tell a different story. I find myself frustrated with Hannah more often than not when the story shifts back to her, but the author keeps me coming back for more as the investigators themselves soon find that they have their own issues to deal with on top of this investigation. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. This story is truly compelling and well-written. The author expertly takes a fictional novel and makes it feel as realistic as possible. I was drawn in from the first page and couldn't put this book down. There are some disturbing elements which make this book, not for everyone, but for those who choose to read this book...I'm sure that you won't regret it.
Sixteen year old Hanna is totally surprised when Ali starts paying attention to her. He is handsome, older and drives a flashy car. Money doesn't seem to be a problem. After they become a couple, Hanna goes missing and her parents hire private detectives Elin and Lars to find her. Hanna's disappearance is just the beginning of a much bigger story. Guilty is a well plotted mystery with depth. The characters are diverse and believable. The story is well paced, filled with surprises and engrossing. Highly recommended.
GUILTY? is the fourth book in the Stockholm Sleuth Series and is an intriguing crime novel.
I found this book to be well written with good characters. The storyline deals with a 'loverboy' enticing a young girl into prostitution and the ramifications of her love for him when she is found at the scene of a crime. Lars and Elin are hired to find proof of Hanna's innocence, but is she innocent or guilty? This story has danger, suspense and intrigue tied up in a well-written and compelling book.
This is book four of the Stockholm Sleuth series and follows private investigators Lars and Elin as they are asked to help find a missing sixteen year old girl called Hanna, by her parents. It has been over a month since she disappeared and they have no idea where she is or if she is safe. Her mother knows a bit more than she is letting them know, as the presence of her husband is limiting her freedom to speak. The husband is a bit loose with his fists and has an anger problem. Hanna has felt the fists of her father in the past and is better connected with her mother. Has she run away because of this?
Initial investigations link Hanna to a man called Ali, who seems to have her caught up in a ‘loverboy’ scenario. He is a few years older than her and hung around outside her school and targeted her, when she was accompanied by a much better looking best friend, Klara. Klara is unsure that Ali has Hanna’s best intentions in mind and his buying of presents for her and choice of Hanna is a bit odd. Hanna is a very shy and quiet person with only the one friend and not a very outgoing person. She has little self-esteem or self-worth. Ali soon ramps up his own personal affections and then asks her to help him pay off his debts by sleeping with other men. Because she is infatuated with him and believes him to be in love with her, she does as he asks, using the drugs and alcohol he provides to dampen her feelings and thoughts about what she is doing.
Lars and Elin manage to find her within days, but her dad’s anger gets the best of him and a meeting with Hanna and Ali at his flat, once they are found, doesn’t go well. Hanna refuses to come home and there is little that can be done to force her to. Just months later, the investigators are called by a lawyer acting on behalf of the parents. Hanna has been arrested for murder and won’t say a word to anyone. Whether she is in shock or what, is unknown due to her lack of response. The police have used her presence at the murder scene as an admission of her guilt and finding the murder weapon leaves them not bothering to investigate any other leads.
It seems this is a slam dunk murder case and Hanna is helping matters. Only a law firm’s pro bono case is allowing Hanna’s parents to get her a good defence lawyer and the funds to hire Lars and Elin back onto the case. Their new investigation leads them to looking closer at the people behind the loverboy scam and to find out if Ali and anyone else in his wheelhouse had any more girls on their books. Asking questions of the wrong people will lead to some dangerous activities and injuries or even death.
This is a Swedish crime book and the main characters are well developed and interesting. Lars is an ex-cop and so has a lot of police procedure to fall back upon. They both work for a P.I. company run by a man called Tobias, who seems to do a complete three-sixty in his manner as the case closes down. Not an ending that you may expect from the story. There were also a few strange Swedish to English translations that certainly raised an eyebrow or two. But not too distracting from the storyline. I received an ARC copy of this book from BookSprout and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.
Ich habe mich sehr gefreut, als mir der Titel "SCHULDIG?: Ein Schweden-Krimi (Die Stockholm Detektive, Band 4)" von Christer Tholin zur Verfügung gestellt wurde, vielen Dank an dieser Stelle noch mal an den Autor für das Rezensionsexemplar! Das Buch hat mich zu allererst vom Cover her in seinen Bann gezogen und anschließend auch vom Klappentext überzeugt, sodass ich es angefragt habe. Mit Erfolg :) Gespannt startet ich mit der Geschichte, dessen Autor ich bislang noch nicht kannte. Das durfte sich nun ändern.
Der Start in die Geschichte fällt sehr leicht, ich lerne eine der Hauptprotagonisten – Hanna – kennen, die einen jungen Mann vor ihrer Schule kennen lernt. Ali ist einige Jahre älter als sie, sieht super aus, hat ein tolles Auto und scheint sich sehr für die eher unscheinbare 16-Jährige zu interessieren! Dabei ist ihre Freundin doch sonst diejenige, die begehrt wird. Hanna kann ihr Glück kaum fassen und lässt sich auf Ali ein. Allerdings kommt sie eines Tages nicht nach Hause und ihre Eltern sorgen sich um sie. Die Detektive Elin und Lars werden hinzugezogen und sollen Hanna aufspüren. Es scheint ein leichtes zu sein Hanna zu finden, doch bekommen sie diese auch wieder nach Hause? Nach und nach tun sich immer mehr Abgründe auf und es scheint immer klarer: Hanna ist an einen sogenannten Loverboy geraten! Und selbst dieser steckt in ernsten Schwierigkeiten...
Das Ermittlerteam ist mir direkt sympathisch, der Leser liest aus ihrer beider Sichtweisen und lernt sie und ihre Familienumstände näher kennen. Sie beide sind sehr engagiert und können sich gegenseitig auch gut leiden. Hanna und ihre Eltern hingegen, sind mir etwas suspekt. Während Hanna sehr leichtgläubig und naiv ist, sind ihre Eltern nicht sehr "locker" und scheinen mit der Situation zweier Kinder überfordert. Besonders der Vater neigt zu Handgreiflichenkeiten und da verstehe ich Hannas Ausbruch. Die Mutter scheint einfach überfordert zu sein und kann sich wohl nicht gegenüber ihrem Ehemann durchsetzen. Kein schönes Verhältnis, welches die beiden Eheleute haben. Somit sind sie auch kein gutes Vorbild für Hanna. Diese sehnt sich einfach nach Aufmerksamkeit, Liebe und Anerkennung.. ein gefundenes Fressen für einen Loverboy!
Der Schreibstil ist sehr flüssig und ich fliege nur so durch die Zeilen dieses Buches. Die gebrauchte Sprache ist wirklich angenehm leicht und einfach zu lesen und nicht sehr anspruchsvoll. Das ist abwechslungsreich, manchmal darf es auch "leiste Kost" sein. Das Thema ist natürlich keinesfalls leicht, da es um Prostitution, Drogen und Gewalt geht. Diese Aussage ist auf die sprachliche Ausdrucksform bezogen. Es wird aus vielen verschiedenen Perspektiven berichtet, was dem Leser den Zugang zu mehreren Personen gewährt. Es gibt einige Spannungsmomente und Wendungen. Jedoch hätte ich mir ein positiveres Ende für alle "Guten" gewünscht. Auch hätte ich mir erhofft, dass noch ein wenig mehr hinsichtlich Hannas Vater unternommen worden wäre. Aber alles in einem ein solider Schluss!
Das Buch sensibilisiert den Leser für das behandelte Thema und klärt gut auf, das finde ich sehr gelungen :)
Den Autor werde ich mir merken, gerne lese ich noch mal etwas von ihm!
Ich vergebe eine Lese- und Kaufempfehlung und 4 gute Sterne ****
Guilty? is a crime story that sets you on edge. The characters and locations are quite realistic, and so are the type of crimes committed in the story. Hannah is your typical fifteen-year-old. She hates her parents, well her dad and sister more so than her mom, lacks confidence, has no sense of what she can offer this world, feels unloved and unlovable, and is generally unhappy. In some respects, she has the right to be frustrated and dissatisfied with her life, but in others, she never had the chance to find out who she is, she is defined by her circumstances, which made her an easy target. Enter Ali, a charming criminal who changes Hannah's world forever. When Hannah disappears, her parents hire private detectives Elin and Lars to look for her. On top of the case, Lars and his soon to be ex-wife Lisa have to come together for a personal battle. Lars knows that distractions and drama are never good when a life depends on you.
Hannah's disappearance has more to it than meets the eye. Even when the detectives think the case is solved, another twist takes them back to the beginning. With much sleuthing, they uncover a very sinister crime organization headed by a ruthless man. Their discovery puts them in grave danger. With much more in terms of suspense, mysteries unfolding, a few tragic incidents, Guilty? is a great crime drama.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
The book, Guilty, is a crime story that shows an unfortunate side to young love. When a 16 year old girl named Hannah disappears one day, her parents hire private investigators to find out where she is. Lars and Elin find out that Hannah went to live with her new older boyfriend Ali. They had met in front of the school when Ali's car had problems. He sought her out and gave her all the attention she needed to decide that she didn't want to stay in school or live with her parents anymore. All she needed was the love and approval of Ali. He played to her insecurities and started a game, unknown to Hannah, called Loverboy. This is a way criminals draw in young girls to get them started in a life of crime and prostitution. He supposedly has some high debts to some bad people and all that was left to do was for the young girl to sleep with some men for money, and it would solve all the debt problems. Hannah loves Ali so much, she's willing to do anything for him. Unfortunately, it leads to some horrifying things. Events unfold, and soon there are deadly consequences. The two investigators end up having to investigate a murder. It makes for an interesting book, and I recommend it. There are some shocking surprises, so be warned.
Hanna meets and falls for Ali. She is only 16 and leaves her home to live with Ali. Her parents hire Lars and Elin to try to find their daughter. Ali uses Hanna as a prostitute, but she loves Ali so she wants to do anything to please him. Hanna goes to one of the apartments of Ali's and discoversa gruesome site. Hanna is arrested for a crime she did not commit. Lars and Elin are hired by the defense attorney, since Hanna will not talk. Dangerous people are involved in murder, drugs and prostitution. An exciting finish to the investigation to maintain your interest.
Inhalt: "Stockholm: Von einem Tag auf den anderen verschwindet die 16-jährige Hanna spurlos. Ihre besorgten Eltern beauftragen die Detektive Lars und Elin, ihre Tochter aufzuspüren. Dies gelingt den beiden in kürzester Zeit. Doch Hannas Probleme sind längst nicht gelöst – sie ist in die Fänge eines „Loverboys“ geraten. Einige Monate später werden die beiden Privatdetektive erneut engagiert: Hanna steckt in ernsten Schwierigkeiten. Dieser Auftrag bringt alle Beteiligten an ihre Grenzen … SCHULDIG? ist der vierte, unabhängige Band der Serie Die Stockholm Detektive um die Privatdetektive Elin und Lars."
Meinung: Fangen wir mit dem Cover an, welches wirklich toll aussieht und direkt die Aufmerksamkeit auf sich zieht. Außerdem muss ich ja sagen, dass mich auch der Klappentext sehr zum Lesen des Buches animiert hat. Nun möchte ich aber über den Inhalt sprechen. Erst einmal muss ich anmerken, dass das bisher mein erstes Buch dieses Autoren ist, vermutlich aber nicht das letzte bleibt. Denn aufgrund der Inhaltsangabe wollte ich das Buch unbedingt lesen und wurde auch nicht wirklich enttäuscht. Der Einstieg fiel mir auf jeden Fall leicht, auch wenn ich die vorherigen Teile bisher noch nicht gelesen hatte. Vor allem die Idee mit dem erst recht leicht zu lösendem und unkompliziertem Fall, der sich immer mehr verstrickt und im Endeffekt nur ein Teil von etwas Großem ist, fand ich überaus spannend. Dies ist dem Autor auch großteils gut gelungen. Leider gab es in meinen Augen jedoch Stellen, an denen die Handlungen zu vorhersehbar waren. Dies hat mich leider doch etwas sehr gestört, da ich eigentlich lieber Krimis habe, bei denen einem das Miträtseln so schwer wie möglich gemacht wird. Was ich dafür wieder ganz gut fand war das Aufgreifen von recht schwierigen Themen wie Prostitution, Drogen und auch Gewalt. Die Protagonisten erscheinen einem zwar durchaus sympathisch und vor allem ist es schön, dass man die Geschichte aus den beiden Perspektiven des Ermittlerteams lesen konnte. Jedoch wirkten die handelnden Personen zum Großteil für mich leider recht oberflächlich beschrieben. Zumal sich, meiner Meinung nach, der Autor hier leider öfters an Stereotypen bedient, was beim Lesen leider manchmal ein echt unangenehmes Gefühl bei mir hervorgerufen hat. Der Schreibstil hingegen ist sehr angenehm und flüssig, weswegen man dafür wiederum regelrecht über die Seiten fliegt und das Buch dann doch irgendwie schneller liest als gedacht.
Fazit: Alles in allem ist es ein recht gut gelungener und recht solider Schweden-Krimi, welchen ich an jeden Krimi-Fan weiterempfehlen würde!