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The forgotten girls
Blædel, Sara.
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Glemte piger. English
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New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
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312 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library FICTION Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
Audubon Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Clearfield Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
East Aurora Library FICTION Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library FICTION Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Orchard Park Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library FICTION Adult Fiction Open Shelf

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The body of an unidentified woman has been discovered in a remote forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. Louise Rick, the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, waits four long days before pulling off a risky move: releasing a photo of the victim to the media, jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation in hopes of finding anyone who knew her.

The gamble pays off when a woman recognizes the victim as Lisemette, a child she cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette was a "forgotten girl", abandoned by her family and left behind in the institution. But Louise soon discovers something even more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago.

Louise's investigation takes a surprising when it brings her closer to her childhood home. And as she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, she is forced to confront a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed. Set against a moody and atmospheric landscape, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is twisty, suspenseful, emotionally intense novel that secures Sara Blaedel's place in the pantheon of great thriller writers.

Author Notes

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. She lives in New York City.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The dark secrets of a closed mental institution are revealed in this mystery by Denmark's queen of crime. Detective Louise Rick is just starting her job heading the newly established Special Search Agency when an unidentified woman is found dead in the woods. The body turns out to be that of one of two identical twins, both brain damaged at birth and from then on inseparable, who had been proclaimed dead in 1980 by the institution that housed them, where they were called forgotten girls. When a woman is found raped and murdered in the same area, Rick and colleague Eik Nordstrom must seek the perpetrator as well as the other twin. The searches are complicated by being in Rick's home area, where she is recognized as the woman whose fiancé committed suicide years earlier. Meanwhile Nordstrom, who was not Rick's choice for her team, proves his worth as chemistry flares between them. This is the first of a trilogy featuring Rick, a sharp protagonist who wrestles with her own failings and fears, in a skillfully told story that is typically dark in the manner of Nordic crime fiction.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the chilling fourth Louise Rick thriller to be published in the U.S. from Danish bestseller Blaedel (after 2012's Farewell to Freedom), the former Copenhagen homicide detective craves a fresh start as head of the fledgling Special Search Agency, but the unit's first case plunges her back into a nightmare she has spent decades struggling to forget. Before the body of a middle-aged woman found in the forest can be identified, a toddler's cries lead Louise and her enigmatic new partner, Eik Nordstrom, to a brutally slain babysitter, not far from the first corpse-the very place where a teenage Louise suffered the tragedy that would shape her life. As the dogged investigator and Eik-to whom she finds herself attracted despite his alcoholism and other issues-pursue links to a long-shuttered mental institution, it starts to look as if the past could prove key to catching a present-day monster. The swiftly moving plot and engaging core characters help make up for serviceable prose and a hard-to-swallow denouement. Author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

This is Blaedel's fourth Det. Louise Rick and journalist Camilla Lind mystery (after Farewell to Freedom) to be released in the United States, although this is actually the fifth in the series. Hoping she hasn't made a huge mistake with her career, Louise Rick now heads the new Special Search Agency, which investigates missing-person reports. The job isn't off to the best start when Louise has to retrieve her new partner Eik Nordstrom from the bar where he is passed out. Their first case is an unidentified woman found dead in a forest near where Louise grew up, and scans show the victim was mentally disabled. Heading to the forest to investigate, Louise and Eik encounter another body. As the danger mounts, the case forces Louise to confront the reasons she left her hometown while she tries to find the killer before he strikes again. VERDICT Already an international best seller, this outing by Denmark's "Queen of Crime" offers trademark Scandinavian crime fiction with a tough detective and a very grim mystery. Blaedel is incredibly talented at keeping one reading even as one wants to look away from the graphic scenes. Recommend to fans of Camilla Lackberg and Liza Marklund. [See Prepub Alert, 8/22/14.] (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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