Book Review: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The book cover for The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel


Four days later, Louise Rick still has no answers. An unidentified woman’s body has been discovered in a local forest.  The large scar on her face should have made the identification easy, but strangely nobody has reported her missing.

Louise, a new commander of the Missing Persons Department, takes a chance by releasing a photo of the victim to the media. Her gamble pays off when an older woman recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution.  But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago.

The investigation takes Louise back to her childhood home… where she uncovers more crimes that were committed – and hidden – in the forest.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book, by Sara Braedel, that I have read and there was no messing around.  Right out of the gate, the book starts with a woman’s dead body, Louise Rick, who has a new position as the commander of the Missing Persons Department, and her new partner, Eik. Eik, who on his first day of work is passed out in a bar and needs to be picked up. From the word go, Louise has her hands full.

This book will tear at your heart-strings. It addresses just how the mentally ill were encouraged to be “discarded” and “forgotten” by families, the deplorable treatment of patients at a state mental institution, and the corruption that can be found in leadership positions within the facility.

Unknown to me when I started this book, it is not a stand-alone story.  This is the 1st in the Missing Persons Trilogy by Sara Braedel and 4th in the Louise Rick series.  With that said, I didn’t feel I was missing anything in the story to enjoy it.  However, I will certainly be checking into the other books in this trilogy/series.

“Something like that haunts you for the rest of your life.” Sara Blaedel, The Forgotten Girls





About the Author:

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.

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Product Details:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reissue edition (August 30, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1455541141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455541140

You can buy The Forgotten Girls here. 

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