Book Review: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The book cover for The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Synopsis:

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

Rating:

4-stars

 

 

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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