The Forgotten Girls
By Sara Blaedel
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 02/03/2015
My Rating: 4 Stars
In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick--the new commander of the Missing Persons Department--is still without answers.
But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.
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THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS, (Louise Rick / Camilla Lind #7) by Sara Blaedel is a chilling crime suspense mystery page-turner, leaving you turning into the wee hours of the morning. Former Copenhagen homicide detective Louise Rick has just been appointed technical manager of the Special Search Agency, a division of Denmark's Search Department, responsible for investigating unsolved missing-person cases. However, the first case, is haunting and brings her back to her own nightmares she has tried to forget. A dead girl has been found in the woods; however, no one has reported the victim missing. Even more disturbing, the girl died over 30 years ago. When investigating further to a sanitarium for the mentally handicapped when was closed years ago, Louise discovers there was a twin sister, who may still be alive. Louise works with her new partner, Eik Nordstrom which leads them down a devastating and twisted path, which intersects with Louise’s troubled past. This was my first book by Blaedel and am now curious about the previous books in the series (I always seem to start with the latest and work my way backward). An intriguing mystery with the two girls, and the connection with main character; a nice set up and execution. I am a huge fan of crime writers, New Zealand’s Paul Cleave and Scandinavian, Thomas Enger - look forward to reading more from this author, and the series!