The Forgotten Girls by Sara BlaedelThe Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The Forgotten Girls

bySara Blaedel

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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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.
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 Y...
Title:The Forgotten GirlsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781455581511

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Forgotten Girls The first one I read in the series and my favourite
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a unique crime novel! This book tackles dark themes. If you enjoyed Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, this book is for you. There is murder, blood, rape, suicide, and kidnapping. While Blaedel intertwines all these dark pieces, the reader never feels weighed down. Instead, you flip through each page - craving more. I expected a slightly cliche crime-detective story, however I love how Blaedal introduces such unique motifs; the mental hospital, her ex-boyfriend, the loss from her childhood, and the surprising secrets each character holds. This is one of the most unique crime novels I've ever picked up!
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Forgotten Girls A sad thriller that is captivating throughout.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Forgotten Girls Sad, disturbing, suspenseful and captivating. Louise is a great character.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Good To Put Down! It was so good, I enjoyed reading it and trying to figure out who was the killer and what would happen next. I enjoy even more there are books after this first one.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blaedel's Best This is a fascinating thriller that twists and turns right to the end !! Sara blaedel's best .......well worth the read
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for a lover of police procedurals For all my reviews, check out Clues and Reviews A woman, with a large scar on her face, is found dead in the forest in Denmark. This feature should make identifying this woman easy, but there is no missing person's report to be found; it is as if this woman had been forgotten. Enter Louise Rick, the new commander of the Missing Persons Department. She will not settle until the identity of the woman is found. As Rick follows her leads to an old state-run mental institution, she comes to find some shocking news. There was a young girl with a scar on her face. This young girl had a twin sister. And both girls have been dead for thirty years. The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel is the seventh novel in the Louise Rick series. I had no issue reading this novel as a standalone (and lucky for me) since not all of Blaedel’s work are translated into English! This novel is a classic police procedural set in Denmark. I am not a huge, ride-or-die fan of police procedurals but I feel like Blaedel did a good job in this one. It is filled with twists, turns, and a few red herrings, Blaedel writes a fast-paced, entertaining suspense novel. The plot opens right in the midst of action; a woman is stumbling through the woods, trying to make an escape. Soon, we realize this woman is the one that has now been found in the woods and the hunt begins to find her identify and locate her family. Detective Louise Rick is leading the case, a woman with her own complex past, and follows a lead to an old state-run mental institution. Once they realize the missing woman’s connection to this institution, they set off trying to find what has happened in the past. As if things could not become any worse, other women are being found in the woods and the surrounding area; raped and beaten. Rick and her team do not have much time to ensure that this person is stopped before another victim is claimed. I loved the premise for this book and I enjoyed getting to know Louise Rick. I love when the protagonist in the novel is a smart, strong woman. This is my first book by Blaedel and I will surely follow up with more of her work. Her prose is easy to follow and entertaining; I loved how she was able to work several subplots into the main plot without making it feel too disjointed. The ending of this novel was great; completely unexpected. I always love a surprise ending and Blaedel does not disappoint. I would highly recommend this novel if you are a fan of a true police procedural.
Date published: 2016-12-19

Editorial Reviews

"This is a standout book that will only solidify the author's well-respected standing in crime fiction. Blaedel drops clues that will leave readers guessing right up to the reveal. Each new lead opens an array of possibilities, and putting the book down became a feat this reviewer was unable to achieve. Based on the history of treating the disabled, the story is both horrifying and all-to-real. Even the villains have nuanced and sympathetic motives."-RT Times - Top Pick **Nominated for a Reviewer's Choice Award**