The Killing Forest

The Killing Forest

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"Sara Blaedel, author of the #1 international bestseller The Forgotten Girls--which was roundly praised as "gripping" with "uncompromising realism" (Washington Post) and "tautly suspenseful" (BookPage)--returns with the thrilling next book in her series featuring police investigator Louise Rick. THE KILLING FORESTFollowing an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She's assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend's long-ago death. Louise's investigation takes her on a journey back through time. She reconnects with figures from her past, including Kim, the principal investigator at the Holbaek Police Department, her former in-laws, fanatic ancient religion believers, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she moves through the small town's cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken and dangerous secrets."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455581542
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kline, Mark 1952-- Translator


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Aug 25, 2017

This is an intriguing and fascinating murder mystery, where Nordic lore comes to life enough so that it evolves into what it basically a major character in the story. Clever, dark, and evocative; a bit spooky in places, so perhaps it would be best not to read this one in the middle of a dark and stormy night! In a well-lit room or sun-washed park, however, the story is captivating and hard to put down.

The characters , for the most part, are drawn with care and detail, with the empathy and connections among the small group of the detective's friends contrasting starkly with the secrecy and cruelty of the townspeople. Although you can see parts of the puzzle begin to come together early on, there are still surprises near the end worth waiting for. The author balances the detective's inner and outer musings/discoveries quite well, and also manages to weave together the initially disparate and complex plot points into a satisfying whole.

I took off a point only because some of the violence (both physical and emotional) is presented with incredible intensity and realism. This is good on the one hand, as it gets the point across of how much women and children (and some men) suffer without sugar-coating it; still, for anyone with a trauma background (or even those with a certain degree of empathy), those sections can be difficult to handle, and even more difficult to forget.

Overall, well-written, and well-plotted, I liked it enough that I am going to find other books by this author-- which is the highest praise I can offer.

Apr 17, 2017

Great book. Definitely keeps you wanting to read "just a bit more". The characters are interesting and their backgrounds intriguing enough that I want to pick up earlier books to understand more about them. Nice little plot twists and side branches that leave you wanting to know more about those stories (hopefully in future editions?) I did find that the main twist was a tad predictable once one understood the characters and their relationships, as what I suspected from about halfway through the book turned out to be correct. But it still takes you a while and some thinking to sort out what's happening. Worthwhile reading!

Aug 03, 2016

She's done it again, another book I could not put down until the end! This was an excellent story with strong history and Norse mythology as background characters. I definitely recommend this to readers of mystery fiction.

Jun 12, 2016

The first chapter sets the scene for the search for Sune who goes missing. Louise believes what is happening now ties in with her boyfriend's long-ago death. The story has action and suspense galore. Worth reading. If I knew about "The Forgotten Girls" I'd have read it first to get the full profile of investigator Louise Rick.

Jun 06, 2016

Although I would normally give a well detailed book a high rating, this time it was to graphic. What happens in the first chapter was hard to stomach and i'm having a hard time finishing this book.

Feb 17, 2016

Blaedel is always a great read. Keeps you interested from start to finish. Hope she writes more soon.


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