The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

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The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Title: The Forgotten Girls
By: Sara Blaedel
Published: 2014
Call #: Mystery Blaed.S

Denmark’s “Queen of Crime” offers a tense, well-paced novel set in a forested region populated mostly with vacation cabins and a few permanent homes. Detective Louise Ricks has been newly appointed to head the Special Search Team–a missing persons task force that also handles cases with unidentified victims. Her first case turns out to be quite a puzzle: the body of a middle-aged woman is found at the bottom of a cliff. Her death was caused by the fall, but she was in terrible condition before that–barefoot, with torn-up feet, malnourished, dressed in a tattered smock,  she bears a grotesque burn scar from on one side of her face to her shoulder. Despite this unique feature no one comes forward to ID her. The case is not categorized as homicide, but Louise’s instincts drive her to re-open cold case files from 25 years earlier. With her new partner–the laid back, hard drinking, but oh-so charming Eik Norsdstrom, Louise has to overlook his flaws and try to follow a twisty trail of clues while trying not to let sad memories of her own past affect her performance. The discoveries Louise and Eik slowly uncover make for a gripping and complicated case involving children shunted to homes for the handicapped, criminal child abuse, secrets and cover-ups reaching from the past to the present.

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