Published by Grand Central Publishing on Feb 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a quick Danish police procedural that felt familiar and foreign at the same time. A lot of the procedural parts were familiar, while the setting and some of the characters felt foreign. I think part of the foreign feel has to do with the translation, which was mostly smooth, but had a few bumpy spots.
Another part of the foreign feel probably had to do with the fact that this book is actually in the middle of a series, but is the first to be translated to English. While reading it, I didn’t feel like it was the middle of a series, it felt quite a bit like a stand alone, or start of a series. There was a large bit that focused on Louise’s friend Camilla while felt really out of place for the story, but taken into context of the large series, was probably not out of place.
The plotline was exciting and sad. There was a dead girl discovered in the woods, but according to records, she died as a teenager in a mental institution 30 years ago, along with her twin sister. That sets up the story for a great mystery into discovering what really happened. It also gave a lot of detail about what mental institutions were like “in those days”, which was quite sad as it reflects the truth of what happened not just in Denmark, but everywhere.
The story overall was quite intriguing. I liked the police procedural focus, especially as Louise is heading up a brand new division. There were parts that felt bumpy and out of place, but overall, it was a good read.