The Forgotten Girls

The Forgotten Girls

by Sara Blaedel

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#1 International Bestseller

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455541140
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Series: Louise Rick Series , #7
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 322,983
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-eight 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 York City.

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The Forgotten Girls 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plot, twists and turns are well done. The big change in the relationship between the two detectives came a bit out of nowhere, and the protagonist’s strengths and skills were completely overshadowed by the focus on her weaknesses and vulnerabilities. A really good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Hope there is more to come.
LeliaPiet More than 1 year ago
Louise Rick thinks she may have made a mistake leaving her job as a homicide detective to accept the newly commissioned position of technical manager of the Special Search Agency for Copenhagen. Her office is a couple of old rooms at the end of the hallway that have been named by her colleagues as the “Rathole”. And, although her new boss promised that she would be the one to hire her partner, she was set up with Eik Nordstrøm, who at first appearance, she deems incapable to perform the duties of the job description. Now her first case takes her back to old stomping grounds in mid-Zealand, a place she had run from long ago.  Louise is just two weeks into her new position when a forest ranger happens upon a woman that has fallen to her death. Though Louise and Eik can find no matches in the missing persons’ files, they are called into the case to help identify the corpse. The woman is terribly scarred and dressed in threadbare, old-fashioned clothing. Matters become more interesting when semen is found on the woman but there is no evidence of sexual abuse or foul play and her death has been ruled an accident. When the autopsy turns up an indication of a broken forearm left untreated, a lack of dental care, and deep furrows in her brain confirming mental incapacity, Louise and Eik know they are dealing with a case out of their ordinary job parameters.  A lucky break for positive identification comes when a former employee of a mental institution calls to say that she remembers caring for the woman and her twin sister as patients of the sanatorium.  Delving deeper into the case, Louise and Eik discover death certificates for the sisters dated over 30 years ago. How is it possible that this woman died only days earlier and what has happened to her twin? The answers to these questions provide a harrowing tale that will keep readers steadfastly seeking answers. As the story moves through the investigation of the forgotten woman, more crimes take place in the same wooded area. Louise and Eik discover links between their investigation and the crimes that continue to occur. Spending so much time in the area Louise grew up is bringing back haunting memories she’s long pushed away. Louise is painfully private with a history she is not willing to share. Like Eik, the reader is eager to understand what Louise is feeling and what memories are causing her curious reactions to these feelings. While some events in Louise’s past are addressed, there are many questions that the reader will still continue to ponder. Research on the author of THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS, Sara Blaedel of Denmark, turned up the fact that this book is part of a series. Given this information, one would assume that Louise Rick, as well as her friend Camilla, (who presented her perspective in two chapters in the middle of the novel) have been developed much deeper than this book delves.  This novel presented some horrific crimes, crimes that seemed quite unbelievable. Therefore, I was surprised to learn that while this book is a work of fiction for Blaedel, some of her events were actually based on true crimes.   Though a bit predictable, readers will appreciate the heinous nature in which the story comes together. The story was indeed fascinating, but I believe that some thing has been lost in the translation. Nevertheless, readers will find themselves turning page after page of this engrossing novel to learn more about the mystery and its characters. Good news for Blaedel’s fans, the open-ended finish to the book suggests another story is yet to come.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I read the next two in the series as well and wish there were more ready for me to read in this series! Recommended, to a friend, this book and the other two books as well! Once I finished the first one I went out and got the second one that night! Other than the few translation errors it was a great read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked forward to new chapters each day!
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Girls is a suspenseful and well-written novel about a Missing Persons / Rape / Murder case. The characters are well-written. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I won't tell you why the girls are called forgotten, but suffice it to say that it will move your heart. I received "Forgotten Girls" in daily installments, as a serial read under Barnes and Noble's Readout program, and I enjoyed this book so much that I will be seeking out other works by Sara Blade.
cts827 More than 1 year ago
This book is full of suspense and intrigue. It takes place in current times, but it brings things from the past into the story. The characters and the plot are well developed and will keep you guessing. I enjoyed this book which is set in Copenhagen. Reading about a different country is very interesting. This was a Serial read from B&N where a few chapters are delivered each day of the month to the Nook App.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me intrigued throughout the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads a little like "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" which is a BIG compliment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy reading the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, also enjoyed the other books in this series. Looking forward to the next.
lotsofpuppies More than 1 year ago
A woman's body is dicovered in the woods near the lake. When no one comes forth to file a missing person's report, Louise Rick then decides to release the woman's photo to the media. Jackpot...the woman is identified; However, the identification does not make sense. The woman identified as the victim was said to have died years before. When Louise and her partner begin searching for the truth, it may be more than they and those around them initially bargained for. A good book! I did not realize this was a part of a series. I shall keep a lookout for more novels about Louise Rick as I desire to know more about her past and her future. The book also makes me wonder what is going to happen with other characters within this novel. I look forward to making time in my busy schedule for this new series!
av11 More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Girls was novel written by Sara Blaedel. The story begins by introducing the main character, Louise Rick, as being apart of the search department. Being new to the job she attempts to get the hang of things. When her boss tells her to pick up her new partner at a bar, she begins to realize what she's getting herself into. Before long Louise and her partner, Eik Nordstrom, are involved in a case that draws Louise back to her hometown. Both the partners not being fond of eachother. The characters are forced to rip off old bandages as they try to solve a case. When a woman’s body is found near the edge of a forest, the police are unable to identify her. When it is determined that no one matching her description has been reported missing, and that the woman appears to have been dead for about a week, Louise and her colleague Eik are tasked with the investigation, which becomes more and more complex as it goes along. Louise uncovers that the missing girl supposedly has been dead for over 30 years. While things continue to get stranger within the case, Louise’s love life takes an unexpected turn when she wakes up next to Eik. On the business side, the case does not add up. Forcing them to dig deeper for lost information. Before long it is uncovered that the missing girl and her twin sister were issued death certificates nearly 30 years ago after being locked up a mental institution. With the case going no where there are other people disappearing throughout the woods. Putting Louise in an uncomfortable situation when she has to question old friends and neighbors. Still knowing the roads and houses perfectly comes in handy when she has to chase suspects down. When the case comes to a stand still her old friends help by interviewing old employees from the mental institution. Later discovered when a man runs around raping women, the cases are all linked together. All of the people connected to the case are linked with the mental institution. When the investigation is over the end results are unbearable to read about. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Overall it was a very good novel. It tugged at the heart strings when secrets about the mental institution are revealed. Showing the treatment all the patients received while staying there. All outside contact was cut off, leaving them as “forgotten children”. It also threw in some scary details giving a good mix. Would recommend to all my friends, the audience is meant for young adults. It had a very interesting theme and plot. Which made it difficult to predict what was going to happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but interesting read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it..will definitely recommend it to my friends. Sad and scary but also interesting and very well written. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! I couldn't put the book down and never would have guessed the ending. My only complaint is that there was a back story that was left a little open-ended...I'm hoping the next book elaborates more.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Louise Rick, forty years old and formerly (and for 8 years) with the Homicide Department of the National Police, is in her second week as technical manager of the Special Search Agency, a newly established unit of the Search Department. We are told that each year sixteen to seventeen hundred people were reported missing in Denmark, one out of five of which involve a crime. Those investigations fall to this unit, still in its one-year trial period. When a woman’s body is found near the edge of a forest, the police are unable to identify her. When it is determined that no one matching her description has been reported missing, and that the woman appears to have been dead for about a week, Louise and her colleague Eik Nordstrom are tasked with the investigation, which becomes more and more complex as it goes along. The woman’s body was found in the Avnso Lake area, one which Louise knew well despite the fact that she had left there 21 years earlier, her family having moved there when she was in 5th grade and moved away when she was twenty, but still knew every road and lane and most of the people living there. The characters, of Louise and her colleagues and friends, are wonderfully well-drawn. Each of them has his/her own personal tragedies in their past still resonating now, which is kind of the theme throughout this tale – decades-old events still haunting the lives of those affected. The “forgotten girls” of the title were among many children housed decades earlier in an institution for the mentally disabled, who were almost entirely separated from their families and “left to their own devices,” with life-altering consequences. Definitely recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting theme and plot, writing style seems awkward. Maybe translation problems, or needs better editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed.