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.
- ISBN-13: 9781455581542
- ISBN-10: 1455581542
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 320
Series: Louise Rick
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-09
- Reviewer: Staff
A missing-persons case gets personal for Det. Insp. Louise Rick in Danish bestseller Blaedels engrossing fifth series mystery to be published in the U.S. (after 2015s Forgotten Girls). Sune Frandsen, a 15-year-old boy, has disappeared in the woods near Hvalsø, on the property of Camilla Lind, Louises journalist friend. Louises first great love, Klaus, who apparently hanged himself years earlier, belonged to a group of young men, including Sunes father, who practiced rituals inspired by old Norse religious beliefs. When a dead prostitute is found near the sacred oak where these men still meet, Louise becomes certain that Sune witnessed her murder and is in grave danger himself. She also suspects that Klauss death wasnt a suicide and that the cultists had a hand in that as well. Now she just has to get someone to talk. Blaedel nicely balances the twisted relationships of the cult members with the true friendships of Louise, Camilla, and their circle. (Feb.)