I loved this book. From the first page onward, the reader gets the sense of how each character operates. Imagine going for a train ride, you step away from your berth for a few minutes, and during that time the train starts to pull out of the station with your child aboard! I especially enjoyed Fredrika as the emotionally-awkward, formerly gifted student musician. Sometimes it’s hard to know when to give a victim a pat on the back, or when to just ask the questions and leave. People may die in this novel; the kind of characters readers may feel a sense of emotional attachment could perhaps be the ones to bite the dust. Do not be surprised by the ending as the reader will be engaged all the way to the end.
I found the premise fascinating. The characters develop just as the plot evolves. At some point readers will see the bureaucracy, the feelings of futility in the searchers, each kernel of information providing possible hope, and eventually see the insidiousness of the outcomes. This book is fast-paced and crammed with details. Also, the setting in a country of which I have limited knowledge made this book more unique. Again, I can't say this enough, I loved this book from start to finish.
One mistake changes everything…
In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her distraught mother was left behind at the previous station in what seemed to be a coincidence. The train crew was alerted and kept a watchful eye on the sleeping child. But when the train pulled into Stockholm Central Station, the little girl had vanished. Inspector Alex Recht and his special team of federal investigators, assisted by the investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman, are assigned to what at first appears to be a classic custody fight. But when the child is found dead in the far north of Sweden with the word “unwanted” scribbled on her forehead, the case soon turns into the investigation team’s worst nightmare—the pursuit of a brilliant and ruthless killer.