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Silenced [Kindle Edition]

Kristina Ohlsson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Praise for Unwanted:
'The author…uses her inside knowledge to great effect in this compelling debut' - Sunday Times

Praise for Silenced:
'Superbly crafted, and with a set of police detectives who are all too human, it seeps into your subconscious, as only truly good thrillers can do' - Daily Mail

'Kristina Ohlsson is a rising star of Scandinavian crime fiction…Ohlsson's second novel, Silenced, translated by Sarah Death (Simon & Schuster £12.99/ebook £6.99), is quite as good as her first, and displays the same originality of plot…The role of the church, illegal immigration and sexual violence all play part in the resolution of this intriguing novel' - --Sunday Times, 30/9

'The novel's thrilling climax serves as a reminder of what can go wrong when a crime goes unreported and memories are allowed to fester. Kristina Ohlosson's bestseller is taut and compelling and will appeal to lovers of crime fiction and Nordic noir' --Take a Break Fiction Feast, April issue

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A true Scandinavian page-turner, Kristina Ohlsson's new novel is packed full of suspense, authentic police procedure and psychological depth
Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl is assaulted and raped as she picks flowers for a Midsummer's Eve ritual. Cut to the present, and a man is killed in a hit and run. He has no identification on him, he is not reported missing nor wanted by the police. At the same time, a priest and his wife are found dead in an apparent suicide.
Fredrika Bergman, along with Alex Recht's federal investigation unit, is assigned to the seemingly unconnected cases. The investigations lead to a clandestine people-smuggling network: a new player on the international human smuggling market operating out of Bangkok.
As the police slowly uncover the shocking hypocrisy behind the network, they begin to find a trail that runs all the way back to the 1980s, to a crime that went unreported, but whose consequences will reach further and deeper than anyone ever expected.
Praise for Unwanted:
'The author…uses her inside knowledge to great effect in this compelling debut' Sunday Times
'Superbly crafted, and with a set of police detectives who are all too human, it seeps into your subconscious, as only truly good thrillers can do' Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 143919890X
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (30 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL5266
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superior Scandinavian Crime 28 Aug 2012
The cover of Silenced has a sticker on it that boldly proclaims "For fans of The Killing". I've seen the television series and now that I've read the book, and had a good think about it, I'm inclined to agree. Both stories feature strong heroines who are outwardly tough but also exhibit an emotionally fragility. There are other similarities as well - both cover events in real time and focus quite heavily on the procedural components.

Ohlsson spends the time fleshing out the character of the various investigators. I particularly liked Peder Rydh specifically because he almost like a petulant child trapped in a grown-up's body, good at police work but a spectacular failure at almost everything else. Nice to find a character in a novel that has such obvious failings. He is not prefect by any stretch of the imagination, is jealous of colleagues, throws the occasional strop and his attitude towards female co-workers is terrible. That said, all these faults make him all the more interesting to read. As the plot unfolds you get to learn exactly what makes all the team tick and there is valuable insight into their home lives. These aren't just police men and women, they are people too. It's probably fair comment that some may find this depth of detail too much or potentially distracting, but personally I felt it gave the story much needed human element. It helps to better understand various character motivations and makes them all seem that much more real.

Like the other experiences I've had with Scandinavian literature, Silenced starts off very small but quickly builds into something that manages to be thoroughly engrossing. I can understand why literature from this part of the world is gaining popularity here in the United Kingdom, I've not read a bad example yet.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling second book... 7 Sep 2012
Another excellent offering from the newest addition to the Scandinavian crime stable following up on her exceptional debut novel 'Unwanted'. The plot, set in Sweden, centres on the currently prevalent topic of immigration with the murders of Jakob Ahlbin, a prominent supporter of immigrants rights and his wife Marja, with the story spiralling out to include an insightful addressing of the dangers facing immigrants in their passage to a new country and a better life. Ohlsson concisely exposes the issues from both sides of the arguments through the voices of her characters and weaves an utterly realistic and engrossing portrayal of not only the political and social implications of this thorny issue, but the inherent dangers to those involved in this field of work. With the dynamics of family loyalty and the tests of friendships woven into the main plot, the reader becomes totally bound up in this gripping thriller as people continually reveal that they are not as they appear to be with the skilful use of double-crossing and dark tension throughout.

What I particularly admire in Ohlsson's work is her innate skill at characterisation and how she so effectively draws the readers into the lives of her main protagonists. In `Silenced' the character of Fredrika Bergman, still working with the police, spirals out as a new aspect is added to her character with the impending birth of her first child by her much older married lover of some years standing. There is a wonderfully drawn scene with Fredrika bowing to parental pressure and having to introduce Spencer to them over dinner with all the awkwardness and embarrassment of bringing home your first boyfriend/girlfriend as a teenager.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tense and clever thriller 24 Aug 2014
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This is the second book by this author I have read. It is well written, the tension grips you from the start and builds to a dramatic finish and it all makes for a satisfying read. Once again the spoiler was a complicated plot that really lacked credibility because it required too many players behaving in a way which was contrived to fit the story, rather than with any authenticity. But then the idea of a novel is to push boundaries. This did that and deserves its success.
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This book is a little better than Unwanted but only because KO has tried to be a little more adventurous and imaginative. Other reviewers have already given a synopsis of the novel so I will give my reasons for not being too impressed. For a special pólice unit the officers seem none too bright and prefer to take the obvious answer to any question put to them. The Thailand connection implies something bigger and more sinister than turns out to be the case. Were I a Swedish national I would be appalled at the treatment given to the poor woman by the embassy official in Bangkok. The characters in the unit are too easily distracted by their personal lives, even Alex Recht, "the legend", as he was described in Unwanted. In modern crime fiction background information of the main characters seems to have become more important than the plot, KO seems to be taking this to Patricia Cornwell levels. Not one of the team has the home life of our own dear Wycliffe, Barnaby, Thanet et al. I have read that a film production company has secured the rights for the three novels. Perhaps KO can now concéntrate on writing scripts for a daytime tv soap. KO could do so much better. I shall read the next book and just hope that the unit has either been disbanded or that the three stars have come to their senses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great plot and well written.Khristina Ohlsson is rapidly becoming one of the best modern Scandinavian thriller writers.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely super read, my kind of crime novel. I hope we get many more from Kristina Ohlsson.
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK but difficult to follow sometimes - all those Swedish names !
Published 26 days ago by remraf
4.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed them all and find her style of writing easy ...
I have now read 3 books by Kristina Ohlsson including Silenced. I have enjoyed them all and find her style of writing easy to read and her stories gripping. Read more
Published 28 days ago by faye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. Gietzen
5.0 out of 5 stars delighted with product and service
Thanks.delighted with product and service.
Published 1 month ago by Ms Marion Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great page turner
Published 1 month ago by G. A. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable
One of the best books I've read in ages.
Realistic characters and an excellent plot, supported by sub-plots revolving around the main characters's personal lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lee Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Crime Thriller
An interesting crime novel which leads you in many different directions and is compelling to read once you get into the storyline. It has a nice twist at the end and is recommended
Published 1 month ago by cotonboy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A well constructed plot, suspense till the last page! One of the best crime novels I have ever read. Brilliant
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Thornton-Hunt
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