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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471115178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471115172
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristina Ohlsson is a political scientist and until recently held the position of Counter-Terrorism Officer at OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). She has previously worked at the Swedish Security Service, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish National Defense College, where she was a junior expert on the Middle East conflict and the foreign policy of the European Union. Kristina lives in Stockholm.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier on 4 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
I quite discovered Swedish author Kristina Ohlsson by accident when I picked up her first book "Unwanted". Fortuitous accident - because it was the first in a fantastic crime series featuring Investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman. The third book, Disappeared, is newly released and it too was a fantastic read.

The prologue's opening lines, set in the past, grabbed me immediately....

"When the film begins she has no idea what she is about to see. Nor does she realise what devastating consequences this film and the decisions she then makes will have on the rest of her life."

Present day. Two years after she disappears, the dismembered body of Rebecca Tolle is found by a dog walker in a shallow grave. When the crime scene team expand their excavation of the grave site, they find another body. But the second body has been buried for at least thirty years.

Are the two connected? Is this the work of a serial killer spanning thirty years?

Frederika and the special unit of the Swedish Federal Police are called in. Their case builds slowly, with multiple suspects - one of them close to a member of the team. I really enjoy Ohlsson's character building. She has given each main character a rich personal life that provides a more intimate reading experience.

Ohlsson is extremely clever with her plotting and delivery of her story. Interspersed with the investigation are Internal Affairs interviews held after the case has ended.

"You're here because you were in charge of an investigation that ended in disaster."

We get wee snippets of information that heighten the tension, provide subtle clues, provide teasers - and kept this reader up far too late.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Aug. 2013
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This is the third and most ambitious novel by this author,and reveals
why she is extremely popular in her native Sweden.
The body of a female student, who has been missing for many months,is
found unearthed on the edge of a forest.As additional bodies are discovered,
the case becomes more impenetrable for the three police investigators,
Alex Recht,Fredrika Bergman,and Peder Rydh.They all in different ways
become personally involved in aspects of the case that challenges their
professional integrity,and leads to an enquiry by Internal Affairs.
A thrilling and intricately plotted novel that keeps the interest and
suspense throughout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Williams on 19 Aug. 2014
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This is well worth a read. It is an usual thriller following thee tried and tested Scandinavian police investigation into sinister murders. There is very little difference in the format followed by various successful authors in the genre, but Kristina Ohlsson brings to the genre a sharp creativity in offering a plot which does not fell like a re-hash. Having said that it is far fetched and lacks a bit of credibility. Also her characters are more clinical and somehow less homely than some of her rival authors. Nevertheless in spite of those niggles I found it hard to put down and enjoyed the read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cartoon on 4 April 2014
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I nearly didn't bother with this book as although a scandi obsessive [ I read about 1 a week ] I never really found the 2 previous books by her up to a thrilling standard , but this is great . From the beginning this was really exciting; a bohemian author of childrens books who was rumoured to be a writer of violent pornography , who killed her husband and now lives in a nursing home refusing to speak . There is a real gothic creepy feel to this story and even the police with their own failings are human and interesting [ without the usual melancholia drunk cliché] . I have spent hours neglecting duties just to find out the truth and then Ohlsson leaves us with a twist at the end ... argh ! One of my books of the year !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2015
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A solid Scandinavian police procedural, set in urban, modern Sweden, ‘The Disappeared’ is not your typical melancholic Nordic noir. The writing is plain and accessible; the style is matter of fact and occasionally straightforward to the point of being clumsy. But the author has constructed an intriguing mystery, one which successfully kept me involved throughout the lengthy story.

It features a densely-woven murder mystery spanning several decades, with the core plot enhanced by the ongoing and convoluted private lives of the investigating team of detectives. Where the previous book had been overwhelmed by (to me) tedious details about mundane failing marriages and personal pregnancy angst, here the back-story is usefully employed to add heft to the puzzle and meaning of the mystery. It helps that the author uses a nifty device – a subsequent investigation of the investigation – to chop up the timeline and ratchet up the tension.
Here, the plot follows an investigation into a newly-discovered body of a young woman who died a couple of years ago, but it rapidly expands to draw in a bewildering array of different characters; a famous author convicted of killing her husband who hasn’t spoken since; a university professor accused of raping a student; a young lad with every motive for the recent murder… but who is hard to connect to the older bodies which soon follow the girl’s out of the ground. It’s a complicated tale but one which makes satisfying sense when you reach the conclusion.
My only real criticism is that too many of the detectives become embroiled in the case on a personal basis. There are two staggeringly huge coincidences which defy the laws of nature – and, sure, they ramp up the drama, but just one of them would have been hard to swallow.
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