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Unwanted [Paperback]

Kristina Ohlsson
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Book Description

21 Jun 2012
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 mother, left behind at the previous station, alerted the crew immediately. But as the train pulled into Stockholm Central Station, the girl was nowhere to be seen. To Inspector Alex Recht of the Stockholm police, this looks like a classic custody row. But none of the evidence adds up and young Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman is convinced the case is far more complex than her boss is prepared to admit. So when the missing child is found dead in the far north of Sweden, with the word UNWANTED scribbled on her forehead, the rule book is finally thrown out of the window. Now on the trail of a ruthless murderer with a terrifying agenda, will Alex and Fredrika manage to put aside their differences and work together to find the killer, before it's too late?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849831300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849831307
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`The author...uses her inside knowledge to great effect in this compelling debut'
--The Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars keep on the wantedlist 8 Oct 2011
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A debut novel from yet another Scandanavian author and well up to the standards set by her contemporaries. I note that there is a new book coming next year which I hope will feature the police team created in this first novel. Perhaps, too, its translation into English will not be as long delayed as this novel which, by the way, is very adeptly dealt with by Sarah Death.

We are given a series of characters, new to us, of course who gradually, as the storyline develops so, too, does their inter-relationship - from rocky beginnings to a much firmer standing.

However, the quality of the storytelling surrounding the abduction and subsequent murder of a little girl is excellent. The police are, naturally, baffled and it's left to the two younger members on the force to look at alternative views as to how and why this happened. That one is a 'civilian' and female investigator means there is an antagonism between her male colleagues and her own view of her worth in the job.

That it is Frederika Bergman who really starts to make progress will come as no surprise to regular crime novel readers and that Peder Rydh, her doubting male colleague, worries more about his own affair with another colleague will also strike a chord elsewhere. However, the author does not waste too much time in making progress, both with the investigation and the begrudging acknowledgement that the pair of them do discover clues and events in the past histories of the little girl's mother - all this eventully leading to a disturbing finale.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unwanted--Kristina Ohlsson 31 Oct 2011
By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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'Unwanted' is a very sound,readable debut police procedural novel.
A young girl goes missing from the Gothenburg to Stockholm express
train.As the girl's mother is estranged from the father,Inspector
Alex Recht from Stockholm police considers that they are dealing
with a custody battle.However his colleague,the inexperienced
Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman,has her doubts.When the
child's dead body is found in Northern Sweden,the investigation
turns on its head,and they come to chase a ruthless, skilful
This is a novel of some depth,convincing characterisation,and
an interesting plot,although at 468 pages, it could have been
made somewhat shorter without losing anything.Nevertheless an
enjoyable book ,and I look forward to reading the next one in
the series.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One to watch... 7 Oct 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut crime novel by Ohlsson and hope it will be
the first of many. What I particularly enjoyed was the pacing of the
investigation which made me feel as a reader utterly involved- a true sense that
you were solving the crime at the same time as the detectives with no unfeasible
leaps in the plot or twists and turns for the sake of it. We all knew that Sara
was concealing something in the murky recesses of her past but what was it and
how did it connect to the killer? I liked the way the theme of `family' was
cleverly explored with not only the murder cases destroying two families but how
the detectives Peder and Fredrika were brought into this theme as well- Peder
who was practically destroying his own family by his affair with a colleague,
and conversely how Fredrika was undergoing her own mental turmoil in deciding
whether or not to have a family of her own. On the subject of Fredrika, I
thought her battle to have her voice heard in the investigation was a very
strong hook in the novel and reminded me of the characters of Elinborg in the
Arnaldur Indridason books and Alice in the excellent Swedish TV adaptations of
the Sjowall/Wahloo `Beck' stories. I think we all knew that Fredrika had the
makings of a good detective but didn't necessarily have the strength of her own
convictions and came across as cold and unyielding until her own investigative
tangents kicked in earning her the respect of her colleagues.
All in all, Ohlsson has proved herself as another star to add to the fine
Scandinavian crime stable and I will be wholeheartedly recommending this novel.
An extremely good read.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 9 April 2012
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I dont know if it's the writing or the translation that is at fault, but either way the end result is a rather stilted difficult to read book, sometimes unintentionally hilarious. The story itself is nothing new and the motive for the crime is pretty obvious early on, not to the three main police characters alas, who must be the dimmest detectives I have ever come across. This book is riding the wave of some truly excellent scandinavian crime thrillers that we have recently had, but alas this is not one of them.
I usually use three criteria to judge a book.
Did I enjoy it?
Would I recommend it?
Would I read the author again?
I'm afraid it's a resounding no to all three.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Novel 6 Aug 2012
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I'm not a great reviewer or writer so if a book keeps me turning the pages and saying to myself 'I'll just read a wee bit more before I put it down' then it's a great read. This one did it for me so it gets 5 stars and it also has me on the lookout for her next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this novel which I thought was well thought out ...
I hadn't read anything by Kristina Ohllsson before. I enjoyed this novel which I thought was well thought out and well written. Read more
Published 2 days ago by faye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm a great fan of the Skandinavian novels, and this a truly great read.
Published 8 days ago by Malcolm Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another good Nordic police crime thriller that should be...
Really enjoyed this book, although some of the characters can be a bit of a pain. It's been well translated as the language used is modern and very readable. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Annakb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good bit of Nordic Noir
Some great story telling here and genuinely tense moments as the Police close in on their perpetrator!! Not quite in the same league as The Killing, Larsson or Mankell however. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Colin Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and characters
I couldn't put the book down . absorbing story characters good. well written can't wait to read her next book.
Published 18 days ago by RUTH ROBERTSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 24 days ago by RODNEY LOVE
5.0 out of 5 stars A child disappears and an investigation team who are at odds with one...
Read the first few pages and seemed slow going but pleased I persisted because it is an unusually good read. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lili
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I think Kristina Ohlsson has a very good and fresh way of writing a intersting story
Published 1 month ago by John A.J.Preece
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, held my interest from start to finish
Excellent book, held my interest from start to finish. I have already bought a couple of other books by this author
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating new police team that will undoubtedly return
It is rare today to find a police procedural debut novelist not thinking ahead to a possible series and Kristina Ohlsson’s first book featuring Detective Chief Inspector Alex... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr R
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