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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 March 2015
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.
There's more comments on the plot and characters over at murdermayhemandmore.net

Solid, but not astonishing. A good book to get engrossed in at an airport lounge which will last a long-haul flight.
7/10
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on 14 November 2014
I read Silenced a few months ago (which is the 2nd book) so was eager to continue the story of Fredrika, Alex and Peder. This book is different in that it ping pongs backwards and forwards between the investigation by the Police Internal investigation team and the investigation and the events this puts into motion. It is a good book with plenty of suspense and very realistic. I love the characters and the twists and turns all the way through that keep the reader turning the pages. I am looking forward to further books in this series.
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on 2 December 2014
This novel is, without exception, the most compelling read I have had in a very long time. I have not read the first two books featuring the police team and it wasn't necessary, though I will be sure to return to them. I was a little confused at the beginning as the ebook failed to indicate a change in chapter, but that quickly resolved itself. As the pace quickened, it became harder and harder to physically put this brilliant thriller down. That is why I have just go wished reading and it is 2.30 in the morning . Need I say more?
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on 23 January 2015
A really great book, great plot, keeps you guessing right throughout the book. Reason I didnt I didn't give it 5 stars was that it was hard to follow some of the characters. But needless to say I bought another book again by same author
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on 21 April 2017
another fine scandic novel
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on 12 November 2017
good book
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on 25 March 2017
Gripping
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on 28 January 2016
Previous review left in error. Complete rubbish. Do not waste your money
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on 9 May 2016
Love this author, well worth reading the whole series
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on 2 February 2015
As a beach read it's good enough but I found the plot rather too predictable
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