Review | The Disappeared | Kristina Ohlsson

disappeared

The Disappeared

Asset 1Asset 1Asset 1Asset 1

A young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in a Stockholm suburb. She is identified as Rebecca Trolle, a student who went missing two years earlier. While Fredrika Bergman and her team try to find out why Rebecca met such a violent demise, more bodies are found in the same area. Fredrika Bergman is inevitably drawn into the case, but it becomes much more complicated when her lover’s name is mentioned in the investigation. The investigative unit are nearing a resolution, but the killer is still at large. One question remains: whose body will turn up next when the killer returns to the grave in the forest?


This book really kept my guessing until the very end. I’m a big fan of crime fiction—not police procedurals, but solid crime fiction where it’s more about what makes each character tick than it is about the process of discovering the criminal. And of the crime fiction I’ve enjoyed, I find European crime fiction to be the best, with this being no exception. I’m so glad I stumbled across this title in the bargain bin!

I didn’t know until I had finished it that this is the third book in a series, but that’s a good thing because it means you can read it as a stand-alone and not be lost at all. All of the characters were really beautifully detailed in terms of background and development throughout the novel. Like I said, I was guessing as to who might have committed the murders right up until the very end. What’s better is that even when the killer is uncovered, you’re still left with a cliffhanger and questions. Some people don’t like that with their crime fiction, but I love it. It means I can go back and re-analyze if I want to, see if I can fill in the gaps myself.

The only thing that could have been more detailed was the setting; there’s a lot of character description, but not a lot regarding the setting. You’re told what city you’re in and what the weather’s like, but other than that you’re virtually left with a blank canvas. Again, some people like that. I’m someone who doesn’t like TOO much setting detail—but more would have been preferred so I could feel more grounded in the story.

I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a mystery to solve!

Advertisements

MRS. HOUDINI by Victoria Kelly

Mrs Houdini

3 out of 5

In her debut novel, Victoria Kelly revives Harry Houdini’s incredible mystery. The reader is transported in time between the rise of Houdini’s career alongside his wife Bess and the years after his death in which she attempted to communicate with him in the spirit world. Two parts love story and one part detective fiction, Mrs. Houdini is an interesting rendition of the couple’s life both together and apart.

Kelly’s strength lies in her writing of the intense love between Harry and Bess, and it is a great loss that she failed to explore that thread more; the portions of the plot detailing Bess’s search for the spirit of her husband felt haphazardly pieced together, lacked spark, and were logically ambiguous. I carried on reading for the love story, although I experienced discomfort in reading Kelly’s fictional portrayal of Harry’s “secret.” It felt akin to slandering the dead and I am left feeling unsure as to why Kelly chose this route. That being said, I encourage readers to pick this up for Kelly’s mostly loving depiction of the couple and am interested to read Kelly’s next work.

December Book Haul

Boy, December kept me busy. On the plus side, I have a handful of new books that I’m looking forward to reading.

The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson
detective
I’m so excited to read this one. I’ve been reading this group of books out of order but I wouldn’t call it a series necessarily, so things still make sense. I can’t wait to post a review of it for you guys in the coming month. I’m sure it will be glowing!

 

 

 

 

 

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
chimney
I’m in the mid-beginning of this one, and while it started off promising, my interest in it is beginning to wan. Hopefully I’ll finish it up quickly though and be able to bring a review to you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stolen Remains by Christine Trent
stolen remains
It takes place in the Victorian era and is a mystery novel. What more do I need to say? This is also a part of a series but my bookstore had not had the first book in stock for over a month, so I just grabbed the second. It seems as if they work as stand-alones, so that’s good.

 

 

 

 

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth
call the midwife
After reading the first in this series of memoirs (review here), I am so excited to dive into this next installment. I absolutely love Worth’s storytelling and I adore the show, so I know this book will just make me so happy.

 

 

 

 

 

Downton Abbey: A Celebration by Jessica Fellowes, foreword by Julian Fellowes
downton
You guys, I am obsessed with this show, and so while I’m only finishing up season 4 as of today (no spoilers please!) I just had to have this book. I refuse to read it until I’m all caught up, as I don’t want to give anything away (though I already have trying to sneak a peek inside). Hence the fact that it is now sitting on my shelf where it will not be touched for the next little while.

 

I also received Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth, which I originally read as an eBook. I now have the physical copy which makes me very, very happy.

What books did you guys get over the holiday?

Happy reading!