#BookReview: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Reviewer: Emma

I received a review copy

the forgotten girlsSummary:

Four days later, Louise Rick still had no answers.
The body of an unidentified woman was discovered in a local forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should have made the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. As the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, Louise risks involving the media by releasing a photo of the victim, hoping to find someone who knew her.
Louise’s gamble pays off: an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago.
Aided by her friend journalist Camilla Lind, Louise finds that the investigation takes a surprising and unsettling turn when it brings her closer to her childhood home. And as she uncovers more crimes that were committed–and hidden–in the forest, she is forced to confront a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.


This story was so engrossing. It was packed with constant action and drama that kept me turning the pages. Louise Rick is a very complex character. I read the  synopsis; I knew that she would somehow be related to all of these weird events occurring in the place she grew up. It was really fun to know that beforehand because I was constantly guessing how she fit in. As new events happened in the story, I would alter my prediction of her involvement. I didn’t figure it out until the very end- which is a testament to the author and her writing style. The book always kept me on my toes. The mysterious twins were so much fun to read about – and the way their stories tied in with all the others was very entertaining.

I would definitely recommend this book if you like suspenseful murder mysteries, or if you enjoy being a reading detective!

4 stars

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  1. Annie McDonnell
    November 4, 2015 / 10:31 am

    I wanted to read this book so badly….Definitely keeping it on my to read list now.

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