By Sara Blædel

ON THE ISLAND of Bornholm a body is found. It’s Susan, the girl who went missing during a school trip in 1995. The body was found in a crevice in the Echo Valley, swarmed with insects.

CAMILLA LIND IS back working for the crime section of Morgonavisen, and insists on finding out the truth behind Susan’s disappearance. She goes to visit Pia, a girl who went to school with Susan, to talk only to find her family in despair as Pia, that same morning, walked into the ocean and drowned herself.

LOUISE RICK IS on a sabbatical from her position at the Drabsafdelinge and is back home, where she grew up, to be with her brother who tried to commit suicide after his wife Trine left him and their two children once again. Louise tries to track Trine down but no one has seen her since she left home.

AS SHE IS going through Trine’s belongings for clues of where she could be, Louise finds an old school photograph. It shows three girls on the same school trip where Susan disappeared.


To be published by J.P Politiken, Denmark, 2019.


Denmark, J.P Politiken
Finland, Karisto
Iceland, Bjartur & Veröld
The Netherlands, The House of Books
Sweden, Bokförlaget Polaris


Pigen under træet has everything a good crime novel should have: thrilling, easy to read and a mystery just can’t wait to have solved. “
– Mellem-linjerna.dk

“Louise Rick is back. And i was also reunited with Camilla Lind, they are both back with full force.”
– Vildmedkrimi.dk

“This is a classic Louise Rick-crime. Thrilling, well-written and impossible to put down. “
– Randiglensbo.dk

“Pigen under træet is absolutely brilliant and has a great language. I am also impressed by the research for the book. I can tell that there has been a huge effort to make cities, people and the plot believable”.
– Krimiormen

“A nerve tingling story that all crime-lovers should wish for for Christmas – if you can wait that long…”
– Bogfidusen.dk

“The ones who know and love..Louise Rick will enjoy this well kept main character.”
– Lars Ole Sauerberg, Jyllands-Posten 

“Sara Blædel is an undisputed master in creating both suspense and interesting multi-dimensional characters.”
– Max Seeck


Martha Award 2020