By Sara Blædel

Following the #1 international bestsellers The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest, Inspector Louise Rick—head of the elite Special Search Agency in Denmark’s National Police Department—returns in Sara Blaedel’s newest crime thriller.

A housewife is the target of a shocking, methodical killing. Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground. Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is a Danish citizen—one who’s been missing for almost two decades—so Louise Rick is called on to the case. Then the police discover that the woman, Sophie, had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover. Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Unsettled by the connection, and sick with worry for Eik, it falls to Louise to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…

First published by People’s Press in 2014

Croatia, Znanje
Czech Republic, Prah
Denmark, People’s Press
Finland, Karisto
Greece, Klidarithmos
Iceland, Bjartur
Italy, Fazi
Portugal, 20/20 Editora
The Netherlands, The House of Books
Norway, Bonnier Forlag
Serbia, Laguna
Spain, Jentas
Sweden, Bokförlaget Polaris
Turkey, Penguen Kitap
US, Grand Central Publishing

Blaedel, Denmark’s most popular author, is known for her dark mysteries, and she examines the controversial social issue at the heart of this novel, but ends on a surprisingly light note. Another winner from Blaedel.

As one of the preeminent voices in contemporary Scandinavian crime fiction, ­Blaedel solidifies once more why her novels are as much finely drawn character studies as tightly plotted procedurals, always landing with a punch to the gut and the heart.
Library Journal, starred review

Blaedel strikes a fine and delicate balance between the personal and the professional in The Lost Woman, as she has done with the other books in this wonderful series. The mysteries that she creates put one somewhat in the mind of the John Steed/Emma Peel era of “The Avengers” television series. Those who can’t get enough of finely tuned mysteries, particularly of the police procedural type, will find this book and this author particularly riveting.
Book Reporter

Long-held secrets and surprising connections rock Inspector Louise Rick’s world in Blaedel’s latest crime thriller. Confused and hurt, Louise persists in investigating a complex murder despite the mounting personal ramifications. The limits of loyalty and trust, and the complexities of grief, are central to this taut thriller’s resolution. A rich cast of supporting characters balances the bleakness of the crimes.
RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

Leads to…that gray territory where compassion can become a crime and kindness can lead to coldblooded murder.
New York Times Book Review


Deliciously dark…[A] great tale!
Suspense Magazine

The Lost Woman is a well-constructed mystery and…a moving exploration of the sensitive issue of Death with Dignity.
Popular Culture Association