By Sara Blædel

Sara Blaedel, author of the #1 international bestseller The Forgotten Girls—which was roundly praised as “gripping” with “uncompromising realism” (Washington Post) and “tautly suspenseful” (BookPage)—returns with the thrilling next book in her series featuring police investigator Louise Rick.

Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She’s assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend’s long-ago death . . .

Louise’s investigation takes her on a journey back through time. She reconnects with figures from her past, including Kim, the principal investigator at the Holbaek Police Department, her former in-laws, fanatic ancient religion believers, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she moves through the small town’s cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken and dangerous secrets.

First published by People’s Press in 2013

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

Another suspenseful, skillfully wrought entry from Denmark’s Queen of Crime.

Engrossing…Blaedel nicely balances the twisted relationships of the cult members with the true friendships of Louise, Camilla, and their circle.
Publishers Weekly

Blaedel delivers another thrilling novel…Twists and turns will have readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next.
RT Book Reviews

Danish author Sara Blaedel is one of the top names in Scandinavian crime fiction but, over here, she’s best known for the superb book The Forgotten GirlsThe Killing Forest is even better.
The Globe and Mail

This remarkable Danish crime fiction writer is back at it again with a new book in her addictive series, and with another story that will keep you up at night. Blaedel’s plotlines are creepy, complex, and wholly gripping. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better crime writer out there.

A compelling, spine-tingling read!
San Francisco Review of Books