The Killing Forest

The Killing Forest

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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2016
Edition: First trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781455581559
Characteristics: 335 pages
Additional Contributors: Kline, Mark 1952-


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sandi_paca Aug 25, 2017

This is an intriguing and fascinating murder mystery, where Nordic lore comes to life enough so that it evolves into what it basically a major character in the story. Clever, dark, and evocative; a bit spooky in places, so perhaps it would be best not to read this one in the middle of a dark and stormy night! In a well-lit room or sun-washed park, however, the story is captivating and hard to put down.

The characters , for the most part, are drawn with care and detail, with the empathy and connections among the small group of the detective's friends contrasting starkly with the secrecy and cruelty of the townspeople. Although you can see parts of the puzzle begin to come together early on, there are still surprises near the end worth waiting for. The author balances the detective's inner and outer musings/discoveries quite well, and also manages to weave together the initially disparate and complex plot points into a satisfying whole.

I took off a point only because some of the violence (both physical and emotional) is presented with incredible intensity and realism. This is good on the one hand, as it gets the point across of how much women and children (and some men) suffer without sugar-coating it; still, for anyone with a trauma background (or even those with a certain degree of empathy), those sections can be difficult to handle, and even more difficult to forget.

Overall, well-written, and well-plotted, I liked it enough that I am going to find other books by this author-- which is the highest praise I can offer.

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