cover image The Forgotten Girls

The Forgotten Girls

Sara Blaedel, trans. from the Danish by Signe Rød Golly. Grand Central, $26 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4555-8152-8

In the chilling fourth Louise Rick thriller to be published in the U.S. from Danish bestseller Blaedel (after 2012’s Farewell to Freedom), the former Copenhagen homicide detective craves a fresh start as head of the fledgling Special Search Agency, but the unit’s first case plunges her back into a nightmare she has spent decades struggling to forget. Before the body of a middle-aged woman found in the forest can be identified, a toddler’s cries lead Louise and her enigmatic new partner, Eik Nordstrøm, to a brutally slain babysitter, not far from the first corpse—the very place where a teenage Louise suffered the tragedy that would shape her life. As the dogged investigator and Eik—to whom she finds herself attracted despite his alcoholism and other issues—pursue links to a long-shuttered mental institution, it starts to look as if the past could prove key to catching a present-day monster. The swiftly moving plot and engaging core characters help make up for serviceable prose and a hard-to-swallow denouement. Author tour. (Feb.)