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One mistake changes everything In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her distraught mother was left behind at the previous station in what seemed to be a coincidence. The train crew was alerted and kept a watchful eye on the sleeping child.One mistake changes everything In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her distraught mother was left behind at the previous station in what seemed to be a coincidence. The train crew was alerted and kept a watchful eye on the sleeping child. But when the train pulled into Stockholm Central Station, the little girl had vanished. Inspector Alex Recht and his special team of federal investigators, assisted by the investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman, are assigned to what at first appears to be a classic custody fight. But when the child is found dead in the far north of Sweden with the word "unwanted" scribbled on her forehead, the case soon turns into the investigation team's worst nightmare - the pursuit of a brilliant and ruthless killer....

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ISBN : 9781439198896
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Number of Pages : 357 Pages
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Unwanted Reviews

  • Carol
    2019-01-16 13:32

    This suspense novel was an excellent combination of a police procedural and psychological thriller – and the most enjoyable Swedish crime novel I’ve read since the Stieg Larsson Millennium series.The story is written with multiple viewpoints, three of which are the main detectives; but, also another point of view includes a woman coconspirator of the perpetrator, which was an interesting departure from the conventional crime novel. The reader has access into the twisted mind of the criminal (only known as “The Man”) all the while the detectives are investigating his crimes and closing in on him.This novel reminded me of the British TV drama called "Prime Suspect" starring Helen Mirren as Chief Inspector, Jane Tennison. Similarly, in this story, Frederika Bergman is a no-nonsense female analyst working with all male detectives to solve the crime. Both women’s efforts to negotiate their way within a male dominated profession become a subplot in each of the dramas.I read and enjoy good mystery/suspense novels but, honestly many of them just run together after a while. I really liked this distinctive, first-rate thriller and I look forward to reading her next two books.

  • Carol
    2019-01-19 16:26

    The storyline beginning with the abduction of little Lillian off a crowded train really drew me in, but my interest kind of petered out when it turned to the investigative part of the story. Didn't much care for the character's, their interaction or their modus operandi. Oh well...Overall, a decent debut, but doubt I'll read others in the series.

  • Morana Mazor
    2019-01-03 17:28

    Odličan psihološki triler koji sam baš s guštom čitala! Jako mi se sviđa stil pisanja Kristine Ohlsson, jednostavan, lako čitljiv, rečenice su jasne i konkretne, a sve je to, naravno, začinjeno izvrsnom radnjom.Usprkos tako "pitkom" stilu pisanja, autorica se bavi nekim jako jako teškim temama... Svi mi koji čitamo dosta trilera već smo, na neki način, navikli na razne brutalnosti, sakaćenja, obredna ubojstva i slična zvjerstva, ali kada se susretnemo sa ubojstvima male djece i beba, onda je to ipak nešto što nas ne može ostaviti ravnodušnima bez obzira na sve do sada pročitano.A upravo se o tome radi u ovom romanu; već pri početku iz vlaka je oteta mala Lilian te započinje istraga koju vodi tim inspektora Alexa Rechta, sve iskusni istražitelji sa dugogodišnjim stažem u policiji, a kojima je pridodana i, kriminalistica, Frederika Bergman.Frederiku kolege, isprva baš i ne shvaćaju jako ozbiljno, smatraju da joj fali "onaj neki instinkt" kojeg oni posjeduju, a i doživljavaju je i previše hladnom da bi bila efikasna.Mislim da je ovdje očito da nam je Ohlsson željela prikazati kako i u Švedskoj, koja se smatra izuzetno naprednom zemljom, policija ostaje pod muškom dominacijom te se ženama u ovom poslu nije lako dokazati, a autorica to i te kako dobro zna budući da je donedavno i sama radila u švedskoj policiji i u švedskom Ministarstvu vanjskih poslova. Njezino prijašnje zaposlenje također se primjećuje u vrlo dobrom poznavanju istražnih, policijskih procedura opisanima u knjizi koje se izmjenjuju sa psihološkim portretima istražitelja. Dodatni je plus romanu što je napisan iz perspektive više likova, pa tako istragu slučaju pratimo kroz opise glavnih istražitelja, ali i iz perspektive žene suučesnice u zločinima što nam daje uvid u poremećen um okrutnog i inteligentnog ubojice. To što Ohlosson opisuje razmišljanja glavnih likova dajući nam pritom uvid i u njihove privatne živote jako je dobro pogođeno jer nam time približava sve glavne aktere, čini nam se da ih dobro poznajemo te ih doživljavamo, ne samo kao ekipu koja radi na rješavanju slučaja, već i kao osobe od krvi i mesa sa svim njihovim usponima i padovima. Osim otmice i ubojstava djece, još je jedna jako teška tema prisutna u romanu, a to je fizičko maltretiranje žena; ubojica, koji za svoju misiju ima "kažnjavanje" žena čak i one iz svoje blizine tretira užasno okrutno; brutalno ih premlaćuje, muči ih na razne načine i ti su opisi tako vjerno prikazani da sam se , po tko zna koji puta zapitala, kako si neke žene, bez obzira na to što su radile i kroz šta su prolazile u životu, mogu "opravdati" bivanje u jednoj takvoj vezi iz koje, lako moguće, neće izaći žive. Sve ti detalji upućuju na autoričino prijašnje zanimanje i odlično poznavanje opisane materije. I tako se, dan po dan, slučaj sve više zahuktava, oteta curica pronađena je mrtva, u međuvremenu nestaje jedna beba, a istražitelji pokušavaju pronaći barem neki čvrsti trag u mnoštvu onih, naizgled, potpuno nepovezanih tragova. Upravo Federika je ta koja prva poveže neke priče iz prošlosti tako da napetost raste, a slučaj se bliži završnici. Iako nas naslov "Pepeljuge" asocira na onu prekrasnu bajku, ovaj joj je roman potpuna suprotnost. Ovdje nema princa niti happy enda..samo zlo u svom najizopačenijem obliku. Žene ne postaju princeze već bivaju brutalno pretučene; cipelice otete djevojčice koje ostaju u vlaku, ne pronalaze svoju vlasnicu, a ipak, kao i bajke i ovaj roman ima svoju vrijednost te nas navodi na razmišljanje o svijetu u kojem živimo i u kojem je, nažalost, izglednije naići na monstruma koji ubija djecu nego na princa na bijelom konju. Odličan roman i velika preporuka!

  • Julie
    2019-01-18 21:14

    Unwanted (Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht # 1) by Kristina Ohlsson with Sarah Death translating is a 2012 Atria/ Emily Bestler Books publication. Scandinavian thrillers became quite popular there for a while and as such there are many wannabes attempting to take advantage before the furor died down. As a result, I have become quite wary after having read a handful of mediocre attempts to cash in on the success of others. However, this little gem kept popping up in my ‘recommendations’ and in group reads, so I finally gave in, even though I need to start a new series like I need another hole in my head.The story starts off at a fast pace when a young girl is abducted and that furious race against time feeling had my heart pounding. But, once the investigation begins, the pacing took a serious hit and the story got too bogged down with the investigator’s personal lives, which took up a bit too much space, in my opinion. The issue has arisen where civilians are working on the police force, and Fredrika’s skills are usually best performed behind a desk, however, she is assigned this case and it is a obvious field work is not her forte, at least not at first. Alex resents this civilian element working alongside trained officers, and constantly taps down on his annoyance. The other investigator on the team is Peder, who is not a likeable guy, but is a good at his job. These complicated characters are part of the dark allure of Scandinavian crime dramas, and the stories are often shocking and gruesome and more often than not have a psychological element to them as well. While I usually like the flawed character, it is important to me they have some kind of redeemable quality and in this case that didn't quite work out. But, the two main characters, Alex and Fredrika do manage to break through some barriers and so sets the stage for future installments. The mystery/thriller aspects of the story did manage to regain its footing and added in the unique touch of having one of the suspects chime in with their own narrative, which was very disturbing.Eventually, the investigative team pulls themselves together and the story worked like a good psychological police procedural should, and is quite effective. As is the case with these foreign novels the book is translated, and while I'm no expert, I thought the job was done well and I had no complaints. Despite the stop/starts in the beginning, I ended up being sucked into the crime drama and the personal foibles of the characters, and has me thinking this book could find success as long running series and could garner a loyal following. There are still a few kinks to be worked out, but overall this is one of the best Scandinavian thrillers I’ve read in a long while. Overall, the story had a few bumps in the road in the beginning, but stabilized quickly to become a pretty sturdy thriller.3.5 stars

  • MaryG2E
    2019-01-02 14:17

    This is the debut novel of Kristina Ohlsson as a crime writer and the first in a successful series featuring DI Alex Recht and investigator Fredrika Bergman. It is a worthy entry into the field of Scandinavian Crime novels, of which there has been a burgeoning in recent years.Lilian Sebastiansson, daughter of Sara and Gabriel, is abducted from the Gothenburg-Stockholm train in broad daylight, with no evidence of her abductor. Two days later her naked body is dumped in the driveway of Umea Hospital, some 650kms north of Stockholm. Suspicion falls on the absent father, who is separated from his wife, with clear signs of domestic violence. When this line of inquiry appears to fizzle out, the police have to rethink the entire case.The career cops don’t like civilians on the job, such as the clever, reserved, university-educated Fredrika. She, in turn, is deeply unhappy with the environment of mistrust and derision in which she must work. However, her inquiring mind leads her to look at alternatives to the conventional ‘Dad did it’ mentality of her male colleagues. She comes up with some plausible leads, which take the investigation in new directions, to the chagrin of her boss Alex and work mate Peder. Meantime, we the readers are given brief insights into the mind of the perpetrator, The Man. He recruits under-confident, damaged young women to be his helpers in his crimes, which soon escalate as he conducts his campaign of righteousness.It is Fredrika’s talent for lateral thinking that pushes the investigation forward, though she receives little direct credit for this. She is very careful to ensure that she does not overstep the mark with her blokey colleagues. She maintains a rather bland and restrained exterior, which does not endear her to the squad room members. At home she enjoys a pleasant, though low-key private life with her part-time lover Spencer. An earlier, brilliant career had been cut short by a serious accident.Once the obvious suspects are eliminated, the squad must look further for possible perpetrators. They concentrate their efforts on Sara Sebastiansson’s background, looking for someone who may have held a grudge. The traumatised, grief-stricken Sara is reticent and gives the police little to work with. They do a lot of to-ing and fro-ing around Sweden and talk with various people to little effect. In the end, it is Fredrika who puts the pieces of the jigsaw together and produces a sound scenario with motive. Alex, Peder and the other cops are then able to move in to identify and snare the wrong-doer. There is a lot to like about this novel. It is not a difficult read, and the main characters are engaging. The narrative raises some interesting social issues along the way, particularly that of male violence against women, a theme made internationally famous by the late Stieg Larsson.However, I really struggled with certain aspects of the novel. For a start it is way too long, and the story lines seem to get tangled. I could see clearly what the underlying motive for the killings was from about one third into the book, but it took the Swedish cops an awfully long time and a helluva lot of pages to catch up! I was rather dismayed by the style used by the author to disclose the emerging facts of the case. Although their evidence may be crucial to the case, the cops don't talk much to witnesses, and comments tend to be reported in the third person, or by a third person, such as a pathologist or researcher, rather than in direct speech. In my personal opinion, the best fictional detectives I’ve met (and I’ve read quite a few in my time) get the best answers by talking to their suspects directly, and that's where Fredrika's nose for the line of inquiry wins the day.These quibbles detracted from my reading of the story, which is quite enjoyable reading. Hence my rating of 3 stars (or perhaps 3.25 stars if it were possible). I look forward to reading more of Ohlsson’s crime novels, and seeing how the relationship between DI Alex Recht and his brilliant young female investigator Fredrika Bergman develops.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-15 17:34

    I always have a hard time getting into books that take place in other countries - this one is in Sweden - because of the weird names and places that I'm not familiar with and the same was true with this one BUT holy cow, it drew me in and wow. Great murder mystery.This story starts with a little girl, Lilian, being abducted from a train on a summer day in Sweden. A futile race to find the little girl is stalled when she's found dead in the parking lot of a hospital with the words UNWANTED written on her forehead. Now the police department, stunned, is in search for a murder suspects when he strikes again! They are left scrambling and frantic to find the suspect before he murders again. The readers are taken through the investigation process while the author tells us just enough and yet so little that we are left guessing till the end.I love it enough to not want to put it down so of course I'm going to recommend this one!

  • Fred Shaw
    2019-01-04 14:18

    Unwanted, by Kristina Ohlsson, Narrated by Justine Eyre. A Dreamscape audiobook. This is the first in a series of novels by Swedish author, Kristina Ohlsson, featuring Alex Recht and Fredrika Bergman as protagonists, about crimes involving missing children and the Swedish police task force assigned to find them. Alex Recht is the lead officer on the task force and a legend within the police because of success rate in solving crime. He has added beautiful and intelligent Fredrika Bergman, a civilian specialists on child abduction, who is on temporary assignment. Not being police trained puts her in lesser status on the team and must earn their respect. A child is taken from a train and the race to get the child back begins. Ohlsson leads off with the development of the lead chararters and their credentials as they pursue a complicated child abduction. The characters are excellent and memorable which is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. Ohlsson is gifted too in keeping the readers attention and appears to be not so interested in word count but more in quality story development. If you liked Swedish writer Larson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, then I think you will like Ohlsson. I enjoy the Swedish setting, Swedish name of characters and towns and the international flavor.

  • Sandra Bašić
    2019-01-02 20:09

    U poznatoj nam bajci Pepeljuga pronađe svoga princa s kojim će živjeti sretno do kraja života. Ovo nije bajka a On nije princ. On je zlo koje otima djecu...Roman započinje u trenutku kad mala Lilian nestane iz vlaka koji putuje na relaciji Goeteborg – Stockholm. Tko ju je odnio, gdje su svjedoci ovog nemilog događaja? Na ta i brojna ostala pitanja morat će odgovoriti Alex Recht i njegova istražiteljska ekipa: Peter Rydh koji se bori sa svojim obiteljskim problemima i Fredrika Bergman koju smatraju pametnicom sa diplomom koja svima samo soli pamet. Ali to je tim koji će stasati u predane istražitelje, uhvativši se u koštac sa dokazima a sve u cilju dobrobiti djece.Pepeljuge su Kristinin prvijenac i nova švedska krimi senzacija. Autorica je dobro potkovana znanjem potrebnim za ovaj žanr – bivša šefica odjela za protuterorističke aktivnosti, a radila je u švedskoj policiji i švedskom Ministarstvu vanjskih poslova.Konačno, jedan jako dobar krimić koji je zaokupio moju pažnju. Ovo je onaj slučaj kad poludiš ako te netko prekine u čitanju, jer je napetost vječito u uzlaznoj putanji. A kad shvatiš da zajedno s akterima romana uspoređuješ dokaze tražeći taj suludi pokretački motiv za zločin, definitivno „skidaš kapu“ autoru. Cijeli istražni postupak je odlično opisan tako da sam zločinac nije niti bitan, puno su zanimljiviji koraci koji će nas dovesti do Njega.Preporuka ljubiteljima krimića a ja se veselim novom Kristininom romanu.

  • Book Him Danno
    2019-01-07 21:12

    How quickly do we think we have someone all figured out? How does this deduction affect our behavior? What are we missing from life based on these quick assessments? Unwanted features young children kidnapped from their parents only later to turn up dead in meaningful places with the word unwanted written on their foreheads. A competent detective team consisting of grizzled veteran, the bull in a china shop overachiever, and the contemplative thinker begin digging into the sparse clues to uncover the villain. They are sidetracked by their own prejudices and exploring the notion that if you look at anyone closely enough you will find something. They take many wrong turns in the investigation, even solving crimes they didn’t even know existed. Of course as they tear apart their crime, their own lives become exposed to us the listener. Suffering through adultery and betrayal, their skeletons are as incriminating as they people they are set to investigate. The juxtaposition of the hero lying to his wife to cheat, while one of the villain’s stands up for her son at all cost turns our preconceived notions upside down. This book makes you realize the flaw of judging others too quickly. Like I said, if you look closely enough you will find fault with everyone, even those same faults we forgive in ourselves. We need to look beyond this because the next thing you know we are rejecting people for minor indiscretions and missing the truly evil we encounter. This is the brilliance of good crime fiction. It acts like a mirror reflecting back the depth of our own souls, our character. Read this book for a great example of Swedish mystery, a police procedural that delivers. But also read it to understand this mystery called humanity a little better; it just might make you a better person. Thanks to T Stevens for this review.

  • Monique
    2018-12-27 15:18

    Okay so yup another unheard of two week reading experience..it is so hard to get the time to wrap my head in a book again! I plan to read fiendlishly after this wedding is planned though seriously..Anyways on to this book that was a little too easy to put down though the characters were nicely written because the plot and "mystery" were so easy to figure out..The book starts off with the disappearance of a little girl from a train after her mom steps off to make a phone call ( I hated this scenario as I could never see a mother getting physically off the train to make a phone call and leave her child unattended, that was a really dumb move) anyways the police have to come together despite resentments, differing approaches to solving the crime and personal issues to find this sicko who turns out to be an up and coming serial killer hellbent on punishing women who didnt want all of their children..**********SPOILER ALERT********(Sorry reader friends**************************The fact that the police took until the end of the novel to tie in the abortion aspect was laughable at best as it jumped out at me from the finding of the first child with the word Unwanted written on her forehead. I admit the ah ha moment was weak, the plot kinda weak and the serial killer and his accomplices not well done.I wouldnt recommend this book as I feel it builds you up for disappointment with the reveal..On to the next when I can, three months left!

  • María
    2019-01-11 17:20

    3 de 5 estrellas ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (me ha gustado

  • Petra Miocic
    2019-01-12 17:17

    https://procitajto.com/2016/05/21/pep...Djeca ne nestaju već ih roditelji gube. Iza svakog nestalog djeteta stoji izgubljen roditelj, smatra iskusni policijski istražitelj Alex Recht, jedan od ključnih likova u kriminalističkom serijalu Kristine Ohlsson čiji su Pepeljuge prvi dio. Upitani za mišljenje, inspektora bi Rechta vjerojatno podržali i ostali stručnjaci čiji je posao postaviti dobrobit djeteta na prvo mjesto; socijalni radnici, psihijatri, psiholozi, defektolozi, odgajatelji, učitelji i liječnici. Kao što, prema poslovici, iza svakog uspješnog muškarca stoji čuvrsta žena, tako i iza zapuštenog i tužnog djeteta stoji još zapušteniji i tužniji roditelj. Najčešće majka. Još češće, nitko.Djeca su, u najranijoj dobi, odraz vlastitih roditelja i brige što im je oni poklanjaju. Ipak, odrastajući oblikuju vlastite osobnosti i od tih se roditelja odvajaju. I na taj način nestaju, i na taj ih način roditelji gube. To je onaj prirodan način. O tom načinu, naravno, nije riječ u ovom romanu. Mnogo brutalnije, u Pepeljugama Ohlsson problematizira djecu kao oružje, oružje u rukama mentalnog bolesnika koji je i sam jednom bio takvo dijete, kao sredstvo osvete za roditeljske pogreške iz prijašnjih života. Na svijetu smo, kažu, uvijek opterećeni tuđim, u nas upisanim pričama. Ali može li itko platiti i iskupiti tuđe pogreške? Makar i roditeljske.Kad iz vlaka na međugradskoj liniji u Švedskoj nestaje šestogodišnja Lilian, istražiteljski tim predvođen spomenutim Alexom Rechtom niti ne sluti s kako duboko poremećenom osobnošću će se susresti u finalu istrage. Djevojčičini majka i otac su razvedeni te istraga biva usmjerena prema roditelju kojeg nije bilo, ocu koji i sam ima, otkrit će se, neke ne tako ćudoredne i moralne, da ne kažemo gnjusne sklonosti. No kad nestane i drugo dijete, posve je jasno da su motivi iza otmica s najtragičnijim ishodom mnogo dublji i teže dokučivi, ali jesu li zbog toga i manje osobni?U lovu na sumanutog otmičara i ubojicu istražiteljskom se timu kao glavni suparnik nameće vrijeme, no niti zamršeni onosi unutar tima ne idu im u prilog. Iskusnim je istražiteljima, izrazito muškoj ekipi nabijenoj testosteronom, pridružena Frederika Bergman, mlada i izrazito perspektivna kriminalistica. No sva njena pronicljivost zasjenjena je njenim civilnim obrazovanjem, Frederika je, umjesto policijske akademije odabrala običan fakultet i sada, u klupku zapetljanih privatno-poslovnih odnosa za to plaća određenu cijenu. Ako se uopće za takav prijestup ima što platiti. Stvaranjem i istančanim profiliranjem Frederikina lika, Ohlsson je vjerojatno željela otvoriti vrata problematiziranju položaja žena u visokim policijskim krugovima, istim onim kojih je i sama bila dijelom prije no što se odvažila zaploviti spisateljskim vodama. Mlada, lijepa i ambiciozna Frederika mnogostruko se više mora dokazivati kako bi stekla makar i dijelić poštovanja što ga njeni muški kolege ukazuju jedni drugima. Posebice kad se susretne s izgubljenim, u krizu srednjih godina uvučenim i nepremostivim bračnim problemima načetim kolegom čija odbojnost bar dijelom proizlazi iz njegove seksualne frustracije.Kao da jedna teška tema nije bila dovoljna, autorica je raspisujući radnju u Pepeljugama otvorila Pandorinu kutiju razotkrivši pred čitateljima niz problema eminentno prisutnih u svakom, pa tako i u švedskom društvu. Od položaja žena u policiji do ženskog prava na izbor; odustajanja od majčinstva ili inzistiranja na njemu čak i kada sve društvene okolnosti idu u prilog njegovu odbacivanju. Mnoga su moralna pitanja što ih Ohlsson razrađuje, ima li svatko pravo na jedan loš potez u životu i obilježava li ga ta potez trajno? Štoviše, prelijeva li se, krvlju prenesenom pupčanom vrpcom, i na slijedeće generacije? Odbacimo li neko svoje pravo jednom, znači li to da smo ga se trajno odrekli ili smo samo tada od njega privremeno odustali?Naposljetku, tu je i pitanje nasilja nad ženama i djecom u mnogo težem obliku. Iako naslov romana aludira na omiljenu dječju bajku, autorica nas vrlo brzo podsjeća da život nije bajka. I na to koliko su sve bajke, prije no što smo ih svojim intervencijama izmijenili, bile surove. Sve djevojčice, i sretne i nesretne, sanjaju o princu, a što je teškoća stvarnog života veća, u bajku je lakše povjerovati. U trenutku kada shvate da je bajkovita potka ipak samo portal za život u pepelu i mraku, većinom je prekasno. Za njih, druge prilike nema. Pitanje je, zapravo, postoji li ona ikad. Dijelom napeti policijski krimić, većim dijelom ipak jezoviti psihološki triler, roman Pepeljuge u Kristini Ohlsson otkriva sjajnu pripovjedačicu i crtačicu psiholoških profila ne samo glavnih, već i sporednih likova. Valja istaknuti i jednostavnost kojom autorica prolazi kroz teške teme isprepletene u priči. No ta jednostavnost nipošto nije lišena empatije, protkana je dubokom socijalnom notom i snažnom moralnom porukom. Djeca ne nestaju. Roditelji ih gube. A ponekad su ih izgubili i prije no što su toga postali svjesni. Na ovaj ili onaj način.

  • Freda Malone
    2019-01-17 13:19

    There were a lot of mixed reviews about this book and I can understand why. This being a more procedural criminal mystery, anyone who does not enjoy the TV film Criminal Minds, will mostly likely not enjoy the process of this fashioned novel. I love watching Criminal Minds so this novel was fantastic for my tastes. However, I was very disappointed when I found out who the killer was. Some of us readers enjoy the suspense of guessing who a killer might be throughout the story. In a thriller movie, the killer is almost always revealed during the film and his/her character is that of someone that has an occupation, family, girlfriend, boyfriend, or even a hobby, and seems quite normal throughout. This book did not have it. The characters in this book were created with a lot of thought and there were quite a few of them which I enjoyed. If this was to become a series, we do need to know the characteristics and backgrounds of each protagonist or supporting character that will be carried over to the second book. Their lives, traits, mannerisms, habits and qualities need to be featured in order for us, the reader, to develop a relationship with them for future reads. These characters were creatively written into the story without feeling choppy. Each character was different, with some cliches but not so much that it became dull. Each had their own strengths, weaknesses and qualities. A few of them I could even relate to. What I enjoyed most about this book was that it was not filled with a lot of sexual violence, which I thought it would be in the beginning. We fear the worst when a child is abducted and that was my thought. I was pleasantly relieved to see that it was a more complex mystery rather than a seriously violent thriller. The suspense is centered more in the actual abduction scenes and then continues on to the clues that trickle in as the Swedish Federal Investigators rush to put it all together. I was enraptured by the complex theme, dialogue and plot so much that I had to keep turning pages to find out how they were going to figure it all out. I even yelled out ‘stupid idiot’ when there were a few clues that fell through the cracks by someone on the team. It was exhausting at times! I’d recommend this book only for someone who enjoys criminal procedural processes in solving a crime. I’d still call it a thriller, but not a voluminous violent one, though there is some violence in it. I’m giving it only 3 stars because I was so very disappointed in the end.

  • Elvan
    2019-01-10 14:21

    Excellent read. The first book sets up the three main Swedish investigators for the series. Alex has a track record of success and yet as leader of his team of three he does very little to actually solve the mystery of why a sleeping child is abducted off of a busy train in the middle of the day. Fredrika is a civilian attached to the police force for her problem solving skills. Peder has troubles at home and jealousy in the workplace. He makes his opinion of women in general and Fredrika in particular well known to his co-workers. And he hates that she seems to track down the few clues available more effectively than he does. Once again the clues to the crime(s) are few and the victims family members are not always forthcoming with information. As police procedurals go, this series has a raw and gritty and very realistic feel to it. Not all crimes are solved like they are in one hour television programs. Not all investigators think alike and while these three share all the bits of information they gather, each takes a unique view of what is revealed. It makes for a fascinating read.

  • Tonkica
    2019-01-14 19:27

    3,5Dobro razradjeni likovi, interesantna prica koja drzi paznju.. Pred kraj sam ocekivala vise detalja i objasnjenja s obzirom na dobre detalje od pocetka.

  • Laura
    2019-01-08 15:08

    While she's not the 'next Jo Nesbo' as the jacket blurb suggests, this is a tight book. It's obviously the first in series and it introduces us to a crime solving team with all their quirks. While the details of the mystery are interesting and well-drawn, the ending feels a little rushed and the identity of the perpetrator seems kind of forced - I thought we should have been casually introduced to the perp a little earlier. And the whole red herring thing with Ellen's beau just wasn't called for; the storyline with Gabriel Sebastiansson could have been wrapped up better. I found myself wondering about his fate, and what happened to his mother.While I liked the team for the most part, I felt like the author was trying a little too hard to make Frederika unconventional. I also didn't get the feeling she was hesitant about the work, as the author kept telling us.I felt in general she could do a little more show and a little less tell, but overall this was a strong summer read and I will definitely check out the next in the series.

  • Zeynep
    2018-12-27 17:34

    Şu anlık okuduğum polisiye romanlarından en iyisi gibi duruyor. Çok güzeldi, çok beğendim. Herkese tavsiye ederim. Spoiler*Kitap boyunca katilin kim olduğunu çözme girişiminde sıkça bulundum. Ve sonunda büyük hayal kırıklığına uğradım. Katili kitabın başından beri tanımıyormuşum! Bitti*Polisiye severler beğenir diye düşünüyorum.

  • Martina
    2018-12-29 20:12

    Pročitana u jednom dahu! Već me dugo neka knjiga nije ovako oduševila!

  • Sandra
    2019-01-07 19:35

    4,5 Sterne!

  • Elsa
    2019-01-03 17:16

    Två stjärnor istället för en pga läste faktiskt klart, men det var på håret. Långsam, ryckig och lite väl mycket onödigt berättande om karaktärernas bakgrunder - hade hellre sett att detta hade fått utvecklas pö om pö.

  • Lese lust
    2019-01-14 14:07

    Solider, gut erzählter Krimi mit interessantem Personal. ich hättest auf so manche Wiederholung verzichten können, vor allem, wie wenig ernst Frederika genommen wird, aber ich baue darauf, dass das in den nächsten Bänden nachlässt. Die Reihe werde ich jedenfalls weiter verfolgen.

  • Učitaj se!
    2018-12-30 18:27

    Ova napeta i uzbudljiva knjiga govori o mračnoj temi koja nije za svakoga, a radi se o zločinima nad djecom i policijskoj istrazi cilj koje je da počinitelje tih zločina dovedu pred lice pravde.Slučaj započinje nestankom jedne djevojčice iz vlaka, koji se dogodio dok je vlak stajao na kratkoj usputnoj stanici na svom putu prema Stockholmu. Dok je djevojčičina majka vani obavljala kratak poziv, djevojčica je netragom nestala iz vagona u kojem je do tada bila spavala, a apsolutno nitko od ostalih putnika ništa nije vidio. Slučaj nestalog djeteta preuzima tim policajaca vođenih Alexom Rechtom, a ono što je počelo kao obični slučaj odlutalog djeteta uskoro će se pretvoriti u zamršenu noćnu moru i lov na vrlo inteligentnog i pažljivog zločinca, koji za sobom ne ostavlja baš nikakve tragove.Od prve do zadnje stranice, ovaj je roman iznimno napet i uzbudljiv, a ta napetost, stranicu za stranicom, samo sve više raste. Slučaj o kojem se radi veoma je zamršen i u njemu se štošta isprepliće, i potpuno je nemoguće predvidjeti kako će se radnja dalje odvijati. Naprosto sam proletjela kroz čitavih 400-tinjak stranica ovog romana, jer teško ga je ostaviti sa strane prije nego što doznaš što se dogodilo i što će se još dogoditi.Tema slučaja kojim se ovaj roman bavi, kao što sam spomenula na početku, neće baš biti pogodna za svakoga, budući da se radi o zločinima nad djecom - najnevinijim i najbespomoćnijim žrtvama. Dio ovog romana progovara i o nečemu što je kod nas, a i u okolnoj Europi, trenutno također (nažalost) aktualno, a to je pitanje pobačaja i nečijeg neslaganja s tuđim pravom na isti. Ohlsson u svojoj knjizi pruža pogled na jednu inačicu onoga što se dogodi kada si netko uzme za pravo nekome drugome biti i sudac i krvnik, samo zato što se s tom osobom ne slaže u jednom određenom pitanju i ne poštuje pravo te osobe da o svom tijelu i svojim postupcima odlučuje onako kako ona želi.Likovi ovog romana vrlo su zanimljivi i dosta su dobro okarakterizirani. Tu, prije svega, mislim na policijski tim istražitelja, čiji mi se pojedini članovi na početku nisu baš sviđali, ali sam ih na kraju baš sve zavoljela. Spomenuti su likovi i pomalo netipični, pogotovo Fredrika Bergman, koja, za razliku od drugih protagonista ovakvih romana, pomalo mrzi svoj posao i traži izlaz iz njega. Alex, glavni istražitelj, i njegov kolega, Peter, obojica smatraju da Fredrika nema 'ono nešto' što bi ju učinilo dobrom policajkom, temeljeći svoj sud uglavnom na tome što ona nije prošla čitavu policijsku karijeru, već je ovamo došla iz civilne službe. I sama se Fredrika tako već u startu osjeća pomalo izoliranom i izdvojenom, kao da se ne uklapa u ekipu, no to se, kako slučaj napreduje i kako sve više surađuje s dvojicom kolega, malo-pomalo mijenja. Mislim da nam ova knjiga iz navedenog sjajno pokazuje koliko promašeno može biti procjenjivanje nekoga samo kroz površne činjenice koje o toj osobi znamo.Jedini lik kod kojeg bih voljela da je karakterizacija možda malo dublja je počinitelj za kojim se traga. Njegovi motivi jesu naposlijetku i navedeni i objašnjeni, ali nešto mi je tu nedostajalo, možda samo malo razrađenija osobnost, malo više koncentracije cijele priče na njega samog. Samo je još jedna sitnica koja mi se nije baš svidjela, prvenstveno zato jer ju smatram nepotrebnom, a to je uloga američkog specijalista za profiliranje u razradi slučaja. Jasno mi je da je u tom određenom trenutku u kojem se on pojavio bilo potrebno nešto, neki dodatni 'push', da malo pogura radnju i usmjeri istragu u pravom smjeru, ali mislim da je način na koji je to napravljeno - ulaskom navedenog američkog stručnjaka u priču, čija je jedina uloga bila da posloži sve činjenice pred istražitelje i kaže im što je u njima što (što je nešto bi ionako i oni sami zaključili) potpuno bespotrebno. Nekako se time samo dobio dojam da 'jadni, mali švedski policajci' ništa ne mogu sami shvatiti bez da im to 'napredni američki superstručnjak' ne nacrta. Ali, kažem, to je samo sitna sitnica koja nije ni bogzna kako bitna u cijeloj priči, pa joj u globalu ni ne smeta.Da rezimiram sve ovo što sam do sada napisala, ova je knjiga jedan sjajan, zanimljiv i iznimno napet triler, koji se čita, kako bi se reklo, 'u jednom dahu'. Bilo je uzbudljivo slijediti Alexa, Fredriku i Petera u njihovoj potrazi za odgovorima, pratiti puteve istražitelja, žrtava, počinitelja i svih drugih likova manje ili više povezanih sa središnjim slučajem i uočavati kako se ti putevi sijeku, približavaju, udaljavaju, prelaze jedan preko drugog ili se tek povremeno susreću. Ukoliko volite krimiće, trilere i miješavine ovih dvaju žanrova, svakako preporučam. Ovaj vas roman neće nimalo razočarati.

  • Onur Uslu
    2019-01-16 13:22

    Kristina Ohlsson'un yazdığı ilk kitabının son derece popüler Milenyum serisinden (belki ilk kitabıyla yarışır) daha iyi olduğunu düşünmem acaba bu kitap için ne anlam ifade eder? Konusu son derece akıcı ilerleyen, karakterlerin mesleki ve özel detaylarını yeterli detaylarla inceleyen ve polisiye romanlarındaki en önemli unsur olan katil psikolojisini tatmin edici şekilde açıklayan bu kitap hem Milenyum serisiyle beraber İsveç'in birtakım sorunlarına el atmış hem de polislerin olayı incelerken hangi bakış açılarıyla olaya yaklaştığına dikkat çekmiş.Bu kitabı tavsiye eden biricik arkadaşıma teşekkürlerimi sunar ve aynı şekilde okumayan herkese tavsiye ederim.

  • Sheila
    2019-01-17 20:18

    This was a new author to me in the Nordic crime noir and this is book 1 in the (Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht, book 1) series. Set in Stockhom, Sweden it starts out when a little girl travelling with her mother by train disappears from the train. The investigation focuses on the estranged father but the deeper the team digs the more involved the case becomes. The team discovers that this little girl isn't the only one to have disappeared. This was a really intense story and I will definitely be continuing with this series.

  • Esra Nazenin
    2019-01-05 15:19

    Abi sen İsveç polisiyesisin. Niye işin içine gereksiz yere Amerikalı bir danışmanı katıyorsun? Bir de yazar ekiptekilerin kişisel hayatını olaya bağlamaya çalışmış ama tam olmamış. Akışın bölünmesine neden oldu daha çok. Yinede bir ilk kitap için iyiydi 3.4/5 .http://www.esranazeninozdemir.com/201...

  • Vera Pns
    2019-01-05 13:14

    3,5*/5

  • Charlene Intriago
    2019-01-02 17:19

    One of my new favorite authors! Great police procedural, "whodunnit ", good crime mystery. Not as dark as some of the other Scandinavian writers. A definite page turner for me.

  • Ana Udovicic
    2018-12-27 17:17

    Moram priznat da me kraj knjige razočarao; sve je nekako zbrzano u par stranica što je prava šteta s obzirom da su početak i sredina knjige lijepo razrađeni. 4* idu samo na račun toga, inače je realna ocjena 3*.

  • Jane
    2019-01-23 16:27

    Unwanted is a debut novel, and the first of a series of Swedish crime novels to be translated into English.I wasn’t sure that I wanted to start on another series, but when the book appeared on the library it caught my eye. The cover was stgriking, the plot looked promising, and the comparison to ‘The Killing’ made a change from the usual Steig Larsson mention on the cover of pretty much anything Scandinavian.And I knew that if I didn’t grab it while it was there I might not see it again for months, and wish that I had picked it up when I had the chance.I found much that I could praise.The plot was nicely set up. A sleeping child disappeared from a train when the mother was distracted. Maybe intentionally. There were few witnesses and who could offer any help and there was virtually no physical evidence.Of course a team was called in to investigate: Alex Recht, an experienced and respective detective; Peder Rydh, a young, ambitious detective; and Fredrika Bergman, a civilian investigative analyst.The parents of the missing child were separated, and not on good terms. The two men immediately identified him as their prime suspect, dismissing other possibilites.That worried me. Because I was sure they were wrong. And surely when a child was missing all possibilities should be investigated?Fortunately Fredrika had the same concerns, and started to look into other angles …That’s as much as I want to say about the plot.But I will say that it is well constructed, on classic lines. That the style is simple and clear. That the pace is very well judged, so that I was drawn in and asking questions. That themes are cleverly echoed across the investigating team and the crime that they are investigating.I’m afraid though that as the story moved forward I began to see a few problems.I saw fairly early on what the motive would be and how the story would play out. It felt right psychologically, and I have no real argument with the plotting or the storytelling, but I really would have liked to have had some questions left hanging for a little longer.I saw that the characterisation was simplistic and lacked any real depth. And that some of the most interesting characters and possibilies went unexplored. Now I could forgive that in a short and snappy mystery, but I’m a little less forgiving when a story is spread over 470 pages.That’s not to say that Unwanted isn’t a promising debut. It is, and I can see potential for an interesting and successful series.But the first half of the book raised my expectations, so that I thought I might be reading a great crime novel and was disappointed when I got rather less than that.Good, but not as good as I had hoped.

  • Raven
    2019-01-11 20:17

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut crime novel by Ohlsson and hope it will bethe first of many. What I particularly enjoyed was the pacing of theinvestigation which made me feel as a reader utterly involved- a true sense thatyou were solving the crime at the same time as the detectives with no unfeasibleleaps in the plot or twists and turns for the sake of it. We all knew that Sarawas concealing something in the murky recesses of her past but what was it andhow did it connect to the killer? I liked the way the theme of `family' wascleverly explored with not only the murder cases destroying two families but howthe detectives Peder and Fredrika were brought into this theme as well- Pederwho was practically destroying his own family by his affair with a colleague,and conversely how Fredrika was undergoing her own mental turmoil in decidingwhether or not to have a family of her own. On the subject of Fredrika, Ithought her battle to have her voice heard in the investigation was a verystrong hook in the novel and reminded me of the characters of Elinborg in theArnaldur Indridason books and Alice in the excellent Swedish TV adaptations ofthe Sjowall/Wahloo `Beck' stories. I think we all knew that Fredrika had themakings of a good detective but didn't necessarily have the strength of her ownconvictions and came across as cold and unyielding until her own investigativetangents kicked in earning her the respect of her colleagues.All in all, Ohlsson has proved herself as another star to add to the fineScandinavian crime stable and I will be wholeheartedly recommending this novel