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Verzwegen by Kristina Ohlsson

Verzwegen (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Kristina Ohlsson, Edith Sybesma

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Authors:Kristina Ohlsson
Other authors:Edith Sybesma
Info:Vianen The House of Books 2011
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Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson (2010)



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  CheryleFisher | Apr 26, 2017 |
I really enjoyed the book! I like the development of the characters from book to book. Fredrika had developed her skills as an investigator and wants to remain with the police department even though her pregnancy is a difficult one and her married lover is still very married. Peder, a good if undisciplined cop, is even more of a sexist than before and his marriage has broken up though he is still trying to be a good father. Alex Recht, the team leader is till the steady father figure.

Their cases are complicated - what appears to be the murder suicide of a retired clergyman and his wife, and what appears to be the hit and run death of an unidentified foreigner turn out to be tied together in a complex scheme to bring asylum seekers into the country, and to have their roots in a crime long in the past. ( )
  Hanneri | Aug 4, 2016 |
Fifteen years ago a young girl was brutally attacked as she picked flowers in a meadow near her parents’ Swedish country home. Fast forward to the present. It's a cold February morning in Stockholm, when the federal investigation unit is assigned two new cases. A man has been killed in a hit and run. He has no identification on him, he is not reported missing nor wanted by the police. Investigative Analyst Fredrika Bergman has the task of finding out who he is. At the same time, a priest and his wife are found dead in their apartment. All evidence suggests that the priest shot his wife and the committed suicide. But is that all there is to it?

Two different cases, seemingly unrelated. But it is not long before the investigations begin to converge and the police are following a trail that leads all the way back to the ’90s, to a crime that was hushed-up, but whose consequences will reach further and deeper than anyone ever expected.

Silenced starts off slowly but quickly builds into something that manages to be thoroughly absorbing. I was a fan of the first Fredrika Bergman novel, The Unwanted, and plan to pick up the next in the series, The Disappeared as soon as I can. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
I can see that Ohlsson was trying hard to remedy the flaw in her previous novel: that it was too easy to see the big clue that the detectives were missing. But in order to have the audience think that they saw another clue like this and have them be wrong this time, Ohlsson pulls a rabbit out of the hat that simply doesn't work for me. It relies on too many tricks and is, in the end, unbelievable. On the other hand, if she writes another in this series, I would still read it. I want to see how she evolves as a writer. ( )
  heathrel | Dec 24, 2015 |
Settle down for a compulsive read, but be ready to ignore that "could this really happen?" feeling as the novel progresses. This is the second of Kristina Ohlsson's Fredrika Bergman/Alex Recht novels, and it is a very good mystery indeed. The plot pulled me in right from the start -- did the elderly activist really kill his wife and then himself? What about their missing daughter, and is there any connection to a hit and run victim found with no identification? And the plot keeps on pumping, giving us new bits of evidence that reveal an ever widening story, while the author keeps it all comprehensible, and all moving forward.
That's what you want from a mystery -- a plot that keeps you reading -- but this novel has a lot more. The police characters are fully rounded and have complicated personal lives, which affect the way they interact and create even more suspense. The writing is sharp and accurate, without that muffled sense I sometimes get from translations in this genre. And I at least really started to care about some of the characters, hoping things would work out for them, yet another incentive to keep on reading.
So why the caveat about hard to believe? Lots of Scandinavian mystery fiction demands a major suspension of disbelief. It resents horrific and baroque crime as something that happens all the time, but we know that these countries are in the main law abiding (which was what made the Breivik massacres even more horrifying). That's fine: lots of 20th century British crime fiction made the same demand -- think of the crime rate in the peaceful village of St. Mary Mead! But Ohlsson demands a LOT of suspension, particularly towards the end of the novel. I won't say when the "oh, come on" reaction began to set in, but it was certainly there.
And so much for the caveat. Hard to believe or not, I am really looking forward to reading number 3 in the series, which is already waiting on my Kindle. ( )
  annbury | Jun 25, 2015 |
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A teenage girl is assaulted and raped on a midsummer's eve fifteen years ago. Cut to present, and a man is killed in a hit and run. He has no identification on him, he is not reported missing nor wanted by the police. Simultaneously a priest and his wife are found dead in an apparent suicide. Fredrika Bergman and her colleagues are assigned to the seemingly unconnected cases.… (more)

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