Kristina Ohlsson joins the ranks of Scandinavian authors who delve into the dark, sick side of the human condition. Her main character, Fredrika Bergman, is an enigmatic woman trying to find her niche in the male dominated world of police work.
The story starts with a report of a missing child taken from a train. At first, the case does not send any evil vibrations, but then events escalate. Another child is taken and then another. Fredricka intuits that her team is on the wrong track. As the case expands, Ohlsson reveals the inner turmoil and personal problems of her characters, thus pulling the reader more deeply into the story.
Although this book received starred reviews and the author limits the graphic descriptions to a minimum, the dark side is still out there.
One word of caution: the subject matter traces the path of a psychopath and his quirky, ugly reactions to being an abused child, and not everyone is comfortable with this type of material.
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