ARC Review: The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Danish Mystery, Crime
Synopsis:Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite missing persons unit. She's assigned a case involving a 15-year-old, who vanished a week earlier. When she realizes he is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she combines her personal investigation of her boyfriend's long-ago death with her search for the missing teen. 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 network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken, and dangerous secrets.
Louise Rick is struggling with the attack on her at the end of book 7(The ForgottenGirls) but is trying to put it behind her and move forward. It is effecting her personal life as well as her professional life. The new case she is on puts her back in her hometown and leads her to look into not only the case of a missing boy but also the strange information she received about her past lovers death.
When bodies are uncovered in her friends forest she finds the key that leads her to a conspiracy that has lasted decades. There is a lot of interesting information on the ancient religion of Asatro. In fact my interest was really peaked and this lead me to explore this a little more.
I was very drawn into this book, when I started reading about the young boy who is so excited about his initiation into the old religion and the book kept me hooked from that point forward. The characters are extremely well developed and the cultural differences really shine through in this installment.
After reading the last Louise Rick book I was looking forward to reading future installments and this one did not disappoint. I'm definitely going to continue to follow this author.
Disclaimer: This book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review