Änglavakter The Disappeared

Fredrika Bergman #3

A young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in a Stockholm suburb. She is identified as Rebecca Trolle, a student who went missing two years earlier. While Fredrika Bergman and her team try to find out why Rebecca met such a violent demise, additional finds are unearthed in the glade. The earth holds secrets that prove to be decades old. Someone has repeatedly returned to the forest glade in order to bury their victims and cover their tracks. A mute children’s fiction author is holed up in a nursing home. Her name keeps popping up in the investigation of the suburban forest grave, but the elderly writer remains enclosed in her silence. The tracks lead to a deep, dark truth and Fredrika Bergman is inevitably drawn into the story around the grave and the murdered student. Fredrika is faced with a tough dilemma when Spencer’s name turns up in the case. Could he possibly provide the solution? And what part does the mute writer play? With a sense of impending doom, the investigative unit approach the case’s resolution and finally only one question remains: whose will be the next body to end up buried, when the killer returns to the forest glade?

In addition to being a No. 1 national bestseller, The Disappeared was shortlisted for the 2011 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Crime Novel of the Year’.


Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden 2011
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  • “Elementarily suspenseful…very elegantly executed crime novel.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “You know what you get from Kristina Ohlsson: an unusually well-oiled machine of police procedural and good entertainment that in a classic – but also credible – way binds together the private and professional lives [of the characters]. /…/ It is truly creepy, and hats off to Kristina Ohlsson's ability to once again get under her readers' skin. The consequences of the investigation are as terrible as the murders themselves, and perhaps you should avoid reading the book when you are alone at home…”

    ALT for Damerne, Denmark

  • “Credible characters whose heartaches are all too close for comfort populate Ohlsson's outstanding third Fredrika Bergman crime novel”

    Publishers Weekly, US

  • “In her three crime novels, [Kristina Ohlsson] has a flow that is rare among authors, the kind of lucid storytelling that practically sucks you into the books. It is with great reluctance that one turns off the light and puts down the book – one wants to read Kristina Ohlsson's books all in one go. /…/ [The] characterization is both vivid and powerful, and develops with each book. The personalities aren't in a state of stagnation while they solve case after case, as in several other crime series.”

    Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

  • “Kristina Ohlsson is a skilled crime writer… What impresses most is the fine gift she possesses to create characters that I really care about, a vital ability if one plans to write a whole suite about the same group [of people].”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “After having read The Disappeared I am convinced once and for all… Kristina Ohlsson is the most interesting Swedish crime writer of the day. /…/ Although The Disappeared is an inevitable journey straight into darkness, it’s a journey I am happy to make. Once again Kristina Ohlsson demonstrates the potential the Swedish police procedural still has – at least in the hands of a courageous and imaginative author. And despite the sense of dark saga, Kristina Ohlsson never loses touch with reality. Somewhere there is also a gritty reality with real people and poignant tragedies. And Kristina Ohlsson knows exactly how to depict it.”

    Norra Skåne, Sweden

  • “As usual when Kristina Ohlsson writes crime novels, it's extraordinarily pacey almost the whole way through… Kristina Ohlsson is one of Sweden's best crime writers, and outdoes most other ’Queens of Crime’.”

    Hallands-Posten, Sweden

  • The Disappeared is exceedingly suspenseful, incredibly readable, and well-written.”

    Norran, Sweden

  • “Kristina Ohlsson's third novel, The Disappeared, is a gruesomely suspenseful story… almost impossible to put down.”

    Gefle Dagblad, Sweden

  • “Kristina Ohlsson is one of the best crime writers. /…/ The story is fast-paced and begs to be devoured all at once.”

    Smålandsposten, Sweden

  • “With abated breath one reads this skillfully crafted thriller about high-society sadists and a police investigation gone awry. Kristina Ohlsson masters the art of creating suspense, and many of her characters have genuine lives – one cares about them.”

    Amelia, Sweden

  • The Disappeared is a real page-turner; you simply MUST continue reading… [Kristina Ohlsson's] crime novels just get better and better, the plots are strong and confident and as a reader you become surprised and stunned again and again. This is what a good crime novel should look like!”

    Litteratursiden, Denmark

  • “Remember the name Kristina Ohlsson… Creepy. Great crime novel.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “Kristina Ohlsson has a nicely balanced style of writing where the milieu and characters never stand in the way of the story itself. The entirety feels natural – what is revealed gives a daunting, but at the same time logical, effect with several surprises along the way.”

    Trønder-Avisa, Norway

  • “What makes Ohlsson unique as a writer in this genre is her ability to combine the credible depiction of her characters with a supreme, skilfully thought out increase of suspense. All private details about the people in the book that we don’t even really want to know about – their strained relationships, alcohol problems, depressions etc. – become an organic part of the plot in Ohlsson’s work, to a much greater degree than in other writers’ books.”

    Taz.de, Germany

  • “All good things come in threes. With Unwanted and Silenced Kristina Ohlsson presented two outstanding thrillers, and the third book in the series joins in seamlessly. 540 pages of first class excitement!”

    Gong, Germany

  • “…thriller written with hypnotic power. With each chapter the tension is heightened yet a bit. After a while it becomes virtually impossible to put down The Disappeared.”

    NDR Info, Germany

  • “The third installment in award-winning author Kristina Ohlsson's Fredrika Bergman series is a crime fiction fan's dream. With The Disappeared, Ohlsson creates both an elaborate police procedural and a multilayered mystery that engages readers in a complex case with an unexpected ending. Once again featuring the brilliant Stockholm investigative analyst who tackled confounding cases Unwanted and Silenced, The Disappeared brings Fredrika back to work on an unsolved missing-persons case. /…/ This multilayered story builds to a shocking finale.”

    Book Page, US

  • “As with its predecessors, this is a dark, complex and haunting work that matches the characteristics of its memorable protagonist. /../ The Disappeared rests upon Ohlsson's most complex plot to date, but the primary focus is the characters, all of whom are memorable and fascinating. /…/ …her readership is collectively on the edge of its seat.”

    The Book Reporter, US

  • “A gripping tale not for the squeamish, the shy or the nervous.”

    Kirkus Reviews, US

Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist Kristina Ohlsson
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Reading material

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Arab World, Al Arabi

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Rahva Raamat

Finland, WSOY

France, J’ai lu

Germany, Blanvalet

Iceland, Forlagid

Netherlands, House of Books

Norway, Gyldendal

Sweden, Piratförlaget

UK, Simon & Schuster

US & Canada, Emily Bestler Books

Film rights sold

Sweden, NICE Drama

Sweden, Black Spark Film & TV

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