Annabelle For the Missing

Charlie Lager #1

On a warm summer’s eve, seventeen-year-old Annabelle goes missing from the small community of Gullspång. Detective Inspector Charlie Lager is forced to return to the place she left behind at fourteen to help out with the investigation of the missing girl. Whilst striving to get to the bottom of who Annabelle really was and what has happened to her, Charlie makes frightening discoveries about her own past. And, she is finally made to face her own worst memory: the time when she let another person die.

For the Missing became the most sold debut of 2017 in Sweden.


Shortlisted for the Prix des Lecteurs du Livre de Poche (Best Crime) France 2020
Crimetime Specsavers Award (Crime Debut of the Year) Sweden 2017
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  • “A crime novel that surprises on several levels. /…/ It’s got a well-crafted and clever plot with unexpected turns, where the author has a steady grip on the reader to the very end. /…/ For the Missing is an impressive debut that bodes well for the future. /…/ It won’t be long before guided tours are held in Lager’s footsteps.”

    Göteborgs-posten, Sweden

  • “A brilliant crime novel. /…/ Like a seductive summer night, with lurking shadows and treacherous undergrowth. Everything is here, even if it’s not obvious at first glance. /… / There is something about the density itself, a suggestive tone that is struck from the first chapter onwards. /…/ There are so many layers to Gullspång, so many people’s stories. It’s about interpretations, it’s about who holds the power and who is unable to resist it. It’s not a simple whodunnit.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “[Lina Bengtsdotter’s] book about Annabelle is by far the best crime novel of the year.”

    Nya Wermlands-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “A debutant delivers the most somber and nail-biting-inducing Swedish crime novel of the year. Lauded Lina Bengsdotter has an iron grip on our souls. /…/ The dramaturgy is perfect, the psychology luminous and the case with the missing teenage girl appears to endlessly deepen, like a bottomless woodland lake.”

    M-Magasin, Sweden

  • “Nerve-racking, surprising and well-written.”

    Nerikes Allehanda, Sweden

  • “[Lina Bengtsdotter] offers a great portrayal of the worn-out community, interesting and perceptive character portrayals, and an unexpected turn of events in the crime plot itself. A debut that makes one crave more.”

    Norra Skåne, Sweden

  • “I’m on pins and needles awaiting the reveal of what’s become of Annabelle.”

    Amelia, Sweden

  • “This is a new crime success.”


    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “An explosive debut.”

    VG, Norway

  • “A tightly plotted crime debut.”


    Trøder-Avisa, Norway

  • “This smash hit Swedish debut breathes new life into a few well-worn det-fic themes to create a thriller that lingers in the memory.”

    Sunday Times Crime Club *Star Pick*, UK

  • “A wonderful debut.”

    Dziennik Zachodni, Poland

  • “This may be the debut novel for Lina Bengtsdotter, but it immediately slots her into the pantheon of Scandi Noir greats. She is a seamstress. She weaves a wonderful, embracing picture of life in a down-at-heel, dying, remote and rusty, Swedish industrial eyesore; and gradually unpicks the different threads, laying each out, its sparse clarity giving the reader a myriad of separate storylines. /…/ I will be looking out for more by Lina Bengstdotter. For The Missing takes crime fiction to a disturbingly personal, high level.”

    Shotsmag, UK

  • “A powerful Scandi Noir debut by a promising new author. /…/ Atmospheric, evocative and with a heroine who overcomes some of the genre’s clichés, this is a first-class procedural with all shades of grey unveiled like onion peel as the narrative progresses. With various parallel story strands deepening the mystery before they all come together in a flurry of unwelcome truths, this makes for an altogether excellent thriller.”

    Crime Time, UK

  • “This debut novel is intelligent and arresting. And grim.”

    Morning Star, UK

Photo: Gabriel Liljevall Lina Bengtsdotter
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Reading material

Swedish edition

English edition

Rights sold

Albania, Shkupi

Czech Republic, Grada

Denmark, People’s

Estonia, Pegasus

Finland, Otava

France, Marabout

Germany, Penguin

Greece, Psichogios

Iceland, Bjartur & Veröld

Israel, Kinneret Zmora

Italy, DeA Planeta

Netherlands, HarperCollins

Norway, Gyldendal

Poland, Burda

Portugal, Planeta

Russia, AST

Serbia, Vulkan

Slovakia, Grada

Spain, Planeta

Sweden, Forum

UK, Orion (World English)

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