Today I am delighted to hand over the blog to Mandie who has a blog tour review of For The Missing by Lina Bengtsdotter. Thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting us to join the tour and to publishers, Orion Books, for providing the advance copy of review. Here is what the book is about:
She must find Annabelle. Before it’s too late.
Nora’s daughter Annabelle has disappeared, last seen on her way home from a party.
Gullspång’s inexperienced police are wilting under the national media spotlight – and its residents desperate for answers.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING . . .
Stockholm DI Charlie Lager must return home to find Annabelle, and then get out of town as soon as she can. Before everyone discovers the truth about her . . .
For The Missing introduces us to DI Charlie Lager, a detective in the Stockholm police force, who along with her colleague Anders Bratt is given the task of trying to find out what has happened to teenager Annabelle Roos. To do this however she has to return to her childhood town of Gullspång, a place she has not been to for nineteen years.
I will admit that this is a different style of book to the ones I would usually pick up. Although you would expect it to be quite fast paced with the police trying to find Annabelle before it is too late, the writing style gives it a more sedate feel. This may be partly due to the book going between events of the past and the days leading up to Annabelle’s disappearance. At the start I was a little confused as to how the story of Rosa and Alice fitted in with the present but as you get further into the book it all becomes a lot clearer. The focus of the book is also more on the Charlie and Annabelle than the actual investigation in to the disappearance itself. That being said I found that I couldn’t put the book down as I raced to find out the ending.
Charlie doesn’t like to share her personal life with her colleagues so it comes as a surprise to Anders when she finally admits that she grew up in the town that they are heading to. The choices she makes in her present life certainly seem tied to her childhood and the actions of her mother but she always make sure that they don’t affect her work. Despite her best efforts to keep her past to herself she finds that she is linked to the current events in a way even she didn’t expect. Annabelle seemed like your typical teenager rebelling against an overprotective mother, having lied about her whereabouts on the night she disappeared and maybe not being quite the innocent girl her parents believed her to be. The story of Rosa and Alice was the biggest surprise to me as what seemed like an innocent friendship actually had a more sinister conclusion and went some way to explain the actions of some of the characters throughout the book.
This is only the second translated book that I have read and I have to say that for a debut novel the author has certainly managed to create characters that draw you in, making you want to understand them and how they ended up in the situations that they did. The close knit community of Gullspång could relate to any small town so I think that also adds to its appeal. I will definitely look out for further books in translation by this author in the future.
If you would like a copy of the book for yourself it is available now form the following retailers:
Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones | Kobo
About the Author
Lina Bengtsdotter grew up in Gullspång, Sweden. She is a teacher in Swedish and Psychology and has published a number of short stories in various newspapers and magazines in Sweden and the Nordic countries. She has lived in the UK and in Italy and today resides outside of Stockholm with her three children. FOR THE MISSING is her debut novel.
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