Review For the missing – Lina Bengtsdotter
The first book ‘For the missing’, in the series about detective Charlie Lager is a winner. Charlie is sent from her police station in Stockholm to a small village Gullspång, to help with a case of a missing person. She really doesn’t want to go. She was born and grew up in Gullspång and left at the age of 15.
She cannot find a way, without spilling her secrets of the past, to refuse this assignment. So pretty soon she leaves Stockholm with her coworker Anders. The missing girl, Annabelle, is 17 years old and her parents are frantic. Nobody has seen her since she went missing and the whole case is a mystery.
Before long she finds out that she’s not the only one with secrets in her past. She meets up with people, old friends and some people she wanted to forget. How long can she keep her secrets hidden? And what will she eventually find out about her own past, the more she finds out about her hometown?
It doesn’t quite help that the local police is not very willing to lend her a hand. The name Charlie led them to believe she was one of the guys, not some ‘chick’ from the big city here to tell them how to do their job. Suffice to say that Charlie doesn’t feel very welcome in her former hometown. She wants to finish her job as soon as she can and get out of there.
All the usual ingredients for a thriller are there. Still, this book is well worth reading. Its well written and has enough tension to keep you interested. Charlie Lager is a complicated woman you want to get to know better. Her coworkers and friends are a nice bunch of people, all with their own stories to tell.
Lina Bengtdotter grew up in the small village of Gullspång herself. She was born in 1977, and lives with her children in Stockholm. This is her first book and was chosen as best thriller and best-sold thriller in Sweden in 2017. Lina teaches Swedish and Psychology in between writing her books.