Publisher: Grand Central
A housewife is the target of a shocking, methodical killing.
Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground. Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is a Danish citizen–one who’s been missing for almost two decades–so Louise Rick is called on to the case.
Then the police discover that the woman, Sophie, had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover. Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Unsettled by the connection, and sick with worry for Eik, it falls to Louise to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…
I have to start by thanking Abby at Crime By The Book for putting Sara Blaedel and her novels on my radar. She’s always recommending the most fantastic books, and I’ve seen her mention the Louise Rick series several times, so when an opportunity arose to review this one, it was a no brainer for me. Thanks Abby! ❤️
This is the first book I’ve read in the Louise Rick series, but it most definitely will not be the last. (Poor Mount TBR) Anything relevant that I needed to know involving Louise’s background was provided in The Lost Woman so you can easily jump into the series just as I did.
The story opens when a woman is shot through her own kitchen window as she’s doing the dishes. Upon her death, it’s discovered that the woman is Sophie, who was reported missing by Louise’s partner and boyfriend, Eik. To say this complicates the case is an understatement and as Louise starts her investigation, Eik is arrested on suspicion of the murder. Soon enough, Louise uncovers things Eik was hiding from her, but is he really a cold blooded killer?
This was a slow burning thriller, heavily character driven with a pacing that was fluid and composed. Their is an air of sophistication about her writing, there’s something very cultured about it. I was very impressed with the way Blaedel tackled the sensitive issue of assisted suicide, she did so in an extremely compassionate manner. You can tell this is a topic close to her heart and one that she researched.
The best way I can think of to describe this one is to say it’s an intellectual thriller. It’s profound and thought provoking as it addresses many moral issues. I found myself wondering what I thought about assisted suicide and how I would feel if one of my loved ones wished to die with dignity. I’ve always loved when a book challenges me to question my own morals and values and this one did just that.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for my review copy.