Long-held secrets and surprising connections rock Inspector Louise Rick’s world in Blaedel’s latest crime thriller. Confused and hurt, Louise persists in investigating a complex murder despite the mounting personal ramifications. The limits of loyalty and trust, and the complexities of grief, are central to this taut thriller’s resolution. A rich cast of supporting characters balances the bleakness of the crimes.

Louise Rick and her partner and lover Eik Nordstrøm’s deepening relationship is tested when his erratic behavior and unexpected connections to a murdered woman place him at the center of a British police investigation. Time is of the essence as Louise and her journalist friend Camilla independently begin to unravel the links between the titular lost woman Sophie Parker’s decades-long disappearance, her mysterious Swiss bank account and a string of murders targeting Danish hospice volunteers. (GRAND CENTRAL, Feb., 304 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed by: 
Ana Coqui