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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Tra edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143919890X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439198902
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frederika Bergman returns in the latest installment from Swedish author Ohlsson. Frederika is the only civilian working with Alex Recht’s federal investigation unit, but you wouldn’t know this was her book until the very end. The novel opens with the rape of a teenage girl in Frederika’s own backyard. Then we fast-forward several years to a priest and his wife, who are killed in an apparent murder-suicide; in a seemingly unrelated incident, a man is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Alex and his team, including the very pregnant Frederika, start investigating, and things are not at all how they first appeared to be. Human trafficking is going on, from the Middle East through Bangkok and then to Sweden. OK, but then things really get twisty. The story slowly unfolds, revealing layer upon layer of deception. The interplay between the detectives adds another level of interest to this intriguing puzzle, as do the inner workings of a foreign police department. This Scandinavian procedural, though less gristly than most of the genre, should appeal to international-mystery fans. --Stacy Alesi

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“Expect Ohlsson to join Nesbo on most readers' can't-miss lists.” (Booklist (starred review))

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The plot and characters are wonderful.
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After l read first book couldn't wait for her to translate this one and now l can't wait for the rest of them!
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The plot of this book is thin, ridiculous and unbelievable.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Raven on September 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Another excellent offering from the newest addition to the Scandinavian crime stable following up on her exceptional debut novel 'Unwanted'. The plot, set in Sweden, centres on the currently prevalent topic of immigration with the murders of Jakob Ahlbin, a prominent supporter of immigrants rights and his wife Marja, with the story spiralling out to include an insightful addressing of the dangers facing immigrants in their passage to a new country and a better life. Ohlsson concisely exposes the issues from both sides of the arguments through the voices of her characters and weaves an utterly realistic and engrossing portrayal of not only the political and social implications of this thorny issue, but the inherent dangers to those involved in this field of work. With the dynamics of family loyalty and the tests of friendships woven into the main plot, the reader becomes totally bound up in this gripping thriller as people continually reveal that they are not as they appear to be with the skilful use of double-crossing and dark tension throughout.

What I particularly admire in Ohlsson's work is her innate skill at characterisation and how she so effectively draws the readers into the lives of her main protagonists. In `Silenced' the character of Fredrika Bergman, still working with the police, spirals out as a new aspect is added to her character with the impending birth of her first child by her much older married lover of some years standing. There is a wonderfully drawn scene with Fredrika bowing to parental pressure and having to introduce Spencer to them over dinner with all the awkwardness and embarrassment of bringing home your first boyfriend/girlfriend as a teenager.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susan from Perth on September 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Enjoyable read, with interesting characters. Set in Stockholm. I felt I knew the central characters and could like them. Well written, keeps you thinking, but not a heavy read. A quality "whodunit". Doesn't rely on flashy characters. Has a flowing writing style, interweaving the different characters and subplots, to a suspenseful finale. Would recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bluenoser (Zal D) on May 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
i enjoyed the first novel and gave a positive review. although i did enjoy this one, i really have to conclude that while i did enjoy reading it, the plot was somewhat convoluted and somewhat implausible. i wont give up on this author but i am a little less positive than before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Those who read UNWANTED by Kristina Ohlsson have been waiting for SILENCED, the second in what is known as the Fredrika Bergman series. Bergman, a civilian assigned to an elite investigative unit of the Stockholm, Sweden police force, has no police training. Yet she brings a fresh attitude and pair of eyes to the investigation, occasionally to the consternation of her team members and the initially grudging but presently full-throated approval of Detective Superintendent Alex Recht, who heads up the Criminal Investigation Department.

Bergman may be a fish out of water given her lack of police tradecraft, but as SILENCED begins, she has plenty of company. Recht is experiencing some quiet domestic turmoil; two of the team members --- the somewhat overbearing Peder Rydh and his new partner, the enigmatic and razor-sharp Joar Sahlin --- are a poor fit personality-wise and, as they come to discover, have other conflicts as well. Bergman is in the advanced stages of pregnancy, said condition occasioned by her married lover, who shows no signs of leaving his wife. This isn't your grandfather's "Dallas," however. As the book begins, the understaffed team is given two sets of deaths to investigate. One is what looks to be the murder-suicide of Jakob Ahlbin, a priest, and his wife Marja at their home. A suicide note is found with the bodies, stating that their daughter had died recently of a drug overdose. Given that Jakob had suffered in the past from major depressive episodes, it appears initially that the case is a domestic tragedy.

There are cracks in the facade, however, not the least of which is that Jakob had received threats as a result of his advocacy on behalf of immigrants, an unpopular political position in some quarters.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By |Karma| on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This second book is even better than the first, Unwanted, which I loved, too. Silenced is full of nonstop excitement that takes place in Sweden and focuses on the deaths of Jakob and his wife Marja, who are supporters of immigrant rights.

Not only will the plot take you into this world the author created but her characters will grab you as well. Fredrika Bergman, who works with the police on the murders, is all absorbing. She is a fully realized character with so much personality to fall in love with and relate to. At work she rules but in her personal life she’s a bit of a mess. The author does an incredible job of showing the many faceted sides of Fredrika. Good and bad. Funny and disturbing.

Crime fiction fans will love this second installment. I know I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 16, 2013
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Kristina Ohlsson is definitely an author I'll keep on my radar. This is the second book translated to English (after Unwanted), with a third coming out soon (The Disappeared).

In this second instalment about the special crimes unit set in Stockholm, Alex Recht leads a team of detectives and one civilian, Fredrika Bergman. In the first book the professional police officers didn't know what to make of her, and not everyone was thrilled to have a civilian colleague, but in Unwanted she earned her way onto the team. Now she is more established at work but her personal life is in upheaval. As a matter of fact each of the team members is under stress, and the POV skips around mainly between Alex, Fredrika and Peder, who may be the most messed up of all because he isn't aware he has any problems. I like these characters and enjoyed hearing their ongoing stories, though I thought there was some wasted potential between Peder and the new guy, Joar. This could have been a much more interesting dynamic.

The story begins when an older vicar and his wife are found shot in their bed in an apparent murder-suicide. On the same day an unidentified man is found run over, clutching a ring and some paper with Arabic words. Was it an accident? And how improbable would it be if these two cases were linked in some way?

I absolutely loved the book for the first 90% but then things bogged down, the pace slowed, and the ending was confused and given to improbable events, with a rather disappointing antagonist. I guess I would read it again given how great most of it was, and I do look forward to the next in the series, so I'll round up to five stars.

Quite enjoyable, muddled ending.
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