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Unwanted: A Novel (The Fredrika Bergman Series) Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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“Expect Ohlsson to join Nesbo on most readers' can't-miss lists.” --Booklist (starred review)
“Superior prose, plotting, and characterization... readers will look forward to spending more time in the company of the intriguing Bergman.” --Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Kristina Ohlsson is a counterterrorism officer in Europe and has worked as a security police analyst for the National Swedish Police Board. Originally from southern Sweden, she now lives in Vienna, Austria.
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From the onset, I enjoyed this book very much. Ohlsson's characters are well defined and her story moves along quickly. Additionally, there is simmering conflict between Fredrika Bergman and her colleagues... not only because Fredrika is a woman but because she received her training at the university rather than from the police academy where "real police officers" are trained. Alex is sure she will be more hindrance than help, and Peder often resents when Fredrika is asked to do something he believes to be part of his duties.
What I found most interesting about Ohlsson's style of writing is that she gives the reader reader ample opportunity to listen in on the characters' thoughts as they go about their work. Driving along with Peder Rydh to conduct an investigation we learn that he has a brother whose injuries many years ago left him mentally impaired. We learn too of his wife's struggles with depression, Peder's love for his children, and of his recent marital infidelity. Through this "mind reading," we can clearly see the differences between what the public and private faces of each character. Interestingly, some of these inner thoughts allow the reader to jump to some wrong conclusions about who is responsible for the kidnappings.
My only niggle, and this is purely personal, is in the translation from Swedish. Although no translator is acknowledged, it's quite obvious he/she is British. And for me, the frequent use of British expressions and vocabulary detracts from the book's "Swedishness."
The idea that someone as respected/experienced as the lead detective wasn't more suspicious of how the child was taken is just not that believable...I agree there is too much time spent on personal lives of detectives--maybe because the crime aspect is too shallow to carry the burden of most of the novel's development...
The plot device of having a female investigator who is treated like an inferior is pretty stereotypical...
Surely the police in Sweden are smarter than this???
This is a first novel and usually if there are subsequent ones, the author learns from mistakes but this novel seems pretty lame in how it depends on cliches as building blocks...
It is very frustrating to read...