“Blædel is one of the best I’ve come across.” — Michael Connelly


In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo she discovers something disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed—and hidden—in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.




“Chilling.” Publishers Weekly


“A sharp protagonist who wrestles with her own failings and fears, in a skillfully told story that is typically dark in the manner of Nordic crime fiction.” Booklist


“Tightly knit.”Kirkus


 “A standout book…Blaedel drops clues that will leave readers guessing right up to the reveal…. The story is both horrifying and all-too-real. Even the villains have nuanced and sympathetic motives.” RT Book Review, Top Pick


 “Emotionally complex…with a gripping premise, fast-paced narrative and well-developed characters, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is an incredible read…Sara Blaedel is an exemplary writer, and Louise is such an interesting character, I plan to read other books in this series.”

Fresh Fiction


 “Already an international best seller, this outing by Denmark’s “Queen of Crime” offers trademark Scandinavian crime fiction with a tough detective and a very grim mystery. Blaedel is incredibly talented at keeping one reading even as one wants to look away from the graphic scenes. Recommend to fans of Camilla Läckberg and Liza Marklund.” Library Journal


“Blædel is one of the best I’ve come across.” — Michael Connelly


“It’s past time for American readers to discover what their European counterparts have known for years – one can count on emotional engagement, spine-tingling suspense, and taut storytelling from Sara Blaedel.  She writes in a way that involves as much as it intrigues.  Blaedel’s smart and sensitive character, investigator Louise Rick, will leave readers enthralled and entertained.” — Sandra Brown


“Sara Blædel is a remarkable crime writer who delivers a solid, engaging story that any reader in the world can enjoy.” – Karin Slaughter


“Sara Blædel is at the top of her game. Louise Rick is a character who will have readers coming back for more.” — Camilla Läckberg