A woman's murder is only the beginning as a daughter races to unravel the maze of secrets her father left behind--before she becomes the next victim--in the latest emotionally gripping novel from Sara Blaedel, #1 internationally bestselling author with over 3 million copies sold worldwide.
After suddenly inheriting a funeral home from her father--who she hadn't heard from in decades--Ilka Jensen has impulsively abandoned her quiet life in Denmark to visit the small town in rural Wisconsin where her father lived. There, she's devastated to discover her father's second family: a stepmother and two half sisters she never knew existed. And who aren't the least bit welcoming, despite Ilka's efforts to reach out.
Then a local woman is killed, seemingly the unfortunate victim of a home invasion turned violent. But when Ilka learns that the woman knew her father, it becomes increasingly clear that she may not have been a completely random victim after all.
The more Ilka digs into her father's past, the more deeply entangled she becomes in a family drama that has spanned decades and claimed more than one life--and she may be the next victim...
"Sara Blaedel knows how to reel in her readers and keep them utterly transfixed." --Tess Gerritsen
"One of the best I've come across." --Michael Connelly
"Crime-writer superstar Sara Blaedel's great skill is in weaving a heartbreaking social history into an edge-of-your-chair thriller." --Oprah.com
About the Author
Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick, as well as a new Family Secrets series. Her books are published in thirty-eight countries. In 2014 Sara was voted Denmark's most popular novelist for the fourth time. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark's most prestigious literary award. Originally from Denmark, Sara has lived in New York, but now spends most of her time in Copenhagen.
"One of the best I've come across."—Michael Connelly
"Compelling and unique, THE DAUGHTER delves into a dark and fascinating world rarely explored in suspense fiction. Sara Blaedel knows how to reel in her readers and keep them utterly transfixed."—Tess Gerritsen on The Daughter
"lka is a complex and interesting character...The writing and Blaedel's
ability to paint a vivid picture of the funeral homebusiness is a
definite strength of this novel."—RT Book Reviews on The Daughter
"This series debut has a lighter, cozier touch than the author's award-winning Louise Rick procedural series, set in Denmark; fortunately, Blaedel's astute storytelling also works outside the Nordic gloom."—Booklist on The Daughter
"[A] solid murder mystery...the pacing is calm and thoughtful, and the dead in this story feel like a silent audience to the dramas of the living."—The Austin Chronicle on The Daughter
"A great start for mystery lovers looking to dip a toe into international intrigue."—Library Journal on The Daughter
"Well researched and beautifully depicted the author brings the smells, tastes, and sounds of Racine, Wisconsin to life...I picked up the story one minute and all too soon found myself at the ending cliffhanger."—Killer Nashville on The Daughter
"For readers who gorge on captivating characters and chilling suspense, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is a tantalizing treat."— Sandra Brown
"Sara Blaedel is a force to be reckoned with. She's a remarkable crime writer who time and again delivers a solid, engaging story that any reader in the world can enjoy."—Karin Slaughter
"Crime-writer superstar Sara Blaedel's great skill is in weaving a heartbreaking social history into an edge-of-your-chair thriller while at the same time creating a detective who's as emotionally rich and real as a close friend. You'll whip through the novel in a day, and then keep thinking about it."—Oprah.com on The Forgotten Girls
"This is a standout book that will only solidify the author's well-respected standing in crime fiction. Blaedel drops clues that will leave readers guessing right up to the reveal. Each new lead opens an array of possibilities, and putting the book down became a feat this reviewer was unable to achieve. Based on the history of treating the disabled, the story is both horrifying and all-to-real. Even the villains have nuanced and sympathetic motives."—RT Timeson The Forgotten Girls - Top Pick **Winner of a Reviewer's Choice Award**
"Gripping."—Washington Post on The Forgotten Girls
"Sara Blædel is at the top of her game. Louise Rick is a character who will have readers coming back for more."—Camilla Läckberg
"Crackling with suspense, atmosphere, and drama, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is simply stellar crime fiction. I loved spending time with the tough, smart, and all-too-human heroine Louise Rick--and I can't wait to see her again."— Lisa Unger