I’ll start off by saying I was sent this book for free in exchange for a review. Granted, I have no idea how I ended up getting the book because I don’t remember signing up for anything but hey, I’m not one to turn down a free book!
Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She’s assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend’s long-ago death . . . Louise’s investigation takes her on a journey back through time. She reconnects with figures from her past, including Kim, the principal investigator at the Holbaek Police Department, her former in-laws, fanatic ancient religion believers, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she moves through the small town’s cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken and dangerous secrets.
The book I was sent is the 8th book in this series. I actually wasn’t familiar with it but it’s something that would be up my alley for sure. I will add though that because it was the 8th book, some of the stuff happening in the book was a bit confusing, probably because it related to the previous book. We meet our main character after she suffered a traumatic experience that must have happened at the end of the previous novel. They do touch on it a bit throughout the story though which helped in filling in the blanks. I found the story to be very interesting, but a bit confusing at times though because of all the players involved. While there’s only about two serious main characters, there are a fair amount of supporting characters in the story. I think this made for a book that was longer than it needed to be, but the story did flow nicely once it found its feet. Once I found myself about halfway through, I couldn’t put the book down and was excited to see what was going to happen.
As you can tell by the summary, The Killing Forest is set in Denmark which made it even a bit more interesting. It’s not a country I’m familiar with, which did lead to issues with how to pronounce certain names/locations, but I think it’s something that helps make the book a little more unique than your typical crime thriller. That might be the reason why the author was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time in 2014! And hey, it’s a female author! I’m always looking to support more ladies wherever I can. As far as the crime aspect goes, there was only one part at the very start of the book that shocked me a bit. If you’re someone who’s sensitive to sexual assault, you might want to keep that in mind if you plan to check this book out. That was probably the only scene in the book that really featured any violence. They did mention what happened to the Detective but it wasn’t in great detail. The rest of the story just focuses on solving the crime. It was actually nice to read a crime novel that only really had one case going on. Sometimes you’ll find that one book could have multiple crimes going on and it can be a bit hard to keep track of everything.
In the end, I did enjoy the book once it got going. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books in the series. With that being said it does back me want to check out more of Detective Louise Rick. I have a feeling she’s a very complicated and “real” character and I’d love to learn and know more about her.
The Killing Forest was released on February 2nd and you can find it on Amazon in both hardback and Kindle editions!