Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson
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One mistake changes everything…

In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her distraught mother was left behind at the previous station in what seemed to be a coincidence. The train crew was alerted and kept a watchful eye on the sleeping child. But when the train pulled into Stockholm Central Station, the little girl had vanished. Inspector Alex Recht and his special team of federal investigators, assisted by the investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman, are assigned to what at first appears to be a classic custody fight. But when the child is found dead in the far north of Sweden with the word “unwanted” scribbled on her forehead, the case soon turns into the investigation team’s worst nightmare—the pursuit of a brilliant and ruthless killer.

About Kristina Ohlsson

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Kristina Ohlsson is originally from Kristianstad in sourthern Sweden. She is a Counter-Terrorism Officer at OSCE (the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). Unwanted and The Daisy are the first two installments in her crime series featuring Fredrika Bergman. She currently lives in Vienna, Austria.
Published February 28, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Self Help, Romance, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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The case, maintains Alex, is “a wild animal that had paralyzed his whole team,” and it’s easy to see why: Nothing and no one runs true to form, from Gabriel’s monstrous mother to philandering DI Peder Rydh and prickly team newcomer Fredrika Bergman.

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Publishers Weekly

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Frederika Bergman, a police investigator who’s less than comfortable interacting with people, and her colleagues soon realize they’re dealing with a twisted monster whose motives are as obscure as his methods are horrific.

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BC Books

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When the missing youngster is eventually found dead, this team of investigators knows it is tracking a deranged, merciless killer.

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Not wanting to disturb her sleeping daughter, her mother steps outside the train to make a phone call.

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It is a dark, sometimes gloomy, character study involving three main characters, all employed by the Swedish police, plus several minor characters who are equally deeply examined in Ohlsson's unique narrative style.

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Book Reporter

Reading UNWANTED, Kristina Ohlsson’s debut novel, is akin to dropping in free fall down an elevator shaft: you’re probably only going to do it once in a lifetime;

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Reviewing the Evidence

Sara Sebastiansson and her 6-year-old daughter, Lilian, are taking a train to Stockholm.

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City Book Review

Unwanted is the first installment of her crime series with Frederika Bergman, a somewhat prickly civilian investigative analyst specializing in crimes against women and children.

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Seattle PI

Now, the team of investigators cannot help but swallow their egotistical pride and collaborate, pasting clues and events together, indicating a second child murder will certainly follow.

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Mysterious Reviews

It doesn't take long, however, before that strength starts to dissipate, mostly due to the often choppy narrative, a result of the constant, and seemingly unnecessary, change in point of view between the relatively large cast of characters … but also the lengthy — and, one might argue, rather ted...

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A train is delayed, a mother is distracted, and in an instant, a little girl is gone. Veteran investigators assume the abusive father is the kidnapper, but Fredrika Bergman, a newly hired investigator in a male-dominated police force, isn't so sure. The discovery of the child's body with the word...

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