A journey to a new life or a prison of despair and death? A shocking murder on Copenhagen’s idyllic streets and an abandoned child reveal a perverse criminal underworld that crosses international borders.
A young woman’s body is found on the street with her throat slit, and the media is clamoring for the grisly details. Detective Louise Rick is investigating the gruesome murder when her friend Camilla Lind calls. Louise assumes it is because Camilla, a crime reporter, wants to be the first to hear of any juicy new developments. Instead, her distraught friend reveals that her ten-year-old son found an abandoned baby on his way to school.
As Louise digs deeper into the murder and the mysterious foundling, every clue uncovered points to organized human trafficking from Eastern Europe, run by ruthless gangsters who won’t hesitate to kill anyone who gets in their way…
This gripping, heartwrenching, extraordinary new suspense novel from Sara Blaedel will keep you turning pages as fast as you can straight through to the electrifying finale.
Another one of Blædel’s books down! This one took me a while to get through, not only because it’s longer than her other books, but also because I’ve been in a bit of a slump. However, that definitely didn’t stop me from enjoying this read.
Much like her other works, THE NIGHT WOMEN deals with a serious and controversial topic. This time around, it’s prostitution and human trafficking, as well as the exploitation of women perpetrated by the mafia. There are two main events in this book: the death of a prostitute, and the abandonment of two babies in a church – one dead and mutilated, the other one alive. We follow detective Louise Rick and her friend Camilla Lind, a journalist, as the investigation begins and mysteries are unraveled.
I think the shock-factor plays a bigger role in this book than it did in THE LOST WOMAN and THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS. I found myself squirming whilst reading some of the descriptions – they can get pretty graphic. From descriptions of Colombian bow-ties – don’t look that up – to that of a stillborn’s (slightly) mutilated body, readers are in for a gripping yet unsettling read.
Besides the descriptions, THE NIGHT WOMEN also features rather disturbing revelations of things that, unfortunately, are the reality of a lot of women. As I’ve previously mentioned, THE NIGHT WOMEN deals with prostitution and human trafficking – which are often connected. As a woman, reading about young girls (a lot of them under-age) who are kidnapped and forced to sell themselves on the street is chilling and heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine what they feel, that is absolutely horrifying. Obviously, I already knew this was common practice in some places, but reading about it whilst knowing the author did her research, as she always does, made it even more real.
Another shocking topic that is mentioned at a certain point is war tourism. And I don’t mean the kind where you visit a place that has been through a military conflict. I mean the kind where people go to a place under conflict, to kill people there. Apparently, people paid to kill other people in Bosnia during the war, and a lot of profit was made from this atrocious practice. This is, once again, the mafia’s work. Words cannot express how disgusting that is.
The investigation is engrossing, full of twists and turns – just how I like it! As usual, Blædel provides the reader with a fantastic plot, combining different stories that, as unrelated as they may seem, are brilliantly interwoven. Trust me, you will not see the connection coming! I dare say there is very little that can be predicted during this read, so if you’re into unpredictability, definitely give this one a go.
Police investigations aside, Blædel shows us how the characters’ struggle when dealing with these crimes and their solving, as well as any issues in their personal lives. Although that is never the main subject of the novel, the author always fleshes out her characters and writes them in such a way that they feel real, which I am a fan of. I absolutely love Louise as the main character, as well as the chapters told from Camilla’s point-of-view. I’ve really grown fond of those two!
I only wish I hadn’t read this series out of order, that way I would have followed the characters’ stories from the beginning. You can definitely read them out of order, or even as standalones, but it’s always better to read a series in chronological order, isn’t it?
Overall, this is a gripping, twisty, and very well-executed read with some of the best plotting I’ve read recently. Sara Blædel has made my adventures through the Nordic Noir genre a wonderful experience – she’s definitely one of my favorites!
Have you read any of Sara Blædel’s books? Are you as big of a fan as I am?
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