Synopsis: When a teenage girl goes missing from a small town, the local police start to buckle under the pressure. Enter Charlie Lager, the brilliant but conflicted Detective Inspector sent from Stockholm to solve the mystery of Annabelle’s disappearance. Her superiors don’t know that Charlie grew up in this very town – and she’s determined to keep it that way. But as she gets closer to the truth, cracks begin to form in her own lies.
One of the things I really liked about this is that because Annabelle is merely missing, the majority of the book is old fashioned questioning and sleuthing. It’s a good scandi noir thriller and you do feel the sense of urgency as everyone seeks to find the missing girl.
The bit I’m less keen on is Charlie the detective. The blurb says she’s brilliant but conflicted. I didn’t get a sense of that at all. No one really solved the crime and the sub plot was foiled by Annabelle’s dad and the guilt of someone else. I found pretty much all of the characters unlikeable.
I think I’m going to go with a middling vote for this one. I wasn’t sold on Charlie but I did really like how the plot was woven together.