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De försvunna I downloaded this as a free book fromThe premise of the book had me intrigued even though it s not something that I would naturally have chosen It was a surprising page turner and was almost like a whodunit, as I was constantly re evaluating the storyline and what I considered must have happened in the past Thoroughly recommend. This book is a wild, scary ride down a long hall filled with mirrored madness.Greta is a young Swedish wife vacationing with her handsome husband and adorable daughter They take a short afternoon boat ride to a nearby island Then Alex and little Smilla disappear over a hill and never return So Greta returns to the mainland and notifies the police, right No, she returns to the mainland to retrieve her cellphone When her calls to Alex go unanswered, she goes to sleep When she finally makes i This book is a wild, scary ride down a long hall filled with mirrored madness.Greta is a young Swedish wife vacationing with her handsome husband and adorable daughter They take a short afternoon boat ride to a nearby island Then Alex and little Smilla disappear over a hill and never return So Greta returns to the mainland and notifies the police, right No, she returns to the mainland to retrieve her cellphone When her calls to Alex go unanswered, she goes to sleep When she finally makes it to the police station, the result is shocking to us, but exactly what Greta expected Because Greta s life is filled with mysteries.What is it about Scandinavians that we find so fascinating With the predominance of blonde hair and blue eyes, glowing complexions, and slender, athletic figures they look like children from the Dawn of Time True, their homelands are cold and barren, but their society is well ordered and logical After centuries of producing some of the most fearsome warriors in human history, they ve denounced violence in favor of peace, equality, and fairness.But violence is hard to eradicate and there s plenty of it in this story There s the careless emotional abuse of faithless spouses, the mindless brutality of angry teens, and the measured, deliberate cruelties meted out by a charismatic sadist And, as always, violence begets violence as surely as night follows day.The Scandinavians have also proudly promoted gender equality, but equal education and professional opportunities can t erase the basic vulnerability of women to abuse And so this book is partly an examination of why some woman arevulnerable than others The narrator during most of the book, Greta is a young woman whose family tragedies have left her uncertain and submissive Desperate for the affection she feels was denied her, she s an easy target.But what about her rival who picks up the narrative We never learn what in her life made her agree to become a physical and emotional prisoner Could ANY woman be tricked into an abusive relationship Is it just a matter of meeting the right sociopath It s also a book about the mother daughter relationship, which seems unbreakable no matter how rocky it looks or feels Motherhood especially of a daughter makes a womanvulnerable to abuse, but it can also give her the courage to do what she has to do to get free of an abusive relationship One of the women in this book did just that and has no regrets One is determined to free herself and the fate of the third remains in doubt.I don t normally like psychological thrillers and it s impossible to say why this one grabbed me All I know is that I started reading it and when I finished it, I realized that I had left my chair four times twice to gettea and twice to visit the bathroom The first few chapters were confusing, but once I got into the story, I couldn t stop reading.It could be called melodramatic, but I d argue with someone who denounced it as unbelievable It s important to remember that the author is trying to get inside the mind of an emotionally fragile individual Greta bears the scars of childhood trauma and her instability has been heightened by the clever manipulation of the person who now controls her life It s impossible to demonstrate irrational fears and obsessions WITHOUT being over the top dramatic.So could it happen I m reminded of an incident several years ago when a celebrity marriage imploded and there were rumors of violence Amidst the staunch denials on both sides, one of the wife s countrymen commented admiringly, She fought back like a brave Swedish girl Sounds like the wild Viking blood lives on This story is like spiraling down the rabbit hole I ll admit that for the first half of the book I really had no idea what was going on I couldn t figure out whether what I was reading was actually happening or was only happening within the mind of the character She, from the beginning, is portrayed as having psychological issues due to an abusive child hood home and a terrible incident which occurred during that time I ve read other reviews and have discovered that many people disliked this This story is like spiraling down the rabbit hole I ll admit that for the first half of the book I really had no idea what was going on I couldn t figure out whether what I was reading was actually happening or was only happening within the mind of the character She, from the beginning, is portrayed as having psychological issues due to an abusive child hood home and a terrible incident which occurred during that time I ve read other reviews and have discovered that many people disliked this book claiming that it was too confusing I can understand that but, for me, that helped hook me into the story I NEEDED to know what was happening I wanted to see in what direction this author was going Through out the book there is an uneasy, creepy feeling of dread You just know the twist is there but can t quite put your finger on it The ending ties it all up nicely.If you are debating reading this book because of the reviews claiming that the writing is poor then I assure you that is not the case The writing is very good and I felt the story line was quite clever in the way it was delivered That being said violence, rape, and animal abuse are part of this story so if any of that is a trigger for you then you may want to pass this one by Greta, her husband Alex and their daughter Smilla are all together in a boat, rowing across a lake to a small island They are staying at a nearby cabin and taking an outing together Once they reach the shore, Alex and Smilla decide to go investigate the island and walk away Greta stays behind in the boat Her husband and daughter never return She waits.looks for them.then rows back to the cabin looking for her cell phone They re gone No trace Greta isn t sure what to do She feels i Greta, her husband Alex and their daughter Smilla are all together in a boat, rowing across a lake to a small island They are staying at a nearby cabin and taking an outing together Once they reach the shore, Alex and Smilla decide to go investigate the island and walk away Greta stays behind in the boat Her husband and daughter never return She waits.looks for them.then rows back to the cabin looking for her cell phone They re gone No trace Greta isn t sure what to do She feels ill.tries to eatto sleep a little.thinks about calling the police Where are Alex and Smilla As she tries to piece her thoughts together, the chilling truth about Greta and her life begin to take form I listened to the audio book version of this novel At nearly 7 hours long, the audio is excellent quality Tanya Eby narrates Her voice is easily understood and she reads at a perfect pace I listened to the entire book, even though at times I really wanted to DNF and move on to something else I think if I had been reading the print book I wouldn t have made it to the end For me, the story is just too disjointed The strangeness and non linear story is central to the plot it s just how this tale works for its effect But, I didn t like it The plot develops too slowly It took so long for hints about reality to really start coming that I lost interest The main character comes off as annoying rather than someone I might sympathize with or care about Her behavior and actions are just too odd The constant whining, throwing up and strangeness is off putting I really struggled to get through this story Does that mean it s a bad book No It just means it isn t for me And it could also mean that the story lost something in translation to English I do understand that the story is about a woman s loss of reality and her rambling, disjointed memories and understanding of her life and actions It just didn t work for me Too much rambling, confusion and just bizarre weirdness from the main character, not enough coherent story This was one of the options for the Kindle First book this month On reading the synopsis, it sounded like a psychological thriller that was right up my alley a woman goes to an island with her husband and young daughter The husband and daughter go exploring, the woman stays in the boat, the husband and daughter never return.It promisestwists than a labyrinth that much is true Unfortunately, each twist isludicrous than the last After a really promising first chapter, the boo This was one of the options for the Kindle First book this month On reading the synopsis, it sounded like a psychological thriller that was right up my alley a woman goes to an island with her husband and young daughter The husband and daughter go exploring, the woman stays in the boat, the husband and daughter never return.It promisestwists than a labyrinth that much is true Unfortunately, each twist isludicrous than the last After a really promising first chapter, the book descended into pantomime, and by the time I got to the part with the children particularly the girl s name , I had gone full Chloe The lead character is one of the most unreliable, irritating, lying narrators I ve ever come across As a result, I spent the middle part of the book wondering if any of it was actually happening In fairness, it did pick up a little towards the end, but at that point I just wanted to finish it Not an enjoyable read at all and definitely not what it seems Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksI d really like to write a longer review of The Missing by Caroline Eriksson because it s a superb psychological thriller, but in order for readers to perfectly get the story, I can only talk about the novel superficially This book is all about fascinating layers, but they really need to unfold for readers organically.I was pulled into the mystery immediately and unexplained vanishings are totally my catnip , but as the book unfolds I became absol Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksI d really like to write a longer review of The Missing by Caroline Eriksson because it s a superb psychological thriller, but in order for readers to perfectly get the story, I can only talk about the novel superficially This book is all about fascinating layers, but they really need to unfold for readers organically.I was pulled into the mystery immediately and unexplained vanishings are totally my catnip , but as the book unfolds I became absolutely addicted It turns out Greta has a complicated past she tells us her father disappeared, too And Greta isn t behaving like I d expect someone to given the situation She isn t calling the police, but rather is searching herself while becoming increasingly untethered.I can t sayabout this book without ruining it, but I can say that it offers some excellent Not Sorry Not Sorry Female Rage, as well as reflection on the relationships women have with their mothers Trigger warnings need to be issued for depictions of domestic violence and animal abuse the latter happens off screen but I found it deeply troubling.The Missing is a dark, dark book, but a deeply satisfying one It s the sort of book I desperately want to talk to someone about but I have to wait for them to read it first It s worth not being spoiled Elyse I raced through the first part of this book and by the time I stopped listening I realized it had been 5 hours and I was 75% done I usually only listen to 2 hours maximum before I feel the need to take a break but I was so involved in the story I didn t even notice Unreliable narrators are one of my favorite story elements and Greta is unreliable in spades It s not clear what is going on or what Greta s exact issue is but it s obvious that she is not reacting to events like a normal, rational I raced through the first part of this book and by the time I stopped listening I realized it had been 5 hours and I was 75% done I usually only listen to 2 hours maximum before I feel the need to take a break but I was so involved in the story I didn t even notice Unreliable narrators are one of my favorite story elements and Greta is unreliable in spades It s not clear what is going on or what Greta s exact issue is but it s obvious that she is not reacting to events like a normal, rational person To tell you too much would spoil the story so I ll leave it at that I will note that there is some violence to animals and although we only see the aftermath it is disturbing I listened to the audio version and the narration was very good There were a few mispronounced words that I noticed but overall it was well done This one was hard for me to get into For being as short as it was, it took me a long time to read I was pretty confused for the first half and then things started getting sorted out There was some graphic, random sexual abuse of some characters I also thought the whole teenage gang thing random The last 20% sort of tied it all up and created a sense of understanding, but mostly I was glad it was over Not the worst book I have read, but not one I will remember either. This is pretty bad, due to either the original writing or the translation Don t know which It just screams amateur The story is poorly portrayed, the MC is either an idiot or perhaps merely learning disabled, in which case please tell us, the readers The suspense is all over the place, one moment laid on with a trowel, the next exemplified by a diving loon Silly Silly Silly A woman loses her child and her husband or lover on a small island Her reaction is to get sick a lot, feed h This is pretty bad, due to either the original writing or the translation Don t know which It just screams amateur The story is poorly portrayed, the MC is either an idiot or perhaps merely learning disabled, in which case please tell us, the readers The suspense is all over the place, one moment laid on with a trowel, the next exemplified by a diving loon Silly Silly Silly A woman loses her child and her husband or lover on a small island Her reaction is to get sick a lot, feed her cat, go to bed, get up and eat, then return to the island to look for them It s just not worth writing muchthan that I got one quarter of the way in and thought nah, nothing about this is realistic, including, and even, if it s got a supernatural bent to it.DNF but read enough to give it one star.Yes, one star De f rsvunna r en gastkramande och of ruts gbar psykologisk sp nningsroman av Caroline Eriksson, d r ingen r den man tror och ingenting r som det f rst verkarEn solig sensommarkv ll tar Greta, Alex och dottern Smilla b ten fr n sommarstugan vid den mytomspunna sj n Maran och ker ut till n Greta stannar kvar i b ten medan de andra g r iland De kommer inte tillbaka F rvirrad g r ven Greta iland, hon ropar och letar, men kan inte hitta Alex och Smilla n gonstans Det mystiska f rsvinnandet, och det febrila s kande som tar vid, leder Greta steg f r steg ner i en avgrund av f rvirring och tilltagande m rkerDet st r snart klart att Alex och Gretas relation pr glats av destruktiva m nster Dessutom har en omv lvande h ndelse i barndomen satt djupa sp r i henne Historien g r sig p mind och fr gan r vad som r sanning och vad som r l gn, verklighet och fantasi Kan s gnerna om sj n Marans onda krafter st mma Finns det ett samband mellan f rsvinnandet och det som skedde den kv llen f r m nga r sedan, d Gretas pappa dog Och vad har egentligen h nt med Alex och Smilla


About the Author: Caroline Eriksson

Caroline Eriksson holds a master s degree in social psychology and worked forthan ten years in human resource management before deciding to pursue writing, her childhood dream Her first two novels are based on historical Swedish murder cases, and her debut, The Devil Helped Me, was nominated for Stora Ljudbokspriset the Big Audiobook Prize in 2014.Caroline has lived all over the world She attended high school in Quantico, Virginia studied at the University of Adelaide in Australia and now lives in Stockholm She denies being a daredevil but admits that she once threw herself off a mountain in New Zealand in a hang gliding experiment.Her greatest adventure today is raising her two children, and she satisfies any residual wanderlust by exploring the most terrifying parts of life its dark psychological elements in her writing The Missing is Caroline s first psychological suspense thriller and her first book translated into English She s already hard at work on her next novel.


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