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Homicide detective Louise Rick chases a terrifying serial rapist who meets women on a popular online dating website in this fast-paced #1 internationally bestselling thriller from Sara Blaedel, whose books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. An online flirtation can have horrific consequences, as Detective Louise Rick discovers when she is called to an idyllic Copenh Homicide detective Louise Rick chases a terrifying serial rapist who meets women on a popular online dating website in this fast-paced #1 internationally bestselling thriller from Sara Blaedel, whose books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. An online flirtation can have horrific consequences, as Detective Louise Rick discovers when she is called to an idyllic Copenhagen neighborhood where a young woman has been left bound and gagged after a profoundly brutal rape attack. Susanne Hansson met her rapist on a popular dating website. But the man is hiding behind a labyrinth of false pseudonyms, and neither Susanne--nor the police--have been able to trace his true identity. With the internet as his playground, the rapist will almost certainly strike again if Louise can't unmask him before it's too late. Incredible suspense and a diabolical series of twists take Sara Blaedel's wildly popular series to new heights.


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Homicide detective Louise Rick chases a terrifying serial rapist who meets women on a popular online dating website in this fast-paced #1 internationally bestselling thriller from Sara Blaedel, whose books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. An online flirtation can have horrific consequences, as Detective Louise Rick discovers when she is called to an idyllic Copenh Homicide detective Louise Rick chases a terrifying serial rapist who meets women on a popular online dating website in this fast-paced #1 internationally bestselling thriller from Sara Blaedel, whose books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. An online flirtation can have horrific consequences, as Detective Louise Rick discovers when she is called to an idyllic Copenhagen neighborhood where a young woman has been left bound and gagged after a profoundly brutal rape attack. Susanne Hansson met her rapist on a popular dating website. But the man is hiding behind a labyrinth of false pseudonyms, and neither Susanne--nor the police--have been able to trace his true identity. With the internet as his playground, the rapist will almost certainly strike again if Louise can't unmask him before it's too late. Incredible suspense and a diabolical series of twists take Sara Blaedel's wildly popular series to new heights.

30 review for The Silent Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    The premise of this book would probably make for a good hour-long CSI like CBS procedural show. It probably could make for a good book, too. But this book isn't good. It's awful. I don't know where the blame lays for how awful this book is. Maybe it is the translators fault. Maybe the book reads better in Danish, or whatever language it was originally written in (I think it was in Danish, but it doesn't say anywhere in the book. It's actually a little difficult to even find who translated the bo The premise of this book would probably make for a good hour-long CSI like CBS procedural show. It probably could make for a good book, too. But this book isn't good. It's awful. I don't know where the blame lays for how awful this book is. Maybe it is the translators fault. Maybe the book reads better in Danish, or whatever language it was originally written in (I think it was in Danish, but it doesn't say anywhere in the book. It's actually a little difficult to even find who translated the book, and completely impossible using the book as the primary source of information to find out what the original title of the book was. From a bibliographic standpoint, and from the view of a poor cataloger who would take it on themselves to do original cataloging (as opposed to copy cataloging), this would be a nightmare, damn it Simon and Schuster think of the technical service librarians!). Maybe it is my fault. I'm usually quite ready to take the blame for anything. I'll admit that I'm not the intended audience for a book, say that there were problems with me that caused me not to get the intended enjoyment out of a book. But I don't think it's me here. But I have such a large guilt complex that in the back of my mind I'm still willing to take the blame. Maybe it's the cultural difference between Denmark and America. Maybe their police just are different from ours. Maybe this is how things really are, and I have a warped view of police procedurals from unrealistic TV shows and Hollywood movies. I'm not buying this either though. I think the book is just bad. Even if I put aside what might be translation problems, and differences in the way police may act in Denmark versus the way I think they act in America, the book is still fairly awful. The last possibility for why possibly the book isn't as terrible as I think it is, is that it's obviously not the first in the series. There are others with this character in it, and maybe there was some development in earlier books that would make certain things make more sense. Again I doubt it, and because Simon and Schuster decided to give near zero information about previous books and because I feel like I'm already spending too much time with this book by having actually read all three hundred and two pages and now typing these words, I don't feel like taxing myself with doing even the most rudimentary internet search to find out a)how many novels are in this series, and b) where this novel falls in the whole series. I do know (according to the sort of suspect copy material printed on the book) that the author is Denmarks most popular novelist. She won a vote to get that distinction, not once, but three times. What kind of vote is this? Who knows. Maybe it is Denmark's equivalent of being a USA Today bestselling author. Or maybe, European mega-popular authors are just as much hacks as their US counterparts. As I said, this book is bad. The story-line is kind of boring. It didn't need to be, but it was. The characters are also awful. They are erratic and one-dimensional. Their inexplicable erraticness is maybe supposed to be a stand-in for actual development and having any kind of psychological realism, but the characters are still pretty much all stereotypical character types. But even in the author's portrayal of these character types there is a total lack of development and the scenes that are supposed to show how a character generally are bizarre moments of the characters acting in vaguely sociopathic ways. For example, the main character I'm guessing is supposed to be a no-nonsense sort of woman. The tough female detective. How do we show this initially? By having her get aggravated that she has to interview a rape victim, and then get aggravated at the shock the victim (who just hours before had been left hog-tied naked with plastic restraints after being repeatedly raped) with not giving her answers in a quick enough manner. Pretty much anytime characters have a reaction to something the reaction is either the opposite of what a normal human being would have (or the reaction you'd imagine a character with the 'told' characteristics would have) or it's appropriate but so over the top that I started to wonder if the author has any actual interactions with real life people. And if she does why she doesn't think about those people when writing her characters. I should have gone with my first instincts and given up on this book after about page 15. I thought maybe it would get better, I thought maybe the characters were going to be shit, but at least it would be an interesting story. I thought, isn't the thing we've been sold lately is that the Scandinavians kick ass writing crime novels? Aren't they supposed to be better than ours? I thought this should be good, it's got lots of good blurbs, there should be something redeemable about it, right? Nope. I kept forcing myself to sit down and read it. I was waiting for the good part that didn't come. And instead of getting something good out of it, I was increasingly baffled at the characters, at the weird twists thrown into people's lives, the difficulty in following the simple chronology of what was happening (which I decided was due to poor structure and not to the increasing lack of attention I was giving the book), and the vaguely inept detecting skills on display here. But in fairness, if the detectives had done any work they probably would have cracked this case fairly quickly but in fairness to the detectives they did have the temporal mayhem of the book to contend with, and they were pretty much not going to be able to defeat the relativistic time/space problems of the book until the author had her hundred thousand words and was ready to let them solve the crime, in quite possibly the most contrived and unbelievable manner possible. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Where are we? Oddly, though Blaedel is Danish, this story could as easily been set in any American city rather than Copenhagen. The place names were Danish but there was no wisp of Scandinavia. The plot was so so but only just. I hate the title. It’s too twee and only becomes relevant late in the story. Homicide Detective Louise Rick and her partner investigate a rape. Soon the case grows legs when rapist’s next victim dies and other women speak out about enduring similar attacks. The plot circle Where are we? Oddly, though Blaedel is Danish, this story could as easily been set in any American city rather than Copenhagen. The place names were Danish but there was no wisp of Scandinavia. The plot was so so but only just. I hate the title. It’s too twee and only becomes relevant late in the story. Homicide Detective Louise Rick and her partner investigate a rape. Soon the case grows legs when rapist’s next victim dies and other women speak out about enduring similar attacks. The plot circles around the dangers of internet dating and its subculture. Blaedel states that there are two types of internet daters. One group post profiles to meet someone for a long term relationship then disappear from the dating sites when they find one. The other group becomes addicted to the online dating process and put profiles up in multiple places for long periods of time. They’re serial daters who are not interested in the people they meet but the process of online dating. The rapist belongs to this second group. He’s an online predator and knows how to disappear into the ethers after his crimes. Detective Rick’s relationships with her best friend Camilla and her live in lover Peter also seem off. There’s no evident affection between them and though Rick’s well characterized neither Camilla nor Peter are. It wasn’t a bad story it just wasn’t good. Definitely steer clear of it if you’re looking for one of the many great new Scandinavian books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tras

    Didn't enjoy this one as much as I wanted to. Rape scenes were depicted in horrific detail, and there just seemed to be so many "wtf?" moments that made little to no sense. Louise Rick's best friend, Camilla, is still an irritating pain in the ass, with the commonsense of a squashed cabbage. For example, after the first brutal rape incident - young woman meets a guy a few times, invites him into her home, and things became seriously unpleasant seriously quickly - Camilla informs Louise that she' Didn't enjoy this one as much as I wanted to. Rape scenes were depicted in horrific detail, and there just seemed to be so many "wtf?" moments that made little to no sense. Louise Rick's best friend, Camilla, is still an irritating pain in the ass, with the commonsense of a squashed cabbage. For example, after the first brutal rape incident - young woman meets a guy a few times, invites him into her home, and things became seriously unpleasant seriously quickly - Camilla informs Louise that she's inviting a MAN SHE'S NEVER EVEN MET BEFORE into her home for their first date, and apparently Louise is okay with this? And this is literally after she's just spent all night with the victim of said rape? No... just... no! Anyway, there are lots of moments like this where all reason seems to go flying out of the window in order to propel the story forward. Ultimately, it's frustrating stuff. Unsure if I will continue with the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serina

    this is a warning. so you don't waste your time. this is not a good book to read. stupid. stupid. stupid. wanna know how stupid? first example is the female detective gets frustrated with a rape victum. second would be when she actually sees the rapist she goes to find her partner first, and gasp! surprise an hour later hes left with another girl. stupid. this is a warning. so you don't waste your time. this is not a good book to read. stupid. stupid. stupid. wanna know how stupid? first example is the female detective gets frustrated with a rape victum. second would be when she actually sees the rapist she goes to find her partner first, and gasp! surprise an hour later hes left with another girl. stupid.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Blue Blood (also titled Call Me Princess) is the second book in the Louise Rick/Camilla Lind series by popular Danish novelist, Sara Blaedel. It is the first book in the series to be translated into English. When Assistant Detective Louise Rick is called to the hospital to talk to Susanna Hansson, the victim of a brutal rape, she is met with some reluctance to reveal all the pertinent facts. When she eventually establishes that Susanna first met her attacker online, Copenhagen’s police force is Blue Blood (also titled Call Me Princess) is the second book in the Louise Rick/Camilla Lind series by popular Danish novelist, Sara Blaedel. It is the first book in the series to be translated into English. When Assistant Detective Louise Rick is called to the hospital to talk to Susanna Hansson, the victim of a brutal rape, she is met with some reluctance to reveal all the pertinent facts. When she eventually establishes that Susanna first met her attacker online, Copenhagen’s police force is mobilised to track the perpetrator down. But before much headway is made, the rapist strikes again, and this time, the victim dies. Rick’s friend and Morgenavisen crime journalist, Camilla Lind is hoping for headlines, but her personal use of online dating is more of an issue for Louise. Rick’s focus on the case is also distracted by tensions with her boyfriend. This enthralling crime novel touches on the topical issues of online dating, the aftermath of sexual assault and sexual discrimination in the police force. The plot is gripping, with a few twists and several exciting climaxes, but the execution is sometimes a little clumsy and somewhat tedious in its excessive detail. The translation by Erik J. Macki and Tara F. Chase is generally satisfactory, although some parts are rather clunky. As the main protagonist, Louise Rick is a flawed and occasionally quite abrasive, but nonetheless genuine character, and it will be interesting to see what Blaedel has in store for Louise and Camilla in future instalments. Not a breathless page-turner, but still quite a good read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This was my third Sara Blaedel book featuring Detective Louise Rick. The stories are set in Copenhagen and are different in style to the many American and British mystery/ police procedural books I have read and enjoyed. I would say these are "cut and dry", the characters do not engage in much introspection and seem rather one dimensional. There is very little site description, which can either add a great deal or totally bog the story down.....I thought this plot/resolution was predictable. Now This was my third Sara Blaedel book featuring Detective Louise Rick. The stories are set in Copenhagen and are different in style to the many American and British mystery/ police procedural books I have read and enjoyed. I would say these are "cut and dry", the characters do not engage in much introspection and seem rather one dimensional. There is very little site description, which can either add a great deal or totally bog the story down.....I thought this plot/resolution was predictable. Now that I read back over this review, I'm wondering why I gave it three stars....maybe just in consideration of a foreign author/style, and I liked the first two enough to seek out and read the third....

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Maybe if I gave this review a few days to simmer I could identify what exactly I didn't like. I can say for starters that the narrator made the men sound like women, even more like women than the main character (audiobook). Louise was great but she was the only character that was developed. Well, no, the victim developed too, but there were many interesting people that I wish had a greater description. It could be that there was too much inner dialogue? I'll leave at this: it's not a bad read, i Maybe if I gave this review a few days to simmer I could identify what exactly I didn't like. I can say for starters that the narrator made the men sound like women, even more like women than the main character (audiobook). Louise was great but she was the only character that was developed. Well, no, the victim developed too, but there were many interesting people that I wish had a greater description. It could be that there was too much inner dialogue? I'll leave at this: it's not a bad read, it has it's twists and suspense, but I have to give it a few days to decide if I want to commit to the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Didn't really enjoy this one. Although the case is closed, personal relationships were left with open items. Louise did kick the cheating significant other out of her house, but will she let the scumbag back? Didn't really enjoy this one. Although the case is closed, personal relationships were left with open items. Louise did kick the cheating significant other out of her house, but will she let the scumbag back?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    The hot list of crime writers right now includes many from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. Here's another author from Denmark to add to your list. Call Me Princess marks Sara Blaedel's North American debut. Assistant Detective Louise Rick of the Copenhagen P.D. is called in on the case of Susanne Hansson - a woman who has been brutally sexually assaulted. As Rick delves into the case, she discovers that Susanne met her attacker through an online dating site. Susanne's not the only vi The hot list of crime writers right now includes many from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. Here's another author from Denmark to add to your list. Call Me Princess marks Sara Blaedel's North American debut. Assistant Detective Louise Rick of the Copenhagen P.D. is called in on the case of Susanne Hansson - a woman who has been brutally sexually assaulted. As Rick delves into the case, she discovers that Susanne met her attacker through an online dating site. Susanne's not the only victim of this online Lothario. He know how to hide though - he's left virtually no clues. I enjoyed the character of Detective Rick and her interactions with her fellow officers. Blaedel has filled the department with an overbearing superior, a quiet family man partner and a publicity seeking chief. They were all comfortable if not original characters. The foray into Louise's personal life was a solid secondary story line. I did not like the best friend, newspaper reporter Camilla at all. She came across as a user of people. The interactions between her and Louse just never rang true as a best friend situation. Blaedel has peppered her story with lots of red herrings. Many of the male characters seemed they could be the perpetrator at one time or another - the ending provided a good twist. All in all, a solid police procedural utilizing current events as a effective plot device. It was an easy read - one that I was happy to pick up. For me, enjoyable but not outstanding. Blaedel has an interesting background. She founded the first publishing house dedicated to crime fiction in Denmark. She was then inspired to write her own detective novels which have landed on the Danish bestseller lists. She has been voted the most popular novelist in Denmark in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gretel

    It is such a relief that the police in Sara Blaedel's Blue Blood are fictional, because these are one of the worst, if not THE worst police teams I have ever read about. If the Danish police force is anything like these characters, then their system needs a huge overhaul. Sara Blaedel is one of Denmark's most popular crime authors. I just don't get it. This book has won awards; was it the only book published that year in Denmark? I know Denmark is a small country, but really? The main heroine is I It is such a relief that the police in Sara Blaedel's Blue Blood are fictional, because these are one of the worst, if not THE worst police teams I have ever read about. If the Danish police force is anything like these characters, then their system needs a huge overhaul. Sara Blaedel is one of Denmark's most popular crime authors. I just don't get it. This book has won awards; was it the only book published that year in Denmark? I know Denmark is a small country, but really? The main heroine is Inspector Louise Rick, who is unprofessional and vapid and in the book puts everybody in a very dangerous place, but that's ok, her heart is in the right place(!) I understand this is the first published in English but not the first in the series, so we readers are probably missing some of Louise's background. Camilla Lind, her vapid friend, only serves to slow down the pace of the story. The novel's portrayal of women is not a nice one. What annoyed me the most was the ineptitude of the police. Susanne is a woman who gets raped after talking to a guy on a dating site. She's traumatised by the horrible act that has taken place. What do the police do? They lose their patience with her and lash out! Of course she's reluctant to trust people and cooperate; she has just been RAPED! Later in the novel, either Louise or Camilla try to track this serial rapist on the dating website and go to meet him. WITHOUT ANY POLICE BACKUP. Do you know how easy it would've been to lure him to a place full of hiding armed police? This book is just not very good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    Overall, a slightly above-average procedural. It's hard for me to know how accurate it was since it was set in Denmark. (It did seem strange at times that well into the investigation the detective had to review key pieces of evidence she hadn't looked at before.) I did have to put aside my own biases, since the crimes involved internet dating and I tend to just roll my eyes when I hear such things and think, "How is finding someone on the internet less safe than finding someone in a bar? Isn't i Overall, a slightly above-average procedural. It's hard for me to know how accurate it was since it was set in Denmark. (It did seem strange at times that well into the investigation the detective had to review key pieces of evidence she hadn't looked at before.) I did have to put aside my own biases, since the crimes involved internet dating and I tend to just roll my eyes when I hear such things and think, "How is finding someone on the internet less safe than finding someone in a bar? Isn't it actually MORE safe since you can check someone out in advance?" It's well paced. The plot isn't too predictable, though she does string you along a couple of times and then pulls a gotcha. The protagonist is a type that I'm seeing more these days: the female cop, devoted to her job, a little messed up in her life. Perhaps we can thank the UK's Prime Suspect for that, since Helen Mirren did it so swimmingly. I don't mind it. I much prefer it to the typical alcoholic washed up male cop out for revenge that is seen so much more often. The mix between Louise's home life and work life is done well, perhaps that's one of the best things about this book. It moves through her life and you feel like you really do get to know her and her habits. A quick read, solid enough. Apparently Blaedel is quite popular in Denmark but this is her first book in the US. I'm not sure yet if I'll read her next one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Linn

    2.5 stars. I don't really like crime novels I guess. I keep reading them because I keep thinking that eventually I am going to find something I like, but I never do. The Millennium trilogy was the first crime I ever read, and nothing so far has caught my interest like Stig Larson did back then. Those were brilliant. I have been thinking a lot about what it is that I don't care for and it is rather hard to pinpoint. I don't think it is the violence itself that I don't care for, but more the point 2.5 stars. I don't really like crime novels I guess. I keep reading them because I keep thinking that eventually I am going to find something I like, but I never do. The Millennium trilogy was the first crime I ever read, and nothing so far has caught my interest like Stig Larson did back then. Those were brilliant. I have been thinking a lot about what it is that I don't care for and it is rather hard to pinpoint. I don't think it is the violence itself that I don't care for, but more the pointlessness of it. Often violence in stories creates huge character development and adds to the plot. I don't think any of the recent crime novels I have read embraces that idea - especially not Call me Princess by Sara Blaedel. I didn't like a single character in this novel and I don't think there are any sense of character development in Louise Rick. I like to feel enriched or educated or emotional when I turn the last page of a book... but with this one I didn't feel anything - hence the low rating. But don't take my word for it, because I am biased by not liking the entire genre I guess (:

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This is the first book I've finished without a weekend since I started my new job. And I think this book is at least suffering a little from being the book I read after cara black's book. nothing seems quite so bright after something that good. What this book does well: -incorporates s&m in a manner that makes sense in the real world -presents a police officer that seems like a normal person and is not an idiot about understanding what is happening in the real world, and has an average level of p This is the first book I've finished without a weekend since I started my new job. And I think this book is at least suffering a little from being the book I read after cara black's book. nothing seems quite so bright after something that good. What this book does well: -incorporates s&m in a manner that makes sense in the real world -presents a police officer that seems like a normal person and is not an idiot about understanding what is happening in the real world, and has an average level of personal insight. what this book does moderately well: -twisting plots in a way that play to the emotional catharsis necessary for well written mystery. what is not done well: -either the translating or the writing is done poorly, it reads such that I am pretty sure the problem is in translation but without speaking danish I can't know. I would definitely consider reading another book by her.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    Call Me Princess, the second in the Louise Rick series but the first to be translated into English, is one of the best Nordic Noir books that I've read in a while. It had just the right amount of tension, darkness and suspense to make it a good "noir" mystery while still maintaining a great plot and character development. One can tell that Blaedel is not timid about exploring current events regardless of their political correctness and I appreciate that in an author. Louise Rick is a strong char Call Me Princess, the second in the Louise Rick series but the first to be translated into English, is one of the best Nordic Noir books that I've read in a while. It had just the right amount of tension, darkness and suspense to make it a good "noir" mystery while still maintaining a great plot and character development. One can tell that Blaedel is not timid about exploring current events regardless of their political correctness and I appreciate that in an author. Louise Rick is a strong character who holds her own among the men while avoiding being too smug about it - another plus. I am finding it difficult to find Blaedel's books but rest assured - I will...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Race Bannon

    Ugh! This book is likehow I remember the Keystone Kops from the movies. Not only for the ineptitude of the police in this investigation of a rape, but also for the wooden personal lives of the ancillary characters. Very poor mundane reading.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    3 1/2 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    This was yet another interesting and enjoyable addition to the Louise Rick series. It’s quite fascinating to go back in time, having read the latter books in the series first due to later US publication release, and see Louise in her early years as a new detective inspector. It’s akin to knowing a friend awhile snd later getting glimpses into their earlier life. It adds a new dimension to the relationship. The crimes in this Nordic Noir series are always very well-plotted, complex mysteries that This was yet another interesting and enjoyable addition to the Louise Rick series. It’s quite fascinating to go back in time, having read the latter books in the series first due to later US publication release, and see Louise in her early years as a new detective inspector. It’s akin to knowing a friend awhile snd later getting glimpses into their earlier life. It adds a new dimension to the relationship. The crimes in this Nordic Noir series are always very well-plotted, complex mysteries that are also understandable and nicely paced to keep the reader interested throughout. Ms. Blaedel manages to also insert a bit of character and friendship development through side stories into each book, in addition to the main mystery, weaving a thread through the series as a whole and binding the reader to the characters. These characters are flawed, but likeable and also relatable, even though they live a continent away. These books are a captivating and always enjoyable go-to series for me and The Silent Women was no exception. If you enjoy intelligent, somewhat gritty crime procedurals with imperfect characters you want to root for, and intriguing, layered crimes, then this series is for you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    Meh. This book was kind of a mess. I didn’t like Louise Rick at all, and I’m not sure how she’s supposedly viewed as a “tough female detective” when all she does throughout the book is have emotional breakdowns and angry outbursts at work, and also cannot cope with trauma victims in a compassionate, kind manner. It was also way too long for the story. I swear that about 80% of the book is them trying to find the killer on dating sites — which is probably realistic (in terms of the lack of overall Meh. This book was kind of a mess. I didn’t like Louise Rick at all, and I’m not sure how she’s supposedly viewed as a “tough female detective” when all she does throughout the book is have emotional breakdowns and angry outbursts at work, and also cannot cope with trauma victims in a compassionate, kind manner. It was also way too long for the story. I swear that about 80% of the book is them trying to find the killer on dating sites — which is probably realistic (in terms of the lack of overall action/excess paperwork in a criminal case) but doesn’t really make for a compelling read. I may try another Blaedel book at some point but right now, it’s nowhere near the top of my TBR. Ugh. It would have to be a much better written book to be worth my time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    I guess I’m going against what several people have said in their reviews, but I thought this was a very good book. I read the first book in the Louise Rick series and liked that, and of course I had to read this, #2 in the series. I think Louise is a very interesting, strong woman and a very smart detective. This books main storyline centers around online dating sites, both the pros and the cons and also the dangers if you are not careful. While reading this series I also got a bit of a geograph I guess I’m going against what several people have said in their reviews, but I thought this was a very good book. I read the first book in the Louise Rick series and liked that, and of course I had to read this, #2 in the series. I think Louise is a very interesting, strong woman and a very smart detective. This books main storyline centers around online dating sites, both the pros and the cons and also the dangers if you are not careful. While reading this series I also got a bit of a geography lesson and learned some of the landmarks in Copenhagen. After reading several other reviews on this book, I decided this book isn’t for everyone. But I for one enjoyed it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    I give this novel three stars. A passing mark. It isn’t bad, but it’s far from being a page-turner. It lacks momentum, a build-up of clues and actions that keep the reader glued to the screen (if you’re reading an ebook!). Louise’s relationship with Peter seems remote, fake. I was unable to “buy into it,” and that part of the story was never credible. I think I'll pass on the rest of the series. I give this novel three stars. A passing mark. It isn’t bad, but it’s far from being a page-turner. It lacks momentum, a build-up of clues and actions that keep the reader glued to the screen (if you’re reading an ebook!). Louise’s relationship with Peter seems remote, fake. I was unable to “buy into it,” and that part of the story was never credible. I think I'll pass on the rest of the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    First off this is a book about solving rape cases, so if that is a trigger for anyone...This is the first of this author's books that I have read although I do have another of hers on the TBR list. I can't say I enjoyed it, given the subject matter, but it did keep me turning the pages to see how it came out. I believe there is another in the trilogy, but do not know if it continues or is another theme entirely. First off this is a book about solving rape cases, so if that is a trigger for anyone...This is the first of this author's books that I have read although I do have another of hers on the TBR list. I can't say I enjoyed it, given the subject matter, but it did keep me turning the pages to see how it came out. I believe there is another in the trilogy, but do not know if it continues or is another theme entirely.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Agnieszka Higney

    For a thriller,it is unispring and a total snore.A police procedural involving a rapist,meeting women online and raping them in their own houses.Moves slowly,with a central figure of Louise Rick,the policewoman,who is annoying and very self-centred.Not the best of Scandi-noir.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Leszczynski-Walters

    I love love loved the beginning of this book but the ending slightly derailed it. I’ll definitely want to read more in this series and by this author I hope maybe getting deeper into the series will make the ending a lot easier.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joannw Joanne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The women was very quiet for some reason

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie A.

    I know nothing about this series or author, I just saw this in a Little Free Library and thought it looked like a fun thriller. I was so excited I took it straight home and began reading the same night, and couldn't stop until I finished. Not sure why, as there was really nothing about the characters or writing style that stood out, but somehow it was an addictive popcorn read anyway. (It's also not nearly as long as it looks -- the font isn't particularly small, and the line spacing is at least I know nothing about this series or author, I just saw this in a Little Free Library and thought it looked like a fun thriller. I was so excited I took it straight home and began reading the same night, and couldn't stop until I finished. Not sure why, as there was really nothing about the characters or writing style that stood out, but somehow it was an addictive popcorn read anyway. (It's also not nearly as long as it looks -- the font isn't particularly small, and the line spacing is at least 1.5)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lakis Fourouklas

    This astonishing novel is preoccupied with two of the most important issues of our times: online dating and sexual assaults against women. The facts in this case take place in modern day Copenhagen. Detective Louise Rick is getting ready to go home after a hard day’s work, when she receives a call that puts her plans for a nice evening with her companion into hold. A woman lies in a hospital bed injured after she’s been battered and raped and she’s willing to testify about who was the person beh This astonishing novel is preoccupied with two of the most important issues of our times: online dating and sexual assaults against women. The facts in this case take place in modern day Copenhagen. Detective Louise Rick is getting ready to go home after a hard day’s work, when she receives a call that puts her plans for a nice evening with her companion into hold. A woman lies in a hospital bed injured after she’s been battered and raped and she’s willing to testify about who was the person behind the attack. Things though do not turn out to be so simple, since the unfortunate woman, cannot really remember the face of the man, while the name he has given her is not his real one either. Suzanne, who lives in an apartment, just under her own mother’s home, seems to be at a loss. The shock she’s going through is quite severe and she wants badly to get over it and move on with her life, but at the same time she knows that if she doesn’t see that man behind bars she will never have peace of mind again. She also knows that now is the time to move away from her mother and the negative influence she has on her being. Rick, who from the very first moment monitors Suzanne closely, soon comes to realize that the mother is the one who inflicts the most pain on the woman’s psyche, and is determined to help her out any way she can. However, while these events take place, the perpetrator hits again, and this time the things get completely out of control, as his new victim, a woman called Christina ends up dead. As the two parallel cases begin to unfold the investigators soon find out that both of the women met their future rapist in some internet dating websites. In a world where people seem to be withdrawing into their own selves all the time and becoming more and more lonely, websites like that are supposed to offer a way out for those seeking their life’s partner, but at the same time they give the opportunity to some twisted souls to make true some of their most danger fantasies; and it’s exactly that world that Rick needs to infiltrate in order to achieve her goals. The author is not only preoccupied with the crimes but also with the personal life of her heroine. Rick seems to be a solid, strong woman; however she’s full of small weaknesses and big insecurities. For the past few months she’s been living with her boyfriend, a fact that she likes and dislikes at the same time; every now and then she thinks that she should at last have a kid, especially when she’s hanging out with her best friend’s son, but the idea also scares the shit out of her; and finally she’s trying to have some stability in her life, some set rules and practices, but of course that’s impossible since she’s married with the job. An all and all complex character, hers is. The world that Blaedel presents to as is somehow bleak, but not worst from our everyday reality. Right here, in these pages, we meet people trapped in their personal little boxes, sinful souls, women dressed in melancholy. Every single one of them seems to be looking for something to hold on to; either that is a brief love affair, a good old family or just a relationship. Internet for some of them is the solution, for some others the problem. But loneliness remains. This is a novel that talks about crime, but also about the undercurrents of society, and as such it can be read by anyone, no matter if he’s a fan of the genre or not. Where are we heading? That seems to be the question in the author’s mind, but the answer is not to be found anywhere in the text, since it lies deep within each one of us. Call me Princess is a great story about modern day life, written by a great writer, who seems to be able to look with a clear eye in the darkness that lurks in the heart of man. Well done.

  27. 5 out of 5

    rameau

    I'm slowly wading through my NetGalley backlog and this was one of the oldest titles there. My apologies to everyone for being so abysmally late, but I'm glad I decided to read this instead of just chalk it up to the list of forgotten. Call Me Princess isn't the kind of crime novel I've read before. It's slow building and the death doesn't happen until about half way through the book. It's not about a detective who is smarter than the whole universe combined nor is it about nonstop action that w I'm slowly wading through my NetGalley backlog and this was one of the oldest titles there. My apologies to everyone for being so abysmally late, but I'm glad I decided to read this instead of just chalk it up to the list of forgotten. Call Me Princess isn't the kind of crime novel I've read before. It's slow building and the death doesn't happen until about half way through the book. It's not about a detective who is smarter than the whole universe combined nor is it about nonstop action that won't let you breathe between two paragraphs. It's something much scarier than that. It's realistic in its simplicity. Call Me Princess starts with the agonising aftermath of a rape. Reported rape. A woman is found in her home tied and brutally assaulted, and it's the job of a woman detective to find out what happened. Everything isn't easy and the witnesses don't give a clear cut testimonies the first time they speak. It's slow, it's painful, and it's all in a days work. When the investigation isn't progressing and the police are waiting for something happen and give them new clues, the story rests on the shoulders of Louise Rick. She and her live-in boyfriend as well as friends occupy the pages after work hours. That's where the drama and tension comes from, and that's where I had most trouble with this book. Louise Rick isn't the most likeable of main characters. She waffles, she's short tempered, and curt with her friends. Her personal life choices also affect her job, and facilitate rash, stupid decisions. And as much as I hated her for her idiotic actions, I could appreciate them, because they make her real. Louise Rick isn't a Mary Sue without faults, she's a woman who knows she isn't perfect but doesn't always understand why others might not appreciate her priorities. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Detective Inspector Louise Rick is one of the few females at the Copenhagen Police Department. Seeing as Louise is one of the few, she is usually assigned the rape cases as most of the victims are female and they relate to another female better. As Louise starts investigating, she realizes that the victim, Susanne may have known her attacker…well kind of. Susanne was a member of a dating site, where she meet her attacker. She took him back home and things started out ok but by the time that Susa Detective Inspector Louise Rick is one of the few females at the Copenhagen Police Department. Seeing as Louise is one of the few, she is usually assigned the rape cases as most of the victims are female and they relate to another female better. As Louise starts investigating, she realizes that the victim, Susanne may have known her attacker…well kind of. Susanne was a member of a dating site, where she meet her attacker. She took him back home and things started out ok but by the time that Susanne realized what she was in for it was took late. Call Me Princess is author, Sara Blaedel’s first English novel. This book is not for the faint at heart or weak stomached. There is a violet rape scene at the beginning of this book. Also, there is crude language used though out this book. I noticed that the writing was simple but there was a lot of detail at the same time in the way that the characters explained things or if they attempted to explain something it was with the use of language. Not that I was offended as I would expect some language from a murder mystery novel. Detective Inspector Louise is a hard nosed character, even for a woman. She didn’t have a shoulder to cry on. She got down to business and tried to solve the case as quickly as she could. Don’t lie to her or you could end up with a bullet in your back. Though, this was a quick read, I never really related to Louise or the victim, Susanne, which was on the negative side for me. This book started out good, hit a few bumps in the middle and ended on a good note. Ms. Blaedel shows nice promise and I will be keeping an eye on her in the future.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Audra (Unabridged Chick)

    This is Blædel's American (or English-language) debut, which is unfortunate, because this novel is the second in Blædel's series featuring Danish detective Louise Rick. By page 44, I noted on GoodReads that I was feeling a disconnect with the characters and I wondered if it was because I was coming in midseries -- so I feel slightly vindicated that is, indeed, the case. The novel opens with a graphic, detailed rape so I knew immediately that this wasn't going to be my kind of book. I was expecti This is Blædel's American (or English-language) debut, which is unfortunate, because this novel is the second in Blædel's series featuring Danish detective Louise Rick. By page 44, I noted on GoodReads that I was feeling a disconnect with the characters and I wondered if it was because I was coming in midseries -- so I feel slightly vindicated that is, indeed, the case. The novel opens with a graphic, detailed rape so I knew immediately that this wasn't going to be my kind of book. I was expecting a little more nuanced plot, but instead, the crime is straight-forward: a man is raping women he meets online. I wasn't wild about the writing style (or translation, I'm not sure which): despite the detailed scenes of violence, the rest of the book detailing the investigation felt very vague and aloof. I didn't connect with the lead character, Detective Louise Rick, her bestie Camille, or anyone else in the story. Louise had interesting potential: she displayed a mixture of empathy and impatience with the victims, which felt real to me, and I would have liked to learn more about her. Sadly, despite the foreign locale, so much of the story felt familiar, from our heroine's failing romantic life to her tension with her supervisor. I didn't get a sense of Copenhagen or Denmark, either: the story really could have been set anywhere in the US. In the end, not a favorite for me, but something must have grabbed because now, about a week or so later, I'm still wondering about some parts of Louise's life and I've been searching for info about the possible next English-language translation in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    John

    Compulsively readable and fast-paced, a good example of Scandi Noir. In Copenhagen, a vicious serial rapist is using online dating sites to meet his victims. Detective Louise Rick is on the case. Further description of the plot would be a bit superfluous -- you know wheree you are with this type of novel. This is by no means to denigrate it: while in a sense it follows the standard formula, it subverts that formula quite often enough to keep us wakeful. In particular, I loved the late reveal of wh Compulsively readable and fast-paced, a good example of Scandi Noir. In Copenhagen, a vicious serial rapist is using online dating sites to meet his victims. Detective Louise Rick is on the case. Further description of the plot would be a bit superfluous -- you know wheree you are with this type of novel. This is by no means to denigrate it: while in a sense it follows the standard formula, it subverts that formula quite often enough to keep us wakeful. In particular, I loved the late reveal of what the title's all about: it comes on page 248 of a 303pp book. I'd also like to applaud the Gallery Press edition of this book, which was the edition I read. Despite being a larger-format paperback reprint, it's mercifully free of (a) the crap at the back for bookclubs and (b) the seemingly statutory chapter from the next in the series. There's one bit of completely numbskull plotting. Louise has finally contacted the bad guy through an internet dating service and, according to plan, has set up a meet. The scheme was that the Copenhagen PD (like any other PD on the planet, in similar circumstances) would be all over that meet. But no! Louise suddenly decides (p258) "to keep tomorrow's coffee date to herself. She would involve the rest of the group once she was sure it was really him." Leave that aside. The one thing that really annoyed me about the book was the patronizing cover quote from Camilla Lackberg, to the effect that Blaedel is a promising up-and-comer. Blaedel is twice the novelist Lackberg has ever been. My opinion of the latter's work can be found here.

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