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Book Review: Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel

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Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel is a fictional book in a series featuring Copenhagen detective Louise Rick and her friend Camilla Lind, a reporter. This is the third novel translated to English written by the best selling Danish author.

A woman is found with her throat brutally slashed, policewoman Louise Rick and her colleges from the Copenhagen Police start to investigate. During the beginning of the investigation, Louise gets a phone call from her journalist friend, Camilla Lind, who is deeply shaken after finding a baby abandoned in a church.

The clues point to prostitutes of Copenhagen, but the investigation stumbles upon the violent world of Balkan underground human trafficking, exploitation of women, cynical pimps and one vicious criminal with no morals or mercy.

Farewell to Freedom is darker than the previous books I read in the series. Previously Ms. Blædel explored drugs, honor killings, online dating and more. This time however the author turns her sights on prostitution and trafficking women.

The book is very well written, and it seemed to me that the author has upped a notch her research and storytelling. I was surprised that Ms. Blædel examined the issues objectively and inserted them into her novel: for example, the point that few prostitutes are victims of trafficking (even though I’m sure we can all agree that even one is too many).

The police procedural parts of the novel seem realistic–gray, boring, futile but necessary. This adds a touch of realism and does not distract or slow down the story which becomes personally involving the two heroines.

The world Ms. Blædel has created is becoming more complex with each book where to bad guys don’t always wear black and good guys don’t always win. The author did a great job telling this tale; her characters got a new perspective on life and I’m looking forward to see if this element changed the energy in the continuation of the series.

Related Reads:
Call Me Princess by Sara Blædel
Only One Life by Sara Blædel
The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg
The Stonecutter by Camilla Läckberg 

  • 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605984531

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