The Running Girl by Sara Blædel (Louise Rick #5)
448 pages | Published January 2nd, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Louise gets a call from her son, Jonas. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: A school party has ended in terrifying chaos after a group of violent teenagers forced their way into the building in search of alcohol and valuables. Dashing to the scene, Louise discovers one of the students gravely injured–struck by a car while attempting to run for help. Now the girl’s distraught mother, pushed to her emotional breaking point, will do anything to make those who hurt her daughter pay.
So when someone targets the gang members with a vicious attack, the girl’s mother is the obvious suspect. But Louise can’t shake the feeling that the case might not be as cut-and-dried as it first appears. Someone is lying–but who?
Masterfully plumbing the darkest depths of human emotion in this propulsive new novel, Sara Blaedel again delivers an intense ride filled with unexpected turns that will have you on the edge of your seat…
Yet another Blædel book – unsurprisingly amazing, as always. This one came out in Portugal last Monday, and I immediately bought and read it. Since it’s a Sara Blædel book, I knew I would love it so I went in completely blind and just let myself be engulfed by the story without knowing anything about it.
As usual, we follow detective Louise Rick. The Running Girl is the second book in a trilogy inside the Louise Rick series, the Camilla trilogy, which means that, although Louise is the main character, her friend Camilla is also a central figure in this story. Although her books are part of a series, they can be read as standalones, since the author contextualizes everything. I do wish that I had read the series in order though, as it would have been better to follow Louise and Camilla’s lives in chronological order and not jump back and forth in time. However, this definitely doesn’t make me like Blædel’s books any less.
The book starts out a bit slower than usual – although the prologue is rather violent -, as the main investigation only starts a few chapters in. At first, it seems that we are just following Louise and Camilla’s personal endeavors – until everything falls apart in a heartbeat. I won’t say too much about it, but this investigation is personally related to both Louise and Camilla, since they know and are relatively close to the victims.
The cast of characters in The Running Girl is very well-built, and the webs of characters and lies that the author creates are very interesting. If you’ve been here for a while, you know I’m a sucker for webs of lies and family secrets, so this book is right up my alley 😍 Speaking of characters, I absolutely loved the dynamics within Louise’s investigation team, their interactions are so funny and entertaining 👌 On a sadder note, the author focused a lot on loss and grief throughout the novel, which really touched me. There are two characters specifically that I really felt for, so I was emotionally connected to the story the whole time.
Blædel has this ability to establish connections between seemingly unrelated cases, in ways that you would never imagine if she did not leave clues throughout the novel – which I picked up on this time! 🎉 I’m pretty sure this was the only book of hers that I had correct predictions and suspicions about 😄 But they’re never 100% correct, the author always manages to surprise me, even when I am very close to the “truth”. Just genius 😁
Out of all the books I’ve read in this series, this is my second favorite, the first being The Forgotten Girls. This is probably due to the family secrets that are featured in both books, and also with the fucked up situations that we come across in them. I’ve been thinking about writing a post in which I talk about all of Blædel’s books and rank them from favorite to least favorite, so please let me know if you’re interested! 😉
Overall, THE RUNNING GIRL is an addictive police procedural read that is filled with grief, lies, and a charismatic investigation team. Absolutely recommend it, even though it is not my favorite in the series – close second, though! ♡
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