Book Review: Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blædel

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Arti­cle first pub­lished as Book Review: Farewell to Free­dom by Sara Blaedel on Blogcritics.

Farewell to Free­dom by Sara Blædel 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.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book -to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

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

Book Review Farewell to Freedom by Sara Blaedel

My rat­ing for Farewell to Free­dom — 4

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Farewell to Free­dom by Sara Blædel (web­site | Face­book | @sarablaedel) 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 instead of writ­ing fal­lac­ies and inac­cu­ra­cies, as many oth­ers do, 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 

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.

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