Thoughts on: Call Me Princess by Sara Blædel

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“Call Me Princess” by Sara Blædel is a crime fic­tion book tak­ing place in Den­mark. This is the first book trans­lated by this suc­cess­ful and pop­u­lar Scan­di­na­vian author.

  • 352 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Pegasus
  • ISBN-10: 1605982512

My rat­ing for Call Me Princess — 4

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“Call Me Princess” by Sara Blædel (web­site | Face­book | Twit­ter) is a good, solid crime fic­tion book. I requested this book because I’ve read sev­eral crime-fiction nov­els from Scan­di­na­vian authors and sin­cerely liked them so I fig­ured I’ll read as much as I can before I am forced to learn Danish.

The main char­ac­ter of Louise Rick is real and like­able and even relat­able on some level to some­one like me. The inter­ac­tion between the char­ac­ters (mostly fel­low offi­cers, a female best friend and a boyfriend) is com­fort­able and real. While the rape case is cer­tainly front and cen­ter of the nar­ra­tive, Louise’s per­sonal life was a sec­ondary story.

Instead of being an action novel, most of the story involv­ing the police relies on the descrip­tions of pro­ce­dural and solid police work. I do not know how the Copen­hagen Police Depart­ment works, but the descrip­tions were inter­est­ing and seemed to ring true.

Another sub-plot is the per­ilous world of online dat­ing, the novel does try to even out the per­cep­tion but the point-of-view is pretty clear. Per­son­ally I think that online dat­ing is a bit bet­ter than  a drunk­ard meet­ing a stranger in a dark, smoky room filled with other drunks.

As I men­tioned, I liked the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion in the book. Louise, a no non­sense cop, Camilla, her ruth­less bitch of a best friend, boyfriends and co-workers.  Besides deal­ing with her work, Louise must also deal with her media hug­ging boss, unrea­son­able super­vi­sors, wit­nesses who go back on their tes­ti­mony and more.

I have read sev­eral books by Scan­di­na­vian authors and the one thing which strikes me as a com­mon denom­i­na­tor with all of them (besides the obscene amounts of cof­fee and the glo­ri­ous descrip­tions of open faced sand­wiches) is the way they all depict how women are treated in the north­ern coun­tries. Many, if not all, of the books try to bal­ance it out with a strong female pro­tag­o­nist, yet I get a strange feel­ing that these soci­eties have some more issues to explore.
Maybe it’s because many of the sto­ries have an almost iden­ti­cal rape/crime against women scenes?

The book is inter­est­ing and a quick read. The story doesn’t tie up all the loose ends, but in this case I don’t mind. Most things in life don’t end up in a neat pack­age (at best a wooden box).

So tell me, have you noticed any pat­terns in nov­els from the same country?

Louise Rick is an Assis­tant Detec­tive in the Copen­hagen PD. Ms. Rick is called to inves­ti­gate the bru­tal rape of Susanne Han­son. As the AD inves­ti­gates she dis­cov­ers Susanne met her attacker on an online dat­ing site and that she is not the only victim.

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