I have just finished reading “Missing” by Karin Alvtegen, first published in Sweden in 2000, and later translated into English. She is yet another brilliant Scandinavian writer who has managed to get her work out of her native country.
“Missing” is a really good read, and it is fairly easy to read as i managed to read it within two days!
The blurb on the back of the book says:
“When a serial killer strikes, a homeless woman finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, framed for horrifying murders that she didn’t commit. on the run and living by her wits, can she avoid capture long enough to prove her innocence?”
The character of Sibylla is one of great interest: she is the homeless woman, troubled by her past, and chasing her dream of being free. Unfortunately, she ends up the suspect in a series of horrific murders, and as we follow her attempt to clear her name, we learn much about her character and her sad past. The main plot is interspersed with the subplot of her childhood and the root of her problems and why she is homeless.
The plot is rather chilling with the murders, and keeps you guessing until the end. I know i was speculating who had the motive to frame her, but as usual its someone who you would never have even thought of! Suspense is brilliant through the novel, with bits of the puzzle dropped in here and there, enough to keep you reading, but not enough to reveal the truth until the last few pages.
I give this book a 7/10 because it is a good, if quick, read. If you like Stieg Larsson, then its worth reading, as the heroine is again someone who has been neglected by society. It isnt as intense and complex as Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy though, so it would be ideal for those who couldnt keep up with it.