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@Read Ebook Ó Call Me Princess å Homicide detective Louise Rick chases a disturbing serial rapist in this fast paced thriller in Sara Blaedels breakout series, perfect for readers of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, or Jo NesbAn online flirtation can have horrific consequences, as Detective Louise Rick discovers when she is called to an idyllic Copenhagen neighborhood where a young woman has been left bound and gagged after a profoundly brutal rape attack Susanne Hansson met her rapist on a popular dating website But the man is hiding behind a labyrinth of false pseudonyms, and neither Susannenor the policehave been able to trace his true identity With the internet as his playground, the rapist will almost certainly strike again if Louise cant unmask him before its too lateIncredible suspense and a diabolical series of twists take Sara Blaedels wildly popular series to new heights It is such a relief that the police in Sara Blaedel s Blue Blood are fictional, because these are one of the worst, if not THE worst police teams I have ever read about If the Danish police force is anything like these characters, then their system needs a huge overhaul.Sara Blaedel is one of Denmark s most popular crime authors I just don t get it This book has won awards was it the only book published that year in Denmark I know Denmark is a small country, but really The main heroine is I It is such a relief that the police in Sara Blaedel s Blue Blood are fictional, because these are one of the worst, if not THE worst police teams I have ever read about If the Danish police force is anything like these characters, then their system needs a huge overhaul.Sara Blaedel is one of Denmark s most popular crime authors I just don t get it This book has won awards was it the only book published that year in Denmark I know Denmark is a small country, but really The main heroine is Inspector Louise Rick, who is unprofessional and vapid and in the book puts everybody in a very dangerous place, but that s ok, her heart is in the right place I understand this is the first published in English but not the first in the series, so we readers are probably missing some of Louise s background Camilla Lind, her vapid friend, only serves to slow down the pace of the story The novel s portrayal of women is not a nice one What annoyed me the most was the ineptitude of the police Susanne is a woman who gets raped after talking to a guy on a dating site She s traumatised by the horrible act that has taken place What do the police do They lose their patience with her and lash out Of course she s reluctant to trust people and cooperate she has just been RAPED Later in the novel, either Louise or Camilla try to track this serial rapist on the dating website and go to meet him WITHOUT ANY POLICE BACKUP Do you know how easy it would ve been to lure him to a place full of hiding armed police This book is just not very good The premise of this book would probably make for a good hour long CSI like CBS procedural show It probably could make for a good book, too But this book isn t good It s awful I don t know where the blame lays for how awful this book is Maybe it is the translators fault Maybe the book reads better in Danish, or whatever language it was originally written in I think it was in Danish, but it doesn t say anywhere in the book It s actually a little difficult to even find who translated the bo The premise of this book would probably make for a good hour long CSI like CBS procedural show It probably could make for a good book, too But this book isn t good It s awful I don t know where the blame lays for how awful this book is Maybe it is the translators fault Maybe the book reads better in Danish, or whatever language it was originally written in I think it was in Danish, but it doesn t say anywhere in the book It s actually a little difficult to even find who translated the book, and completely impossible using the book as the primary source of information to find out what the original title of the book was From a bibliographic standpoint, and from the view of a poor cataloger who would take it on themselves to do original cataloging as opposed to copy cataloging , this would be a nightmare, damn it Simon and Schuster think of the technical service librarians Maybe it is my fault I m usually quite ready to take the blame for anything I ll admit that I m not the intended audience for a book, say that there were problems with me that caused me not to get the intended enjoyment out of a book But I don t think it s me here But I have such a large guilt complex that in the back of my mind I m still willing to take the blame Maybe it s the cultural difference between Denmark and America Maybe their police just are different from ours Maybe this is how things really are, and I have a warped view of police procedurals from unrealistic TV shows and Hollywood movies I m not buying this either though I think the book is just bad Even if I put aside what might be translation problems, and differences in the way police may act in Denmark versus the way I think they act in America, the book is still fairly awful The last possibility for why possibly the book isn t as terrible as I think it is, is that it s obviously not the first in the series There are others with this character in it, and maybe there was some development in earlier books that would make certain things makesense Again I doubt it, and because Simon and Schuster decided to give near zero information about previous books and because I feel like I m already spending too much time with this book by having actually read all three hundred and two pages and now typing these words, I don t feel like taxing myself with doing even the most rudimentary internet search to find out a how many novels are in this series, and b where this novel falls in the whole series.I do know according to the sort of suspect copy material printed on the book that the author is Denmarks most popular novelist She won a vote to get that distinction, not once, but three times What kind of vote is this Who knows Maybe it is Denmark s equivalent of being a USA Today bestselling author Or maybe, European mega popular authors are just as much hacks as their US counterparts As I said, this book is bad The story line is kind of boring It didn t need to be, but it was The characters are also awful They are erratic and one dimensional Their inexplicable erraticness is maybe supposed to be a stand in for actual development and having any kind of psychological realism, but the characters are still pretty much all stereotypical character types But even in the author s portrayal of these character types there is a total lack of development and the scenes that are supposed to show how a character generally are bizarre moments of the characters acting in vaguely sociopathic ways For example, the main character I m guessing is supposed to be a no nonsense sort of woman The tough female detective How do we show this initially By having her get aggravated that she has to interview a rape victim, and then get aggravated at the shock the victim who just hours before had been left hog tied naked with plastic restraints after being repeatedly raped with not giving her answers in a quick enough manner Pretty much anytime characters have a reaction to something the reaction is either the opposite of what a normal human being would have or the reaction you d imagine a character with the told characteristics would have or it s appropriate but so over the top that I started to wonder if the author has any actual interactions with real life people And if she does why she doesn t think about those people when writing her characters I should have gone with my first instincts and given up on this book after about page 15 I thought maybe it would get better, I thought maybe the characters were going to be shit, but at least it would be an interesting story I thought, isn t the thing we ve been sold lately is that the Scandinavians kick ass writing crime novels Aren t they supposed to be better than ours I thought this should be good, it s got lots of good blurbs, there should be something redeemable about it, right Nope I kept forcing myself to sit down and read it I was waiting for the good part that didn t come And instead of getting something good out of it, I was increasingly baffled at the characters, at the weird twists thrown into people s lives, the difficulty in following the simple chronology of what was happening which I decided was due to poor structure and not to the increasing lack of attention I was giving the book , and the vaguely inept detecting skills on display here But in fairness, if the detectives had done any work they probably would have cracked this case fairly quickly but in fairness to the detectives they did have the temporal mayhem of the book to contend with, and they were pretty much not going to be able to defeat the relativistic time space problems of the book until the author had her hundred thousand words and was ready to let them solve the crime, in quite possibly the most contrived and unbelievable manner possible I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone Didn t enjoy this one as much as I wanted to Rape scenes were depicted in horrific detail, and there just seemed to be so many wtf moments that made little to no sense Louise Rick s best friend, Camilla, is still an irritating pain in the ass, with the commonsense of a squashed cabbage For example, after the first brutal rape incident young woman meets a guy a few times, invites him into her home, and things became seriously unpleasant seriously quickly Camilla informs Louise that she Didn t enjoy this one as much as I wanted to Rape scenes were depicted in horrific detail, and there just seemed to be so many wtf moments that made little to no sense Louise Rick s best friend, Camilla, is still an irritating pain in the ass, with the commonsense of a squashed cabbage For example, after the first brutal rape incident young woman meets a guy a few times, invites him into her home, and things became seriously unpleasant seriously quickly Camilla informs Louise that she s inviting a MAN SHE S NEVER EVEN MET BEFORE into her home for their first date, and apparently Louise is okay with this And this is literally after she s just spent all night with the victim of said rape No just no Anyway, there are lots of moments like this where all reason seems to go flying out of the window in order to propel the story forward Ultimately, it s frustrating stuff Unsure if I will continue with the series Where are we Oddly, though Blaedel is Danish, this story could as easily been set in any American city rather than Copenhagen The place names were Danish but there was no wisp of Scandinavia The plot was so so but only just I hate the title It s too twee and only becomes relevant late in the story Homicide Detective Louise Rick and her partner investigate a rape Soon the case grows legs when rapist s next victim dies and other women speak out about enduring similar attacks The plot circle Where are we Oddly, though Blaedel is Danish, this story could as easily been set in any American city rather than Copenhagen The place names were Danish but there was no wisp of Scandinavia The plot was so so but only just I hate the title It s too twee and only becomes relevant late in the story Homicide Detective Louise Rick and her partner investigate a rape Soon the case grows legs when rapist s next victim dies and other women speak out about enduring similar attacks The plot circles around the dangers of internet dating and its subculture Blaedel states that there are two types of internet daters One group post profiles to meet someone for a long term relationship then disappear from the dating sites when they find one The other group becomes addicted to the online dating process and put profiles up in multiple places for long periods of time They re serial daters who are not interested in the people they meet but the process of online dating The rapist belongs to this second group He s an online predator and knows how to disappear into the ethers after his crimes Detective Rick s relationships with her best friend Camilla and her live in lover Peter also seem off There s no evident affection between them and though Rick s well characterized neither Camilla nor Peter are It wasn t a bad story it just wasn t good Definitely steer clear of it if you re looking for one of the many great new Scandinavian books