Only One Life by Sara Blaedel

Only One Life

Jealousy, obsession, and family honor have fatal consequences for an immigrant community on the fringes of seemingly idyllic Copenhagen societyIt was clearly no ordinary drowning. Inspector Louise Rick is immediately called out to Holbraek Fjord when a young immigrant girl is found in the watery depths, a piece of concrete tied around her waist and two mysterious circular patches on the back of her neck. Her name was Samra, and Louise soon learn...


Details Only One Life

TitleOnly One Life
ISBN9781605983509
Author
Release DateJul 1st, 2012
PublisherPegasus Crime
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Cultural, Denmark, Scandinavian Lite..., Nordic Noir
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Reviews Only One Life

  • Karin Slaughter
    1970-01-01
    Read it in one day, which apparently means I have a lot of time on my hands. I LOVED it. The setting was fascinating and the characters were really new and interesting to me. I ran out and got all her other books in English, then wrote a letter to her publisher to translate more, because that's easier than learning to read Danish.I met Sara at a crime festival in Denmark a few years ago. The festival was held in an old prison, but when we pulled ...
  • Judith
    1970-01-01
    The very idea of Honor Killings...that the recalcitrant actions of one person could lead another family member to commit murder......boggles the mind. Even though our society seems to have lost all concept of Shame and/or Honor...the thought of Murder for Honor makes me blench. Not to mention the fact that, according to this book, most Honor Killings are perpetrated my members of the Extended Family...those living outside the country where the Ki...
  • Kim Kaso
    1970-01-01
    I have a quibble with the publication of these books...the first one still has not been published in English, the publishers put out a later books as her first one. I like to read books in order as character develops and history of the main characters is established. This is common with Scandinavian mysteries, I have waited ages for enough books to be published to be able to follow this series as properly as I can, and just got an Anne Holt's Han...
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    Denmark has been in the news fairly often lately for conflicts between ethnic Danes and the immigrant Muslim population. This police procedural puts this cultural tension in sharp relief, providing an engaging way to glean insights into the “clash of civilizations” now occurring in the West and particularly in Europe.Louise Rick, a 37-year-old Inspector with the Copenhagen homicide investigation unit, receives a temporary reassignment to the ...
  • Cathy Cole
    1970-01-01
    First Line: She could just make out the blue flashes between the densely grown tree trunks, but she couldn't see how many police vehicles were at the scene.Inspector Louise Rick is called in to help local Danish police with a drowning that's anything but ordinary. Samra, a young immigrant girl, has been found in Holbraek Fjord, a large slab of concrete tied around her waist and mysterious circular marks on the back of her neck.Samra's life was sh...
  • Bruce Hatton
    1970-01-01
    This was a slow paced police procedural that frequently dealt with the private lives of the investigators more than the crimes they were trying to solve. The murder of a teenage girl of Jordanian descent is suspected of being an "honour killing". Then, however, her best friend - a white Danish girl - is also murdered with similar strange marks found on her body.There's no doubt the novel is well-researched and well-intended and it does deal with ...
  • Catherine
    1970-01-01
    I love this series by Sara Blaedel. The plot deals with “honour killings”, in this instance a Jordanian family living in Denmark. Only one life refers to the belief, that the life of just one girl doesn’t matter, when the honour of the extended family is at stake.It is a well thought out, fascinating story.
  • Lakis Fourouklas
    1970-01-01
    Only One Life by Danish author Sara Blaedel is not so much a whodunit, I wouldn’t even say it’s a whydunit; it is, to put it gently, a “what the heck happened?” kind of book. This is one of those novels that have many layers. The first layer is made of facts, the second of hidden truths, the third is composed primarily by lies, the fourth talks about the social background and so forth.As in her previous outstanding novel Call Me Princess,...
  • Kelly Hager
    1970-01-01
    Louise Rick is investigating a murder. A teen girl (Samra) was found dead and it looks like it may have been an honor killing...but her father was clearly devastated when Samra's body was identified and her mom swears that her husband didn't harm her daughter. (Well, okay, he COULD do it, but he DIDN'T.) Then Samra's friend, the one who indirectly identified the body by telling police her friend was missing, was found murdered. Louise is unsure e...
  • The Writer
    1970-01-01
    The female police officer is back in Sara Blædel's third volume titled "Only one life".This time Louise Rick is willing to move to Holbæk temporarily to investigate a dead girl case. The residents of this small town, which is located far west of Copenhagen, were in shock after a girl was found floating in the nearby river.What even worse is the fact that the girl had a middle-eastern ancestry and was a Muslim, a combination of identities that o...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    I am not smitten with this book and I think that is partially the writing style and partially the cultural barriers. Having read the description, one might think I was referring to Muslim cultural barriers, but it was actually the Danish ones with which I had issues. Everyone in the novel, from the police to the press to the neighbors kept calling the family immigrants and while that is technically the correct term for them, it was the connotatio...
  • Kristin
    1970-01-01
    I don't read that many detective novels, but I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed it for many reasons. I liked the intelligent storyline. I enjoyed the many characters (the main detective, the victims and the various victims' families). And I enjoyed reading a novel from a foreign novelist where I was able to get to know a bit more about a different country (the Netherlands). It's always nice to get to see a different cultural perspective, see the di...
  • Benoit Lelièvre
    1970-01-01
    Unfortunately, I can't say I liked this novel. Because I didn't. As it gets better as it progresses, it's still a one dimensional effort, showing very shallow research on its main selling point: honor killings. There is no narration make from the Arabic family whatsoever, that would've highlighted the struggle of living in Occident, coming from the Middle East, which is so heavily rooted into religion and tradition. Blaedel always stops her chara...
  • Lee Leviter
    1970-01-01
    This is among the worst books I have ever read. On a pure plot level, the main character seems to be a terrible detective. SPOILERS: The entire police force basically assumes without evidence from the get-go that the victim was killed by a member of her own family, simply because she's a Muslim and so-called "honor killings" are something that occur in some corners of the Arab world. They spend HALF the book trying to get the girl's family to con...
  • Frankie Clogston
    1970-01-01
    In my survey of Scandanavian writers limiting the set/books to those which are not based on an act of horrific sexual violence on a woman, this book rates high. I liked the female protagonist, and in fact there are two! A journalist as well! Which is an effective way to have two sets of lens on the same story and frankly, I'm surprised mystery writers don't employ it more often. This tale sensitively, with apparent research by the writer, include...
  • Tanja Berg
    1970-01-01
    This was a total waste of time and patience. I thought the theme - culture clash and a possible honor killing - might be interesting. I'm sure it could be in another setting, but this telling of it was unbelievably boring. I figured out the likely murderer soon after he was presented, and most of the moti e. The plotting is moderately okay, but the entire gallery of characters are unsympathetic. I think I'm done with this author for good now.
  • Aura
    1970-01-01
    I read Forgotten Girls earlier this year and I became a fan. Danish author Sara Blaedel writes relevant detective stories. This book published a few years ago deals with a timely issue of Arab family living in a western community. I really enjoyed this who dunnit story.
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    3 1/2 Stars
  • Helen
    1970-01-01
    My second foray into the adventures of Danish detective Louise Rick has her investigating the murder of a teenage immigrant girl found underwater tied to a concrete block. The book is part police procedural and part an exploration of cultural differences between the Danes and Mulim immigrants who have settled in Denmark. There's lots about honor killings as Rick and company try to determine if the young victim was killed by a relative to preserve...
  • Jovdb
    1970-01-01
    Not as good as the other two books with Louise Rick in them. I found the story a bit scattered and didn't really see the point of having Camilla (journalist, and friend of Louise) in it. Yes, she added some facts about honour killings and balanced that with information about other killings, similar in nature in the community, that were unrelated to the Muslim community. Other than that, no purpose whatsoever.A young girl is found murdered. Her be...
  • Christina
    1970-01-01
    Virkelig en gennemført og spændende kriminalroman! En ung pige bliver fundet myrdet - og tankerne ledes straks hen på æresdrab. Der går chok igennem den lille by og ingen kan forstå hvorfor dette er sket. Den eneste forklaring må være, at pigen har vanæret sin families navn, hvorfor hun måtte lade livet for at genoprette familiens ære. Sagen tager dog en drastisk drejning da endnu en ung pige findes myrdet og en lille pige forsvinder. ...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    Inspector Louise Rick has been assigned to investigate the grisly murder of a young immigrant girl in Denmark. She and her partner make an arrest, believing it to possibly be an "honor killing," but when another young woman is murdered, they begin to think that maybe there is more to the case than they originally thought. Sara Blaedel has written another intense Nordic Noir novel, recently translated for fans of Danish crime writing.
  • Megan
    1970-01-01
    I never felt engaged by the characters. A few times the main character - a cop- gets information (like the autopsy report) or finally notices something and you wonder if the full crew of cops working on the case are incompetent since it is something they should have looked into long ago. I also hate it when the author so obviously leads the reader astray- major red herring.
  • Helen
    1970-01-01
    Quick read, very readable. Interesting on tensions in Danish society and cultural conflicts within immigrant communities, especially for the young. I like the main character although I wonder whether her close friendship with a reporter might not be a disadvantage in her work, and I wasn't wholly convinced by the murderer's motives.
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    Great story about a teen girl’s murder. The story is told from the perspective of the police, so follows their investigation after the murder. Therefore, it is somewhat sterile. It touches on honor killings since the murdered girl was from a Muslim family living in Denmark. The ending was a surprise.
  • Katherine
    1970-01-01
    Interesting look at the inside of the Muslim culture contrasted with the Danish one. The points of exploration are how families are connected, how sex is viewed, and how individuals handle pain, grief and stress. There is no easy winner; there are just different ways of approaching and living with culture and norms. Fast read.
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    This book was perfectly acceptable, but I can't help thinking it would have benefited from having fewer characters. The flood of people introduced in the first couple of pages was a bit overwhelming! And I can't help thinking that perhaps it lost something in the translation. Some passages were a bit clunky.I would read more Sara Blaedel books, but perhaps not just at the moment.
  • Nurettin Ayvali
    1970-01-01
    Success of the book(sold a lot) probably depends on attracts attention to cultural differences, but failed to reflect true nature of eastern ways. Not much of mystery too, i knew the murderer at the first mention of it in the book...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    Another solid novel by Ms. Blaedel. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't figure out the whole mystery by the end...love a good twist in the plot. Will be digging around on Amazon to find book 3 in English!
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    A young immigrant girl is found dead with a piece of concrete tied around her waist in the water. Detective Louise Rick is called in to investigate the murder in a small town west of Copenhagen. There are rumours of honour killing, family strife and the problems being an immigrant in Danish life.