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A young woman's body is found on the street in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district, her throat slit, and the media is clamoring for the grisly details. Louise assumes it is because Camilla, a crime reporter on a morning paper, wants to be the first to hear of any juicy new developments. Instead, her distraught friend reveals that her eleven-year-old son found an abandoned babyA young woman's body is found on the street in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district, her throat slit, and the media is clamoring for the grisly details. Louise assumes it is because Camilla, a crime reporter on a morning paper, wants to be the first to hear of any juicy new developments. Instead, her distraught friend reveals that her eleven-year-old son found an abandoned baby on his way to school.As Louise digs deeper into the murder and the mysterious foundling, every uncovered clue points to organized human trafficking from Eastern Europe, run by ruthless gangsters who despise women and won't hesitate to kill anyone who gets in their way . . ....

Title : Farewell to Freedom
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ISBN : 9781605984537
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Farewell to Freedom Reviews

  • L.A. Starks
    2018-12-11 22:03

    I liked this book for its twists and turns, and for its Copenhagen/wider European setting. However, per the Danish worldview, the characters and the action seemed more muted than I expected.Readers who have visited or who live in Denmark will especially enjoy this book. The bicycling scenes ring true.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-25 19:54

    As a huge Nordic Noir fan, I've been meaning to start reading Sara Blaedel's books for ages now. Grand Central Publishing is releasing three of her early Louise Rick books in January 2017 and they were kind enough to send them to me early to review. The Night Women is a police procedural that deals with human trafficking. Detective Louise Rick and her good friend, reporter Camilla Lind, both are involved in investigating parts of this case. In this book, I would say both Louise and Camilla get relatively equal time. Since this is my first Louise Rick read and not the first in the series as originally published, I did not feel like I learned as much about her as I would have liked. I almost felt like a learned more about Camilla. I was 100% drawn in toward the end of this book. It did an outstanding job in the end making me want to move onto the next, The Running Girl.

  • Jill
    2018-11-19 18:54

    Once again Danish author Sara Blaedel uses the vehicle of a crime novel series (featuring Copenhagen Detective Louise Rick) to expose the exploitation and abuse of women. In this instance, the emphasis is on a particularly insidious form of prostitution.In Farewell to Freedom, Blaedel calls attention to human trafficking: specifically, the kidnapping of young foreign girls who are brought over to Copenhagen and forced into prostitution, which was decriminalized (albeit with restrictions) in Denmark in 1999. Since the girls from abroad are only allowed to stay for three months on tourist visas, they are moved from country to country like livestock, which is why those who gain from this human trafficking are known as “shepherds.”The girls are kept on a punishing schedule to bring money in for the traffickers, and if they object, the pimps threaten to harm or kill them, and/or retaliate against their family members back home. The girls also face a daily threat of possible violence or even death from johns, in addition to the basic degradation and trauma of prostitution generally. They are too afraid to report what is happening to the police. In Denmark (according to the U.S. State Department’s 2009 Human Rights Report), most of the trafficked women originate from the Baltic countries, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, West Africa, and Latin America. This particular novel involves girls from Czechoslovakia. As the story opens, one of these girls is found brutally murdered in a way suggesting it was done to serve as a warning for the others. Almost simultaneously, an abandoned infant is found at a nearby church. Are these two events somehow related?Detective Louise Rick, along with her good friend reporter Camilla Lind, end up, as usual, looking into the same occurrences but from different angles. Whereas Louise approaches them as a relatively dispassionate police investigator, Camilla always gets emotionally involved; in this instance, far too much.In their personal lives, the plot line involving the infant precipitates a clash between Louise and Camilla on the importance of children: is having them a proper criterion for a successful life? Louise would rather be “free,” and remembered having once visited a fortuneteller "…who in all seriousness told her that a child’s soul chose the mother it wanted before it was born. Personally, Louise was just fine with the fact that no child’s soul had picked her.”Their attitudes on children come into play as more people become involved in the crimes. Neither woman believes in coincidences: fortunetelling aside, why were all these crimes somehow picking them? Discussion: Blaedel has an interesting way of taking the reader on what appears to be a plodding, methodical course, following around the police as they slowly get wise to a seemingly obvious perpetrator. Then suddenly she upends the story. But the twist is also rendered in an low-key way, making for a very fun effect. It reminds me of jalapeño chocolate ice cream: you taste the familiar chocolate; you’re wondering what the fuss is; and then the jalapeño kicks in, slow but sure. Yes!!!Evaluation: The story pulls you in as it moves along, and manages to stack up satisfying surprises in the end. I love how much I learn because of the nature of the crimes highlighted in Blaedel’s police procedurals, and I love that the author spotlights – in a balanced and compassionate manner - sociological problems faced by women.Note: This is the 4th book in the Louise Rick/Camilla Lind series, but you don’t need to have read the others to figure out who is who and what’s happeningRating: 3.5/5

  • Kelly Hager
    2018-11-28 23:58

    So far, three of Sara Blaedel's books have been released in English. I have read all three this year, which means that this has been an excellent year. Unfortunately, this ALSO means that I have a long time to wait until either (a) her first book is translated and released or (b) books five, six and seven are translated and released here. Please, PLEASE get on that, Pegasus! Because these books are excellent and I need to read them. And it will take me forever to learn to speak the language.I finally read the other two books in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire, deals with sex trafficking (as does Farewell to Freedom). I mention that because whereas in that book, it was sort of a necessary aside to deal with before we could get to the major part of the story (the adventures of Lisbeth and Mikael), this WAS the major part of the story. The thing I love most about Sara Blaedel's mysteries are that Louise Rick is a fully developed character who exists outside of her job as a police detective. She has friends and a life. It's not like one aspect of her (person vs. detective) exists solely to function as a plot device. Does that make sense? I feel like that's where James Patterson has failed in recent years. (The thing I love second most about her mysteries? EVERYTHING ELSE.)If you like mysteries, read these books. If you like well-written stories, read these books. If you have ever listened to my recommendations, ever, and liked them, READ THESE BOOKS.And please help me spread the word because I am already in withdrawal. COME BACK, LOUISE RICK.

  • Zohar -
    2018-11-24 16:44

    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.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.Farewell to Free­dom by Sara Blædel 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.For more reviews and bookish posts please visit:

  • Amy
    2018-12-07 23:43

    3 1/2 Stars

  • Nida Khan
    2018-11-14 18:02

    I really liked this book. It was very interesting, and had me hooked. There were some parts, however, that were kind of slow and unnecessary to me. Other than that, it was very good. The story line was about detectives who were investigating the murder of a prostitute, Iveta. Also, they were investigating a case on infants who had been abandoned. This book's main topic is basically bringing attention to human trafficking. There's girls who are being forced into prostitution. There's also kidnapping and murder. Crime genres really keep me interested through out the whole book, because once you start the book you just want to keep reading to find out what happens in the end. This book was one of those books that i couldn't put down. It was the first book that i read by Sara Blaedel, and i definitely wan to read more by her. Her style is very unique to me. Sara Blaedel really knows how to keep the mystery going, because i really couldn't have guessed what was going to happen at the end of the book. It kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I really recommend this book and this series.

  • Vivian
    2018-11-25 22:43

    Louise Rick and Camilla Lind have been tied to one another for years as friends. It seems quite prophetic that Louise would become a detective and Camilla a crime reporter so that even their careers become linked. Farewell to Freedom seems to shine more of a spotlight on Camilla and her son Markus. Camilla advocates for more in-depth news coverage and an investigation into the murdered prostitute. When she feels the paper isn’t providing the coverage needed, she launches her own investigation into the murder that results in finding a witness. Her witness may not be deemed too reliable since he's a known alcoholic, but he does provide Camilla with viable information. Then he is found murdered, Camilla feels a sense of responsibility and plans his funeral with the help of Pastor Henrik Holm, father of Markus's new friend Jonas. Two murders that are tied to traffickers involved in the sex trade; two newborn infants being left on church steps within days of each murder; is it coincidence?Ms. Blaedel shows the more maternal side of Camilla in Farewell to Freedom. Camilla spends more time with Markus and his new friend Jonas and is overly concerned about the possible repercussions from their discovery of the infant. Camilla is also presented as more fragile when she has a mini-breakdown after finding a second infant, a deceased infant. The reader is also shown a somewhat softer side to Louise as she helps Markus and Jonas understand what will happen to the infant they found and then nurtures Camilla during her mini-breakdown. I found Farewell to Freedom to be another fast-paced read that grabbed my attention from the first word until the very last. The story provides great international intrigue, horrific crimes, and a cat-and-mouse chase of the criminals, as well as revealing more facets to the personalities of both Camilla and Louise. There's a nice little surprise twist to the ending and I can't wait for the next installment in this series to see how things develop.

  • jendlo
    2018-12-12 19:02

    This rerelease under a new title is one of three Louise Rick books coming out in the U.S. on January 2, 2018. So, it appears that the *new* order of the series in the U.S. (correct me if I’m wrong; give me a detective badge, if I’m not. haha) is:#1 US Call Me Princess#2 US Only One Life#3 US The Night Women fka Farewell to Freedom#4 US The Running Girl ( NEW TO U.S. )#5 US The Stolen Angel ( NEW TO U.S. )#6 US The Forgotten Girls#7 US The Killing Forest#8 US The Lost Woman

  • Ken Fredette
    2018-12-09 21:10

    Wow, Sara Blaedel sure can write a story. In this case the guy gets away, but they did a lot of work in solving who did what and who the mothers were. This case did have an unexpected result and you'll just have to read it to find out what it is.

  • Hannelore Cheney
    2018-11-18 17:06

    Thank you Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for the eARC.Previously published as Farewell to Freedom, The Night Women is an unblinking, harsh look at the 'business' of trafficking young foreign women and underage girls. In Copenhagen, police woman Louise Rick investigates the slaughter of a young woman as her good friend Camilla Lind, a police reporter, is called to the scene of an abandoned baby girl. The baby was found by her son and his best friend.The two cases seem to be linked and both women find themselves thrown into the harsh underbelly of the city, investigating the brutal criminals who stop at nothing to keep the money flowing in.This is an enjoyable series. I like both Louise and Camilla a lot and it was good to get some more background on Louise. The story is intense and heartbreaking at times, with a exciting ending. The descriptions of the life these poor girls are forced to live is harrowing and unfortunately quite realistic. Altogether, another good book in the series and I'm lucky enough to have The Running Girl by Sara Blaedel to read next!

  • Larami
    2018-11-28 23:49

    I really enjoyed this book. I’ve read the previous books in this series and this one was just as good and maybe better than one of them. Blaedel does a good job in keeping the mystery alive as I had no clue what was really going on until the very end. The ending was so explosive and left me teary eyed. I can’t wait to continue this series. In this story, Louis Rick is tasked with solving 2 murders that happen back to back and solving a case of 2 abandoned babies. Camilla Lind begins reporting this story when she becomes so emotionally invested, she has to take a break from he work. She ends up becoming so entwined in the case and quite a key player. I loved Camilla being more involved in this story and becoming a main character.

  • Collezionedistorie
    2018-11-27 01:09

    L'anima nera di Copenhagen. Dopo le periferie tumultuose de "L'immigrato", altra lettura recente, ho incontrato i bassifondi dove le ragazze vendono corpo e anima sulla strada, importate dall'Europa dell'Est, tra bambini strappati dal loro grembo e coetanee assassinate per monito alle altre. Agli ingredienti aggiungiamo adozioni clandestine, turisti di guerra e residui dei conflitti balcanici e l'insieme risulta piuttosto interessante. Tuttavia l'indagine ha un ritmo che ho trovato un po' lento, ho faticato ad ingranare e temo non me ne rimarrà molto.

  • Linda
    2018-11-30 23:50

    Unspeakable crimes, including human trafficking, and barbarous Eastern European villains await the reader in this Nordic Noir mystery. Louise Rick, a police detective in Copenhagen, is confronted with a series of horrific crimes, and she and her team must find out who is telling the truth, and who is not. Her friend Camilla, the journalist, helps her to find out who is behind some grisly murders. This is a very dark thriller, not recommended for the faint of heart.

  • Linda
    2018-12-07 16:44

    A young woman is found dead with her throat slit on a street in Copenhagen. Louise Rick is on the scene when her friend reporter Camilla Lind calls her to report her son has found an abandoned baby near his school. This is a well crafted mystery with Eastern European gangs, prostitutes who are controlled by these gangs.

  • Mama K
    2018-11-16 17:05

    I stumbled onto Blaedel's work a few years ago when a friend and I were "reading around the world" together and I chose Blaedel for Denmark. I love Louise Rick. This book, like all in the series, is a fast-paced thriller that will stealthily steal your next couple of evenings without you ever realizing the time has passed.I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Gretchen
    2018-11-29 00:51

    So, I already loved Louise Rick, the detective in this series, but I had never read this one before, which was previously published in English translation years ago. I loved it. There was some of Louise's backstory in this that I was aware of the outcome of from later books but I finally got in this one. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will continue to devour the rest of her books asap.

  • Jenny Hellman
    2018-11-16 23:07

    Olin jo katsella tästä kirjasta kertovan sarjan telkusta. Vähensi lukunautintoa roimasti

  • Jackie
    2018-11-25 01:11

    Full review to come...3.5-4 stars. A lot of background/introducing of characters, which should make for a strong series.

  • Shannon Tippit
    2018-11-29 20:58

    It was a good complex mystery that had lots of pieces. The pieces came together slowly and methodically. When they fully came together, it was a nice ah-ha moment.

  • Kin
    2018-11-28 21:04

    Buon poliziesco.Tema:sfruttamento della prostituzione e riduzione in schiavitù. Qual'è la prima autrice che ha inventato la coppia poliziotta-giornalista? Ormai un classico.

  • Richard
    2018-11-15 22:03

    Took a while to get going but well written. 4 stars.

  • Christina
    2018-11-17 22:57

    Serien bliver virkelig mere og mere spændende og føles mere gennemført for hver bog jeg læser!

  • Melissa
    2018-11-17 17:13

    Another suspenseful read! Love the development of the main character, she's flawed but she's real.

  • Sara
    2018-11-22 23:46

    Although very interesting, this one didn't have the suspense the others did until the last few chapters. I still enjoyed it immensely.

  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    2018-11-19 20:50

    Full review to be posted on blog.*Loved getting backstory of earlier days of Louise and Camilla.*Story is dark & gritty - explores underbelly of Copenhagen's crime.*Pulls you in, leaves you wanting more - very intense and fast-paced.*Quite a bit of character development!

  • Brenda Freeman
    2018-12-06 23:57

    Love this author.

  • Carrie
    2018-11-11 20:56

    3.5 stars but I have reservations about rating this book in general. First, this is the only book in the Louise Rick series that I have read. I realize that there are other books in the series that have been translated to English that precede this one. Therefore, some of the issues I had with this book may be the result of not reading prior books. Second, I had no knowledge of character backgrounds prior to reading so I think the fact that I felt the characters were flat may have been a result of that. I am glad to say that after reading the book, I researched a bit and found a website where Blaedel has an entire biography for Louise Rick. It's informative and interesting and definitely worth looking at if you are going to read the Rick series.So, what problems did I have? First, I was not overly impressed with the translation. There were sentences that didn't make sense and times where character names were confused in the text. Editing could have been better. Second, I actually would have guessed that the main character was Camilla, the journalist, rather than Rick, the detective. Much of the story focuses around Camilla and I felt like the reader gets to know her much better than Rick. In many ways, I thought Camilla was more interesting than Rick anyway but I don't know if I would feel that way if I read the other books. Third, the interaction between the characters seemed forced. Again, is this a translation issue or possibly not knowing enough about the characters' pasts? Fourth, I thought the story itself was rather bland. Finally, there were way too many coincidences for me.With all that said, there were things I liked. I thought Blaedel did a remarkable job tying together two stories that seem to be completely seperate. Second, I enjoyed the level of description to describe the settings throughout the book. Finally, I enjoyed some of the historical background given in the book concerning the various countries. I am looking forward to reading other books in the series to see how they compare.

  • Clay Stafford
    2018-11-21 18:12

    Sara Blædel was voted as Denmark’s most popular novelist three times in a row. That’s no surprise. When it comes to police procedural, she’s always been one of my favorites.“Farewell to Freedom” is from #1 international bestselling author Sara Blædel. Unlike a good number of writers I read in the crime genre who try to sex-up the victimization of women, Blædel’s portrayals are straight-on ugly. The story opens with a violently murdered woman and, across town, a found newborn. Though set in Copenhagen, the crimes could happen anywhere; there is a Kodboderne Street in every city of the world. As usual, Blædel handles multiple storylines well and eventually blends them together. Blædel’s portrayal of the slimy underworld side of humanity reads so realistically – syndicated crime, child abandonment, human trafficking – I found myself pondering at moments how active (or safe) she was in her research. She writes with the authority of first-person observation.This novel is part of the series featuring Detective Louise Rick and reporter Camilla Lind. These two make a great partnership in crime fighting. “Farewell to Freedom” is the fourth Rick / Lind novel, but only the third to be published in the United States. Though part of a series, I think reading it as a standalone works as well as reading it in chronological order.My Review of Farewell To Freedom on Killer NashvilleMy Other Reviews on Killer Nashville

  • Denise
    2018-11-12 00:47

    4.0 out of 5 stars -- Another good one, the 4th in the Louise Rick/Camilla Lind series. Also titled THE NIGHT WOMEN. These are police procedurals and they move slowly as the detectives uncover clues, follow leads, and investigate the crimes. Camilla, a journalist, usually gets involved by interviewing people of interest as they relate to stories she is writing for the newspaper.I like the characters as I learn more about them with each book. Louise and Camilla are complicated women and they are quite private about their personal feelings and lives even though they are best friends. This novel focused on sex trafficking trade and the abuse of women and young girls who have been brought to Denmark for the purpose of prostitution by Albanians seeking to profit by their work. When one of the girls is found dead and no witnesses can identify the killer, Louise and her fellow detectives try to unravel the mystery. I recommend this series to anyone looking for books featuring solid, methodical police work with interesting stories that usually explore an issue of significance to women. I will have to wait until the next books are translated in English to be able to read on. I'm putting #5 and #6 on my TBR (I've already read #7).Library book.