February 4, 2018

Spotlight + Giveaway: The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel

The Undertaker's Daughter (Ilka #1)
Author: Sara Blaedel
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing


A new thrilling suspense novel from #1 international bestselling author Sara Blaedel, author of THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS

"One of the best I've come across." -Michael Connelly

"Sara Blaedel is a force to be reckoned with.  She's a remarkable crime writer who time and again delivers a solid, engaging story that any reader in the world can enjoy." -Karin Slaughter

"One can count on emotional engagement, spine-tingling suspense, and taut storytelling from Sara Blaedel."-Sandra Brown


Already widowed by the age of forty, Ilka Nichols Jensen, a school portrait photographer, leads a modest, regimented, and uneventful life in Copenhagen. Until unexpected news rocks her quiet existence: Her father–who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago–has died. And he’s left her something in his will: his funeral home. In Racine, Wisconsin.

Clinging to this last shred of communication from the father she hasn’t heard from since childhood, Ilka makes an uncharacteristically rash decision and jumps on a plane to Wisconsin. Desperate for a connection to the parent she never really knew, she plans to visit the funeral home and go through her father’s things–hoping for some insight into his new life in America–before preparing the business for a quick sale.

But when she stumbles on an unsolved murder, and a killer who seems to still be very much alive, the undertaker’s daughter realizes she might be in over her head...

"Compelling and unique, THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER delves into a dark and fascinating world rarely explored in suspense fiction. Sara Blaedel knows how to reel in her readers and keep them utterly transfixed."
       --- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of I Know a Secret
"Crime-writer superstar Sara Blaedel's great skill is in weaving a heartbreaking social history into an edge-of-your-chair thriller while at the same time creating a detective who's as emotionally rich and real as a close friend. You'll whip through the novel in a day, and then keep thinking about it."
       --- Oprah.com on The Forgotten Girls
"For readers who gorge on captivating characters and chilling suspense, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is a tantalizing treat."
       --- Sandra Brown on The Forgotten Girls
"Sara Blaedel is a force to be reckoned with.  She's a remarkable crime writer who time and again delivers a solid, engaging story that any reader in the world can enjoy."
       --- Karin Slaughter
"This is a standout book that will only solidify the author's well-respected standing in crime fiction.  Blaedel drops clues that will leave readers guessing right up to the reveal.  Each new lead opens an array of possibilities, and putting the book down became a feat this reviewer was unable to achieve.  Based on the history of treating the disabled, the story is both horrifying and all-to-real.  Even the villains have nuanced and sympathetic motives."
       --- RT Times on The Forgotten Girls - Top Pick **Winner of a Reviewer's Choice Award**
       --- Washington Post on The Forgotten Girls
"Another suspenseful, skillfully wrought entry."
       --- Booklist on The Killing Forest
"Engrossing...Blaedel nicely balances the twisted relationships of the cult members with the true friendships of Louise, Camilla, and their circle." 
       --- Publishers Weekly on The Killing Forest
"Blaedel delivers another thrilling novel...Twists and turns will have readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see what happens next."
       --- RT Book Reviews on The Killing Forest
"Sara Blædel is at the top of her game. Louise Rick is a character who will have readers coming back for more."
       --- Camilla Läckberg
"Crackling with suspense, atmosphere, and drama, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is simply stellar crime fiction.  I loved spending time with the tough, smart, and all-too-human heroine Louise Rick--and I can't wait to see her again."
       --- Lisa Unger
"Will push you to the edge of your seat [then] knock you right off....A smashing success."
       --- BookReporter on The Killing Forest
"Tautly suspenseful and sociologically fascinating, THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS demonstrates yet again that the finest contemporary suspense fiction emanates from Europe's snowbound North."
       --- BookPage
"Tightly knit."
       --- Kirkus Reviews on The Forgotten Girls
"A sharp protagonist who wrestles with her own failings and fears, in a skillfully told story that is typically dark in the manner of Nordic crime fiction."
       --- Booklist on The Forgotten Girls
"Chilling...[a] swiftly moving plot and engaging core characters."
       --- Publishers Weekly on The Forgotten Girls


Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-seven countries. In 2014 Sara was voted Denmark's most popular novelist for the fourth time. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark's most prestigious literary award. She lives in New York City.
FACEBOOK: @Sara.Blaedel
TWITTER: @sarablaedel
 (2) Hardcover copies of THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER - Open to US residents only!


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