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Missing; A Book Review

Updated on February 21, 2011

Missing is a mystery by Karin Alvtegen, one of Sweden’s best selling mystery authors, and international best selling author. She is also the grand-niece of the author of the Pippi Longstocking tales, Astrid Lindgren.

Missing tells the story of Sybillia Fosenstrom, a 32 year old homeless grafter. She cons Jorgen Grundberg into paying for her meal at a hotel. They separate and he is killed that night. It is a described as a ritual killing as someone cuts Grundberg open and remove some of his organs. Employees at the hotel describe and identify Sybillia as the killer.

She goes underground and uses her skills to live as a homeless person to disappear. Over the next few weeks several other ritual killings occur and it becomes harder for her to move around.

The story turns back and forth to describe why Sybillia is homeless and why she avoids the police and authority. She meets someone that can help her, and they try to unravel the mystery.

This is an engrossing story, with twists and turns along the way. Sybillia is an engrossing character and the book gives some insights into the homeless life. Missing was made into a British miniseries.

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