A woman is brutally raped. A Swedish clergyman preaches about sympathy for immigrants coming in to Sweden and is apparently murdered for his trouble. An Arabic man is found dead on the road, victim of a hit-and-run with no identification to prove his existence. A woman in Thailand is on a dangerous mission and finds that, all of a sudden, her return flight home cannot be located by the airline and someone has hacked her email account.
These little terror-filled snippets are what opens Kristina Ohlsson’s SILENCED, her second work after a rather brilliant debut in UNWANTED, which we reviewed here. Ohlsson is Nordic noir with an emphasis on the noir, her writing filled with terrible crimes and dark situations, flawed and angry characters in a harsh and uncaring world that is only brightened by the eventual solving of whatever crimes have taken place.