The Midnight Witness: Sara Bladel
A young girl is killed, strangled and shoved behind a bench in Ostre Anlaeg. A reporter is brutally murdered and his body is lying in the courtyard behind the Hotel Royal. Karoline Wissinge is the girl and Frank Sorensen the reporter. Karoline was a 23 year old nurse strangled in Copenhagen. Detective Louise Rick is handed the girl’s case and left out of the other one but how will they intersect.
Camilla Lind is a journalist and Louise’s best friend and they often share information but when Camilla wants the reporter’s story why is she left out of the loop? But, the wife of the reporter only wants to talk to her why?
Looking into the case Louise had to focus on the girl’s family and then her boyfriend. Interviewing Martin revealed information about himself and some discord between him and Karoline. Not even calling the police when she did not come home and yet professing his love for her. Odd to say the least.
Louise does her homework and is seeing someone named Peter who shows up to surprise her. Lucky for him she did not attack when she realizes someone is inn her apartment.
Things get complicated when her partner is out and someone else is forced to take his place. Camilla wants the scoop on Sorensen since she knew him but her boss wants her out of the way. Will she interview the wife? When returning with the story her boss wants pictures of the wife and so starting a rampage if yelling, threats, tears and the threat of breaking a promise to the mother.
Things spiral out of control when Camilla faces and ethical issue, stands up to her boss and the gets a phone call that puts her back in the loop to create a story to help learn what really happened to Frank, where he was at the time he was killed, before too and hoping someone will come forward with information. But, Louise is obsessed with finding Karoline’s killer and interviewing boyfriends and getting a sense of her and her relationships sends her back to the scene of the crime and uncovering a piece of new information.
Office politics and women in the force as well as Camilla being strong armed at the paper by hers and dictates how she should cover a story, lets readers know that the murders are paramount to solve but Louise is not happy that the nurse’s murder not as important as the reporter’s.
The information found held no clues to the killer of the nurse and the pathologist’ s report confirms the cause of death and one interesting fact that Karoline’s boyfriend failed to mention or didn’t know.
When her detective chief inspector has to resign and the case is going to the head of homicide things take on a more serious tone and her relationship with her boys, Peter is tense and strained. While Soren Holm who worked with Frank the murdered reporter is missing.
Louise and Camilla are friends and when Camilla is asked to make a call to a police informant things get dicey when she and Louise go after finding someone named Finn and get made by two drug lords and need a quick escape from the bar after someone connected to them warns them to leave.
People interviewed where the murders took place no one saw anything. Then a connoisseur made to the drug case Sorensen was working on and when another reporter is killed it seems they both learned something worth killing them for. As Camilla is told she’s off the story she’s deviant, impulsive and never heeds warnings. The Head of Narcotics wanted her to investigate and talking to Finn was the lead connection. When funerals are planned and lives are at stake the causes of death are the same for both: a drug that rendered them helpless and a puncture wound in the neck, which severed the spinal cord.
Things take on many different directions and both Louise and Camilla have to choose their sides, pick their battles both wanting to find out the truth and both relentless in their quests.
Things take on an unusual turn as evidence comes to light and someone is arrested for murder but was this person framed? Drugs are at the root of the murders and something both reporters learned would foil an operation by someone hiding in plain sight. Just who this was and why did a powerful lawyer want Camilla to help his client go free? When truths, lies and deceptions come out and the hidden secrets behind the drugs, where they came from and who was behind it comes out you won’t believe the total surprise twist that author creates that will stupefy readers.
The ending will leave many unanswered questions and the reasons behind what happened to the two reporters and who wanted to eliminate Camilla as well. She often goes to far and the extra mile to get a story just might take her permanently down. As the facts unfold, the killer is revealed and an unexpected witness comes to the rescue will it be enough to save the life of the person marked by the killer for murder? What about this witness will this person be penalized for their part in the drug runs? Author Sara Bladel leaves us wondering what the future holds for many of the characters in this story as Peter, Louise’s boyfriend moves ahead to a new job in Scotland and an ultimatum for her when and if he returns. Will things work out or will they finally realize that their lives revolve around their jobs and not enough time for each other? Issues of loyalty, trust, friendship, deceptions, corruptions, greed, deceit, betrayal and ethical and moral issues when it comes to divulging information to a reporter or getting information from a police source as the story comes to a close and we wonder what’s next for Louise and the rest of the cast as the final scene is played and we learn just who is the MIDNIGHT WITNESS.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine/MJ Network