You will never be found
Small towns are not immune to crime and what happens when houses are being moved from the quate that was quaking. The mine wis swallowing up the town piece by piece and things are beginning to collage. Few people want to stay, and others are hoping to leave. When two workers making the last preparation before moving a house hear sound in the basement, you won’t believe what they find and why. They break one of the cellar windows and from this point on you won’t believe what they saw, who it was and the investigation that will follow.
Adalen is a town 700 kilometers away and police office Eira Sjodin is asked to investigate the disappearance of a man living outside Harnsand whose ex-wife called in that he was missing. Hospitals are notified, colleagues search the man’s house , check if he left on his own but he is nowhere to be found.
An abandoned house is at the heart of this investigation as a photographer is taking pictures when she hears a sound that makes her leave fast. She does not develop the phots until late and when she does it bring to slight something strange in one of the frames. A hand is in one frame in one of the cellar windows and then it is gone. The woman forces herself to return a find a dead body. She realizes if she had stayed and developed the film faster she might have saved the man.
His identity is learned and now Dira is on the case, and they have murder on their hands and is own under the supervision of GG from violent crimes. When she then hears about other victims in Malmberget, she wants to meet the man and understand what happened to him. He was kidnapped and wanted to see the place the man was found but this creates issues.
Eira faces another downhill battle as her mom has been diagnosed with dementia and she must move her into a group home with people with dementia. She tries to clear out her home, the memories flood back, her brother is in prison for a crime he did not commit, and things get complicated, and the loneliness is just part of it. she begins to care for GG her new boos but even he disappears but why does he not turn up for work.
There is much more to unravel, and more people involved before we learn the answers to the kidnappings, the bank statements the phone records, jobs that people could not get, and the man named Hans Runne who is at the heart of this because he is the man that disappeared and is found dead.
Linking the second man to the first murder she and her colleague can uncover who he is, talking to him creates an unusual encounter because all he wants his life and not to deal with what he endured. He states he got his punishment and that is as far as it goes. Eira is relentless and will do the research with someone she is working with to find out more about this man, wife and what caused him to stray as we learn later.
Hans Runne was the victim and at the heart was a key and a visit to a bar. Hans never made a call a single night after his night out in Harnosand. Next Eira and GG meet with his ex-wife hoping to learn about their relationship and why they broke up. Hans Runne learned that had likely come straight to the bar from the train station that evening in September. They recount his movements and his evening and learned from witnesses and others he was an out-of-work actor and the cause of death and what the ornithologist finds and pathologist finds in his stomach will turn yours. Then a man named Devall adds to the information and will what he tells them help? Parts of a bird, insects, bones, feathers, and more. Pages 72- 73 graphically elaborate more. Plus what happened to his right hand? Was it the kidnapper or did he do it himself and why?
Tone Elvin is the photographer that was at the abandoned house taking photos for a show she was creating and Eira questions her and the key to solving it might be in the photos. Hasse Runne was a survivor and yet some say flighty. He bumped into the wrong people and yet no one spoke ill of him. Then we meet Anja one of her fellow officers who supplies some information about a company called High Woods Holdings set up by a company hiding money that was then sold.
The author switches to Eira and her mom in the daycare center as we get an inside understanding of why she was put there and her memory issues.
Then we learn more about the second kidnapping victim and he relates some interesting information that sends her in a different direction. The victims were men and both were attacked at a hotel. Hans Runne and Mikael Ingmarsson worked in the landscape. The perpetrator had gone back twice to where Hans was but why? What caused him to have something happen to his hand? Did he just allow it?
August works with Eira and she needs his help. GG is in the investigation but had to deal with another issue at the same time to question a prisoner but never made it.
He went to where Hans was found looking for answers. GG had his take on this case but Eira had other sources and of course, she still had to deal with her brother in jail.
Relationships are at the heart of this complex plot as Eira unravels the truths behind why Hans, Mikael, GG, and a young college student were kidnapped or killed by a vicious killer showing no remorse when found. Each one has a relationship with the killer and as you meet her you will hear her denials, lies and manipulations, and justification for her actions in her own words. The author creates an encounter with a previous witness and a name pops up she does the research and learns the connection between all four victims, but will she get what she learns to stick and will she find GG before it’s too late?
As Eira struggles with her guilt about GG and hoping to get something out of the suspect, the conflicts intertwine.
Boss Rig stopped Eira and together they learned about the killer, her mother and then where GG might be held. Silje helped with the investigation by researching and making calls plus going out with her. Stadl is where the killer was and in the end you won’t believe what happens. Sone endings are open ended and leave you up in the air wondering what Eira will do next.
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