Title: Call Me Princess
Author: Sara Blaedel
Release Date: August 15, 2011
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
Genre: Crime Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
When Susanne Hanson, a young woman living in Copenhagen, Denmark, is brutally raped, detective inspector Louise Rick is assigned the case. She is moved by Susanne’s plight and is determined to discover the identity of the rapist before any other women are harmed.
Call Me Princess is a crime novel set in Denmark. It’s the first of Blaedel’s to be translated into English, though this isn’t the first in the Louise Rick series. While readers may get a vague feeling that they’re missing a bit in terms of Louise’s character development, it’s very easy to treat this book as the first in a series, and indeed, it is the first when it comes to the American market.
Louise Rick was an interesting character. She took the time to think things through, but often made hasty, bad decisions regardless. That’s not to say she came across as stupid, but that she took many risks, placing herself in the crosshairs of the rapist’s target. It was gratifying to see how personally involved she became in the case, though I never truly connected with her, nor any of the secondary characters.
Though Call Me Princess starts off a bit slowly, it quickly builds momentum, and by the middle of the book, readers won’t be able to put it down. The rape/violence against women angle is a difficult one to read about, yet Blaedel treats the touchy subject very well. Through this book, the readers will really get to see the procedural angle – the day-to-day operations of a detective and how Louise narrows in on her suspect and tracks him down. It makes for an interesting read.
While Call Me Princess is a good crime fiction novel, it isn’t one that will stick with you for the long term. It’s a great pick if you want something to keep you occupied for a few hours, but if you’re looking for an explosive, gut-wrenching read you’re really invested in, you may want to seek out one of the many other Scandinavian crime fiction novels out there.