Original title: Minne tytöt kadonneet
Author: Leena Lehtolainen
Genre: Crime & Suspense
Part of a series: Maria Kallio series
Maria Kallio, working on an EU project training Afghani police, travels to the opening ceremonies for the country’s new police academy. Disaster follows.
Upon returning home to Finland, Maria begins work as head of the newly-established Espoo Special Crimes Unit and is assigned to investigate the disappearance of three immigrant girls. The girls frequented the same girls club as Maria’s daughter Ida.
Then the body of a fourth Muslim girl is found in the snow, strangled with her own headscarf. Are the cases related? Is a serial killer on the move? Or did the girls’ families have something to do with the disappearances?
Leena Lehtolainen’s Where Have All the Young Girls Gone is an engrossing exploration of the collision between tradition and the new multicultural Europe. It is a journey into a world where daily life is defined by ancient beliefs and deeply ingrained, habitual perceptions. Who is in the right when there are two truths?