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Sara Blaedel

  • Original Title: ILKA
  • Publication date: June 2016
  • Publisher: People'sPress
  • Country: DK
  • 338 print pages
  • Suspense/Mystery


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Denmark, United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Heritage, Family secrets, Filiation, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Life change, Search for the truth, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Rivalry, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism


A woman receives an unexpected inheritance which turns out to be much more than she bargained for, from a father she hasn't heard from in three decades, forcing her to leave her native Denmark and relocate to Racine, Wisconsin (home to the largest population of Danes outside of Denmark)


Translation rights sold: US. Options in Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Turkey

The author's latest book was the most sold book of 2018 in Denmark.

Book 2, HER FATHER'S SECRET, was chosen as Best International Fiction in March 2019 by Crimereads.

The first installment of Sara Blaedel’s brand new trilogy, THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER will be available in North America in February 6, 2018.
According to her publisher, Sara Blaedel's best-selling novels have won her the title "Queen of Crime" in her native Denmark.
Described as a family drama packed with suspense, deceit and murders and pitched as "Six Feet Under meets Liane Moriarty’s BIG LITTLE LIES. "

Grand Central has now (December 2017) acquired US publishing rights to Sara Blaedel's next two books in THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER suspense series.

“Compelling and unique, The Undertaker’s Daughter delves into a dark and fascinating world rarely explored in suspense fiction. Sara Blaedel knows how to reel in her readers and keep them utterly transfixed.“―Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of I KNOW A SECRET


THE FAMILY SECRETS TRILOGY is a tale of searching both for the answers you have been looking for your entire life, and for a family, and finding it in a way that you had never expected. Sara Blaedel mixes fine tuned emotional relationship drama with mystery and suspense.

Book 1: BEDEMANDENS DATTER (The Undertaker's Daughter)

Forty-something Ilka Jensen is a young widow in Copenhagen. After suddenly inheriting a funeral home from her father – who she hasn’t heard from since he abandoned her when she was a child – she goes to rural Wisconsin where he lived. Not only is Ilka faced with a business on the brink of ruin, but suddenly she has an unwelcoming stepmother and a half sister who want nothing to at all to do with her. When the small town’s secrets resurface, the mystery deepens. The more Ilka digs into her father's past, the more deeply entangled she becomes in a family drama that has spanned decades and claimed more than one life -- and she may be the next victim.

Report available (Book 1)
English translation available (Book 1, 2 and 3)

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  • Author’s biography

    Sara Blædel (born 1964), is a Danish author. Her crime series featuring Detective Louise Rick have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide and in over 37 territories. The series is now in development for TV by Hollywood studio Bron Studios. In the US alone her books have sold 700,000 copies. She founded the "Sara B" crime fiction publishing company in 1993, and in 1995 she started to work as a journalist. Her novels have been published in 31 countries. Voted the Most Popular Author in Denmark four times, she is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.