Ilkas arv (Ilka, #2)
Skoleportrætfotografen Ilka er blevet rodet ind i en sag, som er svær at forstå og endnu sværere at overskue. Her i "Ilkas arv" kommer hun tættere på de svar, hun søger, men det er hverken ufarligt eller let. Var det en fejl at rejse til USA, og får Ilka nogensinde sit normale liv tilbage?

Ilkas arv (Ilka, #2) Details

TitleIlkas arv (Ilka, #2)
Author
LanguageDanish
ReleaseNov 3rd, 2017
PublisherPeople'sPress
ISBN-139788771807752
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Ilkas arv (Ilka, #2) Review

  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    Ilka has reluctantly left her home in Denmark to take over her late fathers’ business in Wisconsin. He ran a. Funeral home - truth be told, more like ran it into the ground! Leaving poor Ilka drowning in debt. While she sifting through all the paper-work hoping to put the business back in the black, she comes across notes from someone named “Maggie.” It seems Maggie was blackmailing her father. But no one seems to know who this woman is.Ilka is looking hard for answers. All the while trying to c Ilka has reluctantly left her home in Denmark to take over her late fathers’ business in Wisconsin. He ran a. Funeral home - truth be told, more like ran it into the ground! Leaving poor Ilka drowning in debt. While she sifting through all the paper-work hoping to put the business back in the black, she comes across notes from someone named “Maggie.” It seems Maggie was blackmailing her father. But no one seems to know who this woman is.Ilka is looking hard for answers. All the while trying to connect with her father’s second family, still feeling very much the outsider. Perhaps she’ll even discover the answer to another bothersome question…why her father abandoned his first family in DenmarkThis is book two of the Ilka Jensen series. Unfortunately I missed book one and felt quite certain I missed out on some critical background leading up to this installment of the series. May have to back-up and read that one soon!This was a fast, intriguing read that I basically flew through in just a couple sittings! There are a great number of characters and pieces of the puzzle to keep track of, but at no time did that slow me down.With an ending that left no doubt there’ll be a follow up, and I’m already watching for it!Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways and Grand Central Publishing!.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing you should know is this is not a standalone, it’s a cliffhanger, except I won’t be reading any subsequent books because I had a tepid response to this one. Ilka is called from Denmark to Racine, Wisconsin, when a father who abandoned her mother and her a long time ago has left her his funeral home in his will. Many mysteries are presented, and some answers are revealed, but I never felt burning tension. That feeling of HAVING to turn the page to find out what happens next. I thou The first thing you should know is this is not a standalone, it’s a cliffhanger, except I won’t be reading any subsequent books because I had a tepid response to this one. Ilka is called from Denmark to Racine, Wisconsin, when a father who abandoned her mother and her a long time ago has left her his funeral home in his will. Many mysteries are presented, and some answers are revealed, but I never felt burning tension. That feeling of HAVING to turn the page to find out what happens next. I thought it was interesting that Ilka was from Denmark, but I didn’t really care about anyone and or anything that happened. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel.For more reviews, please visit http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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  • Tras
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway (thank you kindly, Grand Central Publishing!!!).Please note that this is the 2nd book in the Ilka Jensen series. I read the first one immediately prior to starting this because - as per a helpful Goodreads question - I discovered book 2 begins at the exact moment book 1 ends (with a dreaded 'to be continued'). To reiterate: this isn't a standalone read. If you haven't read The Undertaker's Daughter, then unless you have a telepathic link to the Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway (thank you kindly, Grand Central Publishing!!!).Please note that this is the 2nd book in the Ilka Jensen series. I read the first one immediately prior to starting this because - as per a helpful Goodreads question - I discovered book 2 begins at the exact moment book 1 ends (with a dreaded 'to be continued'). To reiterate: this isn't a standalone read. If you haven't read The Undertaker's Daughter, then unless you have a telepathic link to the author's brain, most of this story won't make sense. Only the briefest of recaps from the first book are included. Therefore, if you know what's good for you, you should totally go and get a copy of book 1! What now? Yes! Really? YES, right now!!! Don't worry, we'll wait for you :)Okay, now the pleasantries are out of the way, the 1st book in this series was the literary equivalent of taking several boxes of dominoes and standing them upright on a large table. Each one positioned an inch or so away from its neighbour, and arranged in a series of beautifully expansive geometric patterns. However, this follow-up is very much a metaphorical fingertip reaching out to flick the nearest domino, then watching them topple into each other at ever increasing speeds, until it really begins to feel like the cascading chain of events is about to bury you (funeral home pun intended) beneath a multitude of twists and revelations. It's brilliantly done and is enormously engaging.If I had to describe this book in one word? I mean, I don't HAVE to, but if I did, I'd probably choose 'breathtaking'. It was the type of story that demanded my usual life be placed on stand-by while I devoted all available time to completing it. My only grievance now that I've finished it is that book 2 ends with several dramatic unveilings and another 'to be continued'. Sigh. I WANT BOOK 3 NOW!!!Hmm, I see the 3rd book was published in Denmark - in Danish, obviously - in 2018. Note to self: How long will it take me to learn Danish...? The dilemmas never end, do they?
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Summary from Goodreads:"After suddenly inheriting a funeral home from her father--who she hadn't heard from in decades--Ilka Jensen has impulsively abandoned her quiet life in Denmark to visit the small town in rural Wisconsin where her father lived. There, she's devastated to discover her father's second family: a stepmother and two half sisters she never knew existed. And who aren't the least bit welcoming, despite Ilka's efforts to reach out.Then a local woman is killed, seemingly the unfortu Summary from Goodreads:"After suddenly inheriting a funeral home from her father--who she hadn't heard from in decades--Ilka Jensen has impulsively abandoned her quiet life in Denmark to visit the small town in rural Wisconsin where her father lived. There, she's devastated to discover her father's second family: a stepmother and two half sisters she never knew existed. And who aren't the least bit welcoming, despite Ilka's efforts to reach out.Then a local woman is killed, seemingly the unfortunate victim of a home invasion turned violent. But when Ilka learns that the woman knew her father, it becomes increasingly clear that she may not have been a completely random victim after all.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..."My Thoughts:Her Father's Secret was an enjoyable read that has me itching to pick up the previous book in this series. Yep, I started yet again in the middle of a series. In this case it was only book two but it still seems as I never read in order. I will admit that it took me a few chapters to really get into this book. It may have been the fact that I jumped in without having read that first book (I do honestly believe that was the reason). It just took me a bit to catch on to what was going on and what had happened. But before long I found myself just caught up within the mystery of Ilka's father and the life he had led in this small Wisconsin town. I loved the fact that this book felt very real to life. Ilka is struggling financially after basically inheriting all of her father's debt and trying to figure out if she should close the business he left of her because of it. This isn't something that is just mentioned and then forgotten either; instead, it played a prominent role throughout the book. It just felt so real to life for me which kept me reading wanting to see how everything would work out. I felt this attachment to the funeral home that her father had left Ilka because it was really the only thing that she had left of her father. This was a book that I took my time with and just enjoyed. It didn't feel like a book that needed to be rushed in the slightest, so I just let the author pull me along for the ride. I enjoyed every minute of it! That being said, the ending was much more surprising than I expected. It left me seriously wishing for (and looking forward to) the third book in this series! But first I think that I had better go back and see how this all started with that first book I missed.Overall, I enjoyed my time with this book and am eager to continue on with this series. I'm kind of kicking myself though because I have had this author's books on my TBR list for awhile now. I feel like I've been missing out not having read them. Once I finish the first book in this series, I will give her other series a try too! I do think that readers should probably try reading this series in order. While it didn't end up effecting my enjoyment overall, it did take me time to really catch on to what was happening with this book and the why's at first because I hadn't read that first book. This is a quieter mystery and one that I would almost label as a domestic mystery. Don't let that description deter you though because it was really good! I'm super excited to have finally given this author a try and that I have more books to look forward to. I would recommend this book to both mystery and suspense fans. Recommended!Bottom Line: A mystery that I took my time with - it was perfect to cozy up with and enjoy over long afternoons and evenings!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher. Thoughts are my own.
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book not only picks up pretty much right where the previous book left off, but it also does a great job filling in the reader about how things went in book one. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to read book two right after I finished book one, but for those that read the first book and didn’t have all the details in mind this book does well to catch you up.I also really appreciated how Ilka grows and develops as a character. In the first book she was I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book not only picks up pretty much right where the previous book left off, but it also does a great job filling in the reader about how things went in book one. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to read book two right after I finished book one, but for those that read the first book and didn’t have all the details in mind this book does well to catch you up.I also really appreciated how Ilka grows and develops as a character. In the first book she was a bit lost and trying to find her way, in this book I liked getting into her flaws, her past, and watching her get to learn the truth while trying to make the most of her current situation.My favorite aspect of this story was watching the plot unfold and the secrets come to light. It was great getting to follow Ilka into dangerous situations to learn who to trust and why, as well as who might be untrustworthy and just how cutthroat they can be. Ilka and her sister Amber have interesting bonding moments and I really hope to see more of them in book three. The twists were again unexpected and while I wasn’t sure why Ilka gives everyone a chance from the start, it was nice to see how each secondary character had an honest side to match their perceived dark or mysterious side.The mystery in this story is well woven into her father’s storyline which was nice. The previous mystery in book one was interesting but it didn’t feel as woven into the story (now that I think more it was but not as directly as it could be), so seeing the mystery connected to the main plot was very cool. There were some big reveals which could have had more of an impact, but there were a few times I was wide eyed and shocked at what I had just read because I didn’t see the twist coming at all.I would definitely recommend this book to those that have read The Undertaker’s Daughter because there are tons of answers to the questions that arise in book one. I would also recommend this book to readers that enjoy character driven mysteries with family drama, blackmail, and tension from beginning to end. I appreciated that this book resolved some of the previous issues in the last installment, but also ramps up for the big finale.
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  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming...#FirstLine ~ If she'd known what was about to happen, she probably would have just leaned back and enjoyed the show.
  • Phoebe
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine going to a new country to settle your late father’s affairs only to dodge bullets, fast moving cars, and stampeding horses and that is before you get his ashes.Sara Blaedel takes readers on a speeding journey in mid-western America when Ilka Jensen arrives to settle her late father’s affairs in Her Father’s Secret. Blaedel wastes no time and throws the reader immediately into a mystery and it is not even connected to the reason the Ilka is there. Blaedel not only gives us one mystery to Imagine going to a new country to settle your late father’s affairs only to dodge bullets, fast moving cars, and stampeding horses and that is before you get his ashes.Sara Blaedel takes readers on a speeding journey in mid-western America when Ilka Jensen arrives to settle her late father’s affairs in Her Father’s Secret. Blaedel wastes no time and throws the reader immediately into a mystery and it is not even connected to the reason the Ilka is there. Blaedel not only gives us one mystery to solve, but multiple mysteries in this quickly paced and cleanly written story. She wastes no time in flowery words and instead gives us wit and panicked grit. There are so many mysteries, that you forget the main reason she is there because you are along for the ride just as she is and wondering what is around the next curve. I do not know how I have never read this author before because I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Her side characters have as much mystery and story and keep you interested because everyone serves a purpose and not everyone is who they seem to be. Ilka is a character that is likeable with her own problems and troubled past which is shown in glimpses like a tired detective grudgingly giving you parts of their life. This is not a woman’s romantic mystery - this is a straight mystery for those who might get confused because this is a female author. It was such a joy to read a real character and I cannot wait to see what Ilka does not and to go on Blaedel’s next ride.#FridayReads #BookReview #PhoebesRainbowWorld #SaraBlaedel #HerFathersSecret #Ilka2 #Mystery #MysteryFiction #GoodreadsGiveaway #4Stars #FlippingRainbows
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  • Chessie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Goodreads for this giveaway win of Her Father’s Secret by Sara Blaedel.**Fair warning this is part of a series for anyone who wants to read it.**•I didn’t realize when I won this initially that it was part of a series so OF COURSE I had to order the first book which is The Daughter or (as previously published) The Undertaker’s Daughter.•This book did not disappoint. I absolutely loved it. I found myself hooked from the very beginning and it left me wanting to know more until the very e Thank you Goodreads for this giveaway win of Her Father’s Secret by Sara Blaedel.**Fair warning this is part of a series for anyone who wants to read it.**•I didn’t realize when I won this initially that it was part of a series so OF COURSE I had to order the first book which is The Daughter or (as previously published) The Undertaker’s Daughter.•This book did not disappoint. I absolutely loved it. I found myself hooked from the very beginning and it left me wanting to know more until the very end. I mean talk about cliffhangers!! The suspense of not knowing what happens next is killing me!! 😂 I finished this book in a day and cannot wait for her next one! •Ilka hasn’t heard from her father in years not since he left them. However, she learns not only has he died but she has inherited his funeral home business. She decides to leave her home in Denmark to visit Wisconsin and take care of things. Ilka thinks it will be a simple matter but instead she is thrown into this tangled web of secrets and lies and a local murder. The more she learns about her father’s past the more danger she seems to be in. Will she ever find out the truth about her father’s past or will she die trying?🧐⏳
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    An adult daughter comes to America and seems convinced her dead father had a secret but how she guesses things about a man she never knew makes no sense. A lot of unexplained stuff and clearly setting things up for a sequel without making me want to finish this one.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I read The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel last year and liked it. Unlike her Louise Ricks series, Blaedel has set her Ilka Jensen series in Racine, Wisconsin instead of Denmark . When Ilka was about seven, her father abandoned his family in Denmark and moved to the U.S. where he started a new family. Ilka never came to terms with the desertion of her beloved father.When he died, Paul Jensen left his funeral home to Ilka, and she flew to Racine to finalize the estate and maybe find out mor I read The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel last year and liked it. Unlike her Louise Ricks series, Blaedel has set her Ilka Jensen series in Racine, Wisconsin instead of Denmark . When Ilka was about seven, her father abandoned his family in Denmark and moved to the U.S. where he started a new family. Ilka never came to terms with the desertion of her beloved father.When he died, Paul Jensen left his funeral home to Ilka, and she flew to Racine to finalize the estate and maybe find out more about her father. The first book details her meeting with her father's new family (who reject her) and the problems concerning the sale of the funeral home. Oh, and a disappearing corpse and a decade old murder.In Her Father's Secret, Ilka continues to face difficulties involving selling the funeral home. Worse, there is so little money available that even getting through pre-paid funerals is a challenge. Ilka has found blackmail letters to her father from a woman named Maggie; someone is following Ilka; a feud between two wealthy and influential men becomes more threatening; Ilka's half-sister is seriously injured and her horses stolen; a woman is killed in a home invasion; and a boatload of uncomfortable and dangerous family secrets make this book much more suspenseful than the first book. A couple of unexpected twists at the end make me eager to read the next book.NetGalley/Grand Central PublishingMystery/Suspense. Mar. 5, 2019. Print version: 320 pages.
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  • Marlene Bentsen
    January 1, 1970
    Ilkas Arv er andet bind i Sara Blædels nye trilogi Bedemandens datter.Jeg havde virkelig glædet mig til at vende tilbage til byen Racine i Wisconsin og jeg blev ikke skuffet👍Jeg hygger mig simpelthen så meget med Ilkas historie og hendes strabadser med at få styr på den kæmpegæld hendes far har efterladt hende sammen med et hav af mysterier, der skal opklares.De, der har læst den første bog, har fundet ud af, at vi ikke har gang i en ny politi krimi. Men der er dog masser af ting, der skal opkla Ilkas Arv er andet bind i Sara Blædels nye trilogi Bedemandens datter.Jeg havde virkelig glædet mig til at vende tilbage til byen Racine i Wisconsin og jeg blev ikke skuffet👍Jeg hygger mig simpelthen så meget med Ilkas historie og hendes strabadser med at få styr på den kæmpegæld hendes far har efterladt hende sammen med et hav af mysterier, der skal opklares.De, der har læst den første bog, har fundet ud af, at vi ikke har gang i en ny politi krimi. Men der er dog masser af ting, der skal opklares og vi bliver også klogere på farens fortid.Vi får mere at vide om farens nye familie og Ilka kommer tættere og tættere på sandheden. Og flere mysterier😃👍Jeg kan virkelig godt stemningen i bogen og Sara Blædel har fundet på nogle rigtig gode og nuancerede personer, som er spændende at følge. Og så er det første gang jeg læser om konkurstruede bedemandsforretninger og hestevæddeløb🤓Ilkas arv er en rigtig god toer, som læser sig selv og det var ikke svært at komme ind i historien, selvom det efterhånden er ved at være et års tid siden jeg læste etteren.Men Sara Blædel!!! Holy smokes!!! Sikke en cliffhangerslutning!!! Total iorden!😃👏🙌
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Although I wasn’t a big fan of the previous book in this series I’m glad I continued on because this one is a big improvement. I still don’t relate to or even like Ilka. I find her odd in an unpleasant way and she makes such terrible decisions that don’t seem to make rational sense. She’s definitely not a character that I can support because her behaviour is atrocious. Her choices for one-night stands in this book are especially inappropriate and distasteful. I think that I am unlikely to ever l Although I wasn’t a big fan of the previous book in this series I’m glad I continued on because this one is a big improvement. I still don’t relate to or even like Ilka. I find her odd in an unpleasant way and she makes such terrible decisions that don’t seem to make rational sense. She’s definitely not a character that I can support because her behaviour is atrocious. Her choices for one-night stands in this book are especially inappropriate and distasteful. I think that I am unlikely to ever like Ilka, but I am capable of reading her story without having any emotional connection to her. The plot in this book is a lot more robust than the first book. There’s so much going on. Everyone has a dark, criminal secret and it was almost too much. Seriously, are there no normal, boring people in this town? The depiction of Racine is bonkers with shootouts, mafia style criminal families and so much gun violence. I’m not American so I can’t say if this is true to life or not but I suspect (and hope) it is an exaggeration. I can’t imagine that this type of thing goes on in real life. The whole story is pretty crazy and so over the top that it borders on humorous. I’m really not sure if it is meant to be serious or not. Despite the weirdness I did actually enjoy the story. You may need to suspend disbelief but it is a fun ride. In order to complete the story you have to read all three books in order. It is not at all self-contained in each book and each ends with a big cliff-hanger. It also is not a series you can jump into. You really have to follow the story from the beginning. Once you are in you are committed. As this second book just came out I think we might have to wait a fair bit to get any closure. I will be picking up the last book just to see what craziness ensues because the cliff-hanger at the end of this book was a real doozy!I received this book for free through a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway but this has not influenced my review in any way.
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  • Ray Palen
    January 1, 1970
    Please see my review on bookeporter.com tomorrow!
  • Diana Hill
    January 1, 1970
    All I can say is the author Sara Blaedel had better be writing the next book. Now!
  • Lone Knudsen
    January 1, 1970
    Du kan læse min anmeldelse på www.krimihjerte.dk på udgivelsesdagen den 3. november
  • Pia Freundlich
    January 1, 1970
    Jeg elskede første bog "Bedemandens datter", fordi man fik et indblik i bedemandens arbejde. "Ilkas arv" giver - udover dette - også et godt indblik i USA, deres befolkning, og de mange og store forskellige mellem Danmark og USA. En rigtig god bog, der desværre slutter brat. Så den næste må meget gerne være på trapperne snart
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  • Colleen (The Book Lover Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Her Father's Secret was a slow burning mystery with many family secrets to be uncovered, and a few surprise plot twists along the way. The author built the suspense nicely and the hidden facts about Ilka's family that were being exposed had me eager to find out how everything was going to tie up and come together. Unfortunately, the end results were somewhat anticlimactic. Certain things were worked out or explained, but something was still missing for me. It concluded with a cliffhanger, and th Her Father's Secret was a slow burning mystery with many family secrets to be uncovered, and a few surprise plot twists along the way. The author built the suspense nicely and the hidden facts about Ilka's family that were being exposed had me eager to find out how everything was going to tie up and come together. Unfortunately, the end results were somewhat anticlimactic. Certain things were worked out or explained, but something was still missing for me. It concluded with a cliffhanger, and that normally doesn't bother me, but the story cut off at an odd place. I felt like too little was resolved and too many ends were left loose, and what should have been a shocking or impactful closing line, fell flat. In the end, this was an okay read, but I don't find myself in a hurry to get the next book. Going into this novel, I didn't realize that it was a series continuation. I didn't read book one, and I do wish I had because maybe I would have enjoyed certain aspects more. If you choose to read Her Father's Secret, I strongly advise reading The Undertaker's Daughter (alternate title- The Daughter) first. **Complimentary copy for review provided by HBG Canada and Grand Central Publishing. All opinions expressed here are honest and entirely my own.**
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  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    January 1, 1970
    Sara Blaedel is among the seemingly endless stream of mystery/thriller authors to come out of the Nordic region of Europe. She may not be a household name in the U.S., but --- to steal a bit from her latest novel's title --- she may not be a “secret” much longer.When Ilka Jensen travels from her lifelong home in Denmark to the completely unfamiliar territory that is Racine, Wisconsin, she immediately pours through her father Paul's life after his sudden death. He owned and ran a funeral home, a Sara Blaedel is among the seemingly endless stream of mystery/thriller authors to come out of the Nordic region of Europe. She may not be a household name in the U.S., but --- to steal a bit from her latest novel's title --- she may not be a “secret” much longer.When Ilka Jensen travels from her lifelong home in Denmark to the completely unfamiliar territory that is Racine, Wisconsin, she immediately pours through her father Paul's life after his sudden death. He owned and ran a funeral home, a business that is completely foreign to Ilka. She also begins uncovering cryptic notes that on the surface appear to be some type of blackmail threats to Paul's American wife from a woman named Maggie, who claims he was carrying on an affair with her husband.The funeral parlor is deep in arrears, and it seems that the blackmail, Paul's alleged gambling addiction and his poor business decisions are all somehow tied together. This results in the deep hole in which Ilka finds her father's life --- a hole from which she may never be able to dig out. Almost upon arrival, Ilka steps into a skirmish between her stepmother Mary Ann and Mary Ann’s daughters, Leslie and Amber, against men who are attempting to throw them out of their home. This escalates into shots being fired, and Ilka realizes she is way out of her league to assist in any positive way.Ilka decides to focus on the funeral home, where the only two employees left behind are Artie, who had been with her father for 18 years, and a nun named Sister Eileen. Both are well-intentioned but ill-equipped to run the business on their own. When the three of them decide to take on one last funeral, they rapidly see how out of their element they are. All of this stress is causing Ilka to run off the rails. She is acting erratically, which has resulted in her operating illegally with the funeral preparations she has taken on and risked her health via an encounter with someone she met on Tinder that ended in a night of unprotected sex.The relationship with her newly realized half-sisters shows some promise, especially when Ilka confesses that she had no desire to take on the funeral home that had been willed to her and would gladly give it over to Amber and Leslie. In an attempt to ease the financial burdens of the business, Ilka accepts a gift of over $20,000 in cash from Raymond Fletcher, an older gentleman who claims to have been a friend and business colleague of her father and is just looking to help out. Little does Ilka realize that Fletcher was the main reason for many of Paul's issues; he is not a kind, elderly benefactor, but a domineering individual who could have played a hand in her father's death.Blaedel layers HER FATHER'S SECRET with so much backstory that readers’ heads will be spinning. In addition to blackmail, there is a history involving murder and a deadly car accident that left Mary Ann wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life and took the lives of the parents of another wealthy business colleague of Paul. There are other, more incestuous goings-on that are best left for readers to untangle on their own. All I will say is that Blaedel lays on us not one but two blockbuster plot twists in the last chapter --- one that is so jaw-dropping that it literally produces the final line “To be continued.” I, like all others who go down this road with Blaedel, will be eagerly awaiting the follow-up to see what could possibly happen next.Reviewed by Ray Palen
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  • Krimiormen Seidler
    January 1, 1970
    Om bogen:Ilkas Arv er andet bind i en trilogi om bedemandsdatteren Ilka og hendes jagt på sandheden om sin far.Ilka er rejst til USA, hvor hun har arvet en bedemandsforretning efter sin afdøde far. Han forlod hende og moren for 33 år siden og lod aldrig høre fra sig, og nu vil Ilka vide hvorfor.Men det er ikke så let at finde ud af.For bedemandsforretningen er på fallittens rand, faren har en ny familie, der ikke vil vide af hende, og ingen vil tilsyneladende besvare hendes mange spørgsmål.Til s Om bogen:Ilkas Arv er andet bind i en trilogi om bedemandsdatteren Ilka og hendes jagt på sandheden om sin far.Ilka er rejst til USA, hvor hun har arvet en bedemandsforretning efter sin afdøde far. Han forlod hende og moren for 33 år siden og lod aldrig høre fra sig, og nu vil Ilka vide hvorfor.Men det er ikke så let at finde ud af.For bedemandsforretningen er på fallittens rand, faren har en ny familie, der ikke vil vide af hende, og ingen vil tilsyneladende besvare hendes mange spørgsmål.Til sidst har Ilka mest lyst til at dreje nøglen om og rejse hjem.Men så finder hun et brev, der tyder på, at faren har været udsat for pengeafpresning, og da hun borer i det, kommer sandheden langsomt for en dag.En sandhed, der er helt anderledes og meget frygteligere, end Ilka har kunnet forestille sig.Om forfatteren:Sara Blædel er journalist og debuterede i 2004 som skønlitterær forfatter med Grønt støv, den første bog i serien om kriminalassistent Louise Rick.Allerede næste bind, Kald mig Prinsesse, slog for alvor Sara Blædels navn fast som en af Danmarks førende krimiforfattere, og efterhånden som de følgende bøger er udkommet, er hun fire gange af læserne blevet kåret som danskernes yndlingsforfatter - i dag kendt som Martha-prisen.For det foreløbig sidste bind i serien modtog hun i 2014 den prestigefyldte forfatterpris De Gyldne Laurbær, og hendes bøger er alene i Danmark solgt i mere end 2 ¼ millioner eksemplarer og under udgivelse i 37 lande.Anmeldelse:En kvinde i indre by er blevet skudt i sit hjem.Artie indgår en aftale med politiet, om at de kommer og afhenter kvinden, ligesom Ilka har bestemt at de lukker det hele ned.Så denne bisættelse bliver så den sidste i faderens gamle firma.Da kvindens ægtemand kommer til kontoret for at aftale detaljer omkring begravelsen, har han en lille bog med.Her har hustruen nedskrevet sin sidste vilje, med hensyn til hvordan hun ønsker sin bisættelse.Ilka bliver helt paf da kvinden har underskrevet bogen med “Maggie” – nøjagtig den samme underskrift som der var på de breve, der blev fundet på bedemandens kontor. For mig har det været en helt igennem fantastisk læseoplevelse, som desværre bare var alt for kort. Ilkas arv er en rigtig pageturner. En bog som du kun nødtvunget lægger fra dig.Man ser med spænding frem til 3. bind af serien.Vurdering:5 ud af 6 stjernerKrimiormen
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  • Cd Rodden
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't realize this was book 2 in a series until after I picked it up. Reading book 1 did not seem to be necessary. I was able to get a line on each of the characters and their relationship. Part of me wonders if I would have been annoyed by the explanations if I HAD read book 1.I feel like a pretty open minded person (50 Shades of Grey wasn't at all shocking to me) but I felt sort of like a prude for getting put off by the author deciding how to handle the main character's sex life. I feel li I didn't realize this was book 2 in a series until after I picked it up. Reading book 1 did not seem to be necessary. I was able to get a line on each of the characters and their relationship. Part of me wonders if I would have been annoyed by the explanations if I HAD read book 1.I feel like a pretty open minded person (50 Shades of Grey wasn't at all shocking to me) but I felt sort of like a prude for getting put off by the author deciding how to handle the main character's sex life. I feel like random, anonymous sex isn't a big deal but the utter lack of protection or concern for STD was frightening. Poor choices in sexual partners was only the beginning of my issues with this character's thought processes. I'm shocked that a foreigner could randomly stumble through life the way this girl does and still manage to come out relatively unscathed.This particular Alice has fallen so far down the rabbit hole that the author ends this book with cliff hanger that is supposed to draw the reader into book 3. I just wasn't drawn into the web as strongly as it was intended. A lot of things were easy to see coming. A lot of things seemed pretty silly to have been "secret" as long as they were. One particular plot hole gapes glaringly at me. Overall, this book was okay.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    Her Father's Secret is the second book in The Family Secrets book series written by Sara Blaedel and cannot be read as a standalone novel. A fast-paced suspenseful read that is sure to draw you in from the beginning as you follow the journey of a woman who is settling her father's estate. Imagine learning that your father has passed and you must travel to another country to settle his affairs. Once she arrives she soon learns that her father had another life, another family, and many dark secret Her Father's Secret is the second book in The Family Secrets book series written by Sara Blaedel and cannot be read as a standalone novel. A fast-paced suspenseful read that is sure to draw you in from the beginning as you follow the journey of a woman who is settling her father's estate. Imagine learning that your father has passed and you must travel to another country to settle his affairs. Once she arrives she soon learns that her father had another life, another family, and many dark secrets buried in his past. Now she is dodging bullets, fast-moving cars, and stampeding horses!  Her Father's Secret is a dark story with mystery and suspense that lures you into a secret world that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. A real page-turner that will keep you in suspense of not knowing what will happen next. Is she in danger of being the next victim or will she ever find out the truth about her father’s past or will she die trying? 
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  • Finn Wiedemann
    January 1, 1970
    Et raffineret og udspekuleret plot der åbenbart fortsætter i næste bind. Bogen slutter med en rigtig cliffhanger. Sprogligt er der tale om hverdagsrealisme, det fungerer, men særligt originalt eller interessant, er det ikke. Kompositorisk er det lige ud ud ad landevejen. Der er god fremdrift i fortællingen. De dramatiske begivenheder står nærmest i kø. Det amerikanske miljø og bedemandsmiljøet. er udmærket skildret, og den psykologiske historie er troværdig. Grundlæggende er det en bedre bog, en Et raffineret og udspekuleret plot der åbenbart fortsætter i næste bind. Bogen slutter med en rigtig cliffhanger. Sprogligt er der tale om hverdagsrealisme, det fungerer, men særligt originalt eller interessant, er det ikke. Kompositorisk er det lige ud ud ad landevejen. Der er god fremdrift i fortællingen. De dramatiske begivenheder står nærmest i kø. Det amerikanske miljø og bedemandsmiljøet. er udmærket skildret, og den psykologiske historie er troværdig. Grundlæggende er det en bedre bog, end jeg havde frygtet, og bedre end en del andre danske spændingskrimier. Ingen nævnt. Ingen glemt.
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  • Alice Kristensen
    January 1, 1970
    Jeg læste denne so lydbog i bilen. Og jeg synes den var utrolig fangende, men der er episoder hvor Ilka virker enormt irriterende og ubeslutsom, hvilket nok er nemmere og komme igennem med en lydbog end alm læsning, jeg tror jeg ville give op hvis jeg skulle læse den på traditionel vis. Som lydbog fungere den dog ret godt, den forsætter stort set der hvir nr 1 stopper, og vi kommer nærmere faderen familie og ansatte. historien tager et par sving som ikke kunne forudses, hvilket medfører at man l Jeg læste denne so lydbog i bilen. Og jeg synes den var utrolig fangende, men der er episoder hvor Ilka virker enormt irriterende og ubeslutsom, hvilket nok er nemmere og komme igennem med en lydbog end alm læsning, jeg tror jeg ville give op hvis jeg skulle læse den på traditionel vis. Som lydbog fungere den dog ret godt, den forsætter stort set der hvir nr 1 stopper, og vi kommer nærmere faderen familie og ansatte. historien tager et par sving som ikke kunne forudses, hvilket medfører at man liiiige skal have det næste med.
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  • Lis
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book even more aggravating than the first one in the series. None of the characters seem believable, there’s no one to empathize with, and the plot seems very slapdash. And then to end with “to be continued!” It’s annoying to expect a reader to wait around. Each book should have a standalone story arc, even if there’s an overall arc to the series. I can’t understand how the author of the Louise Rick series — which was very good — could be producing this tedious one.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Ilka gets summoned from Denmark to Wisconsin because of her father's passing. There she learns that after leaving Ilka and her mother behind, he started a new family. As she tries to deal with the mess that he left behind with his debt and funeral home, she learns there are many secrets left to discover.
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  • Mary Greiner
    January 1, 1970
    A fun story, with lots of twists and turns. Who knew such goings on existed in Racine WI? While not in the class of such writers as Nesbo or Mankell, the story flowed easily. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the prior novel, The Daughter.Thanks to Goodreads for introducing me to Sara Blaedel by sending a free copy of this book. I do enjoy venturing out with free books!
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  • Karina Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    Ilkas arv er en virkelig god efterfølger i serien om bedemandens datter, der giver indblik i arbejdet med afdøde og pårørende, sideløbende med opklaringen af en masse hemmeligheder som Ilka vikles ind i da hun arver sin far, som forlod hende som lille for at rejse til Racine. Blædel holder mig fanget og jeg glæder mig meget til fortsættelsen.
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  • Laura Jutras
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book I’ve read by Sara Blaedel....and it won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing: the characters and the story are layered throughout. I love that no one is categorically good or bad. But I think my favorite part is how the last chapter takes the story in a new, unexpected direction. I am already downloading another book of hers and would recommend this one!
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  • Jacqueline Francis
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. I was intrigued because of the plot, and the setting in Wisconsin in a city I know well just took the cake! I was enthralled with the story and couldn’t wait to find out more. It was an adventurous and unique ride! I can’t wait for more (and the sequel) by this author. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gerda Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    Jeg er lige blevet færdig med Ilkas arv. Og jeg glæder mig meget til 3. bind om det lille amerikanske samfund. Her følger man Ilkas mange fortrædeligheder i en bedemandsforretning, hun har arvet efter sin far. Man møder mange af de mærkværdige ting, der indgår i amerikanske begravelser, hvilket giver historien en del humor.
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