Mrs Smith Reads Missing by Karin Alvtegen, #CBR4 Review #11
Sybilla isn’t your every day homeless person. She made a choice to be indigent, to live off the social grid and ignore her wealthy parents and their luxurious lifestyle.
Missing begins as we meet Sybilla, casually drinking a glass of wine in the bar of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. She appears to be a well-cared for and successful businesswoman and it’s a disguise that will enable her to cadge a room for the night—a warm shower, a soft bed and a place to relax and enjoy the little pleasures that most homeless people could never even dream of. Sybilla engineers a meeting with a travelling businessman who’s staying at the hotel and pretends to lose her wallet so he will buy her dinner and secure her a room for the night. He is, of course hopeful that she might reciprocate with some sexy times, but Sybilla has done this before and knows how to handle the situation with a minimum of embarrassment for either party. It’s a successfully executed ruse, but in the morning, her benefactor is found dead and mutilated in his hotel room and the staff all remember her being with him. When the police come knocking, Sybilla has to get out quick, and thus begins the tale.