My Mini Thoughts
Oh how I wanted to love this book. I usually can’t speak highly enough of Nordic Noir, but this one fell flat for me and here is why.
It started off strong. A young woman found brutally murdered in her apartment. Not only did the killer stab the woman multiple times, but they also carved a word on her forehead. Talk about taking it to the next level! Then there is the building manager Esther who feels like she killed the tenant because the woman’s murder was copied from the manuscript she was working on. Only three people, including Esther, have access to the manuscript so the hunt is on before the killer strikes again.
While the book does have some good twists and turns, there were a few too many. I had a few unanswered questions after the book was finished, and I never like it when that happens.
Book Rating: 3/5
Wine Pairing: The Collection Red Blend
When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who’s a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist—and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she’s writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.
But Esther’s role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she the culprit—or just another victim, trapped in a twisted game of vengeance? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women’s pasts to discover the identity of the brutal puppet-master pulling the strings in this electrifying literary thriller.