Elsebeth Egholm is the bestselling Danish crime author who also created the TV series THOSE WHO KILL starring Chloe Sevigny.
On All Hallows' Eve, ex-convict Peter Boutrup is visiting his best friend's grave when her estranged mother appears. Her son, Magnus, has disappeared, and she begs Peter to look for him.
The next day a young nun is pulled out of the moat at the convent in Djursland. She has been garrotted and Peter, who works there as a carpenter, was the last person to see her alive. Meanwhile, diver Kir Rojel finds an old box resting on the seabed. Inside are human bones. They are sixty years old, but the victim had also been garrotted.
While Peter is looking for Magnus, Detective Mark Bille Hansen is assigned to the case. He is determined to link the bones in the box with the girl in the moat - but the hunt for the truth leads both he and Peter down a path so dark, they fear they may never return.
Superb . . . This is top notch, beautifully written, with a very engaging and engrossing mystery - Liz Loves Books
A very promising start - Daily Mail
A rich mix of damaged but endearing characters . . . the narrative has multiple layers without becoming overcomplicated . . .at times brutal but the gruesomeness is balanced with evocative descriptions - Big Issue
No one does it better. She easily takes a seat next to Jussi Adler-Olsen as Denmark's queen of crime - Dagbladenes Bureau
Thrilling and brutal - Ekstra Bladet
A highly recommended, bleak and captivating crime novel - Information