Rapidly rising star in international crime fiction launches - perfect reading for fans of Ruth Ware and Alex Michaelides
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. They very quickly establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her complex landlady, Esther de Laurenti. 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 more urgent.
But is Esther guilty or merely another victim in a far more dangerous game of vengeance? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women's pasts to discover the secret that links them both.
A stunning debut. Katrine Engberg's unforgettable characters and brilliant plot twists will captivate readers of suspense fiction - Kathy Reichs
What a fantastic debut! I love the characters, the sparkling prose, and the depiction of Copenhagen. Katrine Engberg is an absolute star! - Camilla Lackberg
Engberg's fast-paced narrative is bolstered by an interesting and quirky cast as well as an intriguing setting
Everyone has secrets, and some secrets are lies. Engberg's debut novel, a sleeper hit in her native Denmark, is sure to attract comparisons to other Scandinavian thrillers... layered, character-driven suspense from authors including Erin Kelly and Ruth Ware may prove to be more apt read-alike suggestions - Booklist
Engberg's debut features dark family secrets - and a smorgasbord of surprises - People
[A] gripping addition to the Scandinavian crime fiction pantheon - OprahMag.com
The careful plotting ensures that the mystery unfolds deliberately, with surprises constantly woven into the narrative . . . Engberg's English language debut promises a gritty, unflinching procedural series, and will leave readers craving the translation of Korner and Werner's next adventure - BookPage