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.
I really enjoyed this debut novel by Katrine Engberg. The police in it kind of reminded me of The Killing" TV show; which is an adaptation of a Danish TV series. The TV series was created from the book by the same name written by David Hewson.
This book was so good that I did not try to figure out the mystery and who the killer was. Ok, maybe for a brief moment I did. Yet, the storyline was well played out that I could not solve the clues. So, instead I just sat back and enjoyed reading this book.
Ms. Engberg makes a name for herself with The Tenant. I was drawn to this book due to the cast of characters and the well thought out twisted and suspenseful storyline. Warning: Once you start this book you will not want to put it down!