The Tenant takes you on a twisted ride - you think you know what is around the corner, and then Katrine Engberg surprises you yet again! Loved this thriller, and excited that it is coming to the States. I’m hoping that we will be seeing more of Engberg’s books being translated.
Our story begins with an elderly man literally stumbling upon the body of one of his young neighbors. The lead detective arrives on scene to find a crime that is already being processed by technicians. Our detective, Jeppe, had recently become estranged from his wife, and had a small break down after that. This case is his first big chance since returning to work, and so much hinges on his success in solving the mystery of murdered girl. However, many red herring clues keep throwing off the investigation team, and Jeppe isn’t always sure which way to turn. Bodies keep appearing, each killed with drastically different methods, and the police are no closer to the killer. What is motivating this killer? Will Jeppe catch him, or succumb to the pressure?
The Tenant was a nail biter of a novel that I couldn’t put down! I really liked both Jeppe and the other main character, Esther, and wanted them both to be safe and successful. The red herrings that the killer kept leaving kept me on edge as I worked to try to put the pieces of the mystery together myself while reading. The point of view switched from Esther to Jeppe and back; this worked well to propel the story forward, as a clue would be revealed to Jeppe, but Esther wouldn’t know yet and was still in danger.
I was swept up in the mystery of The Tenant and look forward to more by Engberg! Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Scout Press for the early copy of this book!!
The Tenant will be published on January 14.
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