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 Urgent And 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 Deeply Into The Two Women S Pasts To Discover The Identity Of The Brutal Puppet Master Pulling The Strings In This Electrifying Literary Thriller Quite disappointing for me I finished it like two weeks ago, and if you asked me what I remember, I d reply that not that much A young woman is brutally murdered and the investigation by two Danish detectives begins The motif behind the murder is interesting, however, getting to the heart of the mystery was not exciting No thrill, no tension, nothing I just wanted to finish this book and return it to the OverDrive I hope it will be a winner for other readers. The Tenant is a Scandinavian mystery about a murder that mirrors the events of an unpublished manuscriptThe narrative is split between multiple characters The main points of view are told from the perspectives of the mystery writer and the main police detective.I love the premise of The Tenant, so much so that I bumped up my review one star because there are some original and interesting elements of the mystery that I appreciated However, the execution was lacking.I struggled with the wr The Tenant is a Scandinavian mystery about a murder that mirrors the events of an unpublished manuscriptThe narrative is split between multiple characters The main points of view are told from the perspectives of the mystery writer and the main police detective.I love the premise of The Tenant, so much so that I bumped up my review one star because there are some original and interesting elements of the mystery that I appreciated However, the execution was lacking.I struggled with the writing I don t know if it was the translation or if because I recently read a similar mystery with too many shared components, that I found this book boring I found the pacing uneven, the characters flat, and the narrative lacking I love this genre and had high expectations going in, but unfortunately, this book was a bit of a struggle for me The Tenant isn t bad, it just never hooked meI received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review I m growing very fond of Nordic noir and can add The Tenant to the list of such books that I ve read in the last year or so Now that I ve read it, I wish I could read the next three books in this series but from what I can tell, they haven t been translated into English so I won t be able to follow detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner further along in their careers We don t really get to know Anette very well but we get to be in Jeppe s head, as the lead detective on a murder case, just s I m growing very fond of Nordic noir and can add The Tenant to the list of such books that I ve read in the last year or so Now that I ve read it, I wish I could read the next three books in this series but from what I can tell, they haven t been translated into English so I won t be able to follow detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner further along in their careers We don t really get to know Anette very well but we get to be in Jeppe s head, as the lead detective on a murder case, just six months after his nervous breakdown Jeppe s wife had served him with divorce papers and moved on with someone else while Jeppe is still reeling from the breakup and has now come back from a medical leave, due to his breakdown When there is a grisly murder of a young woman, in an apartment building, Jeppe s superintendent takes a leap of faith and names him the lead detective on the team Even Jeppe knows he can be too sensitive, too soft, but he wants the job and to prove he s over his breakdown Plus he has his partner, Anette, to back him up There are a lot of suspicious people who could have killed the young woman and her landlady, Esther, an elderly budding novelist, has even written a manuscript about a young lady, murdered in an apartment building, in the exact grisly way this woman was murdered Ester wrote her story weeks before the girl was murdered and has no idea how anyone would know what she has written Soon there is another murder and all sorts of interconnecting links that make little sense The murderer is still out there and Jeppe feels responsible for keeping Ester safe from whoever used her writing to plot the woman s murder The violence in this story is gruesome, the pace is very slow, even though the story takes place over just a few days We spend time in Jeppe s head and there is humor in his thoughts, despite his broody and gloomy demeanor His partner can barely tolerate him at times and he can barely tolerate her and they resemble an old married coupleoften than not The plot is twisted and tangled and just when I and the detectives had thought we had the murderer, something would happen to throw us off the trail I know not everyone liked this book as much as I did, but this is the kind of story I like to get lost in and I m sad that the series ends here for me Thank you to Gallery Scout Press and NetGalley for this ARC I was disappointed in this Katrine Engberg writes very well and the prose flows perfectly, so I m assuming the translation is very good The weakness is the plot I didn t like the mystery Opening up with a young torture murder victim who has had deep decorative lines carved into her face while she was still alive promises great Scandy noir stuff ahead But it didn t play out that way Without spoiling anything, the story is all over the place and the book lacks suspense I want to be glued to I was disappointed in this Katrine Engberg writes very well and the prose flows perfectly, so I m assuming the translation is very good The weakness is the plot I didn t like the mystery Opening up with a young torture murder victim who has had deep decorative lines carved into her face while she was still alive promises great Scandy noir stuff ahead But it didn t play out that way Without spoiling anything, the story is all over the place and the book lacks suspense I want to be glued to a mystery it took me a while to read this I wanted Scandi darkness,cohesion and clarity, better characters and higher stakes.The best part of the book for me is the main character, lead detective Jeppe Korner, who is very well written Unlike the ones involved in the mystery, he s two dimensional His partner, Annette Werner, doesn t get the focus Jeppe does, but she s well done too As a team that may or may not like one another and doesn t always get along, they have a great dynamic I also enjoyed the Danish settings I ve never read a book set in Denmark before and Engberg provides background on landmarks, streets and neighborhoods in Copenhagen and beyond as the story moves around and she does it organically, without ever slowing the flow So while I didn t like the story and I did enjoy the setting, it s Jeppe and Annette or Korner and Werner, which rhymes in Danish who will have me grabbing book two in the series I hope Engberg gives them aexciting case to work and gives readers a mystery that s a page turner with a big payoff This one has been translated into English to make it s debut in the US, and mark my words, it is THE nordic crime fiction breakout of 2020 I can t wait to follow these new detectives in the cases that come next Perfect fare for fans of Jo Nesbo, Jeffrey Deaver, and Tana French MEMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy This one has been translated into English to make it s debut in the US, and mark my words, it is THE nordic crime fiction breakout of 2020 I can t wait to follow these new detectives in the cases that come next Perfect fare for fans of Jo Nesbo, Jeffrey Deaver, and Tana French MEMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. The premise of the Tenant had me hooked But, unfortunately I struggled so much with this book I struggled with the writing and am not sure if it was translation issues but I found the book to be extremely boring I found the pacing slow, characters flat, and the mystery lacking I had high expectations for this one and had high hopes but it just was lacking so much for me I think there are wayyyy to many mystery police procedural thrillers out there that are so similar but change character The premise of the Tenant had me hooked But, unfortunately I struggled so much with this book I struggled with the writing and am not sure if it was translation issues but I found the book to be extremely boring I found the pacing slow, characters flat, and the mystery lacking I had high expectations for this one and had high hopes but it just was lacking so much for me I think there are wayyyy to many mystery police procedural thrillers out there that are so similar but change character names Overall, wouldn t recommend unfortunately 2 stars.Thank you so much to Gallery and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication 1 14 20Published to GR 12 29 19 3.5 Engbergs US debut and a good start to a new Nordic series Although not quite as dark and atmospheric as the usual Nordic offerings, anytime there is a murder, a certain amount of darkness follows A murder that follows a fictional story being written by the woman who owns the building where her tenant is murdered Jeppe and Annette are the two main investigators and their relationship is not a lovely, dovey one, butlike a long, married couple, bickering and all Jeppe is recovering fr 3.5 Engbergs US debut and a good start to a new Nordic series Although not quite as dark and atmospheric as the usual Nordic offerings, anytime there is a murder, a certain amount of darkness follows A murder that follows a fictional story being written by the woman who owns the building where her tenant is murdered Jeppe and Annette are the two main investigators and their relationship is not a lovely, dovey one, butlike a long, married couple, bickering and all Jeppe is recovering from a personal sorrow that affects his attitude and his libido I could have done with a little less discussion on that subject A slower pace police procedural, but I enjoyed the depth of the storyline Revelations are perfectly timed, changing the plot in carefully chosen moments A well done, meticulously plotted offering Will be waiting for the next.ArC from Netgalley SuccessionKatrine Engberg s debut Scandinavian noir thriller, The Tenant is a gritty crime mystery with a riveting plot that is intricately constructed Katrine bases her story in Copenhagen and crafts a Nordic atmosphere that is uniquely styled and vividly portrays the location in all its sweeping facets.Julie Stender is a young woman found brutally murdered in her apartment, with multiple stab wounds and a pattern carved into her face There is no theft or sexual assault so the crime screams o SuccessionKatrine Engberg s debut Scandinavian noir thriller, The Tenant is a gritty crime mystery with a riveting plot that is intricately constructed Katrine bases her story in Copenhagen and crafts a Nordic atmosphere that is uniquely styled and vividly portrays the location in all its sweeping facets.Julie Stender is a young woman found brutally murdered in her apartment, with multiple stab wounds and a pattern carved into her face There is no theft or sexual assault so the crime screams out revenge, but revenge for what Detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case and form a partnership that is unusual, both as individual characters and in their relationship There is something a bit moody about Korner and Werner and it is refreshing to see that they don t always agree and can irritate each otherHe thought Anette was a bit of a bulldozer she called him sensitive and a wimp On good days they harped on each other knowingly like an old married couple On bad days, he just wanted to throw her into the seaJeppe is recently divorced and is having real difficulty coming to terms with his new single life He is a frustrating character, while well intentioned he often seems unsure of himself, irresolute and unfocused With regards Anette we find out very little about her personality and background, in this novel Together this gives me a big issue with the book, but for the upcoming series, I can imagine it will improve The investigation explores Julie s family, friends, colleagues, other tenants, previous boyfriends and the landlord The resident landlord of their apartment building is a lady called Esther de Laurenti She is an intriguing character, well developed and maintained with suspicion as most of the story orbits her Is she the murderer, the target or just another player in the game As an author, she is writing a thriller, which she shares privately with other writers in her online group The terrifying and damning magnitude of this is that the murders follow scenes described in Esther s book, and the writers group must all be assumed, potential murderers.As the investigation progresses, new suspects are revealed without upsetting the wonderful balance between all possibilities, which leaves you completely guessing right throughout the book At a point, you feel you have all the pieces of the puzzle but you still can t see the overall picture and can t piece it together The mystery and surprises are sustained right to the end.As the characters develop over the series, I can see how this is going to be a stellar addition to the many great crime thriller collections out there I love the atmosphere of Nordic thrillers and I believe Katrine Engberg is set to translate well to US and UK markets I recommend reading this book and I would like to thank Gallery Books, Scout Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC version in return for an honest review Julie Stender is murdered in her own apartment, and the detectives find a link between Julie and her eccentric landlady, Esther, who also happens to be a murder mystery author You see, Esther has penned a novel with Julie as a murdered character, and eek But you know it can t be that simple, right Is Esther a victim, too Is there someone else coordinating all of this behind the scenes I thought the ending was surprising and satisfying, too I was super excited to learn detectives Jeppe and A Julie Stender is murdered in her own apartment, and the detectives find a link between Julie and her eccentric landlady, Esther, who also happens to be a murder mystery author You see, Esther has penned a novel with Julie as a murdered character, and eek But you know it can t be that simple, right Is Esther a victim, too Is there someone else coordinating all of this behind the scenes I thought the ending was surprising and satisfying, too I was super excited to learn detectives Jeppe and Anette will be back because this is the start of a shiny new series Overall, give The Tenant a read, especially if you are a fan of dark, twisty Nordic thrillers I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader