Well here we are, still on lockdown which gives me no excuses not to read. While I would have thought I could have knocked out more books already I am thrilled that I have completed five books for 2020! I don’t know about you, but there are days that it is hard to pick up a book and disconnect from the crazy world around us but on the days that my brain does allow me to do this, I am really enjoying my reading time. For my fifth book of 2020 I went out of my normal chic lit and picked up a newly released thriller that I was gifted prior to its release last year, The Tenant by Katrine Engberg.
BOOK FIVE READ IN 2020
The Tenant by Katrine Engberg
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.
My Review of The Tenant
While I had a hard time getting into The Tenant, I do feel like the thriller picked up and hooked me in eventually. I had to keep reminding myself that this book had been translated so I was wondering if some of the lag was due to the translation. I really loved the premise of this book – mystery about a murder that mirrors the events of an unpublished manuscript.
This book is a very character driven story with a large cast. Maybe too many characters to learn and follow? We meet them all as police investigate everyone with a possible tie to the murder of Julie. The landlady, a retired professor who just happens to be writing a novel with a scene that is disturbingly similar to the murder of her young tenant becomes an important interest of this story.
I really wish we could have had some better character development through out this book but I did love the mystery and thrill! Towards the end of the book I could not put it down! I wish I had that feeling the whole book. Overall, I give this book three stars. It was a good read but not one I would sit down and read again. Again, the premise of this book is so intriguing – a developing manuscript turned murder, just wish it read better!
Well, book number five in the BOOKS!! I am hoping I can continue this reading spree while this lockdown is set for another few weeks at least. For my sixth book I have picked up a book from a series of an author I LOVE, Janet Evanovich. I can’t wait to share that review with you soon! HAPPY READING!! I am always looking for new books to add to my reading list so please share some books you have really enjoyed recently. Make sure you check out my 2020 Reading List and Goal too. Maybe you can add some of my books to your list this year!
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