Book Review | The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

  

Title: The Tenant

Author: Katrine Engberg

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Release Date: 17th September 2020

Source: NetGalley
They share a house.
And all its secrets . . .

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 Kørner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. 

They quickly establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her complex landlady, Esther. Esther is a budding novelist - and when Julie features 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 . . .
I love a bit of Scandinavian crime and The Tenant ticked all of my boxes.  Set in Denmark, a strange murder and bizarre coincidences along with the past coming back to haunt the characters.  It sounds good.

Now don’t get me wrong it is good but it took a good while to truly get in to the book, it starts with the discovery of Julie Stender, a young woman renting an apartment within a small building in Copenhagen, her body bears the marks of a madman.  Strange marks have been left upon her skin.  Who took this young woman’s life?

The local police detectives start to look in to the case, Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner start to sift through the evidence and find that the landlady Esther may have something to do with the murder.  Esther is a novelist in the making and her manuscript holds a story which contains a mystery in which a young woman is murdered, a young woman who was based on Julie.  

Is Esther the murderer or is someone else to blame?  

The Tenant once I got over the halfway mark was an enjoyable read, it was just that little bit slow to get in to despite the gruesome discovery, it may be because The Tenant is a translated book and of course we know that things can be lost in translation.  Despite that it is the start of a series of which I do have the next book lined up to read and I am looking forward to it, the setting was great, the characters interesting and I’m curious to see where they go next.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


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21 comments

  1. I really liked this book, and I'm excited to see where the series goes next!

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    1. I’ve got the next book so I’m curious to see what they get up to next!

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  2. Ooh, I like the sound of this one. I don't mind slow pacing as long as it's not too stagnant. It'll be interesting to see if the second in the series is an improvement.

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    1. That’s what I’m looking out for, hopefully I’ll get it read and reviewed soon.

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  3. I just read a translated book too but mine didn't go as well😬 I was wondering about this book so thanks for the review!

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  4. Ah, too bad it disappointed you but thanks for sharing your advice :)

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  5. There are days when a slow build at the start of a novel doesn't bother me, and other days when I'm just too impatient to wade through pages and pages before getting to the good part. I think I'd have to be in the right mood to read this one.

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    1. It’s the patience with me too, you are right you have to be in the mood.

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  6. Hi Heather,

    I have read quite a few German translated books just recently and one from a Norwegian author. Also I have literally just finished a story translated into English from its original Hebrew format. Touch wood, they have all been pretty faultless, although I haven't read too much in the way of Scandi Noir, which a few people have mentioned can be quite difficult to get into.

    I really like the sound of 'The Tenant' though, but I see that NetGalley have already archived it, so I shall keep a look out on my travels.

    Thanks for sharing and for the thoughtful review :)

    Yvonne x

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    1. Hi Yvonne, the second book by this author is on NetGalley if you want to try that one.

      Scandi Noir I love, I’ve been lucky that the majority I’ve read have been really good. I wouldn’t know where to start though as there are so many authors to choose from.

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  7. I enjoyed this a little more than you, but I think it is because I listened. Fabulous review.

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    1. I’m wondering if I should try books that felt flat on audio instead, there was another book I hadn’t enjoyed as much, I saw a glowing review for the audio.

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  8. Another book I had not heard of. I too do like Scandinavian crime novels.

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  9. Mysteries that take awhile to get going can be tough, but I'm glad the second half was worth it!

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. My dad likes watching all these Scandanavian series on TV but neither of us read anything like that.

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    1. I love watching them too, so much crime goes on in that neck of the woods!

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  11. I don't have a lot of patience for a slow build in mystery novels so this probably isn't for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and linking to my Books in Translation challenge!

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