Title: Evil Water
Author: Inger Wolf
Publisher: Black Cat Edition
Genre: Suspense Thriller
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About the Book: Two women disappear without a trace, and the same autumn a farmer on the outskirts of Århus finds them murdered in suitcases under a heap of stone. The skin of one woman is filled with the letter Y and the other has a rare flower in her hair. Inspector Daniel Trokic is leading the case which goes in several directions: to a tribal population in Africa, religious insanity and a horrifying meeting with leeches. When a third woman disappears, Trokic is under pressure to find out what the killer wants to say with his macabre scenery and rituals.
This story was far darker than most of my usual reads, and to be honest, it still has me jumping at unusual sounds. With a tone that is similar to many Scandinavian authors I have read, Inger Wolf has managed to maintain that fine line between captivating a reader’s interest, setting a scene, and developing characters with pointed description highlighted by information provided in a need-to-know basis that heightened the tension.
The psychopathic treatment of victims, combined with the graphic and often gruesome depictions of crime scenes, liberally peppered with dialog about and around the scenes that was very real in feel, kept the impressions about Trokic in constant flux, impressed with his dedication one moment, finding him rather over-wrought and overwhelmed when personal concerns leaked into his professional moments.
With multiple potential suspects, the “who did it” seemed to change with each murder, each revelation. All of those twists and turns make this a page turner to the end, and the final guilty party was so well hidden and revealed that I sat silent for several moments trying to figure out how they were unearthed.
I thoroughly enjoyed every spine tingling moment of this story, and will gladly suffer the moments of fright again to read another of this author’s books. Fans of Crime Thrillers will love this book and author.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Danish crime writer Inger Wolf has spent most of her life in the city of Århus in Denmark close to the forests and the sea. This beautiful place has been the fictitious setting for several murder cases in her novels. Inger started writing when she was around ten years old. When she was 15, she wrote her first book – a novel about a rock band. The book was never published, and more unsuccessful attempts followed before she finally had her first novel Sidespring (On the Side) – a book about divorce and motherhood – published in 2000 by Rosinante. In the meantime she studied English at a business school, and supported herself as a freelance translator.
Long walks in the forests around Århus became the inspiration for her first crime novel Sort Sensommer (Black Indian Summer) which was published by Modtryk in 2006. Sort Sensommer won the 2006 Danish Crime Academy Award as ‘Most Exciting Crime Novel Debut’, and the rights for the book were sold to Norway, Holland, Germany, Sweden, France and Spain. Since then four more books about chief inspector Daniel Trokic and his team have been published in Denmark – Frost og Aske (Frost and Ashes) in 2008, Sangfuglen (Song Bird) in 2009, Hvepsereden (Wasp’s Nest) in 2011 and Ondt Vand (Evil Water) in 2012.
Evil Water (2012) is her first book translated into English, and more will follow. To Inger this is a new opportunity to reach and get to know a new audience.
In 2011 she decided to quit traditional publishing in order to get more control over her career. She founded her own publishing house, Black Cat Edition, which is now publishing all ebooks and future paper books.
Today, Inger lives with her Dutch boyfriend Toine and her 17 year-old daughter Cecilie in a town house in southern Spain. The household also include two cats and two dogs.