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.
I swear I was cold the whole time I was reading this book, and creeped out…very very creeped out. I love mysteries, thrillers and crime novels so this was definitely my kind of book. I’ve read A LOT of books, and pretty good and gruesome ones at that, but I can honestly say this one did, and will, keep me awake at night for awhile. The plot was unique and the characters were very relatable and likeable, for the most part. The author did an amazing job with the bread crumbs that kept you guessing through the story about who the bad guy was. I’ve many many times had to stop reading a book and just skip to the last chapter because I’ve known, guessed, the ending and who did what. I wasn’t able to do that with this book. Every time I thought I had it figured, something would happen that would change my mind. When it all came together at the end and the bad guy was revealed I can honestly say I was quite surprised. I try really hard not to reveal spoilers, but I will hand out a piece of advice for reading this book. Don’t read it in the bath tub. Have fun with that thought! 5/5 from me!
About the author
Evil as inspiration.
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.