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Selected as a Most Anticipated title by People, Parade, Bustle, CrimeReads, She Reads, and more!

An electrifying work of literary suspense from internationally best-selling author Katrine Engberg, The Tenant - heralded as a “stunning debut” by number one New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs - follows two Copenhagen police detectives struggling to solve a shocking murder and stop a killer hell-bent on revenge. 

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. 

Evocative and original, The Tenant promises “dark family secrets - and a smorgasbord of surprises” (People). 

©2020 Katrine Engberg (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Barely made it, skirting with refund request

This is another cookie-cutter Scandinavian murder thriller involving 1. a maniacally twisted killer 2. a flawed but lucky investigator 3. an intricately contrived and inconceivable plot 4. a little side adulterous romance complete with description of genitalia (spare me!) 5. the obligatory quirky picture of current day mixed ethnicity in scandinavia. Character development is hackneyed and forced. The narration is also quite painful, with a slurred lethargic style that only made tolerable by going to 1.5X, thus approaching the sound of normal speech.

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THOROUGHLY enjoyed this!!!

This was 100% up my alley—reminded me a bit of the Dept Q novels, not nearly as dark as the Harry Hole books....but a central character that is sensitive and a bit quirky and characters that are 3-D and interesting and a story that clips along on multiple levels. It’s hard to believe this is the debut of this author. I hope it becomes a series bc I love these characters and want more! I was bummed it was over. I might have gotten a little ahead of the story once or twice but I listen to so many of these kinds of books it’s hard not to sometimes. I’d recommend whole-heatedly esp for fans of Danish/Swedish/Norwegian noir and the Dept Q series!

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Very enjoyable book and story.

This was an excellent story and it was well-narrated. Graeme Malcolm is an excellent narrator for these Scandinavian crime novels. As an earlier reviewer stated, if you enjoy the Department Q novels and you enjoy Nesbo's Harry Hole series, you likely will enjoy this book. Another reviewer said they knew the ending right away - but I find that hard to believe. The ending is not a huge surprise as you read the book, but that is because the ending is deeply wedded to the course of the story. How the story plays out is as important as how it ends and it is a complete ending which develops perfectly alongside the story line. I appreciate an ending that is neither contrived nor hidden. I like being as aware of the story unfolding as the main characters are. And in this book, it is all very well done.

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Intricate story, excellent narration

Compelling story from beginning to end. Main character, a police detective is likeable and dealing with his angst and despair, but getting on with it.
My objection is that the men who had sex with the 15th year old girl were called ‘her lovers’, abusers, pedophiles, yes.... lovers no. A 15 year old girl and a 40 year old man is not a relationship of consent, well not in the states, I find it hard to believe it is in Denmark?
I will listen to the next book ok in the series

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I wanted to like it. I tried. I really did.

“The Tenant” started out so promising - author Katrine Engberg and narrator Graeme Malcolm join forces to bring us a suspenseful police procedural and I was looking forward to an edgy and satisfying listen. Then, BAM! Midway through, the plot took a detour, zigzagged all over and I was lost; there were so many characters, I found it hard to keep up. Perhaps the author could have cut an hour or two out. I had to fast-forward and rewind quite a few times. The ending came as a surprise that I never expected. I will say that Malcolm’s narrative skills are up there with some of my favorites and I will looking for him again. Engberg? Not sure. Maybe. This was offered during a 2-for-1 special and I was happy that I did not use a treasured credit. Recommended? Not sure. We all have varying tastes and it may by right for someone else. Maybe it was just me.

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Excellent

I hope Audible makes more of her books available. Ticks all the boxes - great narration, great plot, great character devopment, atmospheric ...

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This was flat as a carbonated drink left on the coffee table all
day. Search elsewhere for a good investment for a winter read.

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What a great book!

This book was very well-written, and very exciting - I hope more of this authors' works are translated into English.

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Good read

Well written and beautifully read, and as expectedly grim as most Scandinavian noir books seem to be, although less gruesome than most books by Jo Nesbo. I like the central character enough to certainly take a look at a sequel.

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Your Next Favorite Nordic Noir Thriller

I love Nordic Noir and this Danish debut didn’t disappoint. The story was captivating and suspenseful. In addition every character was fascinating and the vivid descriptions of Copenhagen had me googling the various locations in the story. Can’t wait to read Ms. Engberg’s next installment!

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