Published by Swift Press,
3 March 2022.
ISBN: 978-180075071-5 (HB)
Journalist Heloise Kaldan has written an article where one of her sources has lied and she is in deep trouble. So, when she starts receiving cryptic letters from alleged killer Anna Kiel, Heloise doesn’t at first believe they are genuine.
Anna is accused of brutally murdering wealthy lawyer Christopher Mossing and she has been on the run for 3 years. Detective Eric Schafer wants her caught and brought to justice. Heloise continues to receive cryptic letters and when one seems to show her apartment, she starts to worry about her safety, especially when the journalist originally assigned to covering the case is found dead. Heloise and Schafer try to solve the mystery of why Anna seems to want to be found. They start to investigate her story and Heloise has to face her own past to solve the puzzle.
This is the first in the #1 bestselling Danish crime series, the Kaldan and Schäfer mysteries. Written in Danish the book is translated into American English, which makes it bit of an odd read until you get used to the mix of Americanisms in a European environment.
While the subject at
the heart of the story is dark this isn’t a Scandi Noir. The book is an easy
and satisfying read. At the beginning Heloise is a character that seems to be living
a half-life and by the end of the book we understand the betrayal that has
caused it. It will be interesting to see how her character develops in future
books. A good read.
Reviewer: Christine Hammercott
Anne-Mette Hancock was
born in the small town of Gråsten in Denmark and has lived in both the US and
France. She has a bachelor’s degree in History and studied journalism at the
Roskilde University and Berlingske. In 2017 she made her debut as an author
with The Corpse Flower, where we are introduced to
journalist Heloise Kaldan and police officer Erik Schäfer. This
poignant suspense novel awarded her with the Danish Crime Academy’s debutant
prize in 2017.The second book in the series, The Collector, was
published in 2018 to great acclaim. That very year Anne Mette Hancock was named
Author of the year in Denmark. Her third novel Pitbull was
published in January 2020. Today Anne Mette lives in Copenhagen with her two
Hammacott lives near
Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her career working
in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for indie-authors. She
writes page-turning fiction that deals with the psychological effects of crime.
To read a review of her debut novel The Taste of Ash click
on the title.