The Tenant: A Book Review

“The Tenant” by Katrine Engberg is a fast-paced mystery/thriller from Denmark. The novel debuts detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner as they set out to catch an elusive killer in Copenhagen. After a young girl is found dead in her apartment, with a strange symbol drawn on her face, detectives search for clues as to why she was killed.

Esther, the owner of the building and an aspiring novelist, realizes that the killer of the tenant is following her plotline. When she shares this discovery with the police, she quickly becomes wrapped up in the mystery. Can Detectives Korner and Werner keep Esther Safe before the killer closes in?

The Tenant, A Danish Mystery

There were so many intricate threads holding this story together and the author never dropped one of them. “The Tenant” was brilliantly executed and held my attention to the very end. As complex as the mystery was, it was still easy to follow. I loved the Danish atmosphere. It felt like other Nordic novels I have read. The translation was well done and flowed very naturally.

The pace of “The Tenant”  is perfect. It begins by introducing us to life as a police officer in Copenhagen. Then, page by page, the clues start pouring in. Which ones are reliable? Who is lying and who can you trust?

Meet Detective Korner

Jeppe Korner was a fascinating character, recovering from a painful divorce, with demons he must battle every day. It was interesting to find myself rooting for him one minute and frustrated with his choices the next. Like an anticipated gift, the author unwraps him page by page, revealing more about this enigmatic main character as the story unfolds.

And although there were mentions referring to Detective Korner’s sex life (or lack of one), there was nothing very explicit. Likewise, the language was clean, overall. If you love a good mystery with plenty of twists and turns, definitely check out “The Tenant.”

“The Tenant” will be released on January 14th, 2020 Until then, it can be pre-ordered HERE.

I give “The Tenant” 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery/Scout Press for providing me with a copy of “The Tenant” in exchange for an honest review.

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About Heather Erickson

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at

The Memory Maker’s Journal 

Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer

Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer

I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.

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