Tuesday, January 8, 2013

First Chapter Review: Evil Water by Inger Wolf

The first chapter of this crime/mystery novel was submitted by the publisher. Inger Wolf is a Danish crime writer. Evil Water was recently translated into English and is available as a Kindle version.

BLURB:  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.

COVER: The red and white are a fabulous contrast against the black cover. The red water speaks to something the reader gets a glimpse of in the Prologue, even if it doesn't make sense yet. This cover definitely catches the eye.

FIRST CHAPTER: Inspector Daniel Trokic is investigating the murder of two young women found on a farmer's property. Trokic is questioning elderly farmer Jørgen Viuff about the discovery. It's a tense meeting and Viuff is less than cooperative.

KEEP READING: I'm definitely intrigued. I found the Prologue a bit confusing, but that could be intentional. No need to give away too much information before the book even gets started. It's not known how much we will see Jørgen Viuff and his wife in the story, but since the women's bodies are discovered at the edge of his property, he's of interest to the inspector.

Wolf does a great job of setting up the characters right away. You see their personalities; get a glimpse into their quirks and how Jørgen and his wife live. Wolf provides enough information in this opening chapter to whet the appetite without giving too much away. If I weren't already overcommitted and late with reviews, I would request the full book. Between the synopsis and this first chapter, I sure want to know how the story unfolds.

  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Publisher: Black Cat Edition (December 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • SRP: $7.99
I received the first chapter of the book from the publisher. This First Chapter Review contains my honest opinions, for which I was not compensated in any way.

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