The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

The Tenant

An electrifying work of literary suspense from international bestselling author Katrine Engberg, this stunning debut introduces two 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 sho...

Details The Tenant

TitleThe Tenant
Release DateJan 14th, 2020
PublisherGallery/Scout Press
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews The Tenant

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    This one has been translated into English to make it's debut in the US, and mark my words, it is THE nordic crime fiction breakout of 2020! I can't wait to follow these new detectives in the cases that come next."Perfect fare for fans of Jo Nesbo, Jeffrey Deaver, and Tana French...."ME:*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
  • Peter
    SuccessionKatrine Engberg’s debut Scandinavian noir thriller, The Tenant is a gritty crime mystery with a riveting plot that is intricately constructed. Katrine bases her story in Copenhagen and crafts a Nordic atmosphere that is uniquely styled and vividly portrays the location in all its sweeping facets.Julie Stender is a young woman found brutally murdered in her apartment, with multiple stab wounds and a pattern carved into her face. There ...
  • Katie B
    3.5 starsThis is the first book in a Nordic police detective series and I liked this one enough that I'm looking forward to reading more of these books in the future. There was a pretty solid mystery in this one although it got a bit messy and complicated towards the end. I feel like I got a bit of a taste for the two police detectives and I'm curious to learn more about their pasts as well as what's next in store for them.Copenhagen police detec...
  • Linden
    Julie, a 21 year old women, is found murdered and mutilated in her Copenhagen apartment. Detectives Jeppe and Anette are assigned to the difficult case, which seems to go nowhere. A suspect is found murdered, and someone confesses to the crime who obviously is lying. Details emerge from the past which shed new light on the case, but can they solve it before the deranged murderer kills again? I read a lot of Nordic Noir mysteries and have favorite...
  • Carolyn
    2.5 Stars. I wish to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this ARC in return for an honest review. I often enjoy Nordic Noir crime stories, but I am sorry to say this one failed to resonate with me. I found it slow and the language flat. I was not feeling any sense of excitement or suspense. These ingredients were present in the plot, but the thrills I expected to feel were absent for me. The plot was complicated and w...
  • Dennis
    The Tenant is coming to the US in January 2020 and I see fans of Lars Kepler and Joe Nesbo fawning over this nordic noir crime-fiction novel. What starts out as a standard murder mystery, the story begins to unfold drastically to provide an over-the-top, yet definitely enjoyable, sinister master plot. I read this e-book during my commute home from Thanksgiving (thank you Dramamine for preventing motion sickness) and I read it in one-sitting! Whi...
  • Obsidian
    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.So this was a really good thriller. I have never read a book taking place in Denmark before. Or at least I don't think I have. It was interesting to see how the partners in this book (Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner) deal with the murder of a young woman and then the twists and turns the murder case takes. We do get to see more of Jeppe in this one, or lea...
  • Robyn Harding
    Really enjoyed these flawed, complex characters and the twisted crimes. A perfect read for fans of the Swedish/Danish TV series THE BRIDGE.
  • Olga Gamer
    I was hopeful that I would enjoy "The Tenant," the first novel in Katrine Engberg's crime series featuring police sergeants Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner. Danish noir, what could go wrong? Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one and remain doubtful I will continue with the series. The plot of the novel is simple: the duo is assigned to the case of a young woman who was murdered in her apartment and left with an intricate pattern of lines carved i...
  • Debi Hawkes
    Nicely written Murder Mystery/Thriller. Interesting and quirky characters. Translation nicely done, easily readable. Not certain needed such an extended wrap up, but I know many readers enjoy that. I recommend to anyone ready for a fun jaunt.I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • Michelle
    I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this at Book Expo. I really enjoyed this novel and I am looking forward to reading more of Katrine Enberg's work. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys mystery/detective novels. There are many twists and turns and it kept me at the edge of my seat.
  • Kristen
    Typical Scandinavian police crime, but not as dark as many Swedish ones. Original premises for the crime.
  • Bonnie Brody
    This Danish novel starts off with a brutal murder. Anette Werner and Jeppe Korner are the two detectives assigned to the case. Jeppe is newly divorced and an emotional wreck. Anette is cheerful. For eight years they have shared an office. "Apparently the two of them complemented each other in a way they themselves failed to see." "He thought Anette was a bit of a bulldozer; she called him sensitive and a wimp. On good days they harped on each oth...
  • Kathy
    This is a superior book providing a great reading experience. It is described as "literary suspense" and I couldn't say it better than that. It was published in Denmark in 2016 and will be available in US January 2020. I was granted arc by Simon and Schuster's Scout Press through Net Galley - a big thank you! This is a debut novel for author Katrine Engberg. She is a brilliant writer gifted in characterizations, pace and evolved empathetic humani...
  • Simonne Lambert
    This is the first book featuring detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner, two detectives working in Copenhagen. There was no mention of a translator (that I could find) but I think he/she did a great job because the book flowed very well. This is a murder mystery/suspense and is captivating from the beginning. A young woman has been brutally murdered and the police are following leads which point in several different directions and they need t...
  • Andrea Pole
    The Tenant by Katrine Engberg is a Scandinavian noir that pairs perfectly with shorter days and the autumnal chill in the air. This one is dark, twisted, and complex, and pretty much everything you would expect from this addictive genre.Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner, Copenhagen police detectives, respond the the grisly murder of a twenty-'one year old woman whose lifeless body is discovered by a fellow tenant in her apartment. Adding further to ...
  • Ken Fredette
    I thought that Katrine Engberg did a very good job with her story. It revolves around an older woman, Esther de Laurenti, who owned an apartment/coffee shop where one of her tenants, Gregers Hermansen, found the body of a 2o year woman, Julie Stender in the kitchen of her apartment. Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner were the lead detectives on the case and de Laurenti confirmed that she was writing a book about a murder and was using Julie as her v...
  • Katelyn
    I received this as an ARC at book expo this year. In the beginning it was hard to get used to the graphic talk, especially concerning the coroner. It reminded me a little of Criminal Minds. I did predict part of the book part way through, but still had some surprises at the end.
  • Candace
    I'd been hankering for a good Nordic Noir novel, and "The Tenant" hit the mark. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the egalley.An elderly tenant of a Copenhagen apartment building stumbles going down the stairs while taking the garbage out and falls through the open door of his downstairs neighbor, landing on her dead body. The young woman has been murdered, a strange pattern cut into her face.The detectives assigned to the case are Jep...
  • Anne
    I'm not sure why I'm drawn to Scandinavian crime fiction, but this was a great one! Jeppe and Anette are detectives who are called to the scene of a murdered young woman, Julie who has odd markings on her face and has been brutally killed. And it appears the woman who owns the house she's been living in is writing a book about a crime very similar to this. What's the connection? All I can say is it's multi-layered and has many suspects--all of wh...
  • Marilyn
    THE TENANT by Katrine Engberg is a taut psychological novel that begins one morning in Copenhagen, when an old man stumbles into an apartment where a young woman has been brutally murdered. Newly-divorced Police Detective Jeppe Korner and his team interview several suspects but find no answers, even after learning that the murder was described months before it happened in a novel-in-progress written by the woman who owns the apartment house. Afte...
  • HollyLovesBooks
    This book was just okay for me. I have grown to love a great Scandinavian thriller, but this one lacked enough thrill to be the push to really absorb me as a reader. I really enjoyed the "book within in book" aspect of this novel. I think this was one of the best features of this novel. The relationship between the two main detective duo wasn't as compelling as I would like in a police procedural.A decent debut but I think this author has a lot m...
  • Jo Beth
    Review: The Tenant by Katrine EngbergThank you to Scout Press and NetGalley for providing me an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.I love a good murder mystery/cop drama. The Tenant checks all the boxes for me. There were enough murders involved to keep me interested. I really liked the fact that the novel begins with a bang. Not literally, but you can expect to be drawn into the story from the first page. The story behind ...
  • Tracy
    Blown away by this book. The twisted crimes and flawed characters had me hooked! I feel like this book is going to be huge. And I’m so glad that I got a chance to read it!
  • Claire
    Nice first part of a series scandinavian noir. The story was not too much repetition of the same old recipe, which is nice. The characters are not all evenly developped, but that might change with the next parts. I look forward to read more of this author.
  • Eileen
    A strong 4 stars for me. This is a murder mystery set in Copenhagen where the lead detective is recovering from an injury and a divorce/separation and he's just coming back to work and is placed in charge of a gruesome murder. There is a retired professor who owns the building where the tenant was murdered and who is also writing a book. There is her good friend who she treats like a son who had a strong crush on the tenant. There is uncertainty ...
  • Ludwig
    Calling all Scandinavian Noir admirers!It is August 8th, and Detective Jeppe must lead the investigation into a young woman’s horrifying murder.Who would want to inflict such despicable harm on Esther’s 21-year-old tenant Julie?Readers encounter their first horror scene upon the description of the girl’s body, which emphasizes how the killer has “a message” they’re trying to communicate and that their motive is greater that one could ...
  • Blaine
    “Tell me, are we in the middle of some f***ing crime novel, or what?”“I don’t know, Werner. Is that what we are?”Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Pocket Books for sending me an ARC of The Tenant in exchange for an honest review. The Tenant is the first book in a series originally published in Denmark that is now making its debut in the States. The main character is Copenhagen Police investigator Jeppe Kørner. He is at the end of a divo...
  • Nan Williams
    This story had a lot going for it. The plot was extremely creative, concerning an aspect of life I’m well familiar with, but don’t remember ever reading about. The use of the story within a story was also very creative (although certainly not unique). Everything was nicely tied up in the ending.The book, itself, was really tedious to read. I’ve read a fair number of novels set in Scandinavia, but don’t remember having had this much troubl...
  • Barb Martin
    (I received an advance ebook, courtesy of the publisher and young woman is murdered, her body mutilated. Then, things get really weird.Kathrine Engberg's "The Tenant" was a familiar police procedural . . . to a point. Not derivative, though. The novel jumped a little too far off the rails . . . in a good way . . . for that.Jeppe Korner is the Copenhagen police investigator tasked with heading the team investigating the murder. Ko...