Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Die For Me, I’m thrilled to be sharing my review with you all today as the final stop on this tour.
A depraved stalker preys on innocent women in Copenhagen.
DI Axel Steen begins an obsessive manhunt that sends him spiralling out of control.
The investigation is fraught with heart-stopping near-misses, dark mysteries, and a final revelation that has devastating consequences…
A raw psychological thriller from a master of crime storytelling.
Fans of Scandinavian Noir, let me introduce you to DI Axel Steen, and his dark journey through the streets of Denmark as he hunts evil.
This novel is gritty, intense in its telling because Steen is hunting a rapist and a killer. Not only are the characters very well crafted but the reader is shown the pain of the victims. This, in contrast, with the shoddy, at times, police work, makes you root for Steen because he may be a maverick cop, but no one is more determined than him to solve the case.
What’s interesting about this one is just how unorthodox Steen is, he engages in some jaded behaviour, has issues in his personal life, but what gives him likeability is that he’s a bad cop hunting evil. In the toss-up between bad and evil, you’re going to vote for bad to win! Steen, like most of our favourite detectives, is haunted by a past unsolved case, one he lost everything trying to solve. A case that you hope Steen can solve so he can gain a little peace, and hopefully start repairing his life. As you read, you can see the emotional whirlwind Steen is caught in, and that’s where you’ll find the heart in this novel. With a theme of disturbing violence against women, you really feel Steen is seeking justice for the survivors. It’s all too easy to focus on the thriller element when writing crime, but Stein has executed the police procedural side of things excellently. He has presented a well-rounded novel, that brings you thrills, chills, and most importantly the impact such crimes can have on the victims, and the police officers who investigate them. Such a complex novel this is!
Die For Me is, I believe, the second novel in the Axel Steen series, however, it can be read as a standalone. So much so, that I only realised it was part of a series when I added it to my Goodreads shelf! This isn’t a novel that reads quickly, but rather one you take your time with, one you tune into and give it the thought it deserves, thought for the victims and a thought for those who do what they can to find justice. Translated by Charlotte Barslund, Die For Me, read fluently and is a novel I recommend, without hesitation, for fans of dark Scandi-noir.
*My thanks to Mirror Books for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
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