Author: Bernhard Aichner
Published: 2015 by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, a Hachette Livre UK Company
Read: March 2015
Why it made it to the top of the pile: It was physically on top of the pile
Categories: Fiction, contemporary, crime, translated into English
Full Disclosure: Advance reading copy courtesy Hachette Australia and TheReadingRoom
Trivia Tidbit: First published in 2014 as Totenfrau, this edition is translated by Anthea Bell
This is a bestseller in Austria, but I'm sorry to say this book wasn't for me. The book opens with the protagonist staging the murder of her adoptive parents as an accident. This was among the most likely premises of the story. It compares itself favourably to the television series 'Dexter', and in this it is very much mistaken. The main character is an unlikable psychopath, the storyline both improbable and predictable, and much of the violence within seems to be included for shock value only. Not the book for me, but if you enjoy violent crime fiction and escapist, revenge-driven storylines, it might be the book for you.
Books are one of my passions. It is fortunate that I read quickly because I find it impossible to leave a book store with just one treasure under my arm. I finance my habit by working full time and freelance editing. Reading bedtime stories to my children is one of my absolute favourite things. Another is finding a quiet corner with a cup of tea and new book.