Thursday, 17 January 2013

Evil Water by Inger Wolf

When two bodies of missing women were found in two suitcases near a farm, it wasn't just me who wondered, “how do you get a woman into a suitcase anyway? Is that really possible?”, Inspector Daniel Trokic of Århus, in Denmark, also shared my feeling.

Trokic and his team identify the women before long. They had been missing for months. What are the Y marks on the remaining skin of the rotten bodies? Trokic's team meet an entomologists and botanists to help with their investigation which leads them to a disused brown coal mine. What is the connecting link between both the women? How did the killer choose his victims? Will there be more victims? Will Trokic and his team stop the killer in time before he strikes again? What is the Africa connection? Does the Y signify something?

As murder methods go, here is one that is really bizarre and creepy, literally. Inger Wolf plays on our fears and disgust for slimy creatures and adds some obscure African traditions to create a scary tale. I didn't guess who the real killer is, though they were some clues around, and I should have guessed, given the number of mysteries I read. So the mystery is quite satisfying.

I like the ways the some of the ends are tied up. But there are some loose ends. Who is Bernard? How did Frederick know about the parasites? I don't think the police would be foolish enough to release or leak so much vital information to newspapers. So how did Frederick link the cases. He seemed to have made a huge leap connecting the cases, why didn't Trokic or somebody question him to find out how he made the link. There are other such small issues but they do not spoil the enjoyment of the novel. A creepy journey into a dark alley.

Originally published in Danish translated in English by the author Inger Wolf, herself, Evil Water is available as an ebook from Amazon.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.


Ellie said...

Premise sounds interesting although I sometimes get annoyed by the details in books like this so the convenient connections might not be for me.

srivalli said...

This is a fast paced book that I noticed the issues only after finishing it. Thanks for stopping by!