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Thanks to Bloodhound Books and to the author for the advanced ebook copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE MAN IN THE WALL by Emma Angstrom (out today!)
Alva is a sad and lonely child. With her father locked up in prison, she moves with her mother and two older sisters to an apartment building in town. She does not like her new home. Her room is small and her sisters continue to exclude Alva from their games.
Soon a bizarre murder takes place in the building. A husband discovers his wife dead in the hall of their apartment, two week after she disappeared from their home.
Where had the body been hidden for two weeks? And how could the perpetrator get in and out of the apartment?
As more disturbing things start to take place, Alva is drawn into a sick and twisted game by a killer who is hiding in plain sight. But Alva is just a child and has no idea just how deadly her new friend might be…
The Man in the Wall is a thrilling and stylish Scandinavian thriller.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
First of all, this cover. Can we all agree its so eye-catching and beautiful? Then we have the title, THE MAN IN THE WALL. Ok, I need to know more. Emma Angstom, you’ve successfully reeled me in. The one thing I will say, is that this isn’t so much a psychological thriller (like the description states), I’d probably categorize this more as a horror book.
After her father goes to prison, Alva moves in with her mother and two older sisters. Alva doesn’t like her new home and continues to feel isolated and lonely (as her older sisters continue to exclude her). One day, a man in their apartment building discovers his wife’s body in their apartment hallway. The weird part? She disappeared two weeks earlier. So many questions arise – where was the body? How did the body get back into the apartment? Where was she killed?
More disturbing things begin to happen in the apartment building and Alva finds herself being pulled into a twisted game with a sadistic killer. Alva is just a young child and she has no idea just how deadly her new friend is. Who is living in the walls? Who is behind these killings and events?
The characters were great in this one. Alva is such a lost little girl who is just longing for a friend. I’m sure we all have related to that at one time or another in our lives, or know kids that have felt that way. Her development throughout the story was great. Like I had already mentioned, I feel like this would be more suited in the horror genre than just a psychological thriller. People in the walls, disappearances that are unexplained, missing items in your home – you’ll definitely be getting that eerie looking over your shoulder feeling while reading this.
Overall, if you want a unique premise that keeps you turning the pages, then you need to pick up this Scandinavian thriller/horror story. If you want a creepy book that’ll have you checking under your bed and in your closet at night, you need THE MAN IN THE WALL.
About the Author:
Emma Ångström is an author and architect. She has a Master’s degree in architecture from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm and from Parsons in New York. Besides her writing she currently works as head of communications at an architectural firm in Stockholm, Sweden.
She was born in 1982 in Västerås, Sweden, and started her writing career as a journalist at the age of 17. Since then, she has also worked as a lighting designer, and written non-fiction books about lighting design and architecture.
Ångström made her debut in 2009 with the novel AND ALL IS DISTORTED (Och allt är förvridet). In 2016 THE MAN IN THE WALL was released, a remarkable and nerve-wracking thriller with a ”monster” it is hard not to feel certain sympathy with. Condensed writing shaping characters of real flesh and blood, a steady hand’s brushwork forming each piece of the portrait’s originality to a whole, stylistically assured.