The Undertaker’s Daughter – Sara Blaedel

Happy release day!

Thanks to Grand Central Pub for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review 🙂

THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER – Sara Blaedel (out today!)

Check back for the #allthebookreviews thoughts later this week!


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

This was my introduction to Sara Blaedel and I was no disappointed! THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER is the start of a new series, and from what I’ve heard is a little slower paced than her other books. So if you’re a Blaedel fan, then keep that in mind going into this one!

Ilka Nicholas Jensen is a widowed school portrait photographer in her forties. She lives a quiet life in Copenhagen, but everything gets disrupted when she finds out her father passed away and left her his funeral home – in Racine, Wisconsin. She has not heard from her father since he unexpectedly left the family over three decades ago, but now she is determined to hold onto this last gesture from him. She decides to fly to Wisconsin to see the funeral home he left her.

Upon arriving to Wisconsin she wants to go through his belongings and the business before turning it over for a quick sale. However, while there, she stumbles upon an unsolved murder case and it appears that the killer is still alive. Has Ilka put herself in a situation that is over her head?

This mystery is definitely more focused on the characters with a slow build to them. I can see people going into this expecting a fast paced thriller being disappointed. I really liked Ilka, she was a very complex character and I found it compelling that she decided to leave instantly for a different country to learn more about her estranged father. I can’t wait to see where Blaedel takes her in future books. I loved that it was set in Wisconsin – being in Minnesota it was fun seeing a somewhat familiar surrounding.

Overall, this was a very character driven and lighter suspense novel that I found incredibly engrossing. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally read a book by Sara Blaedel, but it definitely won’t be my last!

What Sara Blaedel book would you recommend I read next?


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