The Butterfly House – Katrine Engberg

Well, it’s finally the end of this insane week. It’s times like this when you can appreciate good books to take you away for a few hours or days.

Thanks to Scout Press for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review

THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE – Katrine Engberg (Released January 5th, 2021)

You can see my thoughts on book one in the series, THE TENANT, here!

Book Description:

Detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner return in this thriller as they race to solve a series of sordid murders linked to some of the most vulnerable patients in a Danish hospital.

Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing. But in the coronary care unit at one of Copenhagen’s leading medical centers, a nurse fills a syringe with an overdose of heart medication and stealthily enters the room of an older male patient.

Six days earlier, a paperboy on his route in central Copenhagen stumbles upon a macabre find: the naked body of a dead woman, lying in a fountain with arms marked with small incisions. Cause of death? Exsanguination—the draining of all the blood in her body.

Clearly, this is no ordinary murder. Lead Investigator Jeppe Korner, recovering from a painful divorce and in the throes of a new relationship, takes on the investigation. His partner, Anette Werner, now on maternity leave after an unexpected pregnancy, is restless at home with a demanding newborn and an equally demanding husband. While Jeppe pounds the streets looking for answers, Anette decides to do a little freelance sleuthing. But operating on her own exposes her to dangers she can’t even begin to fathom.

As the investigation ventures into dark corners, it uncovers the ambition and greed that festers beneath the surface of caregiving institutions—all the more shocking for their depravity—and what Jeppe and Anette discover will turn their blood as cold as ice….

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

Book two in the Korner and Werner series is here! I think I enjoyed THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE a little bit more than THE TENANT. A darker mystery with more gruesome kills and we get to know our main characters better than we did in book one.

Thanks to this book, I learned about a new cause of death and that was Exsanguination, which is being bleed to death. Talk about an excruciating and slow way to die. A body is discovered in a fountain with small intricate cuts on her arms and thighs. When another body is found with the same wounds, Korner is on the case and needs to find the killer before more bodies appears.

I would definitely recommend starting with book one before picking up this one. I’m curious how the series will continue from here! As these are translated books, I can see there are already two others and can’t wait. I love the writing and seeing the characters grow with each book.

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