Author: Ursula Archer
Publisher: St Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books
Date of Publication: 09 December 2014
Number of Pages: 336
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Rating: 4 stars
Disclaimer: Copy provided free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
N47 46.605 E013 21.718. A dismembered hand
N47 48.022 E013 10.910 Two severed ears
N47 26.195 E013 12.523 A mutilated corpse
Review: WOW! I am so impressed with this book that I desperately need Archer to push for the second and third in this series to be released in English. Beatrice Kaspary is one of my new favourite women in fiction. She is a divorced mother of two children who is actively involved in one of the biggest cases of her career and while others around her might think she isn’t coping with all of the demands placed on her, it is clear in the writing, this is not the case. I think she is fantastic!
The characters in this book are all so familiar from the first page even though the reader has never met them. Bea and her police partner, Florin are identifiable as a well paired team and the only duo I can say they remind me of is Anya Lipska’s Janusz Kiszka and Natalie Kershaw. The reader is enveloped in the novel and it is incredibly hard to pull yourself out of the text to do anything else life demands.
It was also nice to not know who the murderer is and remain fooled right up to the big reveal. I made so many mistakes in guessing before the halfway point, I stopped trying.
Congratulations must also go to Jamie Lee Searle for the fantastic translation.
Recommended to anyone who likes mystery and crime novels. Five has a very nordic (think The Killing, Borgen) kind of feeling to it. The writing style is also very adaptable to a screenplay or series. Five is very much worth the read.