The Sanctuary by Katrine Engberg
2/7/23; 336 pages
Kørner and Werner #5
The Sanctuary by Katrine Engberg is a very highly
recommended procedural. This is Scandinavian noir at it's finest
and the fifth novel in the Kørner and Werner series.
In Copenhagen, Anette Werner is leading the investigation into a
severed corpse discovered in a suitcase. Jeppe Kørner is on leave
from the force and living on the island of Bornholm and cutting
limber for the local sawmill for a living. Esther de Laurenti is
also on the island, working on her biography of a female
anthropologist after a friend's death. As Anette follows the clues
into the identity of the body, they lead to Bornholm, so she asks
Jeppe to look into some leads.
This is an exceptional police procedural, both in the plot and
the writing and an excellent final novel in the series featuring
Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner. I was engrossed in the gripping
plot throughout and appreciated the careful disclosure of new
information as clues are discovered and new information is
revealed. Esther is tied into the overall investigation too. Part
of the story includes Esther's research and the correspondence she
is reading for her research. The letters she reads end up
foreshadowing leads in the investigation.
All of the characters are portrayed as fully realized
individuals. Those who have been reading the series will
appreciated the additional character development in this finally
installment. If this is your first introduction to the series,
you can read it as there is enough information provided to follow
along and not feel lost or that you don't know the characters. It
will inspire you to red the whole series, or those books that are
translated into English.
The pace is even but picks up at the heart-stopping ending. There are multiple suspects, and several different directions the plot could take as the investigation unfolds in this atmospheric novel and intriguing mystery. The narrative is focused on solving the case, which is appreciated, and the details and complications make the case interesting and keep you glued to the pages.