Evil Water by Inger Wolf
Genre: Crime Thriller
Rating: 4 stars - A Recommended Read.
When the decomposing bodies of two missing women are found buried in a pair of suitcases under a pile of stones, Detective Inspector Daniel Trokic quickly anticipates that this investigation is going to
be a tricky one and he is not wrong! With the discovery that both women were bled to death by leeches comes a whole heap of other considerations and complications. African Tribal Ceremonies, religious insanity and a rare species of flower are all quickly linked to the investigation but how are all these
different factors connected? When a third girl goes missing, Trokic knows he is working against the clock but where does he go next when all his leads appear to be a dead end?
I really liked this a lot and thought it a highly competent European crime thriller with lots of nice twists and turns in the plot. I found the writing style a little rough in places but this was no doubt due more to the fact that it has been translated from the Dutch language for a wider audience than in the actual writing itself. I liked the way that nothing is really properly resolved until the last pages and though there might be a few out there who might be able to piece all the clues together quicker than me, still I was pleased that I personally wasn’t able to guess the true culprit before they were revealed!
Hopefully this will be only the start of a series that will go on to become equal or rival to Wallander as I thought it was every bit as skill full and entertaining. Certainly I was able to warm to the characters and found the whole story very easy to get in to and involving. I knocked a star off my rating because I think it just missed out on total excellence but this is not a criticism, merely an observation and definitely
Wolf is an author that I would like to see more of in the future as I didn’t really think I got to know as much of Trokic and his team as I would have liked in this opening novel.
If you like good, competent crime thrillers with a tough, European edge, then this is for you. If you have never picked up any foreign language authors before and the thought of reading something
translated has always put you off, you should likewise give this a go. Much as with many foreign language movies, you will be missing out if you don’t give this a chance and that would be a crying shame as this is definitely worth picking up!