I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Die For Me by Jesper Stein as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Melaine Sambles at Mirror books for inviting me to take part.
A brutal stalker is preying on women in Copenhagen.
DI Axel Steen begins an obsessive manhunt that sends him spiralling out of control.
The investigation is fraught with heart-stopping near-misses, dark mysteries, and a final revelation with devastating consequences.
A raw psychological thriller from a master of crime storytelling.
Detective Inspector Axel Steen has never been able to forgive himself for failing to solve the murder of a young woman ten years earlier. When a woman is attacked in Copenhagen, Denmark, by a serial rapist in the present day, Axel believes he may, at last, have another shot at solving the murder. The case has haunted him for years, and this time he is determined to make sure that the culprit is put behind bars. And it is clear that Axel will go to any lengths possible to achieve his goal. He is a cop who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Die For Me is a very dark novel, and certainly not for the faint-hearted. Jesper Stein has created a terrifying and disturbing criminal in his latest book, and it is a read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
DI Axel Steen, for me, is who makes the series stand out. He is a cop who doesn’t always follow the rules, and he has a very tumultuous personal life. Some of the things he gets up to made me wonder how on earth he gets away with it. But he gives this series its own unique flare and, surprisingly, I really like him. Having read the first two books in this series now, I think I’ll definitely be reading more as he is fast becoming one of my favourite characters in crime fiction.
In this book, we get to see a lot more emotion in Axel than perhaps in the first. You can see that he is utterly determined to catch the person responsible for the crimes, and you can see how much the unsolved murder has affected him. He knows he can’t move on until he knows the truth. This was another part about him that I liked. He seems to be the only person in the police force who genuinely cares about the victims, and he is the only one who seems to want to see justice be properly served.
The crimes which take place in this book are very disturbing, and Jesper Stein paints a very vivid portrayal of what happened through the eyes of the victims. He is not over gratuitous, though. Although I found parts of what I read a bit unnerving, the witness accounts are essential to the plot.
The case quickly becomes complicated for Axel, and it is clear that it isn’t going to be easily solved. But Jesper Stein keeps the tension mounting as the police race closer and closer to the truth. I really engaged in the investigation, and I desperately wanted the police to catch the individual responsible. As I was reading, I got the feeling that this criminal wasn’t going to be someone who would simply go away quietly and that unless they were caught, they were going to continue their attacks.
If you enjoy crime novels with a fascinating and engaging protagonist, then I would definitely recommend Jesper Stein’s books. Die For Me is riveting from the first page to the last.
Publisher: Mirror Books
Publication date: 16th January 2020
Print length: 416 pages
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