Die for Me – Jesper Stein

In “Die for Me” there is a serial rapist on the loose in Copenhagen and DNA links him to a cold case belonging to DI Axel Steen. This case cost Steen a lot at the time, including his marriage, and he’s about to become embroiled again. Can he catch the killer this time around and what will it cost him?

“Die for Me” is due to be released on 23 January 2020 and I was lucky enough to get a free advanced copy for my Kindle from Mirror Books via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.

This is a Danish book that has been translated into English and I must admit I’ve not been a big reader of translated fiction in the past but, as regular readers of my blog will know I’ve been trying to expand my library so this is a new area for me.

I really enjoyed this one. I do like crime fiction in general, although I prefer true crime, so this was a good one for me to start with on my venture into translated fiction. The characters were well written and the story was topical and gripping.

The attitude of some of the Police towards rape victims was infuriating but, sadly, very realistic. Women are often disbelieved or blamed when they have been the victim of sexual offences. Too often the victim blaming attitude leads women to not report the crimes at all. In this books it’s shown that the attitude of the Officer who took the original report from one of the victims was so bad that she didn’t get as much detail as she should have, she was going through the motions of investigating but didn’t really believe the victim at all.

It’s difficult to say much without spoiling it for anyone but I enjoyed the twists along the way. There were some slight oddities to the writing style, I don’t know if it’s a problem with the translation or the writing but Steen had a friend who was pretty much only ever referred to as the Swede, which seemed a bit odd to me.

Axel Steen was an interesting character with a lot of baggage, my only complaint would be that he is maybe a character that is a little overused in crime fiction. The complicated detective who takes the cases too seriously is definitely the one I’ve seen in books like this before.

This was a proof copy for review purposes so some of the formatting was a bit off, some words ran into each other and the chapters weren’t separated very well but I’m sure that will all be fixed for the released version.

Overall it was an enjoyable book and made a lot of important points about the way victims are treated in cases of sexual offences.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Filed under 4 Star Review, Fiction Reviews 2019, NetGalley

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