The Ice Beneath Her – Camilla Grebe Review

The Ice beneath her“A young woman is found beheaded in an infamous business tycoon’s marble-lined hallway.
The businessman, scandal-ridden CEO of the retail chain Clothes & More, is missing without a trace.
But who is the dead woman? And who is the brutal killer who wielded the machete?
Rewind two months earlier to meet Emma Bohman, a sales assistant for Clothes & More, whose life is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Jesper Orre. Insisting that their love affair is kept secret, he shakes Emma’s world a second time when he suddenly leaves her with no explanation.

As frightening things begin to happen to Emma, she suspects Jesper is responsible.
But why does he want to hurt her? And how far would he go to silence his secret lover?”

This was different to any crime book I’ve read so far. It’s told from three perspectives – Hanne who is the ‘profiler’ called in this for case and is suffering from early onset dementia, Peter who is one of the lead detectives in the case and also Emma who is clearly somehow linked to the murder but you’re not 100% sure at the start.

A young woman is found beheaded in the rich businessman Jesper Orre’s apartment and he’ also missing. No-one knows who the dead girl is or where Jesper Orre is. The plot was definitely intriguing and best of all, realistic. There wasn’t any evidence which seemed to appear out of no-where or from some miracle break through, everything was done at a pace which was representative and believable.

It was interesting to get a full backstory for all the characters and although at first, I was little bit confused and felt that is was slow starting, this depth really helped add to the overall story. I wasn’t sure where it was heading but, maybe two-thirds of the way through it started to click into place what had happened with the murder and who was involved and it was interesting in seeing the story play out.

I only gave this three stars because I really struggled at first to stay interested in the story – partly because of the content of the first few chapters which struggled to keep me interested as it seemed a bit confusing as to how it all played together and why did I need to know about Peter’s entire life story? Yes this added more to the story as the book went on but I can’t just ignore the fact that I considered DNFing this book; I also felt like way that book was written felt different and really didn’t help with the first few chapters and keeping me interested. I just didn’t feel as hooked on this story as I have been for other books and I only really wanted to sit down and really read this book in the last few chapters.

Despite this, it wasn’t a bad book and as I’ve mentioned it had a good realistic plot point it just didn’t grab me or have anything that made it a memorable book for me – it was simply OK.


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