The Butterfly House
Books | Fiction / Crime
Detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner from the #1 international bestseller The Tenant—which New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs heralded as a “stunning debut”—return in this compulsively readable thriller as they race to solve a series of sordid murders linked to some of the most vulnerable patients in a Danish hospital.Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing. But in the coronary care unit at one of Copenhagen’s leading medical centers, a nurse fills a syringe with an overdose of heart medication and stealthily enters the room of an older male patient. Six days earlier, a paperboy on his route in central Copenhagen stumbles upon a macabre find: the naked body of a dead woman, lying in a fountain with arms marked with small incisions. Cause of death? Exsanguination—the draining of all the blood in her body. Clearly, this is no ordinary murder. Lead Investigator Jeppe Kørner, recovering from a painful divorce and in the throes of a new relationship, takes on the investigation. His partner, Anette Werner, now on maternity leave after an unexpected pregnancy, is restless at home with a demanding newborn and an equally demanding husband. While Jeppe pounds the streets looking for answers, Anette decides to do a little freelance sleuthing. But operating on her own exposes her to dangers she can’t even begin to fathom. As the investigation ventures into dark corners, it uncovers the ambition and greed that festers beneath the surface of caregiving institutions—all the more shocking for their depravity—and what Jeppe and Anette discover will turn their blood as cold as ice….
Simon and Schuster
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"Was actually a really good book, I kept going back and forth on the murder mystery, about who done it and in the end still wasn’t right. I’m excited to read it again and see if I catch any clues it places. The book isn’t scary at all infact it was very vanilla when it came to thrill but it was a very good mystery, would recommend if you don’t want something scary but want to read a murder mystery."
"Really great (underrated) book! Even though a couple comments warned me of a twist I kept guessing who it was and still didn’t see the ending coming…highly recommend this read! "
"Boring, slow, rushed towards the end. Characters unlikeable. "