Woman of the Dead
Bernhard Aichner, Anthea Bell
KILL BILL meets DEXTER via THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, WOMAN OF THE DEAD is a wild ride of a thriller where the first stage of grief is revenge. And revenge is a dish best served bloody.
How far would you go to avenge the one you love?
Blum has a secret buried deep in her past.
She thought she’d left the past behind.
But then Mark, the man she loves, dies.
His death looks like a hit-and-run. It isn’t a hit-and-run. Mark has been killed by the men he was investigating. And then, suddenly, Blum rediscovers what she’s capable of…
‘An ironclad guarantee of sleepless nights’ Barry Forshaw, Independent
‘Fast, edgy and gripping … full of quirks, with a conflicted heroine as killer at its heart. Do not miss it’ Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
an inventive, forceful, engrossing revenge thriller -- Marcel Berlins * THE TIMES * Fast, edgy and gripping... full of quirks, with a conflicted heroine as killer at its heart. Do not miss it -- Geoffrey Wansell * Daily Mail * Completely enthralling. A beautifully written novel that really gets into the psyche of the female vigilante . . . I certainly hope that we hear more from this promising young Austrian author * THE CRIME WARP * European crime fiction at its best * RAVEN CRIME READS * Fast, edgy and gripping . . . full of quirks, with a conflicted heroine as killer at its heart. Do not miss it. * DAILY MAIL * An inventive, forceful, engrossing revenge thriller * THE TIMES * Aichner is one of the stars of Austrian crime fiction. This strongly written bestseller synthesises elements from Kill Bill and the Lisbeth Salander books to grimly mesmerising effect. -- Barry Forshaw * FINANCIAL TIMES * Blum is a great character and when Aichner's ghost-train plot ends in the only place it can - a crematorium - you feel like cheering * THE GUARDIAN * A wonderful thriller about love and retribution - playful, dark and dangerous - I read it in one sitting * William Ryan * There is a wicked and thrilling high concept to the story, lots of action, and a sexy and dangerous female protagonist. * CRIME FICTION LOVER * Woman of the Dead is a horrifying thriller with strong links to Jeff Linday's Dexter . . . Aichner's character is so strongly realised that, like Dexter, the reader wills her on to succeed. Woman of the Dead will surprise as it horrifies. * SYDNEY MORNING HERALD * Aichner has a talent for keeping readers hooked - this is a gripping read and the character of Blum lives long in the mind. * TELEGRAPH * An ironclad guarantee of sleepless nights * INDEPENDENT * One of the most arresting thrillers I've read for years. Hypnotic! Aichner plumbs the darkest depths of the human psyche in this compelling tale of a female undertaker. As a mother, Blum is touching and relatable. But as a vengeful wife determined to hunt down her husband's killers... Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. -- Lisa Gardner
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