I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for superb and atmospheric thriller The Girl In The Photo (A Jensen Thriller Book 2) by Heidi Amsinck. Thank you to Anne Cater and Muswell Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
About the book:
When ninety-year-old Irene Valborg is found brutally murdered in an affluent suburb of Copenhagen, her diamond necklace missing, it looks like a burglary gone wrong.
When two more victims are attacked, the police lament a rise in violence against the elderly, but who is the young girl in the photo found by DI Henrik Jungersen on the scenes of crime?
Impatient to claim her inheritance, Irene’s daughter hires former Dagbladet reporter Jensen and her teenage apprentice Gustav to find the necklace.
Henrik finds himself once more pitched in a quest for the truth against Jensen – the one woman in Copenhagen he is desperate to avoid.
About the author:
Heidi Amsinck, a writer and journalist born in Copenhagen, spent many years covering Britain for the Danish press, including a spell as London Correspondent for the broadsheet daily Jyllands-Posten. She has written numerous short stories for radio, including the three-story sets Danish Noir, Copenhagen Confidential and Copenhagen Curios, all produced by Sweet Talk for BBC Radio 4.
A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, Heidi lives in London. She was previously shortlisted for the VS Pritchett Memorial Prize. Last Train to Helsingør is her first published collection of stories. Her crime novel My Name is Jensen, set in Copenhagen, was published in August 2021.
The Girl In The Photo is the second thriller in Heidi Amsinck’s new series of books featuring the fascinating character of Jensen. Scandi Noir at its very best, it’s a beautifully written and atmospheric thriller that builds on everything that happened in My Name is Jensen, the first book in the series. Once again DI Henrik Jungerson finds himself pitched against his former lover Jensen, the one woman in Copenhagen he is desperate to avoid, in what is a complex and well plotted thriller that draws you in from the very first page.
When 90 year old Irene Valborg is brutally murdered in what looks like a burglary gone wrong, Di Henrik Jungerson is called in to investigate, shocked at the violence of the old lady’s death. But then two more elderly victims are attacked, with the only connection appearing to be a photo of a young girl found at the scene of each attack. Who is the girl in the photo? And what ties her to the three otherwise seemingly unconnected violent attacks?
Impatient to claim her inheritance, Irene’s daughter Regitse then hires former Dagbladet reporter Jensen and her teenage sidekick Gustav to find her mother’s missing necklace, putting Jensen directly in the path of DI Henrik Jungerson and his investigation. In their quest for the truth, the pair find themselves pitted against each other once more. Will Jensen and Henrik be able to put their differences aside long enough to see that justice is served?
The Girl In The Photo is an impressive Scandi Noir thriller that is filled to the brim with intrigue and suspense. With a fascinating cast of characters and an intricately plotted and addictive storyline that will keep you guessing throughout, this is a dark and emotional thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. Heidi Amsinck’s writing is superb as she deftly brings the threads of the story together. Told in alternating chapters by Jensen and DI Henrik Jungerson, this is a thriller with twists, turns, shocks and surprises that will keep you guessing throughout. And as even more discoveries are made and the tension rises, Jensen and Henrik must put their personal feelings aside as they get closer and closer to finding out the truth behind the girl in the photo…
The second book in the series, The Girl In The Photo is possibly even better than its predecessor. Jensen is a fascinating character who you can’t help but root for, with her relationship with the conflicted Henrik becoming even more complicated as the story continues. Building on what has gone before, this is a dark and atmospheric thriller that I loved and I can’t wait to see where Heidi Amsinck will take Jensen next.
The Girl In The Photo is a fantastic thriller that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
The Girl In The Photo by Heidi Amsinck is available to purchase now: