Marked for life. Trained for death. Some scars cut the deepest.
To protect her past, she must find the real suspect. Before the police do.
When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find mysterious, child-sized fingerprints in this childless home.
Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation. Young and brilliant but emotionally cold, Berzelius, like her famous prosecutor father, won’t be swayed by the hysterical widow or intimidated by the threatening letters the victim had tried to hide. She is steely, aloof, and impenetrable. That is, until the boy…
A few days later on a nearby deserted shoreline, the body of a derelict preteen is discovered, and with him, the murder weapon that killed the official. Berzelius finds herself drawn more deeply into the case when, as she attends the boy’s autopsy, she recognizes something familiar on his small, scarred, drug-riddled body. Cut deep into his flesh are initials that scream child trafficking and trigger in her a flash of memory from her own dark childhood. Her connection to this boy has been carved with deliberation and malice that penetrate to her very core.
Now, to protect her own horrific but hidden past, she must find the real suspect behind these murders, before the police do.
International bestselling author Emelie Schepp introduces us to the enigmatic, unforgettable Jana Berzelius in this first novel of a suspenseful, chilling trilogy.
Emilie Schepp is a Swedish crime writer and Marked For Life is her debut.
This novel is the first in what I’m predicting will be an exciting trilogy. I was totally captivated and drawn into this story and will definitely read the next two books.
The main character, Jana Berzelius, is given a case to prosecute that could not be any closer to home!
I was drawn as deeply into her life story as she was into the string of horrific crimes—her job to investigate.
Although sometimes disturbing, I did not want to put this book down. A promising debut that uses Jana’s dreams to provide readers with history crucial to the plot and to understanding the character’s unusual start in life.
Well written. If you are into crime novels, do not go past this one.
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Published by Harlequin Australia