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Woman of the Dead - eBook


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The #1 international bestseller praised as “one of the most arresting thrillers I’ve read in years” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner), Woman of the Dead is the darkly thrilling tale of Brünhilde Blum, a successful undertaker whose happiness is dashed by a tragedy that sets her on a path of revenge.

For the past eight years, Blum has had a good life—a life that masks the terrible secrets of her past. She is a successful undertaker, a doting mother, and the loving wife of a decorated police officer.

Then in one devastating moment, a hit-and-run changes everything. As Blum’s grief over the death of her husband, Mark, overwhelms her, only her two little girls can drag her back to the land of the living. Time passes quietly until while packing up Mark’s office, Blum discovers a recorded conversation from a case he was investigating. She soon learns Mark’s death was no accident—it was murder—and Blum dives headfirst into the abyss to find out why and have her revenge.

Woman of the Dead, the first book in a trilogy, is an unforgettable thriller about the lengths one passionate woman will go to for vengeance and the tug-of-war between good and evil that exists in all of us. Vivid, tense, and written with breakneck narration, this novel introduces Bernhard Aichner as a rising star in crime fiction.

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You never want to get ...

You never want to get on the wrong side of this woman! Blum is happily married with 2 young children. Her husband, Mark is a Policeman and she is a successful undertaker. Then, her world falls apart after her husband is killed in a hit and run. When she finds out that it wasn't an accident but murder, all hell breaks out. This is the first book in a trilogy, not sure what else she can that she didn't already do in this book. Not for the faint at heart!

A dark and disturbing ...

A dark and disturbing tale of vengeance and violence, Woman of the Dead is the first novel by Bernhard Aichner to feature Blum, mother, mortician and murderer. When Blum's beloved husband is killed in a hit and run she is nearly destroyed until she learns that he was deliberately targeted. The photographer, the cook, the priest, the huntsman, and the clown - these are the men responsible, and Blum is going to make them pay. Woman Of the Dead has one of the most memorable character introductions I've ever read. The story opens with a during a defining moment in Blum's life before leaping forward eight years to place us in the present. Blum is the devoted wife of Mark, a police detective, the doting mother of their two young daughters, and the owner of a successful funeral business. She is both hero and anti-hero in this story, grieving widow and ruthless killer. There is raw and visceral emotion in The Woman of the Dead. The pain and numbness of Blum's grief and the horror of the abuse Danya experienced at the hands of the mysterious cabal. There is also grisly and often explicit violence, this isn't a story for the squeamish. The plot is quite straight forward, perhaps stretched a little thin at times. It's a fast paced story that builds suspense, though astute readers shouldn't have any problems guessing the identity of the last man standing. Woman of the Dead is an unusual story, with a rather extraordinary protagonist. I'm curious to see how the series develops.

Oy. Well, what can I s...

Oy. Well, what can I say. Every so often I come across a book that just doesn't do it for me at all. Here we have a revenge thriller with psychopath mortician/loving mommy in the leading role, and I just flat out didn't care for it. First of all, I figured out the BIG reveal so early into the story that it was just a matter of waiting for the end to prove myself right. tick tick tick yawn. Not that that hasn't happened with me and crime novels more than a few times, but so early into the game just really wrecks things beyond repair, and nothing after that point made me even question my guess. Second, this novel is so over-the-top violent that it was not at all a pleasure to read. Third, and what really gets me, is that everything happens and falls into place so unrealistically easily in this novel that there was no challenge whatsoever in the reading. I mean, if you're going to write a "thriller," it should pretty much thrill, and this one just didn't. Oh well. Enough people here have enjoyed it and rated it highly, so it's probably once again just me being uber-picky.

Revenge is a dish best...

Revenge is a dish best served cold in Bernhard Aichner's crime novel, "Woman of The Dead". The book was a huge success in Europe and Anthea Bell has done a good job in translating this story from its original, German text. But something may have been lost in translation because what's left behind is quite cold, clinical and gory (and often just for the sake of it). The story stars an unlikely but strong female protagonist; she's a mortician, widow and mother named Brunhilde Blum. She had had an idyllic life with her husband Mark until he was tragically killed in a hit and run accident. Blum decides to delve deeper into her husband's life because she suspects that his death was a murder. Over time the lines between investigation and revenge become blurred. One of the biggest problems with this novel is that it's hard to relate to Blum. In the opening chapters she kills her parents because she claims she was abused. Unfortunately, Aichner fails to provide enough of a back story and justification for this unconscionable act. So while the character is a strong and determined woman, at times she is difficult to engage with, especially as she rediscovers what she is really capable of. The story sees Blum also investigate the crimes perpetrated against an illegal immigrant named Dunya. The latter had been subjected to years of physical and sexual abuse and held hostage in a cellar by a group of five men known as the: photographer, huntsman, priest, cook and clown, respectively. The methods Blum uses to discover the identities of these men seem improbable and unbelievable as the story just clicks into place a little too easily. The narrative itself is also not as thrilling or gripping as other books from this genre, as these can often be hard to put down. "Woman of The Dead" has an interesting-enough premise as it poses the question, "How far will you go in order to avenge a loved one?" It also has a strong female protagonist, which is commendable. But this character is also quite a flawed one and the writing is too repetitive and staid for it to really cut through. This novel may be full of dark secrets, sex and revenge but there is still a little spice or something missing, meaning it's a good book but not a great one.

quite disgusting, real...

quite disgusting, really. obnoxious prose, too.

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