The Sanctuary (Hardcover)
Jeppe Kørner, on leave from the police force and nursing a broken heart, has taken refuge on the island of Bornholm for the winter. Also on the island is Esther de Laurenti, a writer working on a biography on a female anthropologist with a mysterious past and coming to terms with her own crushing sense of loneliness in the wake of a dear friend’s death. When Jeppe lends a helping hand at the island’s local sawmill, he begins to realize that the island may not be the peaceful refuge it appears to be.
Back in Copenhagen, Anette Werner is tasked with leading the investigation into a severed corpse discovered on a downtown playground. As she follows the strange trail of clues, they all seem to lead back to Bornholm. With an innocent offer to check out a lead, Jeppe unwittingly finds himself in the crosshairs of a sinister mystery rooted in the past, forcing him to team up with Anette and Esther to unravel the island’s secrets before it’s too late.
With her signature “unforgettable characters and brilliant plot twists” (Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Katrine Engberg weaves a satisfying and white-knuckled finale to her Korner and Werner series that is a modern classic of Scandinavian noir.
"Part of what makes Engberg so good is her empathetic depiction of her characters’ struggles... They feel real and relatable, which makes her work humane without ever being sentimental. In addition to being quite scary."—Lisa Hendricksson for Air Mail
“The identity of the culprit is an enormous surprise, but more surprising still is the closure Engberg brings to long-running storylines, resulting in a very poignant moment for fans of the series in addition to a satisfying solution to the central mystery.”—BookPage
“One of my most-anticipated early 2023 reads!! I LOVE Katrine’s crime series set in Denmark . . . If you love Nordic Noir, this series is for you!" —Crime By the Book
“[T]old in Engberg's typically unflinching yet artful prose . . . [The Sanctuary] is a brilliantly crafted novel . . . Engberg has emerged as one of the leading authors of Scandinavian noir, and this is one of her best."—Booklist (starred review)
“Nail-biting . . . From the horrific opening to the final reveal, Engberg keeps readers turning the pages.”—Publishers Weekly