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Enly Blum rediscovers what she's capable ofKILL 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 blood. By pure coincidence this was the second German novel I have read in succession The other being Arango's The Truth and Other Lies Both have been very strong This is a story of revenge and as a female is involved I think of the Kill Bill films This is an eually if not better story though The backdrop of the funeral parlour heightens the 'noir' There's a lot of the black stuff around at the moment but I recommend this highly

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‘Aichner has a talent for keeping readers hooked’ Telegraph Best Crime Fiction Books of 2015'One of the most arresting thrillers I've read for years Hypnotic' LISA GARDNERHow far would you go to avenge the one you loveBlum has. A special thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Top 50 Books of 2015 WOMAN OF THE DEAD by Berhnard Aichner is one edgy wacky evil tense wicked suspenseful and thoroughly creepy mystery crime psycho thriller Female Vigilante Justice at its finest Meet Brünhilde Blum a 24 year old undertaker in Innsbruck A beautiful mortician married to the love of her life a cop Mark They met on boat out at sea while her creepy adopted parents drowned With a dark past she never thought she could be so happy with two beautiful girls and a loving husband Mark’s elderly dad a former cop moves in with them and completes their happy home at the Villa Blum’s idyllic life is destroyed when her husband is run down and murdered by a hit and run driver in front of their house Being a cop Mark is always involved in danger and loves the thrill of his fast motorcycle Blum is devastated and everything she loves has been taken away How can she go on She vows she will find his killer even though the cops do not have any leads She will find the killer and the man who ran her husband down She wants justice She has to remain strong for her childrenAfter his death she comes across some conversations on his phone; a ring of sadistic evil slavery torture abuse; immigrants a woman victims and her husband Mark was trying to help gathering information and got too close There are five powerful men and she will track them down and kill them one by one She will do it for her children her husband and the victimsFearless Blum will use her business she is unafraid of the dead her loyal employee Reza with a past and all her resources as a mortician to take out this ring of evil and abuse With a ready coffin and a hearse at her fingertips she is a scary power house Driven by a dark past and a powerful need for retaliation love and grief –however who can she trust How far will she goA labyrinth of creepy twists and grotesue turns assured to offer readers graphic nightmares and sleepless nights; an undertaker a hearse crematorium coffins bloody corpses dismemberment saws body parts; masked men a clown a priest a cook a photographer and an strong obsession for REVENGE This taut heart pounding fast paced page turner thriller will leave you breathless—anxiously awaiting the next installment with this terrifying new trilogy Engrossing and explicit one of those books you cannot put down as you peak around the corner; not for the faint of heart In the theme of Jennifer Hillier The Butcher Paul Cleave Karin Slaughter Mark Edwards Lisa Gardner Laura Lippman Lisa Unger Gillian Flynn and Stephen King sexy hot Austrian Aichner will wow you with danger and violence with his intriguing female protagonist who will stop at nothing for retaliation Can’t wait to see what comes next For those who enjoy vigilante movies such as Gran Torino Dexter Death Wish The Eualizer Falling Down and Death Sentence will devour WOMAN OF THE DEAD is the first book of a crime trilogy by award winning Austrian author Bernhard Aichner as well as his first novel to be translated into English Welcome to the US Woman of the Dead is both a thriller and a love story Blum like Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter is a serial killer a character who does terrible things but the novel wouldn’t work if you didn’t sympathize with her and feel her pain Enjoyed reading the inspiration behind the book from the author Yes indeed it works Read More JDCMustReadBooks Can't wait for Blum #2 If you enjoyed Woman of the Dead recommend Lisa Gardner's Find Her another female vigilante you will root for Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans psycho thriller Female Vigilante Justice at its finest Meet Brünhilde Blum a 24 year old undertaker in Innsbruck A beautiful mortician married to the love of her life a cop Mark They met on boat out at sea while her creepy adopted Portuguese-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary parents drowned With a dark The Call of the Wild past she never thought she could be so happy with two beautiful girls and a loving husband Mark’s elderly dad a former cop moves in with them and completes their happy home at the Villa Blum’s idyllic life is destroyed when her husband is run down and murdered by a hit and run driver in front of their house Being a cop Mark is always involved in danger and loves the thrill of his fast motorcycle Blum is devastated and everything she loves has been taken away How can she go on She vows she will find his killer even though the cops do not have any leads She will find the killer and the man who ran her husband down She wants justice She has to remain strong for her childrenAfter his death she comes across some conversations on his Doctor Who: Witch Hunters: The History Collection phone; 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A secret buried deep in her pastShe thought she'd left the past behindBut then Mark the man she loves diesHis death looks like a hit and run It isn't a hit and run Mark has been killed by the men he was investigatingAnd then sudd. This is a bestseller in Austria but I'm sorry to say this book wasn't for me The book opens with the protagonist staging the murder of her adoptive parents as an accident This was among the most likely premises of the story It compares itself favourably to the television series 'Dexter' and in this it is very much mistaken The main character is an unlikable psychopath the storyline both improbable and predictable and much of the violence within seems to be included for shock value only Not the book for me but if you enjoy violent crime fiction and escapist revenge driven storylines it might be the book for you


10 thoughts on “Woman of the Dead

  1. says:

    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 morticianloving 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 than a few times but so early into the game just really wrecks things beyond repair and nothing after that point made me even uestion 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


  2. says:

    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 uite cold clinical and gory and often just for the sake of itThe 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 blurredOne 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 ofThe 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 uestion “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 uite 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


  3. says:

    A special thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Top 50 Books of 2015 WOMAN OF THE DEAD by Berhnard Aichner is one edgy wacky evil tense wicked suspenseful and thoroughly creepy mystery crime psycho thriller Female Vigilante Justice at its finest Meet Brünhilde Blum a 24 year old undertaker in Innsbruck A beautiful mortician married to the love of her life a cop Mark They met on boat out at sea while her creepy adopted parents drowned With a dark past she never thought she could be so happy with two beautiful girls and a loving husband Mark’s elderly dad a former cop moves in with them and completes their happy home at the Villa Blum’s idyllic life is destroyed when her husband is run down and murdered by a hit and run driver in front of their house Being a cop Mark is always involved in danger and loves the thrill of his fast motorcycle Blum is devastated and everything she loves has been taken away How can she go on? She vows she will find his killer even though the cops do not have any leads She will find the killer and the man who ran her husband down She wants justice She has to remain strong for her childrenAfter his death she comes across some conversations on his phone; a ring of sadistic evil slavery torture abuse; immigrants a woman victims and her husband Mark was trying to help gathering information and got too close There are five powerful men and she will track them down and kill them one by one She will do it for her children her husband and the victimsFearless Blum will use her business she is unafraid of the dead her loyal employee Reza with a past and all her resources as a mortician to take out this ring of evil and abuse With a ready coffin and a hearse at her fingertips she is a scary power house Driven by a dark past and a powerful need for retaliation love and grief –however who can she trust? How far will she go?A labyrinth of creepy twists and grotesue turns assured to offer readers graphic nightmares and sleepless nights; an undertaker a hearse crematorium coffins bloody corpses dismemberment saws body parts; masked men a clown a priest a cook a photographer and an strong obsession for REVENGE This taut heart pounding fast paced page turner thriller will leave you breathless—anxiously awaiting the next installment with this terrifying new trilogy Engrossing and explicit one of those books you cannot put down as you peak around the corner; not for the faint of heart In the theme of Jennifer Hillier The Butcher Paul Cleave Karin Slaughter Mark Edwards Lisa Gardner Laura Lippman Lisa Unger Gillian Flynn and Stephen King sexy hot Austrian Aichner will wow you with danger and violence with his intriguing female protagonist who will stop at nothing for retaliation Can’t wait to see what comes next For those who enjoy vigilante movies such as Gran Torino Dexter Death Wish The Eualizer Falling Down and Death Sentence will devour WOMAN OF THE DEAD is the first book of a crime trilogy by award winning Austrian author Bernhard Aichner as well as his first novel to be translated into English Welcome to the US Woman of the Dead is both a thriller and a love story Blum like Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter is a serial killer a character who does terrible things but the novel wouldn’t work if you didn’t sympathize with her and feel her pain Enjoyed reading the inspiration behind the book from the author Yes indeed it works Read More JDCMustReadBooks Can't wait for Blum #2 If you enjoyed Woman of the Dead recommend Lisa Gardner's Find Her another female vigilante you will root for


  4. says:

    This is a bestseller in Austria but I'm sorry to say this book wasn't for me The book opens with the protagonist staging the murder of her adoptive parents as an accident This was among the most likely premises of the story It compares itself favourably to the television series 'Dexter' and in this it is very much mistaken The main character is an unlikable psychopath the storyline both improbable and predictable and much of the violence within seems to be included for shock value only Not the book for me but if you enjoy violent crime fiction and escapist revenge driven storylines it might be the book for you


  5. says:

    Billed as a tantalising combination of Dexter Kill Bill and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo here for your delectation and delight is another highly enjoyable slice of European crime fiction Focussing on the character of Blum the widowed mother of two young daughters and the owner of a funeral home The Woman of the Dead is a singularly intriguing thriller that opens with an extremely unsettling scene eight years previously and then transporting us to the present to a scene of domestic bliss This picture of homely comfort a mother father and two young daughters is then forcibly shattered when Blum’s police officer husband Mark is killed on the road outside of their home in an apparent hit and run Fighting against the tidal wave of loss this produces Blum discovers through a series of her husband’s recordings of an interview with a young immigrant woman that his death is inextricably linked to his investigation into this young woman’s experiences as a formerly imprisoned sex slave What Blum further discovers is that the men who are guilty of this abuse are notable figures in the local community and with revenge boiling hard in her veins Blum seeks to track down this woman and exact revenge on her abusers and her husband’s killer Blum’s role as the avenging angel is clear to see but what of her own murky past and the secrets she carries within? It was gratifying to see that Aichner had spent six months as an undertaker’s assistant to add credence to the visceral details of the story as there is a wonderfully sensitive handling of the everyday business of Blum’s handling of the dead This sensitivity is beautifully balanced with Blum’s one woman bloody mission to track down and punish her husband’s killer or killers where her retribution is swift and uncompromising This is a brutal and unrelenting read peppered with vivid scenes of violent that by turns shock and jolt the reader and with the added frisson of many of these being committed by a woman the shock value intensifies Despite the graphic details which some readers may struggle with I was not unduly disturbed by them and found the balance between Blum’s family life and professional standing was perfectly weighted with this completely opposite picture we get of her She is a completely intriguing character encompassing a blend of strong morality which is then shaken by the slowly revealed less savoury aspects of her past giving the reader a multi faceted woman who will challenge your empathy as your opinion of her will undoubtedly change and change again as the book progresses As I have said Aichner pulls no punches where the subject of sexual and physical violence arises and this merely compounded for me his wider comment on the subject of sex trafficking and abuse that young women immigrants can encounter in their search for a better life The fact that Blum as a woman later aided by Reza an employee at the funeral home who himself has a back story of violence and immigration adds a karma like feel to their pursuit of the guilty compounding the intensity of Aichner’s sociological observations on the plight of immigrants throughout Europe It’s a strong message strongly delivered of the damaging effects and the all too common danger and violence that these protagonists encounter adding again to the power and intensity of the book Likewise the simple and dispassionate feel to Aichner’s prose heightens the emotionally intense and claustrophobic feel to the novel Perhaps a nod to the translator Anthea Bell is warranted here for the exact and compelling translation that fuels this intensity throughout I am a huge fan of spare pared down prose and curtailed dialogue commonly observed in American crime fiction and so this was a eminently satisfying style for me Overall this was a brave unsettling but hugely compelling crime thriller that I can’t recommend highly enough if you are of stout heart and stomach European crime fiction at its best


  6. says:

    Oh dear this just didn't hit the spot I'm afraid and isn't worth a full review Originally written in German and translated to English by Anthea Bell I really wanted to like this book then I did It has a female protagonist Blum and unfortunately her character didn't feel uite right For starters Blum was bizarrely over sexual even though she is a devoted mother and wife She thinks things like 'I bet he wants my c' that is not a direct uote but you get the picture Her character just seemed a bit off The twists were underwhelming as I didn't really care about any of the characters and I think the author tried much too hard to be shocking and disgusting He didn't uite pull it off I'm afraid Can't say I would recommend this one a mediocre thriller at best


  7. says:

    I’m always on the lookout for crime and thriller books with a difference Jaded detectives and the good girlboy gone bad don’t uite work for me any unless they have a huge twist I like my main characters to be a bit uirky and interesting I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to fit that description than the main character of Bernhard Aichner’s Woman of the Dead Blum never Brunhilde Blum opens the story with a bang as she sunbakes nude on her family’s boat Except they’re not really her family but her adoptive parents and they have never shown her real love Blum was brought into the family to work the funeral business since she was a young child Now Blum is all grown up and her first mission – kill her parents by letting them drown Here the reader sees the Blum’s calculating side for the first time Fast forward several years and Blum is now a happy mother to two girls and married to Mark a policeman All is wonderful glorious in fact until Mark is killed in a hit and run accident Then Blum feels the need not only to avenge his death but extract revenge for the crimes the group committed on a group of young refugees Armed with her wit and a white Cadillac hearse Blum is going to ensure justice is served any way possibleThis book was described as Dexter meets Kill Bill meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – I’ve only read the latter so I can’t really make a good comparison Blum is definitely a uniue heroine but she’s a little grisly than Salender At first I didn’t know whether to be scared of Blum or admire her She’s impassioned in her need for justice and not averse to a lot of blood and guts She’s also calculating and ruthless In the end I can’t say I loved Blum but I felt she deserved respect for doing things her way Plus what she did was for love and justice I’ve mentioned the blood and guts and there are several descriptions which clearly draw on Aichner’s research as an undertaker’s assistant in preparation for the book I found them morbidly fascinating from the use of special tampons to a bit of stitching Woman of the Dead is probably not the kind of book to read over dinner if you’re sueamish I read it at night and had no nightmares The writing is slightly cold like Blum’s bodies in the cool room and detached I’m not sure if this is part of the translation stellar job by Anthea Bell or if Blum herself decided to tell the story as if she was slightly removed from it all only showing deep emotion when talking about Mark or the injustice of the refugees held captive I’d love to know if Blum will kill again to force a kind of justice or whether her hunt was all for the love of her husband Woman of the Dead is definitely original and if you enjoy your thrillers a little twisted and a lot bloody you’ll enjoy this bookThank you to Hachette for the ARC of this book My review is honest


  8. says:

    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 murdererWhen 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 payWoman 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 killerThere 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 sueamishThe plot is uite 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 standingWoman of the Dead is an unusual story with a rather extraordinary protagonist I'm curious to see how the series develops


  9. says:

    By pure coincidence this was the second German novel I have read in succession The other being Arango's The Truth and Other Lies Both have been very strong This is a story of revenge and as a female is involved I think of the Kill Bill films This is an eually if not better story though The backdrop of the funeral parlour heightens the 'noir' There's a lot of the black stuff around at the moment but I recommend this highly


  10. says:

    Woman of the Dead by Bernhard AichnerOne of the darkest and most compelling novels that I have read in 2015 so far this is a thriller not to be missed Without a doubt my read of the year to date and with one of the most ingeniously crafted plots I can remember this superb breakout novel from Bernhard Aichner deserves the same acclaim in the UK as it has garnered throughout the rest of Europe Woman of the Dead is the first of a trilogy that introduces us to Brunhilde Blum a protagonist who will unsettle you and leave you rattled as to whether she is a sadistic killer or an an avenging angel At times my opinion alternated and the fact that I couldn't make up my mind either way left me rehashing this novel over and again We learn so much about Blum in this rip roaring thriller that you feel you could write a dissertation on her She is a minefield for a shrink and I was consistently fixated because one of the cleverest things in this novel is that you cannot second guess the protagonist Aichner has struck upon a uniue creation in Blum and has thoroughly explored the drivers behind this womanThe novel opens with a twenty four year old Blum cooly killing her parents on a boating holiday There is no doubt she is clear about her intentions and her resolve never wavers We next see her eight years later happily married to policeman husband Mark with two beautiful daughters She has made a new life and is contented That is until Mark is killed in what at first seems to be no disturbing than a hit and run accident Blum is torn apart by this destruction of her happiness and she craves last memories with Mark One night she sits and drinks in his study and in a wish to hear his voice she listens to his voicemail messages This leads her to discover the existence of Dunya a young immigrant girl who Mark is clearly in the process of trying to help Blum listens to the messages on Mark's phone hearing for herself what Dunya claims to have undergone Mark believes Dunya and the fact that he is convinced of her story is enough for Blum to find Dunya and set about unravelling her horrors Through this Blum is led to believe that perhaps Mark's death wasn't an accidental hit and run but something sinister This is a woman who will stop at nothing in her uest for the truth She will stop at nothing and this is an arresting readThis isn't the usual thriller fodder it doesn't follow on the same hackneyed plots of the jaded cop seeking to slay the inner demons Aichner has struck upon untouched territory with the story of Brunhilde Blum a wife and mother her who runs the family undertakers business Arch manipulator and player of men or a flawed femme fatale who gets caught in a nightmare? This is the story of a woman whose life is torn apart through her upbringing At age three she is adopted by Hagen and Herta and is raised to ply her future trade as head of the undertakers business they have worked hard to build up Despite wishing to adopt a boy they take Brunhilde and immerse her in the day to day world of the undertakers duties Trained like a domestic pet from childhood she is witness to the practice of tending to the dead with punishment of confinement to a coffin is she resists The narrative is chilling filled with the sterility and clinical detachment that is redolent of a mortuary and this is something that is very evident in this novel When you meet Aichner he is darkly humorous and this is conveyed in the novel I found the details of the mortuary and some of the frankly hideous processes that the occupation reuires fascinating and had great fun recounting these to family and friends Think of cleaning maggots from wounds and what happens to the reminder of bones after a cremation Aichner has got into character and researched his material to the hilt stretching so far as to engage in work experience as an undertakers assistant All credit must be given to the marvellous translation of this novel by Anthea Bell OBE one of the elders statesmen of the craft who seamlessly conveys the intensity of Aichner's prose It isn't a stilted and clunky translation it is highly readable and the succinct chapters make for a fast and compulsive readAn absolute tour de force of a novel with a female protagonist who leaves you in a uandary and a captivating plot this is undoubtedly new territory This remarkable book will compel and transfix you and the motivations and rights and wrongs of Blum will be a hot topic for every book club this summer Whatever side on the fence each individual reader comes down on you will find yourself wrestling with thoughts that she can justify her actions on the basis of altruism one moment and begin to pity her before you are forced to do a 180 degrees about turn and she is cast as a vindictive and misguided murderess Whatever the readers opinion there is no getting away from the fact that with every new development you bear witness to just how chillingly calculating this character can be and that continually leaves you aghastA must read and a novel which will rate as one of the most scintillating thrillers of 2015 Do not miss this gem As the story plays out at the back of your mind you can never uite forget Blum's parents indeed in the closing pages Aichner conjures up an analogy of a boat drifting on a shark infected sea and the memory of her act as twenty four year old is back at the forefront of your mind This novel is the first of a trilogy and I am in this for the long haul Aichner deserves all the plaudits that will come his way and if this is the start of the Deutschi Crime invasion then bring it on A remarkable and arresting read this is undoubtedly something very special


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