The Woman Inside
Author: M.T. Edvardsson
Published: June 13, 2023
Audiobook: 10 Hours 45 minutes
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 22-28, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars
Bill Olsson, recently widowed, is desperate to provide for his daughter, Sally. Struggling to pay rent, he welcomes a lodger into their home: Karla, a law student and aspiring judge, who works as a housekeeper to make ends meet. Her clients are the Rytters, an incredibly wealthy couple who hide behind closed doors. The wife is ill and hasn’t left the house in months. The husband is controlling and obsessive. Is he just a worried husband, concerned for his wife’s health? Or is there something more sinister at play?
As Bill’s situation becomes more dire, Karla is forced to make a difficult choice. And when the Rytters wind up dead, and Karla is pulled in for questioning, she’s made to defend some parts of her past she’d rather not revisit.
Every person in The Woman Inside is hiding something, but could any of them really have been driven to kill?
The Woman Inside is a Nordic Noir novel that sounded interesting to me from the description! It is a slow burning mystery that has three povs leading up to the crime and police interviews afterwards. The POVs are:
Steven Rytter- Husband to housebound Regina
Karla- rents a room from Bill. She is also the Rytter’s housekeeper.
Jennica- You will find out about her as the novel progresses.
It is a good police procedural, but I was expecting a different sort of book that what I got. It could be that I just don’t mix well with Nordic Noir novels, maybe it was that this was translated into English and something was lost in translation. Or maybe that I didn’t really feel any compassion for any of the characters. The only thing that sticks out was that there was a cat named Dog and I just found that hilarious, but then the name just fit!
I also guessed the ‘twist’ at the ending part of the novel. I just wasn’t surprised there at all. If you like character driven novels, then this one is for you.
The narrators did very well with their narrations. They did have accents and pronounced the last names of some characters that I am sure I would have butchered on my own! Since I listened to the audio, I am not even sure how those names are spelled!
I think I might just have to stay away from anything of this genre. I know I have read a couple of books and those didn’t work for me.
Many thanks to the publisher for granting me an audio arc through NetGalley.