Title: My Name Is Jensen
Author: Heidi Amsinck
Publisher: Muswell Press
Publication Date: 31st August 2021
Guilty. One word on a beggar’s cardboard sign. And now he is dead, stabbed in a wintry Copenhagen street, the second homeless victim in as many weeks. Dagbladet reporter Jensen, stumbling across the body on her way to work, calls her ex lover DI Henrik Jungersen. As, inevitably, old passions are rekindled, so are old regrets, and that is just the start of Jensen’s troubles. The front page is an open goal, but nothing feels right….. When a third body turns up, it seems certain that a serial killer is on the loose. But why pick on the homeless? And is the link to an old murder case just a coincidence? With her teenage apprentice Gustav, Jensen soon finds herself putting everything on the line to discover exactly who is guilty …
I’m a big fan of Scandi-noir so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this debut and I wasn’t disappointed. My Name Is Jensen follows disenchanted journalist, Jensen, who stumbles upon the dead body of a young, apparently homeless, man on her way into work on a cold and snowy early morning in Copenhagen. Despite feeling lost in her career she cannot stop thinking of the young murder victim and becomes intent on cracking the case. Jensen also has a complicated romantic history with the police detective leading the investigation, adding an intriguing further layer to the situation.
Copenhagen is a place I’d really love to visit and it was a brilliant setting here, in large part due to the fantastic sense of atmosphere and tone Amsinck manages to deliver. You can feel the bitter cold and vividly imagine the swirling snow and cobbled streets. Jensen herself is a complex and compelling main character. She is spiky and smart but also has a sense of apathy to her, especially in the beginning of the book which makes her hard to warm to. However as we learn more about her and experience her dogged determination to uncover what happened to the young man whose body she discovered, she becomes fascinating to follow. The case itself is murky and as developments unfold I couldn’t tear myself away. The writing throughout the entirety of the story is unflinching and direct. Amsinck doesn’t beat around the bush and instead gets to the point with clarity and sharp dialogue. I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh and darkly engaging thriller full of interesting and memorable characters. An impressive debut which I would definitely recommend to fans of the genre.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.