I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The Man in the Wall! As soon as I read the description for the book, I was immediately hooked!
After moving to a new apartment building with her mother and siblings, Alva’s interest in ghosts and the supernatural intensifies. She’s convinced her deceased grandmother’s paintings have some sort of hidden message in them, and she’s determined to figure out what they are.
When a murder takes place in one of the other apartment units, tensions escalate as the police can’t figure out how the killer got in and out of the apartment, or where they stored the body for the two weeks it was missing.
When a serial killer resides in plain sight, Alva may be in more danger than she ever could have imagined.
The premise of this book drew me in immediately, because it sounded so creepy! I love a good creepy killer! Alva’s character was the most surprising to me – for a child of only 9 years old, she was well spoken, articulated, and was more mature than most 9 year olds I’ve met, so I constantly had to remind myself that she was so young.
I will say that I expected the book to be more of a thriller, but it read more like a slow burning suspense story with a hint of supernatural. Alva gets really determined to contact her dead grandmother through whatever means possible, and I wasn’t sure which direction the story would take that plot line – whether there would be a supernatural element to the book or not. Overall, it didn’t totally clarify and essentially left it up to the reader’s imagination.
Throughout the first half of the book, I did spend a lot of time questioning where the book was going – it moved a little slower than expected, and a lot of it was spent creating the build up for events that would take place later in the book, so I was anxious to get to the action! That said, once things started falling into place, I was hooked, and was thoroughly creeped out! I won’t give anything away, but my feelings toward Alva definitely changed throughout the book!
While the majority of the book was told through Alva’s perspective, there were chapters that were told through some of the neighbors POVs as they detail odd experiences that have been happening to them, which I really enjoyed. It didn’t jump around too much to make it confusing, but it did keep me engaged. What I especially loved were the chapters that were told from the killer’s POV. It gave the book a new perspective, and I loved seeing the killer’s perspective and the rest of the character’s perspectives telling the same events.
All in all, I enjoyed this book, and rated it 3.5/5 stars, mostly because I felt like it wasn’t quite a thriller the way I was expecting it to be, and because I did leave with some unanswered questions by the time the book ended. If you’re looking for a creepy, slow building suspense, with a touch of supernatural, this is a perfect choice for you! I’d like to thank Bloodhound Books and Emma Angstrom for an advanced copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
About the Author:
Emma Ångström is an author and architect. She has a Master’s degree in architecture from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm and from Parsons in New York. Besides her writing she currently works as head of communications at an architectural firm in Stockholm, Sweden.
She was born in 1982 in Västerås, Sweden, and started her writing career as a journalist at the age of 17. Since then, she has also worked as a lighting designer, and written non-fiction books about lighting design and architecture.
Ångström made her debut in 2009 with the novel AND ALL IS DISTORTED (Och allt är förvridet). In 2016 THE MAN IN THE WALL was released, a remarkable and nerve-wracking thriller with a ”monster” it is hard not to feel certain sympathy with. Condensed writing shaping characters of real flesh and blood, a steady hand’s brushwork forming each piece of the portrait’s originality to a whole, stylistically assured.