The Corpse Flower

Anne Mette Hancock

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets Sharp Objects in this internationally bestselling thriller, for fans of Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankell

Danish journalist Heloise Kaldan is in the middle of a nightmare. One of her sources has been caught lying, and she could lose her job over it. And then she receives the first in a series of cryptic letters from an alleged killer.

Anna Kiel is wanted for murder but hasn’t been seen by anyone in three years. When the reporter who first wrote about the case is found murdered in his apartment, detective Erik Schafer comes up with the first lead. Has Anna Kiel struck again? If so, why does every clue point directly to Heloise Kaldan?

As Heloise starts digging deeper she realises that to tell Anna’s story she will have to revisit her darkest past, and confront the one person she swore she’d never see again…


ISBN: 9781800750715

Published: March 3, 2022


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Reviews for The Corpse Flower

Ingenious … It demands not to be ignored … Taut, menacing, and intensely thrilling, it never lets go’ – Geoffrey Wansall, The Daily Mail

‘Hancock writes with a razor-sharp pen, wittily and with originality. I simply adore her books’ – Katrine Engberg, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Tenant and The Butterfly House

‘Anne Mette Hancock, newcomer to the Nordic thriller, has a lot of talent’ – Elle France

‘Anne Mette Hancock has written a killer book. This one has it all – a great story, compelling characters, and a page-turning plot. Don’t miss The Corpse Flower’ – Harry Hunsicker, author of The Devil’s Country

Scandinavian noir at its noirest. It’s hard, maybe unthinkable, to imagine how Hancock will follow it up’ – Kirkus Reviews

‘A guaranteed page-turner’ – Emelie Schepp, author of the Jana Berzelius Series

‘[A] gripping debut … Assured prose matches the intricate plot. Hancock is off to a strong start’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Can most assuredly hold her ground against a number of Swedish and Danish crime queens’ – Berlingske

‘Absolutely wonderful. Superbly constructed and totally enthralling’ – Helene Tursten, author of Snowdrift

Classic femi-crime with equal parts lifestyle and suspense’ – Weekendavisen

Breathes life into old genre-clichés’ – Jyllands posten

‘Likblomman really stands out with a personal, hard-boiled style and Kaldan and Schäfer deviate early from what you’d believe to be the predictable path’ – Skånska Dagbladet


Anne Mette Hancock

Anne Mette Hancock lives in Copenhagen with her two children. In 2017 her debut The Corpse Flower introduced readers to journalist Heloise Kaldan and police officer Erik Schäfer. It won the Danish Crime Academy’s debutant prize, was a #1 bestseller in Denmark and a top ten bestseller in Europe. The sequel, The Collector, was published in Denmark in 2018 and will be published by Swift in 2023.