Vera Stupenea is a writer and entrepreneur. She was born in Siberia (Russia) in 1973 and moved to the Netherlands in 1997. Moord om de Hoek (‘Murder round the Corner’) is the title of her debut as an author of Dutch-language fiction.
A charming little provincial town is thrown into turmoil when 16 year-old Sophie ends her life. A letter is found in which she blames her teacher, Jonna, for....
Stupenea has a pleasant writing style and is a dab hand at code-switching between young adults and adults in her dialogues. Her novel is well structured, exciting, direct and romantic. Moord om de Hoek (‘Murder round the Corner’) features a number of erotic scenes which the author describes with a combination of honesty and tastefulness. Stupenea complements all this with a deft, fastidious pen and a plot that is full of surprises.
In conclusion, Moord om de Hoek (‘Murder round the Corner’) is an outstanding debut that is most definitely moreish!
By Hanneke Tinor-Centi, owner of HT-C Communicatie en Marketing, literary agent, book marketeer and reviewer.