Today it is my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for Killed by Thomas Enger, the final part in the Henning Juul series. My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of the tour. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book in just a moment, but first of all, here is what it is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
Crime reporter Henning Juul thought his life was over when his young son was murdered. But that was only the beginning…
Determined to find his son’s killer, Henning doggedly follows an increasingly dangerous trail, where dark hands from the past emerge to threaten everything. His ex-wife Nora is pregnant with another man’s child, his sister Trine is implicated in the fire that killed his son and, with everyone he thought he could trust seemingly hiding something, Henning has nothing to lose … except his own life.
Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-awaited finale of one of the darkest, most chilling and emotive series you may ever read. Someone will be killed. But who?
Ahhhh. What a bitter sweet moment. This is a book I have been both looking forward to but also dreading reading for some time now. The final part of the Henning Juul series, where we find out whether or not Henning will ever learn the truth of why his son died. This is a book which will have you teetering on the brink of all manner of emotions, and not just because it is the end.
Now at the end of Cursed, Mr Enger left us with somewhat of a bombshell, one which avid readers will not need me to recap but which left us all feeling, I am sure, a little … what the heck? Well … as we open up the pages of the book and turn to the prologue you will be suffering just as great a feeling of what the heck, perhaps even multiplied my wide-eyed astonishment as our intrepid hero has gotten himself into a right pickle and no mistake. He is so deep in the mire it is hard to see how he can possibly get out of this situation. This is a guy who has lived on the edge for a while, his only focus discovering the truth. But it seems this truth is a very hard won prize, the cost of absolute clarity perhaps too high a price to pay. Nothing can undo what has been done, a realization that comes just a touch too late.
It is hard to talk much about the plot of this book without giving away spoilers, the whole tale having links to previous books, some more surprising, perhaps startling, than others. the level of corruption and deceit exposed by Henning’s investigations goes beyond even his imaginings. It is a very dangerous and even deadly situation with far reaching consequences for all of the key players we have come to meet and either love or despise over the past four books. It is certainly life changing for both Henning and his ex-wife Nora.
What I have loved about these books is the differing perspective of the cases when seen from an Investigative Journalist’s point of view rather than being a straight forward police procedural. Henning and his colleagues are not as bound by protocol as perhaps the police may be, making them free to investigate as they see fit. It is, however, a highly perilous situation and this adds a layer of tension and fear to the read as you know they do not have the same level of back up to protect them. This tension, combined with a cracking story, leads to a literal page turner of a read, one you don’t want to take your eyes away from, despite the pace not being as break-necked as some other novels.
And setting. It there is one thing which is typical of the Scandi-noir genre, it is the use of setting to create that tension and atmosphere, something which Thomas Enger does to great effect in all of his books. This is no less important in Killed, be they in the heart of the city or in more remote, sometimes glamorous, often depressing locations. Everything from the description of place to even the weather conditions adds to the sense of the inevitable, the knowledge that some kind of showdown is imminent, and the realisation of the dread that has been building within the reader since that very first chapter. The dread that as you reach the end, a little lump in your throat, you have the knowledge that this is it. The end of Henning. No more …
But happy times too. This is a fluffing cracker of a book. As much as I never wanted it to end, I loved every minute of it. Every single page turn. And the best bit of reaching book five? The knowledge you can just go back and start again at book one. Tidy.
My thanks to publisher Orenda books for providing a copy of the book for review. It is available in ebook format now and released in paperback on 15th February, and can be ordered from the following retailers:
About the Author
Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.
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