If there is one thing Mandie and I agree on (actually there are many), it is that the Blox and Ramm series is shaping up to be absolutely fabulous. Because of that we are both sharing our thoughts today as part of the tour. You can find my thoughts right here. Read on to find out more about Smoke Screen.
About the Book
When the mother of a missing two-year-old girl is seriously injured in a suspected terrorist attack in Oslo, crime-fighting duo Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the case, and things aren t adding up The second instalment in the addictive, atmospheric, award-winning Blix & Ramm series.
Oslo, New Year s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion, and the city is put on terrorist alert.
Police officer Alexander Blix and blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Smeplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier and never found.
Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia s disappearance is not all that it seems.
Smoke Screen is the second book in the Alexander Blix/Emma Ramm series written by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst and I for one absolutely loved it, devouring it in 2 days.
Still affected by the events that took place in Death Deserved, journalist Emma Ramm decides to get out and see the annual firework display where she is caught up in an explosion that kills four people including someone who is very close to her. Alexander Blix rescues a woman from the water who had been blown there by the blast and her identity brings back memories of a cold case that he never managed to solve. With Blix determined to see if there is something more to the events and Emma wanting to get to the bottom of what happened, they find themselves chasing the same leads and information.
This case is personal for both of them but for different reasons and as a reader you get to follow all the different leads that both Emma and Blix unearth. This is not going to be an easy case to resolve as it has been 10 years since the initial investigations, but you find yourself willing them both along to finally be able to resolve it and hopefully help them be able to remove some of the guilt they both feel. Emma Ramm certainly has a nose for news, but she also tends to not give up which can get her into tricky situations that put her in danger. She uses her connection with Blix to get as much information that she can to assist her in her stories and will push these to the limit. For Blix, this is personal, but his blind spot will always be Emma who he will help as much as he can but does seem to be finally seeing when he has to draw the line with what information he can share with her.
What I love about this series is that you are given an insight into the main characters without their stories taking over, making them believable and ones you become invested in. The action is not in your face but enough to keep you turning the pages as you wonder how this is all going to end and whilst there is the inevitable murders and violence it is never too graphic or there for the sake of it.
Enger and Horst have created a seamless writing partnership that hopefully will continue as I can’t wait to see what the main characters get involved in next and if I am honest I have also come to love the acknowledgements at the end of the books as they give you something to smile at.
About the Authors
Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense. Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer. Death Deserved was Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller. They are currently working on the third book in the Blix & Ramm series.
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