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?
My review of Killed
Well, I'll start by saying that I am extremely late to the Henning Juul party as I have not read the previous four books. So, I read this book as a standalone, and wow, what a book. I now need to find time to go back and read the previous four books, as I love Henning and I love this writer. I really have found my new Nordic noir fix. This book worked very well as a stand alone, but I do feel that you would probably gain even more enjoyment from the book if you have read the series.
The beginning, oh the beginning is everything a Nordic noir should be. We have tension, we have a boat on the lake (just look at the stunning cover) and we have a murder. But we don't know who. This beginning made me want to read more. I needed to find out what happened in that boat and ultimately who killed Henning 's son.
Now as a newbie to these books there were an awful lot of characters that I was intriduced to. However, there is a list of all major characters at the beginning or the book, which helped me to learn who was who and which helped to bring me up to speed.
This book has everything. It is a fantastic 'who done it', a family drama and underground thriller, all rolled into one. There is so much attention to detail in this bokk, yet this doesn't slow the narrative down, as the pace remsins relentless in Henning's pursuit for the truth.
We then of course have Henning. You can't help but fall in love with this guy. A man who's world has slowly crumbled around him. His son is killed, his wife leaves him and has a baby with his best friend, and he has serious doubts about his sister and if he can trust her. He very much reminded me of the likes of Harry Hole. A flawed individual, but one who has integrity and likeability.
Killed is a fantastic finale to this obviously gripping series. I only wish that I had read the previous books, but I do plan to do so over the summer. If you love your Nordic noir theh you'll love this book.
With thanks to Orenda books and Anne Cater for my review copy and invitation to the blog tour.
Killed is available from Amazon on the following link.
Killed was published by Orenda on 15 Feb.
About the author
Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndod) in 2009, 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 28 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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