Killed – Thomas Enger

Published by Orenda Books, February 2018
Source: review copy
Crime reporter Henning Juul thought his life was over when his young son was murdered. But that wasonly 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?

Last year I reviewed Thomas Enger’s Cursed. I said at the time that Cursed was

… dark and riveting, with a plot which zigs and zags through a twisting landscape of suspense, truth and lies. Brutal in places, but beautifully layered and plotted.

I also met Mr Enger at the Orenda Roadshow back in February last year, amused to see that we’d both gone for a blue shirt/jumper ensenble. 🙂

Killed, the fifth and final book in the Henning Juul series, follows on directly from Cursed. Henning is still on the hunt for his son’s killers and the investigation weaves its way along a path once again strewn with half-truths, red herrings and dead ends. Henning is not a man to be deterred in his quest, uncovering clues as we go on this one last journey with him. And what a journey it is.

Thomas Enger has given us a veritable smörgåsbord of memorable characters, not least of which is Henning Juul himself. He does rather seem to enjoy putting them through the wringer though! I was very grateful for the list of characters which Thomas presented at the start of the book! I found myself flicking back to remind myself who was who at the start of the book. Very useful!

Killed is quite a journey, and the title does give away that not everyone makes it to the end. It’s often brutal, but never gratuitously so, and we are rewarded handsomely with some answers to the questions which have been dogging us for so long.

Farewell, Henning Juul. I’ve enjoyed our time together. Now I just need a little lie-down to recover.

Killed, by Thomas Enger is published by Orenda Books on 28th February 2018. You can find Thomas on twitter @EngerThomas
Many thanks to Karen @OrendaBooks for the review copy and @AnneCater for inviting me onto the blog tour.

Granite Noir fest 2017. Thomas Enger.

Thomas Enger 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.

Author: dave

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