About The Book
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?
I do love a bit of Nordic Noir and Killed by Thomas Enger does not disappoint as a clever, dark, multi-layered novel. This is the fifth and final book in the Henning Juul series and although it can be read as a standalone (there is a handy glossary of characters at the beginning), like most series I would recommend reading in order. Killed ties up loose ends and we finally discover what happened to Jonas, Henning’s son who died aged 6.
The prologue is a wonderful opening to a book which twists and turns its way to a thrilling climax. This is one of those books where you know within the first few pages that you will be gripped, there is heaps of atmosphere and I found myself chilled and quite emotional reading the opening section. This is some great writing – nuanced, clever and with a hint of darkness.
Darkness permeates its way throughout Killed, there are surprises and moments of extreme sadness which gave the book heart and elevated it above the usual thriller noir trope. I was fully invested in the characters, felt sympathy despite their contemptible actions and loved that nobody was fully black or white. Thomas Enger has created real people and has successfully avoided cartoon villains, there is both darkness and light in his characters. We understand their motives and get their psyche meaning that we feel conflicted and fully invested.
Henning’s devotion to the memory of his son and to discovering what happened to him drives the plot forward, he is reckless and puts himself into dangerous situations – he has nothing to lose. Discovering how everybody is linked and who holds the keys to the mystery of what happened that night was a joy to read.
This is a deftly plotted book which kept me guessing until the end. Covering a whole range of societal issues Killed delves deep into the underbelly of crime and corruption and is a thrilling and inventive read that kept me gripped to the very end.
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.
I am thrilled to be one of today’s stops for the Blog Tour for Killed, many thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Anne Cater at Random Things for a copy of the book in return for an honest review. You can find both Thomas Enger and Orenda Books on Twitter at @EngerThomas and @OrendaBooks respectively. Killed is out now in ebook and is published on the 15th February in paperback and can be bought here. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour, details are beneath!