Today it is back to Mandie who continues our #YearOfOrenda and #EngerWeek with a review of Killed, the final book in the Henning Juul Series by Thomas Enger. You can read my thoughts on this most fitting of finales right here, but read on for more about the book and Mandie’s thoughts.
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 am going to start this review by saying a massive thank you to Thomas Enger and Orenda Books for giving me back my reading mojo that has been sadly lacking over the last few weeks during these very strange times. This book got me reading the moment I woke up and late into the night only held up by the fact that I was expected to work from home during daylight hours.
This is the fifth and final book in the Henning Juul series and boy does it open with quite a shocking prologue. It certainly caught my attention and had me wanting to dive further into the book as my mind reeled with what I had just read, and I hoped that it was not all it seemed.
Henning is still on the trail of the person or persons responsible for the death of his son. These investigations though are not just a threat to his life but those close to him and he is not sure who he can trust, not even the police. Driven by an overwhelming sense of guilt, nothing will stop his investigations and he is using all his journalistic skills and contacts to get to the truth.
I was certainly taken on quite a ride with this book and to be honest I wasn’t sure where that ride was going to take me. The more that Henning dug into past events the more he put his life on the line. At times you could sense that he accepted that things may not go well for him, but he hated that those close to him were getting hurt in his quest for the truth. This series is not your typical police procedural and that adds that little edge to it. Journalists are not bound by the same constraints and can often ask questions/get answers that the police don’t. I could say so much more about this book, but I am worried that I will give away the story and I don’t want to do that as you seriously need to read it for yourself. You wont regret it.
Not having read much Scandi-noir before I found both the pace of the book and its setting kept me wanting to keep turning page after page, with my only regret being that I had only started this series at book four…what was I thinking? Never mind I can rectify that quite easily now I have the full set.
About the Author
Thomas Enger is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication, and marked the first in the bestselling Henning Juul series. Rights to the series have been sold to 28 countries to date. In 2013 Thomas published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the UPRISEN (the prize for best YA novel). His next YA thriller Killer Instinct, upon which Inborn is based, was published in Norway in 2017 and won the same prestigious prize. Most recently, Thomas has co-written a thriller with Jørn Lier Horst. He also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.
Books by Thomas Enger