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?
Killed is published on the 28th February 2018 by Orenda Books. Many thanks to Orenda Books for having me on the blog tour and providing me with my copy of the book for this review.
Firstly, how fab is that cover – the orange set against the grey and black is just wonderful, it is extremely striking and would most definitely capture my interest if I was perusing the book shelves!
Killed is the fifth and final book in the hugely successful Henning Juul series so it was with a heavy heart that I started this book knowing that it was the end – the haunting and disturbing prologue did not help with the trepidation, talk about throwing the reader into the deep end (literally!). I was pleased to find out that Killed was once again translated by Kari Dickson as she did a wonderful job with its predecessor, Cursed, to the point where you actually forget that it wasn’t originally written in English.
Sadly, I haven’t actually read the whole series, I was only introduced to Henning in book four, Cursed however I do think that Killed is certainly best read after Cursed as it picks up not long after the events in Cursed (and I would suggest actually starting the series from scratch as I suspect that the first three books are also great reads!) However, Enger is good at keeping new readers engaged with recapping on the important previous events which is done incredibly well without disengaging existing readers who know!
Henning’s marriage to his ex-wife, Nora, ended after the death of their six-year-old son in a terrible house fire which was set deliberately. Henning has always blamed himself as Jonas was in his care at the time and Henning could not get to him to save his life. In Killed, following on from information obtained in Cursed, Henning is determined to find out once and for all as to who was responsible for his son’s death.
Killed is an absolute gripping read, the prologue just invites you to keep reader to find out what has led Henning to this literal life and death point (and for those readers who skip the prologue, you would be missing an absolute treat here!). It is a complex novel with a number of characters so I found that I needed to slow my reading down to really get to grips with who was on the side of good and who wasn’t – this was pretty impossible though with the unreliable characters and red herrings that Enger throws in…. frankly a cracking read! I couldn’t put this book down and could have quite easily lost most of a day lost in Henning’s world. I really enjoyed seeing the personal side to Henning and how desperate he is for answers as to why his boy was taken away from him – the reader sees an element of this in Cursed but there is also the focus on the investigation into a missing person in that narrative whereas this is focussed on Henning’s pursuit for answers.
Killed is a highly complex Scandinavian crime novel which is intricate in both its own detail as well as the plot lines that are running throughout the series – I was sad to finish this book as I was well aware this was Juul’s last outing. I highly recommend Killed and hope that Enger doesn’t keep us waiting too long for another outstanding series!
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.