- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Orenda; Translation edition (15 Feb. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910633992
- ISBN-13: 978-1910633991
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Killed: A Henning Juul Novel Paperback – 15 Feb 2018
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'One of the most unusual and intense talents in the field' -- Barry Forshaw, The Independent
'Destined to become a Nordic Noir classic' -- Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
'Slick, compelling and taut' -- Chris Ewan
'Outstanding' Ragnar Jónasson
'An emotional crime thriller filled with dark secrets, lies … and revenge' -- Off The Shelf Books
'Delivers a knock-out punch. An explosive finale, in every way worthy of the deeply human series that Enger has crafted' --Crime by the Book
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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Thomas opens his latest novel with a prologue that will really make you step back and think, before it urges you to read the rest. Killed can very easily be read in one sitting. As I mentioned earlier, this is an emotional read as Henning tries to uncover who killed his son, and it is clear that he will try and attempt this by any means possible, he has little care in the world if anything should happen to him in the process, and this is what makes him a reckless and an exciting character to follow. Someone is desperate to try and silence Henning however, and this is where the tension in the novel rises.
The last two Henning Juul novels which I have read have been translated really well. The descriptions of the Norwegian landscape drew me into the setting. From the start of the book there is a strong sense of foreboding and it is clear that there are going to be obstacles set in Henning’s way as he attempts to reach the truth, be prepared for shocking and heart breaking scenes.
Although it is sad to see this series come to an end, Thomas certainly couldn’t have given this series a better one. But I still have the first three books to read, so I’m looking forward to finding more about Henning. I’m sure that Thomas has more exciting books up his sleeve.
Now at the end of Cursed, Mr Enger left us with somewhat of a bombshell, one which avid readers will not need me to recap but which left us all feeling, I am sure, a little ... what the heck? Well ... as we open up the pages of the book and turn to the prologue you will be suffering just as great a feeling of what the heck, perhaps even multiplied my wide-eyed astonishment as our intrepid hero has gotten himself into a right pickle and no mistake. He is so deep in the mire it is hard to see how he can possibly get out of this situation. This is a guy who has lived on the edge for a while, his only focus discovering the truth. But it seems this truth is a very hard won prize, the cost of absolute clarity perhaps too high a price to pay. Nothing can undo what has been done, a realization that comes just a touch too late.
It is hard to talk much about the plot of this book without giving away spoilers, the whole tale having links to previous books, some more surprising, perhaps startling, than others. the level of corruption and deceit exposed by Henning's investigations goes beyond even his imaginings. It is a very dangerous and even deadly situation with far reaching consequences for all of the key players we have come to meet and either love or despise over the past four books. It is certainly life changing for both Henning and his ex-wife Nora.
What I have loved about these books is the differing perspective of the cases when seen from an Investigative Journalist's point of view rather than being a straight forward police procedural. Henning and his colleagues are not as bound by protocol as perhaps the police may be, making them free to investigate as they see fit. It is, however, a highly perilous situation and this adds a layer of tension and fear to the read as you know they do not have the same level of back up to protect them. This tension, combined with a cracking story, leads to a literal page turner of a read, one you don't want to take your eyes away from, despite the pace not being as break-necked as some other novels.
And setting. It there is one thing which is typical of the Scandi-noir genre, it is the use of setting to create that tension and atmosphere, something which Thomas Enger does to great effect in all of his books. This is no less important in Killed, be they in the heart of the city or in more remote, sometimes glamorous, often depressing locations. Everything from the description of place to even the weather conditions adds to the sense of the inevitable, the knowledge that some kind of showdown is imminent, and the realisation of the dread that has been building within the reader since that very first chapter. The dread that as you reach the end, a little lump in your throat, you have the knowledge that this is it. The end of Henning. No more ...
But happy times too. This is a fluffing cracker of a book. As much as I never wanted it to end, I loved every minute of it. Every single page turn. And the best bit of reaching book five? The knowledge you can just go back and start again at book one. Tidy.
I am left with mixed emotions after finishing Killed: really glad to finally be able to find out what happened on that fatal night that changed the lives of many, but equally sad to have to say goodbye to Henning Juul. It's a fantastic series that I got hooked on after coming across Burned a couple of years ago.
Henning is such a compelling character; watching him evolve from a broken, depressed person to someone who accepts his fate and makes peace with the world was my favourite aspect of these novels.
I would highly recommend this series to all who love Scandi Noir, especially Norwegian authors.
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