Today I’m thrilled to be able to finally share my review for Killed by Thomas Enger with you all. I read this late last year and loved it. Read on to see why…
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?
About the author:
Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) 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 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.
Firstly, stunning cover and a bit of a foreshadowing one too.
Killed is the last (sob 😥) book in the Henning Juul series by Thomas Enger and it has wrapped it up so perfectly. One of the finest Scandinavian crime series out there at the moment, Killed had me from the outset.
I don’t want to say too much, because if you’re planning on reading it, I would highly recommend you read the previous books in order. Killed essentially tied up any and all loose ends that have been running through the books, so this really gives a very satisfying feel to the overall reading experience.
I read Killed in a handful of sittings over a Sunday as I knew I would have the time to get stuck into it. I genuinely couldn’t stop reading it once I started. That prologue!!!! 😱 I was never going to put the book down once I read that. And to be honest, I kept reading at any spare moment because I had to get answers!
Killed picks up with Henning still desperately trying to find his sons killer and it seems that every way he turns, there is an obstacle put in his way. I found myself getting frustrated on his behalf, because he gets so close and then something stops him in his tracks. It really added to the tension of the book because I felt like I was feeling his frustration!
Past misdeeds and epic misdirection made Killed a thoroughly gripping book. The characters were unreliable, the action was full on, and Henning is at the heart of it all. I feel a little sorry to be saying goodbye to this series because Henning is such a great character. Driven to find answers to the catastrophe that ended his family life so horrifically, he is dogged in his quest to find out the truth and thanks to Thomas Enger’s skill as a writer, the reader really feels like they are on this journey with Henning!
Killed is the perfect end to the series. It answers a host of questions from the previous books in the series, but it also gives the reader a feeling of satisfaction when everything comes together.
Utterly gripping, with a real human aspect, Henning’s last hurrah is perfection. Bravo, Mr. Enger.
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