Blog Tour Review: Killed by Thomas Enger

Hi everyone,

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?

Killed by Thomas Enger

About the author:

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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.

My thoughts:

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.

Highly recommended!

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Past Echoes (Jake Boulder #3) by Graham Smith Blog Blitz

Hi everyone,

Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Past Echoes, the latest in the Jake Boulder series, by Graham Smith. I’ll be sharing my review with you all for this one a little further down, but first, the all-important bookish information!

About the author:

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Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

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About the book:

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Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.

Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.

In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.

Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?

My Review:

BEST BOULDER BOOK YET!!!!

Will that do as a review? No? Ok… read on to see why…

As you should know by now, I am a big fan of action thrillers. You know the type of ones I mean; cinematic, fast paced and full of stuff going on! Graham Smith’s Jake Boulder series is a prime example of these. I have said this before, but it bears repeating. Boulder can stand up there with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in terms of addictive-ness and the quality of the plots and writing. I will happily follow Boulder the same way I follow Reacher for as long as Graham keeps writing this series. I am a Boulder fan for life!

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, onto my review of Past Echoes. Best one yet!!! Have I said that already LOL?! 🙂

Following on from the events of The Kindred Killers, Boulder is back in Past Echoes, doing what he does best. In this one, he has to track down a man who is the benefactor of a small fortune, but he also has to become whistleblower for a forty year old secret. Lets be honest here, it sounds a bit like trouble is a-comin’ for Jake! Not least because this secret caused a young woman to flee New York forty years ago.

Alongside all of this, Jake’s half-brother is also very ill, and needs a bone marrow transplant. Nobody is a match, except maybe one person, Jake’s estranged dad, Cameron MacDonald. Jake vows to find him to see if he is a match, and make him do one decent thing in his life for his kids.

There is quite a bit going on in Past Echoes, with the various plots in the narrative. But not once did I find myself lost, or struggling to keep up with the pace of the book. I loved how the momentum started at the beginning, and did not let up until the very end! The characters are excellent as always, there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot and the action is just top notch.

I am waiting patiently for the next book in the series now, and each one after that. And soon still isn’t soon enough, haha!

Past Echoes is a tense and thrilling read. Brilliant characters, an intricate narrative and clever denouement made this a top quality read!

Highly recommended!

Previous reviews:

Watching the Bodies by Graham Smith

The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith

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Force of Nature by Jane Harper

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About the book:

FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK…

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.

Click HERE to get your copy!

My thoughts:

I read and enjoyed The Dry when it came out first so I was looking forward to catching up with Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk in the next installment. In Force of Nature, a woman disappears on a team-building retreat. This woman is a whistleblower in a case that Aaron is working on, so it is in his best interests to investigate her disappearance.

What follows is a tale packed with secrets and lies. Each of the women who were with Alice all have something to hide, and it makes for a very interesting read because its difficult to know who or what to believe. Falk finds himself entangled in a web of deception, and he has to work really hard to try and see the bigger picture.

For me, Force of Nature was better than The Dry. I got sucked into the story very quickly, and I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on. I am a big fan of location-driven books, and Force of Nature is another good one. Set in Australia, the unforgiving bush landscape adds another dimension to the narrative.

Force of Nature is a good book to add to your TBR. Especially if you’re a fan of Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies etc.) mixed in with police procedurals. That’s kind of what it felt like to me when I was reading it.

Recommended for sure!

Previous reviews:

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Collector by Fiona Cummins

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*Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy!

About the author:

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Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. Rattle, her debut novel, has been translated into several languages and received widespread critical acclaim from authors including Val McDermid, Lee Child and Martina Cole. Marcel Berlins wrote in The Times: ‘Amid the outpouring of crime novels, Rattle is up there with the best of them.’
Fiona was selected for McDermid’s prestigious New Blood panel at the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, where her novel was nominated for a Dead Good Reader Award for Most Exceptional Debut.
Rattle is now being adapted into a six-part TV series by the producers of Golden Globe-nominated Miss Sloane.
Her second novel, The Collector is available now.
When Fiona is not writing, she can be found on Twitter, eating biscuits or walking her dog. She lives in Essex with her family.

About the book:

Jakey escaped with his life and moved to a new town.
His rescue was a miracle but his parents know that the Collector is still out there, watching, waiting . . .

Clara, the girl he left behind, dreams of being found.
Her mother is falling apart but she will not give up hope.

The Collector has found an apprentice to take over his family’s legacy.
But he can’t forget the one who got away and the detective who destroyed his dreams.

DS Etta Fitzroy must hunt him down before his obsession destroys them all.

Available now, click HERE to order your copy!

My thoughts:

I loved Rattle when I read it, so I was super excited to get a copy of The Collector to read and review. I absolutely banged through it in less than 24 hours. Every available moment was spent with my nose in this book because it was just so compelling that I couldn’t put it down until the very end.

In The Collector, we’re back with the characters from Rattle, along with being introduced to some great new characters as well. I think its safe to say that my favourite character is little Jakey Frith. He is wise beyond his years, and some of the scenes with him in The Collector are more than a little emotional.

The Collector is the perfect follow-up to Rattle. It has the same creeping sense of dread, with a very menacing undertone. The macabre darkness that flows through the narrative made me shudder more than once, and I was afraid of what was going to happen to the characters. I’m not going to say any more than that about the plot, other than you need it in your life!

I love the author’s writing style. It is clear, well-constructed and very clever. Fiona Cummins is certainly one to watch and I for one can’t wait to see what she gives us next. I know I would love to catch up with these characters again, but regardless of what she writes, I am definitely a huge fan!

Highly recommended!

Previous reviews:

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

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About the book:

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships . . .

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns, these diaries are everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.

Click HERE to get your copy!

My thoughts:

Not being in the UK, I can’t pass comment on the NHS or any of that, but I had seen plenty of chat about Adam’s book so I loaned it from the library to see what it was like. I am a fan of medical memoirs, so it was right up my street.

Adam writes with wit and humour, and even in the worst of situations this levity really makes a difference to the narrative. Doctors see people on the worst days of their lives, but we also see them on the worst days of theirs, even if we don’t realise it. We don’t know what they are going through, but Adam has given an insightful look into his life as a Junior Doctor and just how much it impacted him.

I think what I enjoyed the most was the almost conversational aspect of the book. It’s written in diary entries from his time in hospitals, so they are often brief, but some of the entries are very powerful. Others really made me feel for him as his own personal life suffered at the hands of working absolutely crazy hours and nobody could understand why he was missing important events outside of work.

I really enjoyed This Is Going To Hurt, even though enjoy seems like the wrong word considering the subject matter, but you know what I mean. Adam Kay has a way with words, and it made this a really easy read. Tough subjects obviously, but he made it more relatable with his affable writing manner.

If you enjoy glimpse into the medical profession, and a little humour with your non-fiction the you should most certainly add this one to your list!

Recommended!

 

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates

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About the book:

The year is 1982, the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew and Hannah— are bound together by a single, terrible, and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again–with even more devastating results.

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My thoughts:

Grist Mill Road was a book I had liked the look of on Netgalley so I was delighted to be approved to read it. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed the change of pace with this one.

The book jumps back and forward in time between Patrick, Matthew and Hannah and recounts a terrible event in 1982 versus how they are living their respective lives twenty six years later.

Character is key with this one. Each character has their own stuff going on, and I liked how the author managed to give the reader little bits of information on each throughout the book without actually giving away too much. The three characters are well-developed too, and they all have their own unique voices. Their pasts are intricately linked, and the author does a great job of tying it all together.

This is less of a whodunnit and more of a whydunnit. The reader learns early on what happened, and then gets all sides of the story as the book progresses. It takes a bit of time to get there though, but ultimately, the journey is well worth it.

Grist Mill Road is more thoughtful than your usual crime thrillers. It’s not as punchy, and it focuses on character development more than the actual crime itself. I really enjoyed the story, not least because it was a welcome change of pace from the norm for me.

Recommended for sure!

 

Blood Mist by Mark Roberts

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About the book:

Every night a family dies… Every day she tries to save them…

While a blizzard rages through the streets of Liverpool, a family are slaughtered in their beds. Their mutilated bodies are dragged onto the landing to form a strange pattern. None of the neighbours hears a sound.

DCI Eve Clay is at a loss. Who would risk capture to arrange their victims so precisely? Somewhere in her mind, a long-buried memory flickers. But this is no time for hunches. She must find the killers before they strike again.

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My thoughts:

I have had Blood Mist on my Kindle for TWO YEARS!!!! So when I was choosing some books for my January TBR, it made sense to add this one to the list and I’m really glad I did because this book was another brilliant read for me.

In Blood Mist, we meet DCI Eve Clay as she is tasked with investigating the brutal murder of a family in their home. The bodies are then positioned in a strange pattern, with marks on the walls as well. Add to this the fact that nobody heard a thing, and there’s no evidence leads, so Clay needs to solve this one before the killers strike again.

Blood Mist is actually quite creepy to be honest. It made me uneasy more than once for various reasons, but you’ll have to read the book to find out why because I’m not telling! Sufficed to say there’s a lot going on under the surface with this one!

DCI Clay is a great character. She has her own issues from the past, and these are brought up again in the course of the investigation. I really liked her tenacity, and she’s a very empathetic character. Nobody wants to see a slain family, but she goes above and beyond in her quest to find out what happened.

Blood Mist went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting at all, and I liked that because it sets it apart from the usual tropes. I was gripped from beginning to end, and I will most definitely be reading the next 3 books in the series ASAP.

Highly recommended!