I hate goodbyes… But some are more memorable than others…
Thank you to my darling Karen and the wonderful Anne for having me as part of the blog tour for Killed. This post is unbiased and I take responsibility for any fangirlism.
Author: Thomas Enger
Translation: Kari Dickson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 15th Feb 2018
Number of pages: 276
SOMEONE HAS TO DIE…
Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits
opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped
into the water.
Henning knows that the same fate awaits him.
And he knows that it’s his own fault.
Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his
sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted?
Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-awaited
finale of the internationally renowned series featuring conflicted,
disillusioned but always dogged crime reporter Henning Juul, and
one of the most chilling, dark and moving crime thrillers you may ever read.
You might think the title of this book gives no room for surprises. You are in for dead bodies. Let me laugh at you.
Thomas Enger Killed me. Literally.
There are a million words, lives, and thoughts behind the title, and such an intricate and magnificent plot you can only admire the author’s ability to end his series in a burning bright fire!
First of all, I am thankful for the characters reminder at the beginning of the book. Oh my, that cast is worthy of the best crime movies you can think of! If some names don’t talk to you or if you are unsure of who did what to who and why or when, don’t worry, Killed gives you so much information. No dumping, it only ties up knots that have been used throughout the Henning Juul series. I am still not over the fact I managed to digest everything, let alone understand it, and enjoy it so much I turned into a bad student and read in class (if I have a terrible grade, I’ll blame you, Thomas!)
This tells you how engrossing Killed is. You remember the series stats saying the longer it gets, the lower the quality? Hahaha, this is me laughing again. Thomas Enger breaks the glass roof and just proves everyone wrong.
Now in order not to sound too much like a fangirl, I am going to try and give you concrete evidence of what I am stating.
Henning Juul. Journalist, father, ex, friend, scarred, and beautifully human. It always takes me longer to connect to male characters. I am used to women’s train of thoughts (even the craziest ones) but it is impossible not to feel anything for this main character. He is driven by love and loss and has no idea how strong he is. He actually doesn’t care. Every thought, every action you are told through the narration sends you deeper into his head, makes you follow his steps, and share his thirst for knowledge. His quest becomes yours. It takes a strong and very accurate writing to create such a bond between a reader and a character.
Crime cases had been his life for so long.
But the magic doesn’t end here. This characterization works for every protagonist, big or small. The links between them had me wonder over and over if I had missed a clue (and I did!). Everyone has a motive, everyone has a life, things to fight for, or stop fighting for. They are as real as the cut you get from frantically turning the book’s pages. They hurt and they bleed.
There had somehow never been time. Or – they hadn’t been good enough at making the time.
Killed hits right into the human condition. Regrets gives every chapter a bittersweet taste.
At the heart of the series is a search for the truth, and it comes with a price. The journalistic side is on the backseat here, but Killed is packed with action so believe me, you don’t miss it a bit! Reading Killed feels like jumping into a pool filled with spiders, some venomous, others harmless. And hidden underneath, engraved, buried under so many secrets, lies answers you almost wish you did not get.
Saying goodbye to this series is painful. It is beautiful, heart-wrenching, and it includes an alarmingly high heartbeat rate, but it leaves you with a stunning smile only as bright as the author’s talent.
Get the book now (and the series if you haven’t started already!
And don’t miss my friend Ronnie’s stop today as well as the other stops on the tour!
I would like to state that Thomas Enger is a great author to chat with, do not hesitate to follow him on twitter @EngerThomas. And don’t be afraid of the killing plots.
if you want to know more about him, you can read the guest post he kindly shared with us during the Orenda Month back in March here: No, It’s Not YOU!
I was also lucky to get 5 Facts about him, here they are, accompanied by his biography!
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.
KARI DICKSON read Scandinavian Studies at UCL and then went on to work in various theatres. While working in the theatre, she was asked to do literal translations of two Ibsen plays, which fuelled her interest and led to an MA in Translation at the University of Surrey. Having worked initially as a commercial translator, she now concentrates on literary translation, a good deal of which is crime fiction. Her translation of Roslund & Hellström’s Three Seconds won the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) International Dagger in 2011. She is also an occasional tutor in Norwegian language and literature, and translation at the University of Edinburgh.