ORENDA BOOKS (21 Jan. 2017)
What secret would you kill to protect?
When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests.
Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. With the loss of his son to deal with, as well as threats to his own life and to that of his ex-wife, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history.
Taut, chilling and unputdownable, Cursed is the fourth in the internationally renowned series featuring conflicted, disillusioned by always dogged crime reporter Henning Juul, and marks the return of one of Norway’s finest crime writers.
About the Author
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.
This is the first book I have read by Thomas, as soon as I was offered a place on the blog tour I knew it was going to be a scorcher because Orenda have some brilliant books. Cursed is in fact the fourth in a series so I was a little concerned I might struggle but there is enough back story to enable it to be a stand alone. It is translated brilliantly but I have to confess some of the names took me awhile to get to grips with.
It has a brutal beginning and keeps the tension ramping up through out. Henning and Nora are both journalists and their young son Jonas tragically died .. they have separated but continue on a friendly basis to investigate the disappearance of Hedda, a local woman that was supposedly going on holiday. Is there a connection between her mystery whereabouts and the murder at the start of the book?
I really liked both Henning and Nora their history and the way they dealt with life crap was written so genuinely. A whole book of interwoven events are explored. Once again we find families can have the deepest, darkest secrets. This is a story which will capture your imagination, not just because it is Nordic Noir but the crimes are being investigated by journalists which puts a nice spin on the norm.
Prepare to set aside some time to get enthralled because once you begin this you will simply be absorbed and want to finish it! I liked the writing style it is fresh and inviting. My only problem now is after reading this I want to read the previous three so my TBR pile is going to topple over .. I need more hours in a day! Thanks to Orenda for my copy .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.