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Hard to believe that we’re half way through the year already, and as we’ve hit this milestone, I figured that it might be a good time to round up some of the great indie books that I’ve featured so far and some of the great authors who have given their time to take part in author interviews or written guest posts for us to read.

Links to each of the Friday features are below, or alternatively if you want to use the search function at the top of the page, just type in the name of the book or author to bring up the relevant page.

Feature Links:
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech (book feature)
The Twitches Meet a Puppy by Hayley Scott (book feature)
Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie (book feature)
Inborn by Thomas Enger (book feature)
Roz White (author feature)
Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz (book feature)
The Courier by Kjell Old Dahl (book feature)
The Red Light Zone by Jeff Zycinski (book feature)
A Letter From Sarah by Dan Proops (book and author feature)
The Silver Moon Storybook by Elaine Gunn (book feature)
Runaway by Claire MacLeary (book feature)
Sunwise by Helen Steadman (book feature)
The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin (book feature)
The Red Gene by Barbara Lamplugh (book and author feature)
Death at The Plague Museum by Lesley Kelly (book feature)
Heleen Kist (author feature)
White Gold by David Barker (book feature)
Sonny and Me by Ross Sayers (book and author feature)
Claire MacLeary (author feature)
A History of Magic and Witchcraft: Sabbats, Satan and Superstitions in the West by Frances Timbers (book feature)
The Killer Across The Table by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker (book feature)
Maggie Christensen (author feature)

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** my thanks to Orenda Books for my copy of this and to Random Things Tours for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

Description:

What turns a boy into a killer?

When the high school in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim becomes a murder scene, the finger is soon pointed at seventeen-year-old Even. As the investigation closes in, social media is ablaze with accusations, rumours and even threats, and Even finds himself the subject of an online trial as well as being in the dock … for murder?

Even pores over his memories of the months leading up to the crime, and it becomes clear that more than one villager was acting suspiciously … and secrets are simmering beneath the calm surface of this close-knit community.  As events from the past play tag with the present, he’s forced to question everything he thought he knew. Was the death of his father in a car crash a decade earlier really accidental? Has a relationship stirred up something that someone is prepared to kill to protect?

It seems that there may be no one that Even can trust.

But can we trust him?

A taut, moving and chilling thriller, Inborn examines the very nature of evil, and asks the questions: How well do we really know our families? How well do we know ourselves?

My Thoughts:

When I heard that Thomas Enger had another book coming out I was eager to see if he could craft another character that would grab my attention as fully as Henning Juul and he has. In his latest thriller, Enger has brought a whole cast of characters that will haunt readers, that will get under the skin of readers and leave them questioning their motives and actions.

With a timeline that jumps between “then” and “now”, readers witness events in the small Norwegian village of Fredheim, and uncover secrets and suspicion rife in the community. A complex plot coupled with intelligent writing makes this an enthralling read and one that will pull readers in, tempting them to read another chapter, seducing them with the idea that knowledge about the dark secrets lies just ahead.
An atmospheric and often dark setting, Inborn is the sort of book that really has that something extra, that something you can’t quite put your finger on but it works so well.

The characters in this are multidimensional and whilst not always likeable, there is no denying there is a certain magnetism that emanates from them. It is impossible to read this without feeling some form of pull, needing to know more about their pasts, to know what drives them. The style of narration, hearing the voice of Even as he tries to make sense of events past and present, keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
It’s also quite interesting seeing things from the perspective of the investigating police officer, exploring the details of his private life as well as in a professional light. Without a doubt, he’s a character I would love to encounter in another book.
This all culminates in a truly thought provoking read that poses many questions to the reader, asking them what they believe, who they believe and how inexplicably connected the lives of the villagers are.

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** My thanks to Anne Cater & Karen Sullivan for my copy of this novel and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

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?

My Thoughts & Review:

The Henning Juul series was one that I discovered late, frankly too late for it to be acceptable.  I started on book four of the series and absolutely loved everything about the book so went back and bought the previous books to work through at my leisure.  Now I have the final book of the series in my hands, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to this character….

For those not familiar with the writing style of Thomas Enger, allow me to foolishly try to sum it up, gripping, gritty, dark, emotive and spectacular.  There are so many more ways to describe it but I don’t think I can find the perfect words to convey how brilliant it is.

Henning Juul is a man on a mission, he wants to find out who was behind the fire that killed his son and will stop at nothing to find out, even if it means placing his life in the utmost danger.  His role as a crime reporter grants him access to some of the shadiest characters and their secrets, but that’s only if they stay alive long enough to share those secrets with Henning.    I am loathe to say much about the plot of this novel, there are so many clever aspects to it, and Enger has surpassed himself with this book.  Whilst clues are dangled tantalisingly close to you as a reader, you cannot quite see them through the mists and you almost don’t want to guess ahead.  You want to be kept in the dark, you want to see what’s lurking in the shadows of Enger’s mind and see where he plans to take his characters and join them on the thrilling ride.

The prologue at the beginning of the book really pulls a reader in and has them almost wanting to launch the book across the room (please don’t, you will either break your electronic device or your book, and scare any animals around you), it’s powerful stuff and so fantastically written that it makes you hold your breath in anticipation/worry.

I absolutely loved the development of characters in this, and even when I was supposed to dislike a character because of their actions, I couldn’t help but feel some shred of sympathy towards them, kudos to you Mr Enger!  The link between Henning Juul and his ex wife Nora was always going to be a delicate one, they loved one another once, they had a child together, and they suffered his death.  But the way that these two are written is fantastic, their bond is probably stronger after what has happened and instead of ripping them apart, it has almost made them better friends and support for each other.
The rawness of emotion that is woven throughout the plot is what makes this book stand out for me, lies and secrets bring so many things with them, but the emotions attached to them are what makes them more potent and here Enger stamps his mark on Nordic Noir with writing that leeches from the pages, gets under the skin of readers and leaves them feeling so tied to the characters and the story.

An utterly enthralling offering from one of my favourite crime fiction writers, and I would recommend that you do check out the soundcloud link at the back of the book to listen to the beautiful piece of music composed by Thomas Enger, it’s breathtaking!

Alas, now I have to say goodbye to Henning Juul…….*sobs*

You can buy a copy of Killed via:

Wordery
Book Depository
Amazon UK

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 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.


Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour, there are some brilliant reviews and guest posts to read – why not check back on the previous days to catch up on what you might have missed too?  Don’t forget to check out the blog for my co-host Liz Loves Books today!

 

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Welcome along to The Quiet Knitter’s stop on the blog tour for Thomas Enger’s “Cursed”, I am delighted to share my review of this immensely brilliant thriller with you all.

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Published: 15 February 2017
5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Orenda Publishing as part of the blog tour

 

Description:

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.

My Thoughts & Review:

When I started this book I didn’t realise this was actually the fourth book in the series following Henning Juul, it reads pretty spectacularly as a stand alone novel, but I have gone and bought the previous three so I can catch up on this wonderful character and the superb writing of Thomas Enger.

Nordic Noir has reached its pinnacle for me with this book, it is breathtakingly brilliant.  Enger grabs his audience with a very dark and disturbing opening, the murder of man out walking his dog in the forest, and takes great care to ensure that the reader is kept gussing as to the connection between the murder victim and the main strands of the plot.  The way in which he masterfully weaves a tangled plot together is something to behold.  When reading this I kept wondering how it would all link up, where it was going but all the while enjoying the deliciously twisted writing.  I am loathe to give away details, it’s cleverly crafted, well structured and all consuming.

Vivid descriptions of Oslo and the surrounding landscapes are mesmerising, I felt that I could conjure clear images from the details given.  The characters are also incredibly detailed, readers cannot help but feel connected to Nora and Henning, there is a powerful bond between these two despite their relationship having been over for some time.  The way in which Thomas Enger writes these characters, especially Henning, makes me desperate to find out more….so book 5 needs to be out pretty soon please!

With most translated novels there is the fear that something will be lost when transcribing from the author’s native language to English, but I have to say the pairing of Thomas Enger and Kari Dickson is something akin to genius!  Dickson’s skills ensure that  this novel reads as though it were originally written in English and none of the subtle nuances are lost.  I am always in awe of the work translators do, and Kari Dickson is one that deserves much praise.

An immensely brilliant thriller from an author I will be watching closely from now on!

You can buy a copy of “Cursed” via Amazon here or directly from Orenda Books eBookstore here

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 aninternational 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.


Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour, there are some brilliant reviews and guest posts to read – why not check back on the previous days to catch up on what you might have missed too?

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