It’s finally my stop on the blog tour for Cursed by Thomas Enger and I am so excited about this!!!!
Before I start harping on, here’s the blurb . . .
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.
My thoughts . . .
What a fantastic book!!!!
Cursed is the first book I have read by Thomas Enger but it will not be my last, not by a long shot!
When Nora is approached by the husband of missing school friend Hedda Hellberg, the journalist is immediately drawn to help him uncover what has happened. As her investigation starts to gather momentum, it soon becomes clear that Hedda hasn’t simply run away but there are things going within her own family that may have links to her sudden disappearance.
Nora’s ex-husband, Henning Juul, has taken leave from his job at a rival newspaper. He needs answers. Who started the fire in his apartment? The fire that, two years ago, killed their son. And why?
As their separate investigations continue, it soon becomes very clear that they are linked, but how and why and will either of them figure it out before more blood is shed?
Even though it part of a series, it works perfectly as a stand alone novel so don’t be put off, it wasn’t at all hard to know what had happened in the past, there is enough information for you to know.
I connected with this book immediately, I was there, in the pages both in terms of the scene descriptives and the characters. I was invested in them from the start and to me that, is a sign of a very talented author. The ability to hook someone in like this is wonderful.
I honestly could not put this book down (well, I actually went to the Leeds leg of the #OrendaRoadshow and got Thomas to sign the book for me so I did have to put it down for a little bit, but you know what I mean!)
My gosh Ms Sullivan! You certainly know how to pick us some amazing books lady! What a bloody belter! Enger spins a fantastic yarn in Cursed; it is slick, classy and very intelligent. A page turner in every sense of the phrase!
There is lots going in this plot but it is easy to keep up with, even with the pace of the book, it is fast and furious, the type of book with which one chapter is never quite enough.
And oh my god that bloody ending! Flipping amazing!!!!
Needless to say I loved it and I absolutely cannot wait for the next instalment!
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.