Time for another round of Yvonne’s Shorties! This time around a Nordic noir finale that ended up being one of the strongest books of the series and a bookish contemporary romance I loved.
(Henning Juul #5)
Author: Thomas Enger
Translator: Kari Dickson
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: 2015
Publisher: Orenda Books
Finished reading: July 5th 2022
(Originally written in Norwegian: ‘Banesår’)
“Henning looked over at the candle that was still burning down on the desk beside him. It reminded him that his time was steadily running out.”
I’ve been slowly working my way through the Henning Juul books these last couple of months, and Killed is book number five and the final book of the series. Which means that I’ve finally managed to cross another pending series off my list again! And what a finale it was… There is no doubt that this series ended on a strong note and Killed is probably one of the best books of the series. The ominous feel of the previous books grows even stronger and the sense of danger is sky high while you race through the pages of this final book. What a way to end the series with a bang! This is definitely a series to read in order though, because each book makes multiple references to what happened before and Henning’s investigation into the death of his son basically spans all five books. On top of missing out on important background information, you will also come across major spoilers if you read them out of order! Killed itself feels like it has a faster pace than the previous books, which probably has a lot to do with the fact that there is so much tension and danger lurking around every corner… No character is safe and you are wondering how on earth Henning will be able to find a way out of the whole situation. There were without a doubt a couple of twists I didn’t see coming at all! Killed turned out to be a very strong end to a successful series, and Thomas Enger is firm on my list of favorite Nordic noir authors.
“Sometimes, even when you start with the last page and you think you know everything, a book finds a way to surprise you.”
I loved my first two experiences with her contemporary romance reads, so of course I added Book Lovers to my list of most anticipated releases as soon as I first heard about it. Add the fact that it has a bookish angle and what feels like an enemy-to-lover trope, and I’ve been dying to read it ever since… Especially since so many people have been raving about it recently. Now that I’ve had the chance to read Book Lovers myself, I definitely understand the love for this story! There is just something about the writing style, banter and characters in general that just clicks. I was hooked as soon as I read the first chapter, and I had such a fantastic time getting to know both Nora and Charlie better… The cast of characters in general is great, but sparks literally fly whenever Nora and Charlie are in the same room. The bookish elements only increased my love for this story, and I especially loved the fact that Dusty’s newest novel makes so many references to Nora’s life. It’s such a clever way of incorporating a book within a book! Sunshine Falls is also the perfect backdrop for this story, and I could really appreciate how the story talked about tropes all the time and didn’t resort to turning Nora’s character growth into such a cliche and instead staying true to who she is. Book Lovers ended up being such a wonderful read for me and the ending was perfect as well. Without doubt worth the hype!