Pierced – Thomas Enger ★★★★★

Blurb; Oslo’s top investigative crime reporter Henning Juul is still haunted by the death of his son. Every time he looks in the mirror, he sees the scars from the horrible fire that killed his six-year-old boy. So when he receives a message from convicted murderer Tore Pulli, he can’t stop himself from following up: “If you find out who set me up, I’ll tell you what happened the day your son died.”

Pierced follows Henning Juul to Tore Pulli’s prison cell, where the felon sends the reporter on a quest to find the real killer behind his false conviction. Juul knows the murders pinned to Pulli don’t bear his signature, but when Pulli is found dead of an apparent suicide, Juul begins to realize there’s much more at stake. As he digs deeper, he strikes up a fragile partnership with Iver Gundersen, a journalist now living with Juul’s ex-wife. Together, the two men rush headlong into a gangland power struggle, delving into an impenetrable world. Uncovering more questions than answers, Juul soon comes to understand that he has to find not one, but several killers—money-hungry men more dangerous than any he has encountered before—if he ever wants to solve the mystery of his son’s death.

My Review; Pierced is book number two in the Henning Juul series and the heat is on full in this story! Plenty of deaths throughout, mysteries and an unexpected outcome and shocker of an ending!

While yet again a part of the story has already been spoilt for me as I read book five first it still had plenty to keep my interested and hooked throughout. Who really set up Tore Pulli? And who really killed Jocke Brolenius? It will be the last person you ever expected! Brilliant. Well written story and plot.

Pierced is fast paced, contains short chapters and will have you suspecting EVERYONE and doubting yourself over and over. I am really loving and enjoying this series, very impressed. I wonder what lies ahead for Henning in book number three… A series I will be sad to complete. Highly recommend! But please read them in order!!!!

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Burned – Thomas Enger ★★★★★

Blurb; Uncovering class divisions, racial conflicts, and tangled emotions, this gritty, shocking novel of suspense heralds the arrival of a major new talent.

Henning Juul is a veteran investigative crime reporter in Oslo, Norway. A horrific fire killed his six-year-old son, cut scars across his face, and ended his marriage, and on his first day back at the job after the terrible tragedy a body is discovered in one of the city’s public parks. A beautiful female college student has been stoned to death and buried up to her neck, her body left bloody and exposed. The brutality of the crime shakes the whole country, but despite his own recent trauma – and the fact that his ex-wife’s new boyfriend is also on the case – Henning is given the assignment. When the victim’s boyfriend, a Pakistani native, is arrested, Henning feels certain the man is innocent. This was not simply a Middle Eastern-style honor killing in the face of adultery – it was a far more complicated gesture, and one that will drag Henning into a darkness he’s never dreamed of.

My Review; Burned is book number one in the Henning Juul series. I stupidly read book five first so have decided to start from book one now! There is just something different and something I love about this series. It’s addictive.

Burned is a great first story to the series and introduces all the characters perfectly alongside a thrilling mystery of what really happened to Henriette? I must admit I have spoiled some aspects of the book already as I read book five first but it still had me hooked and plenty to keep me guessing and engaged! This is why you read series’s IN ORDER!!

Henning is a journalist for an online newspaper and is facing his own personal issues/demons while returning back to work after 2 years. However, he would make a brilliant detective rather than a journalist! I did also not expect that outcome of the whole case/mystery either. Brilliant.

Burned is a fast paced, easy to read story that can easily be devoured and contains short chapters. A very cleverly researched and planned out story. A well deserved five stars from me and I would totally recommend this series to you all so far. I’m off to dive into book two now (Pierced).

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*BLOG BLITZ* Next To Die – T.J. Brearton ★★★★

Blurb; Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.

When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her…

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

My Review; I must start by saying why have I not heard of this author before now? I AM GUTTED! What a brilliant author and story, I feel like I have missed out massively now on his previous stories but never mind, I will catch up. A new favourite author to look forward too.

Anyway, woah! What a brilliant opening to this story even if it is a little dark and full on. It just pulls the reader straight in and then you’re trapped till you’ve finished, sorry. I found it a fast paced, easy read but some chapters were a bit too long for my liking. But it is a bloody brilliant story with an action packed, explosive ending that will make your jaw drop. I awarded a well deserved four stars.

A cleverly written story and plot! I did not expect the outcome at all, a true shocker. This story has made me realise how cr*p I would actually be at solving cases! I would highly recommend Next To Die to you all!

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