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Norwegian noir tale of two journalists' investigations – quite good

Cursed (Henning Juul) - Thomas Enger, Kari Dickson


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This seems to be the fourth in a series of five books about the journalist, Henning Juul, but it's the first that I have read. Therein lies my only problem with this crime novel as one feeds directly into the next one (like the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson). Not having read the three previous volumes left me at a disadvantage although some explanation is given as the book progresses.

The plot involves two journalists, Henning Juul and his ex-wife, Nora Klemetsen, both carrying out investigations. He is looking into past associates and the fire that killed their son while she is looking into the disappearance of a former flatmate. Eventually both cases come together to a limited extent.

The plot is well-devised and the characters are developed and interesting. A bit of a slow burner, it is nonetheless engaging and ends on a real cliffhanger, presumably heralding in the final volume. I enjoyed it but probably would have appreciated it a lot more if I'd read the three previous books.