Title: Death Deserved by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger
Translated by: Anne Bruce
Date Published: 6th February 2020
Publisher: Orenda Books
Genre: Nordic Noir
Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.
Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl.
Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just
Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flair for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.
Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…
I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour and Orenda book for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Death Deserved is the first co-written novel between Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger and I really hope there are going to be more.
When Sonya Nordstrøm doesn’t show up for the launch of her controversial new autobiography, celebrity blogger Emma Ramm pays her a visit. At Sonya’s house there’s signs of a struggle so she calls the police. Alexander Blix is dispatched to investigate. What they both don’t realise is that this is just the beginning of a sadistic game that will come too close to home…
Death Deserved is one of those novels that keeps you on your toes throughout, you’re never quite sure what clever plot twist the authors are going to throw at you!
It’s been a while since I’ve read any Scandi-noir and this book really reminds me why I love the genre so much. It’s tense, it’s dark, and honestly there’s never a dull moment.
I loved both Emma and Blix. It’s a little bit of an odd pairing, a blogger and a police officer but it works well for the story. Both characters have emotional baggage and a few surprising secrets. I really enjoyed watching their relationship progress through the story.
Death Deserved is an utterly gripping read that I’d definitely recommend if you love good police procedural.
About The AuthorsJørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense. Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer. Death Deserved is Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller.