This is a cracker of a book – I couldn’t put it down! Death Deserved is Nordic Noir at its best. And I’m giving you the chance to win a copy. Happy times! 😊 But more about that later…
First let me tell you about Death Deserved…
This is the first novel in a gripping new crime series set in Norway. Believe me, it has everything you want from Nordic Noir with a unique, thought provoking plot and characters with real depth. I found it tense, I found it exciting. Basically I was annoyed that life got in the way and stopped me reading this great book in one go.
Death Deserved introduces us to Alexander Blix, a workaholic, middle aged police officer. Blix has real integrity, but is haunted by his past. When he begins to investigate the disappearance of a famous, controversial athlete, his past confronts him head on
Blix is breaking all the rules of the investigation by being helped by celebrity journalist Emma Ramm. She also has her secrets with a fear of getting too close to people.
As the investigation becomes more sinister, both Blix and Emma realise they are hunting a serial killer who wants to show off to the world. Yet as the investigation intensifies and media interest grows, Blix finds his past is catching up with him as he gets more emotionally entangled.
I loved many aspects about this book, especially the characters of Emma and Blix. Both have depth, a vulnerability and a poignant connection. I am so looking forward to exploring them further, especially their relationship in the forthcoming books in the series.
However I think it was the clever plot structure of Death Deserved that I particularly liked. I swear, when Emma and Blix realise exactly how the murderer has planned the killings, I got the shivers. And then the shivers get coming as the plot developed. I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to spoil the plot for you – but I found it so exciting!
At times I found the plot slightly convoluted, but this made me concentrate on the story all the more. I also enjoyed the sub plot of reality TV which was threaded throughout the story, which skillfully portrayed Blix’s complexity and vulnerability all the more.
What I found so suprising about Death Deserved is that it written by two novelists, Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger. The writing really flowed and I couldn’t tell this novel was written by two separate people. There is no doubt about it, Horst and Enger have teamed up to create an exciting new crime series. Death Deserved would also be fantastic for the screen.
Thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour to help publicise the UK publication of Death Deserved, which was published by Orenda Books on 20th February. So it’s available for you all now to buy!
But I’m giving you the chance to win your very own copy of Death Deserved. All you need to do for your chance to win is to follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, share this blog post via the social media and tag me (Twitter: @KirstHutchison, Instagram: @noveldelights) by 6pm on Tuesday 25th February. The winner will be announced later that evening. Please note that this competition is only open to people with a UK/Ireland address.
Good luck everyone!
And to read the reviews from my fellow book bloggers also on the blog tour of Death Deserved, please see below.
Happy reading everyone! 🙂