Looking for a bold, fast paced read with a damn good twisting plot? Then look no further…
Smoke Screen, the latest novel in the Nordic noir Blix & Ramm crime series is published today and it’s nail biting. I was hooked from beginning to end.
When I was offered the chance to read and review this I jumped at the chance as I loved Death Deserved, the first novel in this gripping crime series. With its emotional and clever plot, Smoke Screen, the second novel in the series is a winner.
There’s no doubt about it – the Blix & Ramm crime series is Nordic noir at its best.
When workaholic police officer Alexander Blix and online journalist Emma Ramm are caught up in a bomb attack at Oslo Harbour, they are led to believe the attack is linked to the unsolved kidnapping of a two-year old child from a decade ago.
Blix has always been haunted by the kidnapping of Patricia as so many lives were ruined. Being a father himself and never knowing if Patricia is alive or dead has continued to haunt him. So when the mother of the kidnapped child is severely injured from the bomb attack, he begins to look into the unsolved case again.
Emma, struggling with her own trauma and heartache from the bomb blast and using her work as an escape, employs her journalistic instinct that also leads her to the unsolved kidnapping of Patricia.
I loved the plot of Smoke Screen. It is so clever, emotional and skilfully constructed. I also really enjoyed returning to the characters of Blix and Ramm, who both have their vulnerabilities that are only privy to us the readers. They also have a very emotional poignant connection, which is revealed in Death Deserved.
Like Death Deserved, I feel Smoke Screen would work really well as a TV adaptation. It would have us sitting on the edge of our seats and hiding behind cushions. This is a story that grips us emotionally and intellectually.
And also like Death Deserved, the new novel is written by two writers, Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger. Believe me, you would never know from reading it as the narrative flows really well.
Thank you once again to to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour to help publicise the UK publication of Smoke Screen, which has been translated into English by Megan Turney.
Smoke Screen is published today, Thursday 18th February by Orenda Books. If you want a gripping read to take you away from the monotony of lockdown, grab your copy now!