Today I’m thrilled to be reviewing the first collaboration between these authors. Many thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: 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 not seeing…
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…
My Review: This is a fabulous read. It’s one of those books that grabs you from the first page but also is a slow burn of a story as we watch the investigation unfold and see all the threads come together.
There’s a lot to this story, the investigations of missing people, Blix and his history, Emma Ramm and her perspective and experiences and other characters as well. This could be overwhelming if written by someone else but in the hands of these two very skilled authors. I know the book is written by two people but it doesn’t show. If it wasn’t clear on the cover you would think it was one author because the writing is seamless.
The story shines a spotlight on fame and whether it is deserved and also highlights just how much fame and media attention people get in a world obsessed with celebrity and social media. It shows how much publicity people get without making that the main point of the story which is the investigation and the connection between Blix and Emma. I liked both characters, they have flaws but not in the clichéd way that some detective stories have flawed characters. These ones are understandable and realistic and I found myself empathising with them.
I hope this is the first of more books from these two authors, particularly with these characters in them. I’d love to see more of the same twisted, dark mystery and the depth of investigation that goes with it. If you like Nordic crime you definitely won’t be disappointed.
About the authors:
Jørn 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.