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Oslo, New Year’s Eve. The annual firework celebration is rocked by an explosion and the city is put on terrorist alert.
Police officer Alexander Blix and Blogger Emma Ramm are on the scene, and when a severely injured survivor is pulled from the icy harbour, she is identified as the mother of two-year-old Patricia Semplass, who was kidnapped on her way home from kindergarten ten years earlier…. and never found.
Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the unsolved case, as public interest heightens, the terror threat is raised, and it becomes clear that Patricia’s disappearance is not all that it seems…..
The second in the hard-boiled and furiously compelling Blix and Ramm series, created by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst, two of the biggest names in Nordic Noir.
What a fantastic read, I was gripped from the start of this book until the explosive ending. Before I could read this one I happened to have book one Death Deserved on my bookshelf, so thought perfect timing to begin the series, after all I find I have to read books in order so that I get to know the characters. I am glad I did so in this case. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone novel, there are a couple of mentions of the case in book one. Also you get to know how Blix and Ramm get to meet and how Blix knows who Ramm is.
I loved book one, so there is always that little worry that book two may not be as good, but in my opinion it was actually better, just showing that this duo of writers know exactly what they are doing. I love the short chapters. As the Prologue begins its New Years Eve and everyone is in the square at City Hall waiting for the countdown and fireworks to see in the new year. But Emma Ramm has gone for a different reason she feels that something is going to happen, is this because of the last case? Blix and Kovic are also both working, walking the Square as others are revelling around them. The countdown begins but as the clock reaches the stroke of midnight its not just fireworks that go off with a bang. People are running and screaming. Is this a terror attack? Or is it something more?
Emma is in shock, as she sees a lifeless body of someone she knows. Blix and Kovic check bodies near where the explosion went off, Blix rescues a woman from the water, severely injured, face badly burnt, but still alive, the ID on a bank card in the pocket of the woman says Ruth-Kristin Smeplass. Blix knows that name. Ten years earlier a two year old girl went missing, Patricia, Ruth-Kristin Smeplass was Patricia’s mother and for some time was one of the prime suspects in the case. What about Patricia’s father? Who sent him a photograph of a young girl he believes is Patricia just before the bomb went off? Was this just a coincidence?
Blix and Kovic’s boss, Gard Fosse calls them to a meeting where other heads of teams are gathered. The person heading up the whole investigation is Raymond Rafto, a chief Inspector from the Norwegian Police Security Service. Whilst everyone else is focused on this being a possible terrorist attack, Blix thinks differently he believes it’s to do with the missing child case. But Fosse isn’t convinced and tells Blix he is to work on the case as instructed as if it is a terrorist attack. Blix is no longer listening and decides to go with his gut instincts.
The plot of this book is so tightly written keeping you absolutely engrossed. The characters Blix and Ramm just work, Blix as the police officer still traumatised from an incident that had happened many years ago, that he had never really got over. Then Emma Ramm the journalist and blogger who has secrets and problems of her own. They just work together well. Blix feels protective towards Emma like a father figure, and Emma has great respect for Blix. I love how these two are developing. They are so believable, relatable and three dimensional.
The plot line in this one will have you on the edge of your seat at times, as the story twists and turns. Pulling the reader into different directions. What did happen to Patricia? Is she still alive? The actions some will go to to get their own way. But at whose expense? The climactic end is brilliant it had me reading until 4 in the morning as I just couldn’t put the book down until I had turned that last page.
This is a fantastic 5⭐️ read, I cannot wait for book 3 in the series now.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jorn 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 was Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller. They are currently working on the third book in the Blix and Ramm series