By Thomas Enger
Published by Orenda Books (15 February 2017)
When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has recently been grieving for her dead father, her husband discovers that her life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what's more, she appears to be connected to the murder of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests...
Cursed is a slow burning atmospheric Nordic Noir crime novel that builds up to a dramatic conclusion. It covers several dark themes, including grief, revenge, loss and family secrets.
Journalist Nora and her former partner Henning are dealing with the tragic death of their young son in different ways. Nora is trying to move on with her life, putting all of her energy into her work - focusing on the disappearance of an old friend, Hedda Hellberg. Henning isn't coping so well though. He's obsessed with discovering who lit the fire that killed their son, and is prepared to take extreme measures as he searches for the answers.
Although Cursed is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. It's well written, with some vivid descriptive prose and well-developed characters, and the multi-layered plot is intelligent, tense and gripping. It didn't take long for me to become immersed in the secrets of the Hellberg family and how they could be linked to the death of an old man in the Swedish forests.
For me, this book was all about surprises, from the subtle turns to the final shocking twist. It's certainly left me intrigued to read more.
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