When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, where she has been grieving for her recently dead father, her husband discovers that his wife’s 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 death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. With the loss of his son to deal with, as well as threats to his own life and to that of his ex-wife, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history. (From Amazon)
I was given this book for free, Via the Publisher, in exchange of an honest review**
I am not exactly sure, if this is a series, I suppose I should check into that (turns out it’s book four), the ending leads me to believe it is. However, it was still an exceptional book. I think it speaks volumes that the author could write so in-depth and descriptive that I could pick up book four, and not get lost reading it, having not read the first 3 books. So major kudos to him! Every character was suspicious, they all had motives, but finding out who it was, and why they did it, really surprised me. Although I had a slight suspicion about this character. The ending has me wanting more, I need to find out what it means!!
I have never read anything by Thomas Enger, and to be honest, I had never even heard of him prior to this blog tour. But his name is now one I will look out for.
This book was suspenseful, thrilling, and I know everyone says it, but I did not want to put it down. I was pulled in from the opening paragraph. Some books can pull you in quick, others have a slow build, and sadly some books just never pull you in. This book was exceptional. I am now adding more of Thomas Enger’s books to my library.