The Henning Juul series by Thomas Enger

So, you’re a bookworm. And suddenly, you find you have the time to read as much as you’ve always wanted to. What better time to start catching up on series than right now?! I thought I’d offer some tips over the next few days/weeks/months (? Yikes!)

Today, I’m shining the spotlight on the Henning Juul series by Thomas Enger.


Two years after he lost his son in a fire, crime journalist Henning Juul starts working again. Emotionally speaking, he’s shot down, but he tries to pick up the pieces of his life. However, to do so, he must get to the bottom of what really happened when his son died.

The first three books of this series were published by Faber & Faber, the last two by Orenda Books. Why am I mentioning this, you wonder? I shall tell you. Because I didn’t actually know this at the time. If you have been following my blog, then you know that I am cursed (see what I did there?) by the logic that dictates I start a series from the very beginning. However, I read Cursed first, which is book four as I was unaware that there were three books preceding it. Then I read books one to three, and finally ended with book five. It made my head spin, I tell you.

Don’t be like me! There is some amazingly intricate plotting throughout this entire series, which you can only appreciate when you’ve read all the books in order, and to see all the pieces of the puzzle come together was just incredibly exciting. Watching Henning Juul’s character develop and mature throughout was an absolute delight. So do yourself a favour and start at the beginning so you too can enjoy the full experience and see the various threads unravel. It’s so worth it!

The good news, or the sad news depending on which way you look at it, is that this series has come to an end. Five books. That’s it. Come on! You can easily read those in a week! I challenge you! 😉. While it’s of course a shame to see any series come to an end, I will always prefer it being done in this way with a most satisfying conclusion, instead of having it dragged out and end up going nowhere. The ending is fitting, just perfect, and I’m glad the author chose to wrap things up the way he did.

Thomas Enger is responsible for my introduction to the Scandi-Noir genre and for that reason alone, the Henning Juul series will always have a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did, if you decide to give it a go.

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Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date.

In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult).

Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

  9 comments for “The Henning Juul series by Thomas Enger

  1. April 1, 2020 at 10:17 am

    A most satisfying conclusion eh? There’s me dropping all the books I meant to read this month so I can continue this series first 😄

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    • April 15, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Finished them yet? 😏

      Liked by 1 person

      • April 16, 2020 at 8:17 pm

        I did pick up Cursed right after! I still have the final one to read but I needed to shake things up a bit first, read something completely different.


  2. April 1, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Haha. Great minds. I am just finishing up Scarred then we have a full Enger week later this month with reviews of all of his books.

    This is such a great series isn’t it? I read out of order now and everything is so much clearer now. Love the books though

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    • April 15, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Makes all the difference, reading them in order, doesn’t it? A great series indeed and I’m loving your Enger week!

      Liked by 1 person

      • April 15, 2020 at 4:41 pm

        It really does. So many questions now answered. Thank you. I’ve had fun catching up. He’s such a great writer.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. April 1, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Loving this new feature Eva xx

    Liked by 2 people

    • April 15, 2020 at 10:50 am

      So pleased to hear that! And luckily I have a long list of series to get through 😂

      Liked by 1 person

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