Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger: Smoke Screen

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Smoke Screen. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


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 Smeplass, 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…


I really enjoyed Death Deserved so I was pleased to see that Smoke Screen marks a second outing for Alexander Blix and Emma Ramm. They are both brilliant characters who are determined in their line of work, but also have interesting personal stories in which the reader can invest. I would recommend reading this series in order to get the most out of the books. Blix and Emma work separately so we see what is happening with each character in alternate chapters which is a great way to build the tension.

There are two stories that form the plot of Smoke Screen and both of them could form a novel in their own right. I found it difficult at first to make connections between the two strands, but I must learn to be more patient! Horst and Enger are wonderful writers (ably assisted by a talented translator in Megan Turney) and it is the complexity of the plot that makes the novel so engaging. I loved all the twists and turns and was very eager to see how everything would fit together.

The ending of Smoke Screen is incredibly tense. These scenes are so well written that I had to remind myself to breathe!

I hope to see more of these characters soon as I think these authors work brilliantly together and there is definitely more to come from Blix and Emma.

Smoke Screen is available from Amazon.

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