So today is my stop on the Finnish Invasion blog tour for Antti Tuomainen’s The Mine. I’ll be sharing my review with you all but first, here’s all the important bookish info:
About the book:
In the dead of winter, investigative reporter Janne Vuori sets out to uncover the truth about a mining company, whose illegal activities have created an environmental disaster in a small town in Northern Finland. When the company’s executives begin to die in a string of mysterious accidents, and Janne’s personal life starts to unravel, past meets present in a catastrophic series of events that could cost him his life.
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About the author:
Finnish Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later. In 2011 Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. The Finnish press labeled The Healer – the story of a writer desperately searching for his missing wife in a post-apocalyptic Helsinki – ‘unputdownable’. Two years later in 2013 they crowned Tuomainen “The king of Helsinki Noir” when Dark as my Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula. Antti Tuomainen’s latest novel The Mine is published by Orenda Books.
The Mine… well, where to begin… It creeps under your skin. Your mind wanders back to it when you’re not reading it. It took me longer than normal to read, but in a way I’m glad because the characters didn’t leave me during the time it took. Slow but suspenseful prose shrouded in the freezing cold atmospheric locations make The Mine a truly chilling read.
While the blurb gives you a description, it doesn’t give you the full story. The reader is left to uncover what is truth and what is deception within the pages. With elements of shady corruption, a conspiracy theory vibe and some menacing characters, The Mine was an ice cold treat of a book.
I really liked Janne. At times during the course of the book I felt sorry for him for reasons I wont say as I don’t want to say anything out of turn. There is more than just a noirish thriller here, its got heart and emotion at its core. Unexpected, but a great slice of humanity in the midst of all the badness.
If you know me, and read my blog, you’ll know that these are the books that keep me warm at night. The colder the climate, the happier I am as a reader. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Mine. Antti Tuomainen’s skillful storytelling is as sharp as an ice pick, and I cannot wait to read more from him.
I can’t say much more. If you like your thrillers to be peppered with a little bit of conspiracy and action, then The Mine is most certainly one to pick up!
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