Book Review: The Mine by Antti Tuomainen


This book has that special something that keeps you reading.

From the back cover:

A hitman. A journalist. A family torn apart. Can he uncover the truth before it’s too late?

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.

A traumatic story of family, a study in corruption, and a shocking reminder that secrets from the past can return to haunt us, with deadly results … The Mine is a gripping, beautifully written, terrifying and explosive thriller by the King of Helsinki Noir.

My Thoughts:

This was such an enjoyable read that I could easily have read it in one sitting, but I wasn’t ready to leave the Finnish atmosphere so I spread my read over two days, and I’m already eager to return to the Nordic setting.

The Mine is a subtle thriller, with its dark and moody atmosphere surrounding the plot, this book has that special something, when a book is not particularly fast-paced but your absorbed by the plot which is so beautifully suspenseful and real.

Before reading this book, I never thought a story about mining would be my cup of tea, but with characters such as these, and a story so cleverly told, I am a fan. The characters were so wonderfully developed. Janne Vuori, the journalist, being my favourite, alongside trying to uncover the secrets of the mine, and stay alive, I enjoyed reading the way his work impacted his personal life. He was drawn into this case so deeply, even at the expense of some of his personal relationships, you can’t help but be drawn in right alongside him. I wasn’t expecting this book to evoke such emotion in me, I don’t want to spoil the plot so I won’t give too much away, so I’ll just say, while reading I had a reoccurring thought “oh, Janne’s so sweet, he just wants to do the right thing, just be a little more patient with him, please.” Some readers may dislike Janne due to his need to uncover this mining conspiracy at the expense of his family, but I found his passion, his conviction, his quest for the truth welcoming. The portrayal of these family dynamics was told in a very real way.

Alongside the main story, was the storyline of Emil, Janne’s father, returning to his son’s life after a 30 year absence, this added another lovely dimension to this story. Where has his dad been all this time and why now has he returned?

While reading this book, nothing jumped off the page at me in an obvious way, there was no overly dramatic moments but Tuomainen’s writing was simple, yet effective, the characters so well developed that I wish this book was longer, so I could keep reading. I definitely recommend this book, it’s cold in Finland, and Tuomainen makes sure you know that in his description of the setting throughout the book. Grab a copy of this book, grab a cuppa and come to Finland, let this author’s beautiful, atmospheric writing sooth your soul.

Before I wrap up this review, I must commend David Hackston on the amazing job he did, translating this book.

 *My thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for providing me with a copy of this book*

This book is available to buy now from: Amazon UK

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