Investigative journalist, Janne Vuori, has always been a dedicated reporter. When he is approached to cover a story involving a mining company, whose illegal actions have caused an environmental crisis in a small town in Northern Finland, he is shocked to find out what this case could cost him. His job, his family and his life.
The Mine, by Antti Tuomainen, is an environmental thriller set in Finland. I am still fairly new to the “nordic noir” genre but I am slowly realizing why so many people are in love with this genre. Between the multifarious characters, the intricate plots and the descriptive landscapes, I cannot get enough! The Mine was no exception, from the first page to the last, I was completely absorbed in Janne Vuori’s world.
The novel opens with Janne taking an anonymous tip to investigate a mining company. As he begins to investigate, his family life begins to suffer and, soon, he is in over his head in the investigation. The novel is told through alternating perspectives; Janne, the investigative reporter as he struggles to balance his work and his family and by Emil, a hit man. Tensions build as the connection between these two characters is made and as members of the mining company cooperation begin to be targeted and murdered.
As with most Orenda books, I found this novel to be eerie and unnerving. For those of you who enjoy a smart thriller that relies on careful prose to build tension rather than descriptive violence, this will be a perfect read for you. This book holds no grisly depictions of brutality, instead, Tuomainen relies on the aftermath of the crimes committed and the effects it takes on those around them.
I found myself spellbound by the descriptions of the Finnish landscape. Tuomainen perfectly describes the surroundings and I found myself transported through his depictions.
I have never been disappointed with an Orenda published read, and The Mine did not put an end to that streak.
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Thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for providing me a copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.