Last year, I read The Mine by Antii Tuomainen and I loved it. I was blown away by the atmospheric style of the writing and the spell bounding descriptions of the Finnish landscape. This is why I am especially thrilled to be able to be a part of the Orenda blog tour for The Man Who Died, another novel, by Antti Tuomainen.
This one is completely different from The Mine. Following a successful man in the mushroom business, Jaakko, who is shocked when his doctor tells him he is dying. Having a few mere days or weeks to leave, Jaakko is further shocked to learn that his cause of his pending passing is prolonged exposure to toxins. Someone has been poisoning him. Desperate to find out who is responsible, Jaakko digging into his own life and finds himself thrust into a suspenseful rollercoaster. Filled with heart-pounding emotions and deliciously dark humour, this book stood out from the moment I turned the first page.
One of the biggest features of the text that stood out for me was the paranoia within the prose. Jaakko is completely paranoid and on edge in regards to who has been trying to slowly kill him (and rightfully so!). Tuomainen brilliantly captures this feeling throughout the pages and I found myself worked up during my reading. I was looking over my own shoulder and second-guessing what food was in front of me. His emotions throughout the course of the text felt so realistic.
This book is certainly one of the most unique that I have read. Needless to say, I sat down to read this one and was not able to put it down. Without saying much to spoil the plot, I must say, a particular moment at the end, during a speech was one of my favourite parts of the text. Just brilliant!
Thanks to Orenda books and the author for a copy of this book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.