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.
Well, another corker from Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books – regular readers of this blog will be under no illusions that I am huge and unashamed fan of this publisher. She has a phenomenal eye for a story.
The Mine is no exception. Part crime story, part conspiracy, with a dash of mystery thrown in for good measure. It’s a splendid concoction of beautifully evocative locations and compelling characters. Can Janne get to the bottom of the mysterious goings-on at the Mine before it’s too late?
I really liked the way the story played out with Janne’s investigation contrasting with the killer at work (and some deliciously horrible scenes there!). Definitely a page-turner that’ll keep you up into the wee small hours, though it’s a pretty quick read so not *too* many late nights!
You can check out a Q&A with Antti Tuomainen over at Lucy Hay’s blog. Antti can also be found on Facebook (you can like his page here) and he’s also on Twitter @antti_tuomainen and Instagram@anttituomainen, or his website at www.anttituomainen.com.
Many thanks, as always, to Karen from Orenda Books for the review copy. Opinions are, of course, my own.