I haven’t read a lot of translated books, so I was extremely excited for this one.
I could probably count on one hand the translated books…and they’re things like Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol. But this? THIS is a mystery thriller. And it’s Finnish! And usually I’ll shove my book recommendations down your throat closer to release date, but I’m a special snowflake and am allowed to post this early.
\\ Thank you Hot Keys Books for the ARC! As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka was published August 7th, 2014. //
Seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson is hardly your average teenager. She lives by herself in the city of Tampere, Finland, and has a firm rule to mind nobody’s business but her own. But that rule is put to the test when she happens upon five hundred washed euro notes hanging up to dry in her school’s darkroom, and it is shattered once Lumikki realises who owns them.
Caught in an increasingly tangled web of deception, corruption and danger, Lumikki finds herself navigating the Tampere’s dark underbelly in the search to expose its shocking connection to the international drugs trade. Lumikki is smart, but is she smarter than a master criminal? Can she bring down the infamous ‘Polar Bear’ – or will she become another one of his victims?
WHY YOU SHOULD REALLY READ THIS BOOK:
1) I liked it
This is the first reason you should read it. When have I ever lead you astray? I have a very refined bookish taste. Like the Critic in the Ratatouille movie. This is me with books:
“And when I don’t like it…I spit it out.”
Gee, he was a scary foodie. But enough about that movie! We’re talking about As Red As Blood! I read this book in one afternoon, despite everyone asking me to get up and do things every. six. seconds, which lead to me hiding so I could finish it.
2) It’s set in Tampere, Finland!
3) It’s not quite a “fairy tale retelling”, but it has elements!
4) Speaking of Lumikki: she’s freakishly awesome.
Yes! Yes you smart and intelligent girl! She also takes her coffee black and bitter, which I don’t but I can, if you know what I mean. Although let’s swap the veggie curry for some pasta, okay? Then we shall be book-twins for ever and ever.
Because I connected to Lumikki so fast (and forcefully) it just escalated the book to pure awesome for me. The downside was that there are other POVs, so we can see more of the mystery and add in the suspense while reading. I didn’t enjoy any of them apart from Lumikki’s view point. In a way it IS exciting for the readers to know more about the mystery and then the tension escalates as you see what the badies are going to do, but the characters don’t know.
Ohhh, HOLD ME. I’m going to choke on my bitter black coffee.
5) It’s basically a mystery about bloody money.
It had some elements I wasn’t so fussed on, but all in all? I had a good time.
CAIT @ PAPER FURY…
…loves mysteries. She likes the whoosh as they past by her brain totally unsolved because, let’s face it, she sucks at solving mysteries. Although, while watching multiple hours of Sherlock Holmes, she IS getting better. If there is a cleaner in the background of a scene? Ding, ding, we have our murderer. She’s read a lot of books this week, but right now she’s gnawing on FALLING INTO PLACE.