Book Review: Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for “Palm Beach Finland” by Antti Tuomainen, organised by Anne Cater at Random Things Tours.

The Blurb:

Fargo meets Baywatch in a darkly funny thriller by the critically acclaimed author of The Man Who Died.
Multi-platform, buzz-building marketing & publicity campaign Bestselling Finnish crime novel of 2017 Challenges the Scandinavian crime-fiction genre formula.

Sex, lies and ill-fitting swimwear … Sun Protection Factor 100
Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’.
The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary. With a nod to Fargo, and the darkest noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a wicked black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives … from the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’.

The Author:

Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author.
The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later.
In 2011, Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award.
Two years later, in 2013, the Finnish press crowned Tuomainen the ‘King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published.
With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen was one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula, and his poignant, dark and hilarious The Man Who Died became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards.

The Review:

I decided to take part in this tour for a couple of (initial) reasons – I have been to Finland and lived in Norway for a while so Scani-anything is attractive to me and on top of that, I saw the cover .. I mean someone who doesn’t pause to look at that as they’re scrolling down an email is just wrong in the head (IMHO). LOL
This book .. is hard to quantify to those asking “but will I like it ..?”. I mean, yes you will but there will be times when you feel confused and times when you feel bad for enjoying it. Antti has a great sense of humour, one that is similar to mine and so I felt at ease with the writing style (albeit this is translated o there will be some of the personality of the translator coming through too).
The story line is just .. bizarre but in a good way. It actually reminded a little of The House by the Cemetery that i recently reviewed and also the Siren and the Spectre .. if you had told me they were all written by the same person and published by the same group, I wouldn’t argue too much .. but they weren’t.
The characters are well written and it’s easy to find yourself nodding and chuckling along with them .. and then realising you have a soft spot for someone that you perhaps shouldn’t ..!
A great read and it has definitely put this author on my radar and so will be checking out his other books soon!
4 Stars.

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