Firstly I would like to thank Anne Cater, representing Orenda Books, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen
Fargo meets Nietzsche in this atmospheric, darkly funny thriller by the critically acclaimed author of The Man Who Died and Palm Beach Finland. A huge Finnish bestseller, Little Siberia topped both literary and crime charts in 2018, and has gone on to sell rights in 24 countries. A man with dark thoughts on his mind is racing along the remote snowy roads of Hurmevaara in Finland, when there is flash in the sky and something crashes into the car. That something turns about to be a highly valuable meteorite. With euro signs lighting up the eyes of the locals, the unexpected treasure is temporarily placed in a neighbourhood museum, under the watchful eye of a priest named Joel. But Joel has a lot more on his mind than simply protecting the riches that have apparently rained down from heaven. His wife has just revealed that she is pregnant. Unfortunately, Joel has strong reason to think the baby isn’t his. As Joel tries to fend off repeated and bungled attempts to steal the meteorite, he must also come to terms with his own situation, and discover who the father of the baby really is.‘The funniest writer in Europe’ Marcel Berlins, The TimesAUTHOR BIOTHE KING OF HELSINKI NOIR IS BACK
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is just one weird and wonderfully entertaining book. Dark and mysterious with human nature all wrapped up in one small community in a poignant yet hilarious tale.
When a meteorite falls to earth in a small Finnish town, well through the roof of a car, it brings out the worst and best in people. What is it worth? It isn’t just money, is it worth a wife, a friendship or a life? The meteorite is put into the safe hands of the priest to take care of it. But Joel the priest, in this madcap town, is put to the test in so many ways. It will test his faith in people and in God.
One thing is for sure whoever comes in contact with it seems to change. They are either drawn to it like a magnet or push away from it like a polar opposite to it. The characters are larger than life, each with their own tale of need, a must-have accessory to their incomplete lives. These are not characters that you get to like over time if anything it is just the opposite.
As the story bounces along there were some chapters that I had to read again, yes I understood them without any problem but they were too good not to go over a second time as I questioned myself as to did that just really happen? I don’t think I will ever be able to look at a running machine again without getting a nervous twitch! A very entertaining story.
I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Finnish Antti Tuomainen was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. 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 (2017) became an international bestseller, shortlisting for the Petrona and Last Laugh Awards. Palm Beach Finland (2018) was an immense success, with The Times calling Tuomainen ‘the funniest writer in Europe’.