Synkkä niin kuin sydämeni
”Mitä tekisit saadaksesi tietää?”Aleksi Kivi menettää äitinsä lokakuisena iltapäivänä vuonna 1993. Yhtenä hetkenä äiti istuu työpöytänsä ääressä tekemässä kirjanpitäjän töitään, toisena häntä ei enää ole. Kaksikymmentä vuotta myöhemmin, 33-vuotiaana, Aleksi uskoo tietävänsä kuka on katoamisen takana. Kaikki viittaa rikkaaseen mieheen nimeltä Henrik Saarinen. Poliisi ei ole samaa mieltä. Aleksille jää vain yksi vaihtoehto: hankkiutua Henrik Saarisen lähelle ja selvittää asia itse.Synkkä niin kuin sydämeni kertoo äidin ja pojan tarinan. Se on kertomus elämän mittaisesta yksinäisyydestä, lupauksien pitämisestä, pakkomielteiden seurauksista, koston oikeutuksesta ja rakkauden voimasta. Menneisyys on usein siinä mitä erehdymme luulemaan täksi päiväksi.

Synkkä niin kuin sydämeni Details

TitleSynkkä niin kuin sydämeni
Author
LanguageFinnish
ReleaseJun 1st, 2013
PublisherLike Kustannus
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, European Literature, Finnish Literature, Thriller, Noir

Synkkä niin kuin sydämeni Review

  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Antti Tuomainen has been nicknamed, “The King of Helsinki Noir” in his native Finland, where he is the award winning author of five novels. His third novel, “The Healer” was his first book translated and published in the UK, and this, his fourth, “Dark as my Heart” is both the second published in English and the first I have read. However, I must certainly rectify this as I really did love this book and can well see why it was voted the best crime novel of the decade by readers of a Finnish crim Antti Tuomainen has been nicknamed, “The King of Helsinki Noir” in his native Finland, where he is the award winning author of five novels. His third novel, “The Healer” was his first book translated and published in the UK, and this, his fourth, “Dark as my Heart” is both the second published in English and the first I have read. However, I must certainly rectify this as I really did love this book and can well see why it was voted the best crime novel of the decade by readers of a Finnish crime fiction magazine.Aleksi Kivi is thirteen when his mother goes missing. When we meet him twenty years later, he is obsessed with his mother’s murder and believes the killer to be millionaire Henrik Saarinen. Aleksi’s mother worked for a company owned by Saarinen and, when he appears on a chat show, Aleksi is struck by a feeling of recognition. Before long he has a job as caretaker to Saarinen’s property, Kalmela Manor; on the seashore west of Helsinki. He begins to try to investigate - quizzing the former detective on the case and getting to know members of Saarinen’s household; including his daughter Amanda, the loyal cook and surly chauffeur, Markus Harmala. This is a dark and disturbing novel. The author really makes us aware of the impact of the murder of Aleksi’s mother on his life and how he is unable to move on without knowing the truth about what happened. What is more, ten years after his mother was killed, another single mother was murdered. Is there a link and, with another ten years have passed, is another murder about to take place? This is a compelling read and I really couldn’t put this down. My thanks to the publishers, and NetGalley, for a review copy of this book.
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  • Bianca
    January 1, 1970
    "Dark as My Heart" is a mystery/thriller that reads like a film; all the way through, I had the feeling I was watching one of those Scandinavian police/crime movies/series. From the very beginning, I was taken with the beautifully descriptive language. Antti Tuomainen is a fantastic writer. Obviously, the translator did a great job, too. The novel is narrated by our main character, Aleksi Kivi, now thirty-three years old. His mum's disappearance, presumed killed, has defined his past twenty year "Dark as My Heart" is a mystery/thriller that reads like a film; all the way through, I had the feeling I was watching one of those Scandinavian police/crime movies/series. From the very beginning, I was taken with the beautifully descriptive language. Antti Tuomainen is a fantastic writer. Obviously, the translator did a great job, too. The novel is narrated by our main character, Aleksi Kivi, now thirty-three years old. His mum's disappearance, presumed killed, has defined his past twenty years of life. He's become obsessed with finding what had happened to her. He's suspecting the millionaire, Henrik Saarinen, as the one who's taken his mum from him. So when the opportunity presents, he takes a job as a caretaker on a big, secluded estate owned by Saarinen.Aleksi becomes involved with Saarinen's daughter, Amanda, who's strikingly beautiful but seems out of sorts. This novel is in many ways a classic mystery/thriller novel. I personally loved the descriptive language, it made for an atmospheric novel, which had a distinctly Scandinavian feel to it. While I haven't read Stieg Larsson's novels, I did see three of the movies. The Swedish ones. In many ways, this novel seemed similar, as far as the secrets and twists, but without the torture, rape etc.At about 240 pages, this is a relatively short novel, but it felt just right. Dark As My Heart is a classic mystery/thriller novel with a distinctive Scandinavian feel to it, perfectly suited for a movie adaptation.Highly recommended.4.5 starsI've received this novel via Netgalley. Many thanks to the publishers for the opportunity to read and review.Cover: 4 stars
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  • Andy Weston
    January 1, 1970
    This is certainly a different crime novel with a strong hint of noir. It is told in the first person and the narrator was 13 years old when his mother disappeared 20 years earlier. After the failure of the police at the time to solve the diappearance, Aleksi, the narrator, has of course never forgottten what happened, has his suspicions and is following them up. Tuomainen's (the Finnish 'King of Noir') writing is captivating and he keeps the pace of the novel quick. His characters are strong and This is certainly a different crime novel with a strong hint of noir. It is told in the first person and the narrator was 13 years old when his mother disappeared 20 years earlier. After the failure of the police at the time to solve the diappearance, Aleksi, the narrator, has of course never forgottten what happened, has his suspicions and is following them up. Tuomainen's (the Finnish 'King of Noir') writing is captivating and he keeps the pace of the novel quick. His characters are strong and the reader is engrossed. There is little on the dark side though, so to give it a 'noir' billing is not quite correct. It is a perfectly readable crime novel with a difference.
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  • Claudiu D.
    January 1, 1970
    Romanul acesta mi-a adus aminte de ce imi plac atat de mult nordicii.
  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Dark As My Heart – A Wonderfully Dark & Tragic StoryDark As My Heart is the latest book from award winning Finnish writer Antti Toumainen in what has been billed as a mixture of Hitchcockian mystery tale and modern Greek tragedy. A very large claim for a writer that is building his career, but one that delivers on what the publishers have proclaimed. This is a dark atmospheric story that is deeply compelling, that draws you in, with surprising twists, sudden violence and an ending you do not Dark As My Heart – A Wonderfully Dark & Tragic StoryDark As My Heart is the latest book from award winning Finnish writer Antti Toumainen in what has been billed as a mixture of Hitchcockian mystery tale and modern Greek tragedy. A very large claim for a writer that is building his career, but one that delivers on what the publishers have proclaimed. This is a dark atmospheric story that is deeply compelling, that draws you in, with surprising twists, sudden violence and an ending you do not see coming.Twenty years after his mother disappeared, presumed dead, Aleksi Kivi gains employment with Henrik Saarinen, the man he suspects of killing his mother. He has hounded the police of the previous twenty years telling them what he suspected, but felt he was often ignored. So he decided he would get as close as possible to Saarinen so that he could gain the evidence he required.He was the new caretaker of Kalmela Manor, isolated on the seashore, 94 Kilometres west of Helsinki, just two members of staff, Aleksi and the cook Enni. They both had apartments in a converted barn and worked around the house and estate uninterrupted unless Henrik or his daughter Amanda were at the house.As Aleksi observes the Saarinen family he gets close to Amanda, which to him is a blessing and a curse as it puts him in a difficult position. At times they both need each other, but there are other times when she is nothing more than a poor little ‘rich girl’. They are also bad for each other as Aleksi discovers but finds her information useful and there are times she amuses him.Henrik seems to have taken a shine to his new caretaker and enjoys talking to him and probing him, which Aleksi is guarded against. He even gets to act as a chauffeur to Henrik when some tools are required. There are also times when Saarinen seems to talk in riddles to Aleksi but it all soon becomes clear enough to Aleksi, but not before violence has occurred.With some wonderful twist that are reminiscent of a Greek tragedy we discover the truth about Aleksi’s mother and we also gain some truths we are not expecting. The writing is atmospheric and dark, building up a pace similar to a Hitchcock movie where the reader is totally immersed in the story and then shocked at what happens.This is an excellent crime story that continues the Nordic Noir takeover of the English reader who will completely enjoy this crime story. An excellent book for all crime fans.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    The exploration of consequences is beautifully executed in Antti Tuomainen’s mesmerising DARK AS MY HEART. That he is an award winning author comes as no surprise, but of the five novels to his name in his native Finland, the third “The Healer” and this, his fourth novel, are so far the only ones translated into English. Needless to say THE HEALER is now on the TBR pile.Aleksi Kivi was thirteen years old when his mother vanished. Now, twenty years on, he’s still haunted by her murder, and his fe The exploration of consequences is beautifully executed in Antti Tuomainen’s mesmerising DARK AS MY HEART. That he is an award winning author comes as no surprise, but of the five novels to his name in his native Finland, the third “The Healer” and this, his fourth novel, are so far the only ones translated into English. Needless to say THE HEALER is now on the TBR pile.Aleksi Kivi was thirteen years old when his mother vanished. Now, twenty years on, he’s still haunted by her murder, and his feelings of recognition and utter belief that the millionaire owner of the company his mother worked for is responsible for that death could seem like obsession. That possibility is tempered elegantly by his quiet determination, and his willingness to observe, check and insinuate himself into Saarinen’s life in order to discover the truth.Working as a live-in caretaker on a remote seaside property belonging to Saarinen that insinuation is planned and precisely executed, getting to know members of Saarinen’s family and staff, in particular, dangerously close to his erratic and disturbed daughter Amanda.Told in a deceptively simple, understated manner which matches the personality and determination of the central character perfectly, there’s a clarity to the storytelling here that truly is mesmerising. The dialogue is sparse and pitched perfectly, establishing emotion, intent, feelings and motivation without having to resort to long, overblown exposition. That perfect touch is applied to the sense of place as well, creating a remote yet luxurious, underpopulated, beautiful yet sinister environment in which Kivi must try to find the truth, and hence allow himself to move on, and to live.As close to a single sitting read as can be achieved around here, it’s not until after finishing that I realised that what we have in DARK AS MY HEART is about as perfect a combination of character, place and plot as I’ve read in a long time. Classically understated, in that particularly Scandinavian manner that many readers have come to love, the exploration of the why, and the impact of the act are as important to the author as the identification of who. http://www.austcrimefiction.org/revie...
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  • Book Madness (Elif)
    January 1, 1970
    Bu kitap da fena bayıktı. Ucuz diye alıp pişman olduğum bir başka kitap işte.
  • Raven
    January 1, 1970
    I must confess that aside from Matti Joensuu and Kati Hiekkapelto my knowledge of Finnish crime fiction is a little underdeveloped, so was intrigued to discover a new-to me-writer in this sub-genre of the Scandinavian stable. So how did Dark As My Heart fare? Will I be seeking out Tuomainen’s The Healer as well?If the fact that I read this book in one night can be testament to how much I enjoyed this one is any gauge, I think we can all safely say that this book was a real hit with me. Dark As M I must confess that aside from Matti Joensuu and Kati Hiekkapelto my knowledge of Finnish crime fiction is a little underdeveloped, so was intrigued to discover a new-to me-writer in this sub-genre of the Scandinavian stable. So how did Dark As My Heart fare? Will I be seeking out Tuomainen’s The Healer as well?If the fact that I read this book in one night can be testament to how much I enjoyed this one is any gauge, I think we can all safely say that this book was a real hit with me. Dark As My Heart, drew me in from the start with the mournful clarity and simplicity of its prose, and the underlying power of the emotion that Tuomainen expresses in deceptively understated prose. Discovering afterwards that Tuomainen is an established poet reinforced my initial impressions of the lyrical and sensual quality of both the dialogue and imagery that Tuomainen employs throughout. From the inherent appreciation of the natural world, to the intensity of expression that the author affords the gradual unveiling of Aleksi’s turbulent and emotional upbringing in the wake of the loss of his mother, the prose style that Tuomainen adopts is mesmerising. I rarely revisit passages of a crime book after reading, but did on this occasion mainly to marvel at the fluid and lyrical style of Tuomainen’s writing style, from the brevity (though no less affecting) use of dialogue, to particular descriptions of the setting of Saarinen’s rural estate. It was just so satisfying to see such a seamless blend of beautiful language, and well-structured plot working in harmony, which is something that European crime writers seem to excel at. What was also clever was how at times the book also assumed the feel of a stage play with many double-handed scenes that again added to the claustrophobic and emotionally intense feel of the book. Hence, what the reader encounters is a well-balanced blend of poetry, prose and drama which was exceptionally engaging from start to finish.Aleksi is viewed throughout the book with an overriding compunction to uncover the truth behind his mother’s disappearance, fuelled by a long period of gestation formulating a plan to confront the man he believes responsible. In the case of his character, still waters run deep, with the face he displays to the world masking a deep inner life driven by revenge, and it’s fascinating how Tuomainen so beautifully reveals the dark details of Aleksi’s formative years. Equally accomplished is how Tuomainen sustains such a pitch of intigue and secrecy using a comparatively small cast of characters, and Aleksi’s interaction with them. He is a completely empathetic character, and I’m sure like many readers to come I was completely rooting for him throughout the book, in the face of the deception and manipulation at the hands of the Saarinens. In much the same way as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or Steffen Jacobsen’s Trophy, Tuomainen uses the character of millionaire businessman Henrik Saarinen, as a foil for his detached authorial view of the impunity with which the rich and powerful ride roughshod over the normal laws of decent behaviour, and Saarinen is the epitomy of this, eemingly untouchable by established means. His daughter assumes the role of the femme fatale of the piece, using her feminine wiles and sensuality to influence and blindside Aleksi, with a particularly unsavoury reveal about her character along the way. The world that Aleksi has infiltrated is morally bankrupt and Tuomainen provides an intriguing study of the base motivations and jealousies that drive human behaviour.I found Dark As My Heart one of the most compelling, emotionally satisfying and beautifully realised crime thrillers that I have encountered this year. The clarity and deceptively simple style of Tuomainen’s prose is utterly compelling, underlined by his assured use of more than one literary form, and yet with this clever manipulation and lyricism of the language and form of the book, Tuomainen never loses sight of keeping the reader engaged by the central mystery that drives the plot. Wonderful.
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  • Gretel
    January 1, 1970
    Dark as My Heart is a book about seeking vengeance and/or closure. Aleksi Kivi gets a job as a handyman for the mysterious Henrik Saarinen, who he believes behind the mysterious disappearance of his mother. Aleksi has waited all these years and after becoming orphaned and being placed into the care system, he wants justice and vengeance.This is a short book. It has big print and almost finger-sized gaps between lines and is more of a novella than a novel. Tuomainen writes in clean, crisp prose w Dark as My Heart is a book about seeking vengeance and/or closure. Aleksi Kivi gets a job as a handyman for the mysterious Henrik Saarinen, who he believes behind the mysterious disappearance of his mother. Aleksi has waited all these years and after becoming orphaned and being placed into the care system, he wants justice and vengeance.This is a short book. It has big print and almost finger-sized gaps between lines and is more of a novella than a novel. Tuomainen writes in clean, crisp prose with short chapters from Aleksi's point of view. Because of the minimalist prose I have to admit that some of the characters felt a little undeveloped to me, especially the women. What was Aleksi's mother really like? What was her life like? How did it shape the relationship with her son? We are told that Aleksi's mother worked for Saarinen, she had a love interest in her life and she liked literature because she named her son after author Aleksis Kivi (yes, his name bugged me while reading the book). Amanda Saarinen, daughter and heir to Henrik's fortune, is also not very well fleshed out, apart from being a flirtatious woman. I was gripped due to the book's length and because of Tuomainen's well-placed dark turns in the story. It's easy to read from the text that all the years of not knowing what happened to his mother has really ground Aleksi down, turning him into a broken human being and you start to root for him, hoping his hunch will take him somewhere. There was one twist that I found a bit too outrageous to comprehend, and it felt as if it was added gratuitously (view spoiler)[ that being the revelation that Amanda was sleeping with her brother. It just felt too silly. Tuomainen could've just left it at Amanda being revealed to be a horrible person (hide spoiler)].The cover sings Tuomainen's praises, calling him Finland's Top Crime Writer. After reading The Healer and his newest English offering Dark as My Heart, I'm not entirely convinced. An easy, dark read that could've been developed a little more in places. I hope Tuomainen's next book is a bit longer and more fleshed out. I think Kati Hiekkapelto is Finland's best crime writer, just sayin'.
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  • Kerrie
    January 1, 1970
    In some ways this plot reminded me of THE TRAP which I read recently, and also one of the themes of Pauline Rowson's Portsmouth series which also deals with a mother who disappears when her son is in his teens.In the long run, I thought the author was struggling to bring the story of DARK AS MY HEART to a resolution. The central theme is the search for understanding what happened to Aleksi's mother twenty years earlier. Aleksi and the original police investigator are both convinced that the murd In some ways this plot reminded me of THE TRAP which I read recently, and also one of the themes of Pauline Rowson's Portsmouth series which also deals with a mother who disappears when her son is in his teens.In the long run, I thought the author was struggling to bring the story of DARK AS MY HEART to a resolution. The central theme is the search for understanding what happened to Aleksi's mother twenty years earlier. Aleksi and the original police investigator are both convinced that the murderer struck again ten years later and so he will strike again on the 20th anniversary of his mother's disappearance.Aleksi thinks he recognises the voice of millionaire Henrik Saarinen as that of a friend of his mother and becomes convinced that he is the murder. He takes a job as a caretaker on Saarinen's estate so he can keep a close eye on him.The introduction of other characters: a daughter, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, as well as the detective now semi-retired and dying of cancer, pad the plot out, provide red herrings, and muddy the waters.The setting has a definite Finnish flavour reinforced by use of a number of Finnish place names. The plot is very noir and for me there were one or two strands that really served no purpose.
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  • Kaisa
    January 1, 1970
    Huono. Tylsä. Löysä.
  • James Perkins
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Finnish crime novel with a difference. Aleksi, the narrator, is not a reporter or a detective. He's just a guy in his thirties wondering why his mother went missing 20 years ago, and determined to find the solution. Of course, policemen must appear, since there were and are crimes involved in the narrative. There must be red herrings, since his mother's disappearance is a mystery, and it would be boring to go right to the solution directly. In other words, it has the potential to be re This is a Finnish crime novel with a difference. Aleksi, the narrator, is not a reporter or a detective. He's just a guy in his thirties wondering why his mother went missing 20 years ago, and determined to find the solution. Of course, policemen must appear, since there were and are crimes involved in the narrative. There must be red herrings, since his mother's disappearance is a mystery, and it would be boring to go right to the solution directly. In other words, it has the potential to be really good. However, this book is missing a few things essential to a brilliant crime thriller. Tuomainen mentions Helsinki locations a lot, but as somebody very familiar with Helsinki, I still didn't get a good sense of place - just a few suburb and street names and an occasional mention of the weather. Aleksi is a dull narrator, so it was hard to relate to him and care about his quest, and suspense was so lacking that I was not really interested in knowing what had happened to his mother. Lastly, the solution was too easy to guess. I am usually terrible at anticipating the end of any crime novel, but I figured this one out about half-way through, and that certainly dulled the dramatic tension. Then there was the writing style. Admittedly, I read an English translation of the original Finnish, but it was still peppered with half-finished sentences that are the literate equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard. And the title should be As Dark as My Heart; poorly-rendered titles do not encourage readers. Three positives: the book used a clever idea; despite its flaws, I still read to the end; and it was set in a place I know well. But overall, it doesn't rate more than C+. It's like a first novel that shows promise but you would expect much more from his next effort. Perhaps I will try another Tuomainen novel and see if he gets any better.
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  • Astrid Terese
    January 1, 1970
    Plottet i denne boken var nytt for meg og romanen føles ny og frisk, med nye og friske ideer. Likevel føler jeg ikke at jeg kommer skikkelig inn på Aleksi. Han forblir en nokså diffus skikkelse. Men det kan være fordi vi møter en del folk og en del teorier i noe som er en ganske tynn bok. Aleksi har kontakt med den politimannen som etterforsket morens forsvinning, og som etterhvert har noe med at det er en annen dame som forsvinner på lignende måte. Denne kontakten mellom disse to er varm og fin Plottet i denne boken var nytt for meg og romanen føles ny og frisk, med nye og friske ideer. Likevel føler jeg ikke at jeg kommer skikkelig inn på Aleksi. Han forblir en nokså diffus skikkelse. Men det kan være fordi vi møter en del folk og en del teorier i noe som er en ganske tynn bok. Aleksi har kontakt med den politimannen som etterforsket morens forsvinning, og som etterhvert har noe med at det er en annen dame som forsvinner på lignende måte. Denne kontakten mellom disse to er varm og fin. Politimannen vil ikke at Aleksi skal etterforske på egenhånd, men det viser seg at han har gått langt ut over det han har lov til for å hjelpe til med å etterforske forsvinningen.Jeg likte å følge Aleksis tanker og følelser og syntes mange av ideene hans for hvordan han skulle få tak i opplysninger å være smarte og oppfinnsomme. Det reddet boken for meg, for den fikk aldri rumpa i gir. Det ble litt hit og dit og så enda en sving utenom. Men noe spenning fant jeg absolutt, og jeg hadde ikke problemer med å få lest den ferdig.Hele min omtale finner du på bloggen min Betraktninger
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  • Patricia Baker
    January 1, 1970
    picked this book up at the Helsinki airport for the flight back..great plot with a surprise ending. the bookseller said it was one of his best titles. also liked it because it was small enough to fit into my purse as my carry on was rather heavy. enjoyed the character of Aleksi and his twenty year devotion to finding his mother's killer. quite a lot for a thirteen year boy to carry foreward since he had no other living relatives. must have been hard to lose all personal belongings of your mother picked this book up at the Helsinki airport for the flight back..great plot with a surprise ending. the bookseller said it was one of his best titles. also liked it because it was small enough to fit into my purse as my carry on was rather heavy. enjoyed the character of Aleksi and his twenty year devotion to finding his mother's killer. quite a lot for a thirteen year boy to carry foreward since he had no other living relatives. must have been hard to lose all personal belongings of your mother and be left with only her memory and her disappearance. liked the finish setting . can also see that lake at the country home. think this Aleksi character deserves to be written in another novel.
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  • Kerry Pickens
    January 1, 1970
    Apparently this author has won a lot of awards for writing, but obviously something is missing in the translation. The main character is very likeable, but the plot just doesn't go anywhere. This is a story of a young man whose mother disappeared one night, and he believes a wealthy man is responsible for the murder. So he goes to work for this guy, seduces his daughter, and then finds out it was the man after all that killed his mother. It seems like a predictable storyline, and all his relatio Apparently this author has won a lot of awards for writing, but obviously something is missing in the translation. The main character is very likeable, but the plot just doesn't go anywhere. This is a story of a young man whose mother disappeared one night, and he believes a wealthy man is responsible for the murder. So he goes to work for this guy, seduces his daughter, and then finds out it was the man after all that killed his mother. It seems like a predictable storyline, and all his relationships seem to go nowhere fast.
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  • Radynka
    January 1, 1970
    On se jede pomstít chlapovi, u kterého jeho matka pracovala, a pak s ním měla románek, ale nezmění si ani jméno. :-O A ten konec...No radši jsem zticha :D
  • Dawn Davies
    January 1, 1970
    An easy pleasant read
  • VJ Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Sharp short snappyGreat read and storyline. Plot was well thought out and main character was nicely flawed. Recommended as another great author
  • Pasi Rautio
    January 1, 1970
    Yllättäviä käänteitä loppuun saakka. Melko nerokasta kuljetusta ja kirja sai monta kertaa huudahtamaan paljasta jo.
  • Milan Stefanik
    January 1, 1970
    For first reading - ok but for Rereading - no.Some parts were not very interesting. Too much "empty sentences".
  • Camille
    January 1, 1970
    Belle découverte que celle de la plume noire d'Antii Tuomainen. Une enquête sur fond de revanche et de manipulation qui s'avérera bien plus complexe que les certitudes ancrées depuis tant d'années.
  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    Another book I read in almost one sitting. I found it a quick and easy read with enough twists and turns to keep my interest and an OMG moment that to me was jaw-droppingly good! Aleksi is out for revenge. He is after the person who he believes is responsible for the disappearance (probable death) of his mother. After having appeared to have exhausted the proper police channels, he decides to take things into his own hands and gains employment - his boss being the one he believes is responsible Another book I read in almost one sitting. I found it a quick and easy read with enough twists and turns to keep my interest and an OMG moment that to me was jaw-droppingly good! Aleksi is out for revenge. He is after the person who he believes is responsible for the disappearance (probable death) of his mother. After having appeared to have exhausted the proper police channels, he decides to take things into his own hands and gains employment - his boss being the one he believes is responsible Henrick Saarinen. Becoming caretaker of one of Saarinen's houses, he also meets and "gets to know" his daughter Amanda as well as several of Saarinen's other employees - cook, driver and lawyer.We then follow him as he tries to find proof of what happened and learn that more than that, he wants to find his mother's remains. As Saarinen and Aleksi's relationship starts to form, we are then taken on a bit of a twisty rollercoaster ride all the way to discover exactly what, who, where and why!I enjoyed the book, the story was mostly credible if, at times, just a little disjointed and not perfectly flowing. This could be due to translation (has it been) or perhaps English not being the author's first language (if not translated). Either way, it didn't really mar the book, just made it slightly tougher going than it needed to be.I have to admit to not really liking Aleksi. I wanted him to get his answers but there was something about him that I just couldn't warm to. Probably due to his childhood trauma but, as I have mentioned loads in reviews, I don't have to like a character in a book. I do have to connect with them - preferably emotionally in some way, but I don't have to want to skip off into the sunset with them! Actually, I didn't really like many of the characters. Apart from Saarinen. I found him to be very interesting!All in all, an enjoyable read and I will definitely be having a look at the author's other books.I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rob Kitchin
    January 1, 1970
    Set in Helsinki and surrounding countryside, Dark As My Heart is a tale of seeking justice for a crime committed twenty years previously. A child at the time of his mother’s death, Aleksi is convinced he knows the identity of his mother’s killer but has been unable to convince the police to re-open the investigation. His suspect is a wealthy businessman used to getting his own way. After years of trying to find a way to get to close to his quarry, Aleksi manages to find employment in the busines Set in Helsinki and surrounding countryside, Dark As My Heart is a tale of seeking justice for a crime committed twenty years previously. A child at the time of his mother’s death, Aleksi is convinced he knows the identity of his mother’s killer but has been unable to convince the police to re-open the investigation. His suspect is a wealthy businessman used to getting his own way. After years of trying to find a way to get to close to his quarry, Aleksi manages to find employment in the businessman’s country residence. While a useful plot device, I was never really swayed by the idea that the suspected killer, having done background checks, would hire the murdered woman’s son. Nor was I persuaded by the ensuing plot and the denouement felt overly contrived and rushed, especially with respect to the seemingly reluctant policeman. The result was a story that was sombre and relatively slow paced for much of its telling, and which I just never quite believed. A kind of contemporary Greek tragedy tale that held my interest but little more.
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  • Dawnie
    January 1, 1970
    This was sadly not a book for me, i could not connect to it and did not have good time reading it. I prefer my books to be descriptive and knowing details. I enjoy hearing about what characters are doing and while i don't need to know what they are thinking, i still enjoy knowing what is happening. This book sadly did not have those details. To that came that the writing style was not something that i enjoyed, since the sentences where very short and choppy, which i personally just do not enjoy. This was sadly not a book for me, i could not connect to it and did not have good time reading it. I prefer my books to be descriptive and knowing details. I enjoy hearing about what characters are doing and while i don't need to know what they are thinking, i still enjoy knowing what is happening. This book sadly did not have those details. To that came that the writing style was not something that i enjoyed, since the sentences where very short and choppy, which i personally just do not enjoy. Still the crime itself is interesting, and if you are someone that prefers short sentences, little detail and not to descriptive writing, you should give this a try and see if it is to your liking.
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  • Jenni Joru
    January 1, 1970
    Yhtenä päivänä 13-vuotiaan Aleksi Kiven kirjanpitäjä-äiti on lähdössä treffeille, seuraavassa hetkessä on poistuu lounaalle eikä koskaan palaa. Aleksi uskoo, että hänen äitinsä on murhattu, ja hän uskoo myös tietävänsä, kuka murhaaja on. Aleksi kasvaa pakkomielteensä kanssa. Elämään ei mahdu muuta, kuin selvittämätön kuolemantapaus, kiintein ihmissuhde on poliisiin, jota tapaus myös vainoaa. Onko vihdoin sovituksen aika? Antti Tuomaisen hieno kieli, kerronnan yksityiskohtien taju ja mielenkiinto Yhtenä päivänä 13-vuotiaan Aleksi Kiven kirjanpitäjä-äiti on lähdössä treffeille, seuraavassa hetkessä on poistuu lounaalle eikä koskaan palaa. Aleksi uskoo, että hänen äitinsä on murhattu, ja hän uskoo myös tietävänsä, kuka murhaaja on. Aleksi kasvaa pakkomielteensä kanssa. Elämään ei mahdu muuta, kuin selvittämätön kuolemantapaus, kiintein ihmissuhde on poliisiin, jota tapaus myös vainoaa. Onko vihdoin sovituksen aika? Antti Tuomaisen hieno kieli, kerronnan yksityiskohtien taju ja mielenkiintoinen juoni pitävät otteessaan. Tämä on suomalainen noir tulee ja vakuutta. Mutta VOIKO sorsat näyttää syvästi pettyneiltä?
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  • Shane Kiely
    January 1, 1970
    Similar to its predecessor in that it hinges on a man on a quest though this time around, it's a quest for answers from the past rather than a search for a missing person. It lacks the some of the sense of urgency of that story, though there there's a level of character development that imbues the plot with a level of gravity. The meat of the story is quite similar to a lot of the "Nordic noir" (and its British/American fellows) that I've read but the story reveals itself in a compelling manner. Similar to its predecessor in that it hinges on a man on a quest though this time around, it's a quest for answers from the past rather than a search for a missing person. It lacks the some of the sense of urgency of that story, though there there's a level of character development that imbues the plot with a level of gravity. The meat of the story is quite similar to a lot of the "Nordic noir" (and its British/American fellows) that I've read but the story reveals itself in a compelling manner. It's an enjoyable read, that you can pretty much breeze through in an a few hours that I'd definitely recommend.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    This was a stand alone thriller set in the suburbs of Helsinki. It skips around time frames as a young man in 2013 sets out to discover what happened to his mother in 1993. Aleksi is 13 when his mother simply disappeared without trace , but in 2003 another very similar looking woman is discovered murdered. A suspect is a suitably villainous rich businessman and in 2013 Aleksi goes to work as a caretaker at his luxury coastal home.The plot twists and turns moving back and forth in time and was ve This was a stand alone thriller set in the suburbs of Helsinki. It skips around time frames as a young man in 2013 sets out to discover what happened to his mother in 1993. Aleksi is 13 when his mother simply disappeared without trace , but in 2003 another very similar looking woman is discovered murdered. A suspect is a suitably villainous rich businessman and in 2013 Aleksi goes to work as a caretaker at his luxury coastal home.The plot twists and turns moving back and forth in time and was very enjoyable on a wet bank holiday weekend although perhaps towards the end there was one to many twists.
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  • Anastasia
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book with a feel of eeriness and impending sense of doom, but the twists still seem to come out of nowhere. It is well written, and impeccably translated. The characters are well-thought out and believable, and I really cared about how it would all be resolved. It had a good conclusion but I don't feel that everything was completely satisfying. I would read more by this author again. I received a copy of Dark as My Heart from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Christian
    January 1, 1970
    This was incredible. I read The Healer over two years ago and loved it. This book was definitely just as good. Without giving anything away, I definitely didn't see the ending coming and the way Toumainen married two narratives together was exceptional. Another pleasing aspect was the imagery created by Tuomainen's writing in all aspects throughout, but in particular the ocean. So vivid and evocative was the prose Tuomainen used to describe it.
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  • Barbara Rohde
    January 1, 1970
    Aleksi Kivi lost his mother when he was 13. She simply disappeared. A carpenter by trade, he gains employment as a caretaker with the millionaire Henrik Saarinen who he is certain murdered his mother. Aleksi also becomes involved with Saarinen's daughter Amanda. The police were never convinced that Saarinen was the culprit, but were they merely in his pocket? This is a good read with a satisfying outcome.
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