Friday, September 9, 2016
Review of Dark As My Heart by Antti Tuomainen (Harvill Secker, 2015)
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.