Book Review: “The Healer” by Antti Tuomainen

12 Aug

4 STARS

A man searches for his missing wife as the world falls apart.

This is one time when an Early Reviewer program brought me a book I enjoyed without reservation.

I completely believed this dysfunctional, damaged world (here focussed on Finland), spiraling toward ecological apocalypse, and I got sucked into the story. The characters kept me at arm’s distance but it actually would have been out of sync with the tone if they had been more engaging. Overall there were too many coincidental connections among characters; that is my only complaint.

What most impressed me about this novel was how vivid and atmospheric it was, given the extremely spare writing style. Every word counted, every word needed to be there! I can’t think of many books that I can say that about – and reading Tuomainen has inspired me to go in and whack quite a few words from the novel that I am currently writing.

RECOMMENDED.

I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

P.S. Here is a synopsis of the book, with some embellishments from the publisher.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: “The Healer” by Antti Tuomainen”

  1. jayloh August 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I’ll have to try this one. Thanks!

    • sueperryauthor August 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Yes we can test whether our attitudes about books extend beyond “Firefly Lane”.

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