One of my goals over the next year is to extend my reading and try to read books set in various locations around the world, aside from the typical United States, England settings which seem to occur quite often. The book was one that I saw recommended on another reader’s list, a murder mystery set in the northern part of Finland.
I was pleasantly surprised by the novel, it was the first that I had read set in this part of the world, tightly written, and I didn’t identify the killer until it came to the conclusion. Or rather, I thought it might have been the person, but I dismissed it because it seemed too out of character for them, based on what I knew as a reader.
Interspersed throughout the novel as Vaara tries to solve the murder, are the struggles of his wife, Kate – an American citizen, trying to adapt to life in Finland; where she doesn’t speak the language. In that instance, it was similar to another novel that I read recently called City of Veils: A Novel, which has experiences of a woman who moved to Saudi Arabia interspersed throughout the novel.
I would highly recommend this for people who like reading mysterys; or books set in exotic locales around the world.