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The Healer

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  926 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
One man’s search for his missing wife in a dystopian futuristic Helsinki that is struggling with ruthless climate change

It’s two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling a ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; abandoned vehicles are left burning in the streets; the authorities have issued warnings about malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, and the plague
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2010)
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Nov 20, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third novel by “the King of Helsinki Noir,” Antti Tuomainen, but the first translated into English. Tapani Lehtinen is a struggling poet, living in a Helsinki battling climate catastrophe. Christmas is days away, but there is no comfort in the festive season in this book. Crime is rising, rain falls virtually constantly, public order is breaking down and society is a violent, dangerous and uncertain place.

While Tapani is at home writing, his wife Johanna is a journalist. Tapani and
Mar 24, 2016 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 звезди
Сюжетът не е от най-оригиналните, при все че досега се бях натъквала на романи, описващи света след апокалипсис, а не по време на зараждането му. Описаното в романа е достатъчно правдоподобно и може би не е просто плод на въображението на автора, а не особено далечното бъдеще на планетата и хората.

Nov 10, 2015 Suzi rated it liked it
Shelves: finish, kupljeno
Distopija, noir, triler sve u jednom, ocekivala sam ipak malo vise

Uznemirujuce prikazana buducnost...
What makes the dystopian future described by Finnish author Antti Tuomainen so disturbing is that it so closely resembles parts of the world we live in today. He’s made the canny decision to dispense with futuristic tech and all the other trappings we’ve come to associate with the post-apocalypse: Mad Maxx gangs roaming a barren landscape, the rich farming the poor like domesticated cattle, the rise of the machines, etc. None of those factor into Tuomainen’s vision for the future: a place where ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Petr rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tak špatná knížka - tak úděsně špatná - že se to konstatování pokusím zdůvodnit i za cenu námahy hodné lepší věci. Léčitel je knižní obdoba skupiny Lunetic (původně jsem chtěl napsat Spice Girls, ale to bych sáhl příliš vysoko): nula talentu, víceméně nula řemesla, čistý humbuk.

Příběh se odehrává v Helsinkách blízké budoucnosti, postižených stejně jako celý svět klimatickou apokalypsou. Moře stoupá, město zaplavuje z jedné strany voda a z druhé uprchlíci; spolu s nimi zločinnost, špína a veskrze
Sep 29, 2015 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 αστεράκια
Ο τρόπος γραφής του συγγραφέα δεν ήταν ιδιαίτερα του γούστου μου. Είχε πολλές περιγραφές και λεπτομέρειες τις οποίες δεν θεωρώ απαραίτητες. Με εκνεύρισε ιδιαίτερα η συνεχής αναφορά σε δρόμους και περιοχές στο Ελσίνκι, τις οποίες κάνεις δεν θα καταλάβαινε αν δεν είχε ζήσει στην πόλη.
Παρόλα αυτά, η πλοκή με ενθουσίασε και με κράτησε σε συνεχή αγωνία, ενώ η ιδέα ενός κόσμου κατεστραμμένου από τη ρύπανση του πλανήτη μου άρεσε πολύ.
Το τέλος ήταν πολύ περίεργο και δεν έβγαζε ιδιαίτερο νόη
Mar 09, 2014 Steve rated it it was ok
That this won the best Finnish crime novel in 2011 must reflect a pretty sad state of affairs in Finland as respects the quality (or lack thereof) of what people have to read there. The writing was generally rather poor. Consider a) in the case of a truck that ran into a pillar of a pedestrian bridge, “the truck looked broken in the middle, embracing the pillar like a pleading lover”. Ugh. Or b) “Here and there a long string of Christmas lights twinkled desperately, looking in their feeble glimm ...more
Sam Drew
Mar 23, 2013 Sam Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Tuomainen's 'The Healer' is an original and gripping crime thriller. The dystopian near-future setting is well-drawn and central to the bad guy's motive and therefore the plot, so it's not merely a bandwagon-jumping decision to set the novel in a dystopia. It rattles along at a good pace, mixing familiar crime plotting and character archetypes with this speculative-fiction element so that the reader is at once on familiar ground, and exploring new terrain. The novel grabs you and doesn't let go ...more
Dec 19, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Picked by my book club as our Christmas read.
Set in Helinski, Finland this mystery novel follows a mans desperate search for his missing journalist wife who was investigating a politically motivated serial killer "The Healer".
The writing is amazingly atmospheric. The crumbling ravaged city, constant heavy rain beating down, hot temperatures and barren landscape are the effects of the climate change and therefore illness and diseases are spreading quickly. The author sets the scene so well to gi
Corina Moisey
Jan 29, 2017 Corina Moisey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ficțiune
Deși am făcut o pasiune pentru romanele noir din nordul îndepărtat, acesta chiar m-a dezamăgit. În afara unor pasaje destul de vagi, toată acțiunea mi s-a părut trasă de păr. Personajul principal, un poet oarecum patetic își dă seama că i-a dispărut soția, jurnalistă de investigație. Începe să o caute cu disperare, căutând piste și potențiali suspecți.
E o carte de bulevard, bună de citit în pauzele mentale pe care ni le oferim.
Vít Kotačka
Špatný, špatný, špatný. Už dlouho jsem nečetl tak špatnou knihu a mizernou detektivku.

Možná je to tím, že česky už moc nečtu - a tak, když už se do něčeho pustím, tak chci, aby moje oko po stránkách jen běželo. A stává se to. Většinou za to může (kromě skvělého autora) dobrý překladatel. Jako příklad můžu uvést české překlady Murakamiho, nebo Marsého. To Léčitel takovým příkladem rozhodně není. Není to zoufalý, ale drhne to.

Původně jsem se těšil na, v anotaci slibované, post-apokalyptické Fins
Jul 05, 2013 George rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
In near future, in a post-apocalyptic Elsinki which reminded me J.G. Ballard's worlds (e.g. Crystal World, Drowned World), a poet is trying to find his missing wife, a newspaper journalist who was searching for informations about a politically motivated serial killer with the pseudonim The Healer. The Healer killed his wife? Who knows. Police can do nothing, the world is fucked up, so Tapani must search in every wet corner of Elsinki to find his beloved wife. I liked the world, i quite liked Tap ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Carole rated it really liked it
This is a taut spare novel by a Finnish author who is a capable addition to the Scandinavian genre of crime fiction. With a minimum of verbiage, he sets the scene of Helsinki in a world coping with environmental and social disaster. His wife disappears and he desperately tries to find her amid a society in which very little functions. The novel is short with cryptic dialog and I admired how he could convey the dystopian setting with skillful short brushstrokes. The pace was appropriately steady ...more
Diane S ☔
Mar 20, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it liked it
We have managed to ruin the planet, temperature extremes drive many from their homes, illnesses and diseases are rampant, the world is in chaos and a man, a minor poet, is looking for his wife. This was a very different type of Nordic noir novel, and while there were times I was fascinated, at times I was also impatient. Much happens in a few short days and there is also a serial killer, called the healer, whose story plays a part, but I think the real star of the story was the chaos and the des ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
En oikeastaan pidä dekkareista, mutta Parantaja on paljon muutakin kuin dekkari. Se on esimerkiksi dystopia, ahdistava kuva tulevaisuuden Helsingistä ja koko maailmasta.

Olisin varmaankin pitänyt enemmän, jos olisin lukenut kirjan nopeammalla tahdilla. Loppuun lukiessani en muistanut enää kaikkea, mikä ärsytti, koska en ehkä ollut tajunnut vihjeitä.
Финны дофига странные. Мало того, что их язык в печатном виде вызывает у меня головную боль, и зачастую в общественных местах приходится ориентироваться тупо по стрелочкам и значкам, так и писатели их строчат что-то свое, особенное, понятное не всем. Я вот, например, до сих пор не знаю, что это было – то ли фантазия такая буйная у Йоханны Синисало с ее привязанностью фотографа к детенышу тролля, то ли неизвестная глубокая мысль сокрыта в чернухе ее повести. Насчет Антти Туомайнена я не питала ни ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apl, audiobook, 2013
Not bad. A kind of thriller that's set in a dystopian Helsinki of the near future.
Read as an audiobook, also because I was curious to see how the names would be - I've ran to many audiobooks which were translated from Danish, and where the pronunciation of any and all names was always driving me nuts. I had to see how this was. Surprisingly good.
I know many of the streets and suburbs mentioned in the book, and the street names and locations were pronounced if not 100 % natively anyway so that it
Dec 31, 2015 Stasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally settled on 3 stars for The Healer because I didn't really hate anything about it. Still, the best thing I can say is that it was interesting and that I did read on genuinely wondering and wanting to know (view spoiler). The near-future described in the book is alarmingly belieavable. However, to me, almost all of the characters seemed a bit flat and uniform - there wasn' ...more
Diego González
En un futuro cercano en el que el cambio climático ha provocado catástrofes atroces por todo el planeta, un poeta de Helsinki trata de encontrar a su novia periodista, desaparecida mientras investigaba los crímenes de un asesino en serie llamado "El Sanador".

Así comienza la cosa. Con el telón de fondo de una ciudad invadida por los refugiados y en un estado de permanente caos, el protagonista, que narra en primera persona la historia, va atando cabos. La historia principal es en todo momento la
Michael Haulică
Cele două stele sînt pentru versiunea românească a cărții. Deci Trei a publicat ce a înțeles traducătorul român din ce a înțeles traducătorul german din cartea finlandezului.
Cele două stele sînt și ale redactorului, care a lăsat în carte tot ghiveciul ăla de perfect compus și perfect simplu al traducătorului.
Aș spune că e o carte onestă, dacă n-aș fi găsit cîteva pasaje foarte frumoase. Așa că mă întreb: pasajele alea i-au scăpat autorului unei cărți polițiste/noir și atît, fără mai valențe lite
Ellen Keim
Mar 01, 2014 Ellen Keim rated it liked it
I liked this book a lot, but only gave it three stars because of the ending. I just didn't get it. Maybe someone else can enlighten me?

The picture the author draws of life after climate change has caused severe disruptions in society is more interesting than the central mystery. I get weary of dystopian novels--probably because I'm in denial about what the future could be like if we continue ignoring the danger signs. A lot of these novels are too extreme for my taste. This book, though, seemed
This is a very short thriller set slightly in the future, where climate change has wrecked havoc on the city of Helsinki. I picked it up for a song yesterday at The Warehouse and finished it this morning. It is easy to read, lots of space on the pages and you are in straight away. I enjoyed the setting and the story, I liked the description of how the city was crumbling around the residents, and the politics of the world of the near future are very pertinent. A poet is searching for his missing ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discuss-it
Climate change has made much of the world uninhabitable: hot, dry countries are hotter and dryer, low lying areas are flooded, war, famine and disease are rampant, and in Finland it seems to rain all winter. Helsinki is full of refugees from countries to the south, many buildings are damaged by flooding and the constant rain and social order in this usually well-ordered country has broken down.
This is the dystopian setting for a novel about a man looking for his missing wife in the three days be
Feb 17, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Original, starkly evocative and intensely atmospheric, The Healer is a gripping crime thriller set in a near future in which climate change has ravaged the planet and millions of refugees flee north as large parts of the world succumb to flooding, wars and disease. In Helsinki, a city far enough up north to remain at least somewhat functional, we meet struggling poet Tapani Lehtinen, whose journalist wife Johanna has disappeared while following the trail of a serial killer about whom she was wri ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This was a fantastic book. Its set in Helsinki in the not too distant future. Its classed as dystopian detection. The planet is being washed away with an onslaught of torrential rain and everyone is moving out of the city where the subways are flooding etc. The main character's wife is a journalist who was investigating a series of murders and has now gone missing. It had me gripped from start to finish.
This was an interesting book. The world is falling apart - literally - and one man spends his time looking for his wife. There's no fluff to this one, just straight forward story. Fairly well written for a first novel, though the translation was sometimes odd. Still, it did keep me engaged, and I would read another by this author. Narrator was excellent. <><
Reetta Saine
Kotimaista dystopiaa ei juurikaan ilmesty - ainakaan aikuisille, ainakaan ennen tätä buumia.

Ilmastonmuutos jyllää, yhteiskunta on romahtamassa ja media kirjoittaa alushousuttomista sodomiaa harrastavista suosikkilauluajista. Kadonnut toimittajavaimo ajaa päähenkilön pönkimään menneisyyttä, jolla on yhteyksiä myös nykyiseen menoon.

Toiminnallisuutta tarpeeksi, mietintää myös.
Ken Fredette
Oct 14, 2015 Ken Fredette rated it really liked it
Kind of a science-fiction book with the world seas rising and raining all the time unless you go above the Arctic Circle. Finland was being inundated by other ethnic groups and Tapani's wife goes missing. Find out what happens, it's a good book, especially the ending.
Apr 23, 2014 Bartulos rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policiaca-negra
Una buena idea que se queda en nada. Parecía que iba a ser interesante, pero el autor no ha sabido sacar jugo a la historia. Es lento, con personajes mal dibujados que no te dicen nada, situaciones que no son creíbles y con un final que no cuadra. No me ha gustado.
Puntuación: 4
Jan 28, 2013 Sif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ansi áhugaverð saga og óvenjuleg spennusaga. Fljótlesin og vekur mann til umhugsunar. Truflaði aðeins flæði sögunnar öll finnsku staðarheitin en jafnframt gaman að lesa spennusögu frá Finnlandi. Mæli með henni.
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Finnish Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) was an award-winning copywriter in the advertising industry before he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed Veljeni vartija (My Brother's Keeper) was published two years later. In 2011 Tuomainen's third novel, Parantaja (The Healer), was awarded the Clue Award for 'Best Finnish Crime Novel 2011'. Thus emerged a bright new s ...more
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“— Мы — в свободном падении, Тапани. Все, что мы можем делать, — это следовать тому, что подскажет сердце. Постараться защитить хорошее, даже если сознаем, что уже поздно.” 0 likes
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