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Dark As My Heart

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Aleksi lost his mother on a rainy October day when he was13 years old. 20 years later, he is certain that he knows who's responsible. Everything points to millionaire Henrik Saarinen. The police don't agree. Aleksi has only one option: to get close to Henrik Saarinen and find out the truth about his mother's fate on his own. But as Aleksi soon discovers, delving into Saari ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2016 by Vintage (first published June 2013)
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Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
"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
Andy Weston
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Claudiu D.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autori-nordici
Romanul acesta mi-a adus aminte de ce imi plac atat de mult nordicii.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Dark As My Heart – A Wonderfully Dark & Tragic Story

Dark 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
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
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Bu kitap da fena bayıktı. Ucuz diye alıp pişman olduğum bir başka kitap işte.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Huono. Tylsä. Löysä.
James Perkins
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Astrid Terese
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 ...more
Patricia Baker
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Kerry Pickens
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
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 ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
An easy pleasant read
VJ Scott
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharp short snappy

Great read and storyline. Plot was well thought out and main character was nicely flawed. Recommended as another great author
Pasi Rautio
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yllättäviä käänteitä loppuun saakka. Melko nerokasta kuljetusta ja kirja sai monta kertaa huudahtamaan paljasta jo.
Milan Stefanik
For first reading - ok but for Rereading - no.
Some parts were not very interesting. Too much "empty sentences".
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rob Kitchin
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 ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
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.
Jenni Joru
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shane Kiely
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Barbara Rohde
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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Antti Tuomainen is the award-winning author of eight novels: A Killer I Wish, My Brother’s Keeper, The Healer, Dark as My Heart, The Mine, The Man Who Died, Palm Beach Finland and his latest – Little Siberia. He has been called ‘The King of Helsinki Noir’ by the Finnish press and his writing has garnered attention worldwide.

In 2011 his third novel The Healer was awarded the Clue Award for Best Fin