There were times I did not know if I should laugh or be shocked when reading. Antti Tuomainen has a way of writing where even the most bizarre things seem perfectly logical.
Title: Palm Beach Finland
Writer: Antti Tuomainen
Genre: #Thriller #BlackComedy
Length: 333 pages
My rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Print, Published by LIKE
The best mates Chico and Robin are the sun in this book. They kept me interested in the story when all else felt frozen in place. Yes, there were times I was not so happy to read forward.
At the beginning of the book, Chico and Robin strike a deal with a Mr Leivo who owns the Palm Beach Finland. Things start to go sideways and their dreams are not going to happen if they can not fix it.
The middle of the book was little bit struggle for me. I am used to reading one point of view and there were characters like Holma, who I could not correlate at all and wished to skip those scenes, but didn’t.
Leivo, and the boys (Chico and Robin) were the best part in this book. Their personality, hopes and wishes, were the ones I wanted to fill.
I could not find myself liking the detective, nor the heroine Olivia. They were too pretty and polished for me and I could not find enough dimensions in their personality.
The book itself was worth reading and deserves three stars. I give four because of the two mates whose story was extraordinary.
Description of the book (from Amazon)
Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary.
With a nod to Fargo and dark noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason.