I was lucky to win an advance copy from Goodreads and I couldn't put it down. James Thompson is one of my favorite writers.
Just like in Snow Angels and Lucifer's Tears Thompson has given us another well written, character driven, action-packed and powerful story. He once more opens our eyes to Finland's not so "silent hatred" and to the grim reality of racism and anti-immigration fervor in a place most of us assume to be a paradise where hate and violence have no place.
I like his direct - to the point style and a compelling first person narrative which efficiently immerse us in Vaara's thoughts and emotions. Three-dimensional characters, a complex plot and plenty of action make this book an engaging read.
I found myself missing the winter descriptions and sense of place which Snow Angels and Lucifer's Tears had so much of and relished while reading; but most of all I missed the Kari Vaara from the first two books (before surgery) who could easily be tell apart from the ruffians and whom I really liked.
The book ends on a hopeful note so I'll be anxiously awaiting for the next installment of the series and hoping the greatly flawed but likable Kari Vaara from Snow Angels and Lucifer's Tears returns