“Just when you thought Kati Hiekkapelto couldn’t get any better….”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Anna Fekete, police officer, is investigating a man found dead in the road. Her colleague, Esko Niemi has a separate investigation into gang violence involving drugs and illegal immigrants. The two investigations come together unexpectedly when a bloodied knife is found in the woods.
What turns this book into a great novel is the characters, they are very bit as important as the plot. Whilst reading, I kept being reminded of Henry David Thoreau’s quote: “most men lead lives of quiet desperation…”
Anna Fekete lives and works in Finland but hails from the Hungarian part of Serbia, and she is lost.She has no clue as to where she belongs or what she should call home. Home as she knew it, Yugoslavia, doesn’t even exist anymore. So for all she feels she doesn’t really belong in Finland, she has no idea if she would belong in Serbia either. When her grandmother becomes ill, it brings her loneliness and isolation into sharp focus.