Hella Mauzer was the first ever woman Inspector in the Helsinki Homicide Unit. But her superiors deemed her too ‘emotional’ for the job and had her reassigned. Now, two years later, she is working in Lapland for the Ivalo police department under Chief Inspector Järvi, a man more interested in criminal statistics and his social life than police work. They receive a letter from Irja Waltari, a priest’s wife from the village of Käärmela on the Soviet border, informing them of the disappearance of Erno Jokinen, a local. Hella jumps at the chance to investigate. Järvi does not think that a crime is involved. After all, people disappear all the time in the snows of Finland. When she arrives, Hella stays the village priest and his wife, who have taken in Erno’s grandson who refuses to tell anyone his grandfather’s secret. A body is then discovered in the forest and she realizes that she was right; a crime has been committed. A murder. But what Hella doesn’t know, is that the small village of Käärmela is harbouring another crime, a crime so evil, it is beyond anything any of them could have ever imagined.
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Evil Things is a gripping start to a promising new crime series which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Firstly the setting of this book is brilliant with the cold Finnish setting helping to add to the chilling story. The descriptions of the cold, snowy weather actually made me shiver and I found myself reaching for a blanket to cosy up with. I enjoyed learning more about Finnish weather, the language and some of the unique ways they cope with the long winters. I’ve not read many books about the disagreements between Finland and Russia so I found it very interesting to read more. The cold war always adds an interesting angle to the story too as it naturally adds mystery and intrigue.
I loved the main character Hella who manages to hold her own spectacularly again some very sexist opinions. Her intelligence and determination shines off the page as she uses both to try and solve the murder. She is very stubborn and there were times when she even frustrated me with how stubborn she was! However she is able to use this to her advantage and it is an important factor in her solving the case.
The murder investigation is quite fast paced with lots of atmosphere as the reader tries to work out what has happened. The setting of the woods helped add to this as I was never sure what was lurking there. There were lots of twists that kept me on my toes and ensured I kept reading as I was desperate to find out what would happen. I don’t want to give anything away but I was blown away with the reveal as I had never read anything else like it. It took me completely by surprise which I always love!
Think is the first book in a planned three book series and I really look forward to reading more from this talented author. If you like atmosphere, gripping thrillers with an fantastic twist then you’ll love this book.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater and Bitter Lemon Press for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Katja Ivar was born in Moscow and spent her teenage years in Dallas, Texas. She holds a BA in Linguistics and a Masters in Contemporary History from the Sorbonne University; she lives in Paris with her husband and three children. This is her first novel and is planned to be the beginning of a three book series.