I'm excited to be sharing my review of The Man Who Died as part of the blog tour today. The review is written with thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for my copy of the book.
Jaakko Kaunisma is the CEO of a business that exports mushrooms. He has recently been informed by his doctor that he is dying. His condition has been caused by prolonged exposure to toxins, which means that someone has poisoned him. As he attempts to come to terms with his impending death, he is determined to discover who is responsible, whilst trying to keep his business afloat as he is approached by a dangerous competitor.
The writing style that Tuomainen brings to The Man Who Died is very descriptive and lyrical. As the novel is set in Finland, somewhere I have not visited previously, the beautiful descriptions transported me to the places about which Tuomainen writes and helped me to become immersed in Jaakko's story and lifestyle. As Jaakko is dying, the lyrical nature of the writing prompted me to reflect on the abstract concepts, such as life and death, that are prevalent in the novel. There are several moments of humour in The Man Who Died, which means that the novel is, in places, perhaps lighter than I would have expected, and I enjoyed this aspect of it. However, this is a contrast with the darker subject matter, and it helped me to consider it in more detail. This means The Man Who Died is a much deeper novel than it first appears to be.
Through the use of a first person narrative, Tuomainen allows the reader to gain insight into Jaakko's thoughts and feelings about the things that are happening to him. As a result, I found that I was able to invest in the character and care about the outcome of his investigation into who poisoned him.
The Man Who Died is available on Amazon.
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