THE MINE H
ow far would you go to keep your secrets buried? How deep do you have to bury the past to stop it clawing its way into the present?
On the surface, Antti Tuomainen’s titular mine is a literal one. It’s the centre of a plot which sees Helsinki Daily investigative journalist Janne Vuori receiving an anonymous tip about some illegal activity occurring at a nickel mine in northern Finland. But The Mine requires you to dig deeper. Indeed, as Vuori sifts for information, and starts to find himself buried under the weight of revelation, he discovers that the case has a personal element — one which makes the investigation very much his own. Or, to him, “mine”.
Of course, the book’s title has a third meaning — let’s just say you wouldn’t want to step on one. And, as Vuori gets closer to the truth, the more Tuomainen steps up the stakes, making this an increasingly tense and potentially explosive read.
Tuomainen’s fifth novel might feel fairly traditional during its first few chapters but as the shifting perspectives start to merge and different media are introduced, the reader also becomes an investigator, watching connections spread. This is a smart, beautifully translated novel that you should make your own.