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Aleksi Kivi lost his mother on a rainy October day in 1993. Twenty years later Aleksi, now 33, is certain that he knows who’s responsible for his mother’s disappearance. Everything points to millionaire Henrik Saarinen. The police doesn’t agree. Aleksi has only one option: to get close to Henrik Saarinen and find out the truth about his mother’s fate – on his own.

Dark As My Heart tells the story of a mother and son and the search for justice. It’s a story of a lifetime of loneliness, of promises made, the cost of obsessions, the price of vengeance and the power of love. Written in a beautiful and precise language with a touch of poetry, Dark As My Heart is a crime novel, mystery tale and modern take on the Greek tragedy. Its heart beats fiercely and full of longing – for love, justice and redemption.


Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK 2016
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  • “A dark and thrilling book with unexpected twists.”

    Weltexpress, Germany

  • “A book for lovers of crime fiction who like to read subtle and recondite suspense in addition to pure action.”

    Kulturexpress, Germany

  • “The writer's voice is clear and strong and the text is enhanced by poetic descriptions. This, together with the magical atmosphere of the book, makes Dark As My Heart a criminally good read.”

    HR online, Germany

  • “The king of Helsinki Noir… The novel soon brings James Ellroy to mind, more specifically the brilliant My Dark Places, where Ellroy tries to make sense of his murdered mother's fate.”

    Aamulehti, Finland

  • “Now Tuomainen rises to the top /…/ Thanks to authors like Tuomainen, crime novels will not be designated only to the fans of the genre anymore… Tuomainen shines more than ever.”

    Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

  • “The story carries a strong purpose, a downright obsession, under which everything culminates. .. The novel is extremely well written, and is a pleasure from a literary perspective as well.”

    Ilta-Sanomat, Finland

  • “Refined writing and thinking, original and different from the mainstream.”


    Iltalehti, Finland

  • Dark As My Heart is first and foremost a strong psychological story of obsessions and the ways they demonstrate themselves. Of sorrow and longing. Of revenge and pain. Tuomainen writes excruciatingly suspensefully, with a rough masculinity, and yet so beautifully. .. Dear beloved friends, pamper yourselves with this book!”

    Rakkaudesta kirjoihin, Finland

  • Dark As My Heart is definitely THE crime story of this summer. /…/ Antti Tuomainen is the freshest success in the Finnish thriller novel field. His new book Dark As My Heart proves it. The book is sensational.”

    Etelä-Saimaa, Finland

  • “With this thriller, Antti Tuomainen shows that he is one of the best crime authors in Finland. The story is believable, exciting and wistful at the same time.”

    Iltalehti Ilona, Finland

  • “Straight forwardness is not simplicity: there's lots of levels and storyline is – either despite or because of the main character's coolness – savvy and fresh. /…/ Tuomainen has succeeded in creating a combination, which consists of narrative eloquence and a gloomy atmosphere.”

    Hämeen Sanomat, Finland

  • Dark As My Heart is Tuomainen's fourth crime novel and he surprises us once again. Definitely one of our most interesting and original crime novelists.”

    YLE, Finland

  • “The bloodcurdling beginning of Antti Tuomainen's new novel demanded that I lay it aside for a couple of nights before continuing. /…/ The story climaxes towards the end and the solving of the mystery surprises – just as it should in a fine crime novel.”

    Gloria, Finland

  • “Tuomainen's true talent lies in describing moods and emotions and fast emerging atmospheres.”

    Turun Sanomat, Finland

  • “Tuomainen's style is moving. This thriller is a story of loneliness, love, retribution and obsession. I'll read Tuomainen's next book as well.”

    Eeva, Finland

  • “Tuomainen's popularity is easy to understand. He writes fluently and vividly, characters are credible and fleshed-out, along with the due amount of blood since the genre is thriller. Nonetheless, this new novel is not a feast of cruelties. Instead, the author knows just how to hold the reader in his grip with a charged atmosphere, subtle clues, and surprising plot twists.”

    Amusa Kulttuuritori, Finland

  • “Here is an international crime sensation, a wordsmith who delivers macabre details and close observations in a clear cut and poetic voice. A dense crime mystery.”

    Dagsavisen, Norway

  • “Tuomainen has written a captivating story about an obsession many would call sick. It's a story about the dark corners of the mind, yet at the same time it's also a story with a forceful impetus, making it hard to put down. The need to accompany Aleksi to the very end, even if it should turn out to be something other than the expected, is due not the least to Aleksi's luck in getting the reader on his side.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “[Dark As My Heart] contains passages of lyrical intensity, along with bloody scenes that would not be out of place in a Jacobean revenge drama. ”

    Sunday Times, UK

  • “A novel as icy as Helsinki itself, Tuomainen delivers a dark, chilly and evocatively written novel of obsession and twisted emotion. Now out in paperback, I suspect it’s only a matter of time before we see it unfold on our screens.”

    Daily Mail, UK

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  • Crime
Reading material

Finnish edition

Rights sold

Armenia, Guitank

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Modtryk

Finland, Like

France, Fleuve Noir

Germany, Ullstein

Norway, Font

Poland, Albatros

Romania, Trei

Slovakia, Slovart

Turkey, Koridor

UK & Commonwealth, Harvill

Film rights sold

Finland, Making Movies Ltd

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