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The Healer: A Novel Hardcover – May 14, 2013
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In the Healer, a novel by Finnish author Antti Tuomaninen, poet Tapani Lehtinen navigates a post-apocalyptic Helinski, in search of his missing wife, Johanna. Johanna is a journalist who works for a newspaper that is struggling to maintain its relevance in this strange new world. Immediately before here disappearance, she was investigating a serial killer known as "The Healer". The Healer is known for murdering prominent businessmen, politicians, and their families, all because of their involvement in pursuits that harm the environment. As Tapani studies Johanna's research into the murders, he realizes that she was close to discovering the identity of The Healer. Now he worries that she is pursuing this known serial killer, or worse, The Healer is pursuing her.
This post-apocalyptic world, as imagined by Tuomaninen, falls in line with the bleak views that most of these European authors write about. Society has failed, medicine and doctors are hard to come by, and the police have been made obsolete by a lack of government, money, technology, and manpower. Therefore, the recover of Johanna falls on the shoulders of her husband, Tapani. As he investigates further into her disappearance, he uncovers secrets from her past that threaten to unravel everything he thought he knew about the woman he loves.
Despite the promising premise, I felt that the author was simply going through the motions on this one.Read more ›
It is set in Helsinki in the near future, a city falling apart, in a world falling apart.
We are in the midst of a global ecological collapse, constant rain and flooding, food and drinking water become more scarce as each day goes by, electric and Internet unreliable, hundreds of millions of people try to move north to places they feel might be livable for a bit longer. Bangladesh has sunk into the ocean, unstoppable fires are consuming the rain forests of the Amazon, the US has been attacked by missiles from Mexican drug lords, the European countries that are left are at war. Things like police protection have become impossible, as most cops have left their jobs, medical care almost impossible to get, as those doctors left try to deal with widespread epidemics of TB, Ebola and the plague.
Well, that is unless you are very rich. Then you hire one of the many private security companies to protect you and your family and to buy the scare resources.
But it seems even a great deal of money can not offer total protection. The city has a killer, a serial killer, who calls himself The Healer. He is killing whole families of people he feels are guilty for creating the situation the world is in and the police seem helpless to stop him. Detectives are few, things like DNA testing or fingerprints almost impossible to get done.
Just one more terrible thing Tapani Lehtinen can do nothing about ...until his wife Joanna disappears. She is an investigative report, a dying breed, as is the newspaper she works for. But she is one of the few who feels a sense of duty, to try and do good.Read more ›
I'm always on the look out for new authors to explore, so with that in mind I decided to listen to the unabridged audio version of The Healer by Antti Tuomainen and narrated by Simon Shepard before the end of March. Listening time for The Healer by Antti Tuomainen is 5 hours, 40 minutes.
The Healer is a dystopian, mystery/thriller set in Finland. I liked the characters and the storyline of this novel very much. The Healer is a very quick read. My only complaint about the novel is the ending. It leaves the reader hanging as to what the leading character meant by what he said!!! Arrggh, don't you dislike it intensely when an author leaves you wondering the ending of the book is supposed to mean??? Boo, to ambiguous endings!! Other than the ending, The Healer was a really good read.
Pasi Tarkiainian is an extremist ecologist who gets it that there is no hope to change the effects of climate change. He proposes to find a modicum of justice for all, by focusing on those who heartlessly contributed to climate change under the "dictatorship" of the profit incentive; because all are now living under the dictatorship of climate change. It is chaos.
Chaos enters the personal life of Tapani and Johanna Lehtinen, poet and investigative reporter, respectively, when Johanna suddenly disappears. And as he thinks about what has happened, Tapani wonders which is worse--"complete certainty that the worst has happened, or this fear, building up moment by moment? Sudden collapse, or slow, crumbling deterioration?" While searching for his wife, he actually experiences both. In the current world environment, this is echoed as humanity deals with, and falters in, environmental realities that leave few, if any, positive choices.
Inspector Jaatinen does not play the typical role of a detective as he and Tapani connect over Johanna's disappearance. All in all, this is a startling story which draws on the fears of humans regarding their survival, and the personal fear of the loss of a loved one. It has mystery, action and surprise, and a lot of sadness. A very good book.
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This is the third novel by “the King of Helsinki Noir,” Antti Tuomainen, but the first translated into English. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S Riaz
The Finland author Antti Tuomainen, through his novel The Healer, passes to the reader the highly urgent message of protecting and saving our global environment, eitherwise in the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by mariabr.
I wanted to like this novel, and there were things that made me appreciate it.
It's a short book, and the chapters are small, so if you don't have uninterrupted hours to... Read more
Great read except for the last chapter. I re-read twice and I haven't a clue what the author was trying to say.Published on July 20, 2013 by Barney Phiffe
The Healer by Antti Tuomainen
This was a book that seemed to feature despair. It is a dystopian future where environmental impact is ruling the world. Read more
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