NetGalley|Book Review: As Red as Blood (Lumikki Anderson 1/3) by Salla Simukka

As Red As Blood Book Cover As Red As Blood
Lumikki Anderson 1/3
Salla Simukka
Juvenile Fiction
Hot Key Books
August 7, 2014

The first story in the thrilling Nordic crime series The Snow White Trilogy, an international success published in 52 territories worldwide and soon to be a Hollywood film. 'Fans of Nesbø and Larsson won't be disappointed' Publishers Weekly The streets of Finland are frozen and white with snow. And nothing is as red against snow as blood . . . Seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson is hardly your average teenager. She lives by herself in the city of Tampere, Finland, and has a firm rule to mind nobody's business but her own. But that rule is put to the test when she happens upon five hundred washed euro notes hanging up to dry in her school's darkroom, and it is shattered once Lumikki realises who owns them. Caught in an increasingly tangled web of deception, corruption and danger, Lumikki finds herself navigating Tampere's dark underbelly in her quest to expose its shocking connection to the international drugs trade. Lumikki is smart, but is she smarter than a master criminal? Can she bring down the infamous 'Polar Bear' - or will she become another one of his victims?

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“Once upon a time there was a girl who learned to fear.
Fairy tales do not begin this way. Other, darker stories do…”
Lumikki Andersson is a Finnish-Swedish loner, though she doesn’t mind being alone. You see, she has rules – mottoes. One is not to meddle – not to get involved. Another is not to jump to conclusions.
But when she stumbles across thousands of euros of money, hanging up to dry in the darkroom, smelling of old blood, it’s hard not to get involved. Especially when she sees a classmate emerge from the room with a bulging backpack.

Soon, Lumikki is breaking all of her rules, as she’s swept up in a dangerous plot involving the darkest areas of Finland’s criminal underworld. All the while trying to stay one step ahead of a vicious, merciless murderer…

As Red as Blood is well written and intriguing YA crime thriller based in Finland and it is the first book in the Lumikki Anderson Trilogy which has been translated from Finnish. I loved this book as soon as I started reading it because it started with a bang Continue reading