I am finally back from my mini vacation. It was fun to finally step out of my home and explore a new place. Time to get back to reading!
As you all may already know, murder mysteries and psychological thrillers are my favourite. I am glad that I got the chance to read Heine Bakkeid’s I Will Miss You Tomorrow. All thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy.
When I first received the book, I didn’t know that it was translated from the Norwegian to English by Anne Bruce. So, this book fulfills another criteria of me reading more of translated fiction!
Book Title: I Will Miss You Tomorrow
Author: Heine Bakkeid
Publisher: Raven Books
Publication Date: November 2019
Series: Thorkild Aske
Formats: Paperback, Hardcover, eBook
The first in a new Norwegian crime series featuring disgraced ex-Chief Inspector Thorkild Aske, a damaged man with a complicated past
Fresh out of prison and a stint in a psychiatric hospital, disgraced ex-policeman Thorkild Aske only wants to lose himself in drugged dreams of his beloved Frei. Wild, unknowable Frei. The woman he loved. The woman he has lost forever.
Yet when Frei’s young cousin goes missing off the Norwegian coast and Thorkild is called in by the family to help find him, dead or alive, Thorkild cannot refuse. He owes them this.
Tormented by his past, Thorkild soon finds himself deep in treacherous waters. He’s lost his reputation – will he now lose his life?
I Will Miss You Tomorrow is an atmospheric crime novel and is the first book in the Thorkild Aske series. I believe we would get to see more of Thorkild in the upcoming books by Bakkeid. It is always a delight to discover books by new authors. I Will Miss You Tomorrow is Bakkeid’s debut in the genre of crime fiction and I’ll definitely keep an eye on his future books.
Thorkild is an extremely interesting character. While a first person narrator is usually thought of as a reliable narrator, Thorkild may not be so believable at times which creates the chilling, uncanny and unearthly atmosphere in the novel. When we are first introduced to Thorkild Aske, he is a disgraced and damaged ex-Chief Inspector spending time in prison. Convicted for manslaughter, Aske is confused with himself. Under the influence of drugs, he is disoriented and whatever he narrates thus seems unreliable.
Sergeant and an Investigator of International Affairs, Thorkild Aske is released once he completes his prison sentence. Since being dismissed from service, he takes a liking to alcohol and nostrums. I Will Miss You Tomorrow would have been a typical Nordic noir had it not been disturbed by the abstruse unfathomable events that occur after Aske’s return to society. Soon he immerses himself into the case of the disappearance of a man from near the lighthouse. Battling with the ghosts of his past and present–both of his own and of the setting, coupled with his drug and alcohol usage contributes to creating confusion amongst the readers. Is he real, is he not?
I thoroughly devoured the book. I was hooked from the beginning to the end. Thorkild was such a fascinating character and loved the complexity in his character. The case of the missing man may not be the most intriguing plot that I have encountered in a crime novel but there are several other distractions that doesn’t let the book slide down from its genre. Aske’s personal life was interesting enough for me. The novel is more character oriented rather than stressing on the main plot. Since it’s the introductory book to a new series, I feel that Bakkeid tried to present more of Thorkild than the plot. The setting, characters and the sub-plots are combined together to form an amalgamation of a paranormal psychological crime thriller.
I Will Miss You Tomorrow is another great addition to my bookshelf! This was my first Scandinavian crime novel and I loved it. Since I am not very familiar with the genre, I read it as a typical crime thriller but for people who are well acquainted with the genre or are familiar with the settings in the novel, they may have a different experience.
If you are a mystery, thriller or crime fiction fanatic, I recommend you add I Will Miss You Tomorrow to your TBR.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heine Bakkeid grew up in the rugged landscape of northern Norway. I Will Miss You Tomorrow is Bakkeid’s first venture into crime fiction, and has earned him critical acclaim in his own country.