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I am so excited to welcome you to my stop on the #FinnishInvasion Blog Tour by Orenda Books and share my review of Kati Hiekkapelto’s The Exiled.


Published: 19 August 2016
Reviewed: 13 November 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Orenda Books as part of blog tour



Murder. Corruption. Dark secrets. A titanic wave of refugees. Can Anna solve a terrifying case that’s become personal?

Anna Fekete returns to the Balkan village of her birth for a relaxing summer holiday. But when her purse is stolen and the thief is found dead on the banks of the river, Anna is pulled into a murder case. Her investigation leads straight to her own family, to closely guarded secrets concealing a horrendous travesty of justice that threatens them all. As layer after layer of corruption, deceit and guilt are revealed, Anna is caught up in the refugee crisis spreading like wildfire across Europe. How long will it take before everything explodes?

My Thoughts & Review:

I have to admit this is the first book that I have read by Kati Hiekkapelto, something I will definitely be remedying in the coming weeks as I fully intend to buy copies of the other books featuring Detective Anna Fekete.

The Exiled is actually the third book in the Detective Anna Fekete series, and thankfully this can be read without reading The Hummingbird or The Defenceless.  There are references to prior cases and colleagues but these are minimal so does not impact upon your enjoyment of the story.
The reader meets Anna upon her return to Serbia for a holiday.  She intends to spend time with family and friends but ends up involved in a robbery and a murder investigation.

Clever plotting and well constructed characters make this a great read, add in the use of native language and you have a wonderfully authentic offering from the Scani Noir genre.  The translation to English has been done so well that this reads as though it were originally written in English.
The vivid descriptions of both scenery and characters really bring them alive.  The easy flowing style of writing lends itself well to this story, the well woven threads of the plot ensure that the pace is good and slowly increases with the secrets that are waiting to be unearthed, drawing the reader in and making this a compulsive read.

As you would expect with Scani Noir, this is chilling, it’s clever and it looks behind the curtain at some very topical issues such as migrancy and refugees including detailing the social impacts and implications.  The writing of these subjects is done with transparency and a frankness that adds a chilling edge to the narrative but at the same time the author shows sensitivity to these subjects by using characters as voices of reason and conscience.

An fantastic read that I cannot thank Karen at Orenda Books for introducing me to, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next Anna Fekete book.

You can buy a copy of The Exiled here

About the Author:


Kati Hiekkapelto was born in 1970 in Oulu, Finland.  She wrote her first stories at the age of two and recorded them on cassette tapes.  Kati has studied Fine Arts in Liminka Art School and Special Education at the University of Jyväskylä.  The subject of her final thesis/dissertation was racist bullying in Finnish schools.  She went to work on as a special-needs teacher for immigrant children.  Today Kti is an international crime writer, punk singer and performance artist.  Her books, The Hummingbird and The Defenceless have been translated into 16 languages and were both shortlisted for the Petrona Award in the UK.  The Defenceless won Best Finnish Crime Novel of the Year, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Glass Key.  She lives and writes in her 200-year-ols farmhouse in Hailuoto, an island in the Gulf of Bothnia, North Finland.  In her free time she rehearses with her band, runs, hunts, picks berries and mushrooms and gardens.  During long, dark winter months she chops wood to head her house, shovels snow and skis.

For more information on Kati’s books, go to her website http://www.katihiekkapelto.com/ or follow her on Twitter @HiekkapeltoKati

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the #FinnishInvasion Blog Tour for reviews and guest posts by both Kati Hiekkapelto and Annti Tuomainen.





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