As Red as Blood (Lumikki Andersson #1) by Salla Simukka book review



Lumikki Andersson has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. She knows all too well that trouble comes to those who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. But Lumikki’s rule is put to the test when she uncovers thousands of washed Euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom and three of her classmates with blood on their hands. Literally. A web of lies and deception now has Lumikki on the run from those determined to get the money back—no matter the cost. At the center of the chaos: Polar Bear, the mythical drug lord who has managed to remain anonymous despite his lavish parties and notorious reputation. If Lumikki hopes to make it out alive, she’ll have to uncover the entire operation. Even the cold Finnish winter can’t hide a culprit determined to stain the streets red.


I found this young adult thriller/ mystery very entertaining to read. The plot was well thought out and Salla is a marvelous writer. I loved how she used a wonderful blend of allegories to describe simplistic things in everyday life. Salla paints a beautiful picture as she describes the cold, harsh backdrop. I feel like maybe though the English translation did not do her book justice as it felt that some things were left out. Do let me point out though, that this is not a fairy-tale retelling as some think. It has elements to a fairy-tale such as Lumikki means Snow White and there are verses from the lore of Snow White. I did feel that the book has great potential for the rest of the series that Salla plans on writing, however, i would like there to be a little more detail to some of the plot and to not be as vague. Also i feel that the supporting characters could use a little more emotional depth, and could use a little bit of growing. I felt that had the book been given a little more to it as it felt very short that this book could have been a 5 star read. however i’m giving it 3. Don’t get me wrong, I did love this book very much and the plot was fun, but as mentioned before, it felt too short and rushed, and the supporting characters were one dimensional. So 3 stars from me. While I received this book for review all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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