Do not be lulled by the sweet title of this book, this is a graphic and violent story of murder, rape and brutality.

Set in Finland, I found reading about the culture very interesting. Life is harsh and alcohol plays a big part of everyday life in winter.

Inspector Kari Vaara is head of the police force in Kaamos and just days before Christmas the mutilated body of beautiful Somali actress Sufia is found cut up in a reindeer field. As Inspector Kari continues his investigation the plot thickens and he is forced to confront his demons as well as trying to keep his lonely isolated and preganant American wife happy as she recuperates after a nasty skiing accident.

Not at all predictable, I found the book thought provoking and it left me wondering quite how do Finns cope with long dark days for months on end. The book is an easy enjoyable read. Just be prepared for some graphic gruesome details that may make you wince. This is definitely a book to read while under the covers wrapped up warmly because the descriptions are so vivid that you can feel the freezing temperatures that the characters have to endure.

It is a great book that I found hard to put down until the very end, an interesting aspect is the insight into Finland’s culture and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series based around Inspector Kari Vaara.