I Will Miss You Tomorrow
Translated from Norwegian by Anne Bruce
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Imprint: Raven Books
Publication date: 14th November 2019
Series: Thorkild Aske #1
Genre: Crime / Thriller
Format read: Uncorrected proof paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher via Better Reading
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?
Thorkild Aske, former police interrogator, has recently been released from prison when he is asked by an acquaintance to look into the disappearance of his son. Thorkild is not keen but decides to take the job hoping it will take his mind off his own pain following the death of a young woman he was dating. His search takes him to an abandoned lighthouse where his mind starts to spiral into depression.
Told in the first person by Thorkild the reader is left questioning what is real and what is in his head. It is hard work following Thorkild’s mind as he is sporadic and a little unstable living on a cocktail of drugs. I Will Miss You Tomorrow has a complex plot and with a few red herrings thrown in, the perpetrator and the reason came as a complete surprise.
There are parts of the story where you will need to suspend believe. Thorkild manages to get into, and out of, many life and death situations.
Thorkild was hard to connect with although I did enjoy his dry sense of humour and I am looking forward to the next book in the series hoping that our protagonist has gotten over his drug dependency and his suicidal tendencies.
I Will Miss You Tomorrow is eerie, tense and atmospheric with a little paranormal element. Nordic Noir with a good dose of disquiet.
My rating 3.5 upped to 4/5 because it's a debut and I like to cut debut authors a bit of slack.
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 in his home country the critics' recognition as a virtuoso of darkly atmospheric suspense.
About the translator
Anne Bruce has degrees in Norwegian and English from Glasgow University. She lives in Scotland.