Book Review: 720 Heartbeats by Jaka Tomc

*I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I’m leaving a voluntary review*

“A thought-provoking mystery, thrilling to the end.”

In Tomc’s 720 Heartbeats, we follow Slovenian police detective, Rok, through a thrilling mystery as his best friend and partner, Boris gets shot. Boris survives but his wife who’s also shot, doesn’t. A tragic and unexplainable event in and of itself, but the weirdest part is that Rok already knew it would happen. It was written down as a diary entry on his laptop, one Rok of course ignored, not only because of the insane, unbelievable event that was detailed there, but because it  was written a day into the future.

As Rok tries to wrap his head around the supernatural mystery of how the diary entries – seemingly written by his future self – are appearing on his laptop, he’s also trying to investigate the shooting of his friend, all the while dealing with his personal and social life, in a haze of cigarettes, wine, and whiskey.

It’s hard to describe this book. It’s a thriller, a mystery, a supernatural-something, but at the same time it’s deeply philosophical. Tomc’s writing makes you wrap your head around a lot of big subjects, making you think about life, the world, and a lot of things. In addition to Tomc’s great writing, the book is not too long, very well paced, and overall just a joy to read.

I love books who can lead me on, make me try to figure out what’s going on, but all the while have me stumble just a few steps behind. This one does that. It drags you in and keeps you coming, always setting the pace just high enough for you to not fall off.

There’s obviously two separate case–mysteries even–going on here, and we’re constantly waiting for them to be intertwined, waiting for the threads to mingle. The mystery kept me on my toes through out the whole novel, and I’m still not quite sure what I think of the end. I’m not sure I ever will be.

A joy to read, I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a good thought-provoking mystery. Check it and Jaka Tomc out here.

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