Granny Hatchet

Reading material

Finnish edition
English edition

Original title: Kuokkamummo

Published: 2014

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Crime & Thriller

Pages: 328

“Right now you’re wondering what Granny Hatchet does. Granny Hatchet kills children. She hits you between the shoulder blades with the back of her hatchet, knocking the wind out of you and making your legs go numb. She turns you around. She shows you her black tongue. Then you’re done for.”

Teenagers in suburban Finland gather in a local bomb shelter to scare each other with tales of Granny Hatchet. Is this merely a game, or based on something real? Maisa is working on a dissertation on urban folklore, focusing on her home town in which a cruel tradition prevails among local kids. Hazy memories of childhood and young love are also haunting Samuel, who returns home in order to make sense of them. If Granny Hatchet is pure urban legend, why are people vanishing, never to be seen again? And what exactly is happening in an abandoned estate on the beach? This legend has the power to scare people into silence and make those who dare to speak disappear.

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“The Black Tongue ended up being much weirder and scarier than I was expecting.”
– A Bookish Type literature blog, U.S.

“Granny Hatchet is a tour de force. In his sixth novel, Hautala has again managed to mix in a new ingredient: unbridled humour, which flourishes amidst suspense, drama and beautiful descriptions of love….the book startles, terrifies and makes the reader laugh. By far Hautala’s best novel.”
– Ilkka newspaper, Finland

“Marko Hautala is a strongman. He twists the plot so hard that in the end the reader is left wondering how everything happened….for the first time Hautala channels pure horror…the character of Granny Hatchet carries such a chill that the temperature in the pit of a reader’s stomach seems to go down a few degrees.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“This is such a full-blooded horror story that this Stephen King fan can only applaud and say: Amen!”
– Järjellä ja tunteella (“With Sense and Sensibility”) literature blog, Finland

“Hautala provides rhythm and twists. A reader almost has no choice but to relate to the story….the book also hooks its reader cleverly and quickly. I had to read the whole thing in one sitting.”
– Booking it Some More literature blog, Finland

“Granny Hatchet is a steady, strong and frenzied reading experience.”
– Rakkaudesta kirjoihin (“For the Love of Books”) literature blog, Finland

Marko Hautala

Marko Hautala’s (b. 1973) unique blend of psychological thriller and realism has attracted readers of all genres, earning him a reputation as the ’Finnish Stephen King’. Skilled at generating spine-tingling fear in his readers, he has been recognised for his literary prowess: his first novel The Self-Illuminated Ones (Itsevalaisevat, 2008) was awarded the Tiiliskivi Prize, and in 2010 Hautala received the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for Young Authors for Shrouds. He was also nominated for the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013 for Seeing Eyes (Unikoira, Tammi 2012). His latest novel, The Whispering Girl was published in autumn 2016 (Tammi).


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