The Red Marsh

Reading material

Finnish edition
English sample & synopsis

Original title: Leväluhta

Published: 2018

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Crime & Thriller

Pages: 320 pp.

This much is true: on the west coast of Finland lies a marsh, and on the marsh a spring. In archeological excavations, hundreds of human bones have been found in the spring, but no one knows why or how the people have died. And no one knows why people are still to this day strangely drawn to the spring.

Meeri returns to her childhood home after years have passed. Her father has died under strange circumstances, her mother has turned into a mute and frail old woman, and her brother is
in a psychiatric hospital. When buried family secrets resurface, it becomes apparent that the spring is connected to everything. Yet Meeri cannot stay away from it…

Marko Hautala masters psychological horror: relatable characters and lively dialogue mix with terrifying supernatural elements that make you want to keep your lights on in the night.

”Marko Hautala proves again that he truly is the king of Finnish horror.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.

”Hautala gets better and better each time, and his latest, Leväluhta, is brilliant! I got scared after the first sentences.” – Etelä-Saimaa newspaper

”Sharp from the beginning till the end! —There’s no comparison – clearly better than Stephen King!” – Kainuun sanomat newspaper

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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