The Whispering Girl

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Finnish edition
English synopsis
English sample

Original title: Kuiskaava Tyttö

Published: 2016

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Crime & Thriller

When a Helsinki psychotherapist is murdered, Anton Rajamaa receives a file containing medical information about his estranged daughter, Iida, who has suffered from auditory hallucinations. When Anton starts investigating the case, he finds out a “whispering girl” has been giving Iida orders, increasingly gruesome in nature. Blood-spattered history, religious cults and domestic abuse mix in this modern-day ghost story.

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”Marko Hautala is incredibly talented in creating psychological terror.” –Suomi lukee website, Finland

The Whispering Girl keeps its fervent pace up from beginning to end and succeeds to haunt, to terrify and to entertain.” –Pohjalainennewspaper, Finland

The Whispering Girl is Hautala’s seventh novel; all the pieces have now fallen into place. The Whispering Girl is genuinely and captivatingly scary. – Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland

”Hautala’s narrative style is exquisite. The scenes are atmospheric and he’s got a knack for describing the psychological levels.” – Keskisuomalainennewspaper, Finland

”I have to admit that not even in my wildest dreams could I have expected those kind of depths where The Whispering Girl led me. In Hautala’s books there’s always the realistic level, and then the other one, the extremely disturbing one. This time he got me really paranoid […], scared of something you cannot run away from. And at the same time: what a touching heart this novel has! Absolutely prime psychological thrills, best stuff Hautala has ever written!” – Rakkaudesta kirjoihin blog, Finland

The Whispering Girl was a wonderfully awfully terribly thrilling reading experience. It made my heart beat fast and I even had to quit reading in the middle of the night because I got so scared. By golly!” –Järjellä ja tunteella blog, Finland

”Hautala writes like a Houdini: with his magic he creates a jail of chain-link, which the reader cannot escape, not even after the last page is read. […]  You forget the real world even in the middle of the day, and in the embrace of the night, reading in the light of the lamp, you notice you get more tense and register every extraordinary sound… You have to keep on reading, you have to get more.” –Mielikuvakirja 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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