Original title: Torajyvät

Published: 2011

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Crime & Thriller

Pages: 260

Worms is an intensely emotional tale of the long shadows cast by the past and atonement for irreversible deeds.

Aaron and Jenny’s marriage is in good shape on the surface when they are invited to the outer islands in the Gulf of Bothnia. Aaron’s adult son, Alexi, lives there in seclusion due to a brain injury sustained in a serious car accident. The invitation cannot be turned down, since it could be the last chance for reconciliation and forgiveness. Jenny is Alexi’s former sweetheart, and the father’s scandalous secret relationship with his son’s girlfriend caused deep rifts between them at the time. However, on the rocky, barren island lurks the mysterious legacy of a shipwreck, marked by nine stone graves and a small, dilapidated chapel. These ghostly memorials conceal an ancient tragedy and an ideology in which a sinner is of no more worth than a worm crawling in the dirt. And on the island, that legacy appears to live on.


Germany, DTV

“The Finnish author (Marko Hautala) turns on the reader’s mental cinema and plays a nerve-racking movie about madness, delusion and betrayal. (..) a scary pleasure.”
– Schweizer Familie magazine 26.6.2013

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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Seeing Eyes

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