Third starred review for Salla Simukka’s As Red as Blood in the U.S

Simukka newsletter Aug122014We are thrilled to announce that As Red As Blood, book I in Salla Simukka’s Snow White Trilogy, has earned its third starred review in the U.S: in addition to Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, As Red as Blood has now received a rave from Booklist. Amazon Publishing/Skyscape launched the book earlier this month. We congratulate Salla on this unprecedented success for a Finnish author!

“[A] YA novel in the tradition of Nordic noir – edgy crime novels set in frigid lands.”
Booklist (starred)

“This trilogy opener from a talented young author has a bracing energy that stands up to the most muscular of Scandinavian thrillers and a heroine more than equal to her competition.
Kirkus Reviews

“Finnish author Simukka creates a tough, self-sufficient heroine in 17-year-old Lumikki Andersson…Fans of Nesbø and Larsson won’t be disappointed.”
Publishers Weekly

Simukka will visit Washington D.C’s esteemed Politics and Prose bookstore with Memory of Water author Emmi Itäranta on August 28th. Read more about the event here.

As Red as Blood has also drawn praise from literary bloggers in the UK, where it has been published by Hot Key Books:

“Simukka is great at creating tension and describing scenes, using as few words as possible. The novel draws you in almost immediately, and as a character study within such circumstances, it is fascinating.”
The Literary Sisters literature blog, the UK

“Simukka has written a truly chilling tale about what could happen if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Uncorked Thoughts literature blog, the UK

“[This is] vying to be my all time favourite read for 2014…Lumikki is a stunning, unique and an altogether wonderful protagonist.”
Where the Writer Comes to Write literature blog (rating: “Mind blown”)


Salla Simukka (b. 1981) is the winner of the 2013 Topelius Prize for the best Finnish youth novel for Without a Trace (Jäljellä, Tammi 2012) and Elsewhere (Toisaalla, Tammi 2012), as well as the 2013 Finland Prize. The Snow White Trilogy comprises As Red as Blood (Punainen kuin veri, Tammi 2013), As White as Snow (Valkea kuin lumi, Tammi 2013) and As Black as Ebony (Musta kuin eebenpuu, Tammi 2014).

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Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ALBANIA, Botime B-Books
ARAB WORLD, Arab Scientific
BRAZIL, Novo Conceito
CATALAN, La Galera
CHINA, Modern Press
CZECH, Egmont
DENMARK, Gyldendal
ESTONIA, Pegasus
FAROE ISLANDS, Bókadeildin
FRANCE, Hachette Livre
GEORGIA, Bakur Sulakauri
GREECE, Metaixmio
HUNGARY, Athenaeum
ICELAND, Forlagid
INDONESIA, Kompas Gramedia/Bhuana Ilmu Populer
ISRAEL, Yedioth
ITALY, Mondadori
JAPAN, Nishimura
KOREA, Gimm Young
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
NORWAY, Gyldendal
PORTUGAL, Presença
SERBIA, Vulkan
SLOVAKIA, Verbarium
SLOVENIA, Mladinska
SPAIN, La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TAIWAN, Emily Publishing
THAILAND, Nanmee Books
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
UK, Hot Key Books
U.S, Amazon Publishing/Skyscape
VIETNAM, Alpha Books

Reading material:
English edition of book 1
German sample of book 1
Italian sample of book 1
Complex Chinese sample of book 1
Simplified Chinese sample of book 1
Finnish editions of books 1-3


About author

Salla Simukka

Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 53 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013. Simukka has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award  every year 2021–2024. Where It All Begins, published in 2022, is her first novel for adults and in 2024 she started a collaboration with JP Ahonen on a middle grade novel.

Previously Simukka has written book reviews for the newspapers, translated all kinds of texts into Finnish, worked as an editor at a literary magazine and as a screenwriter for a popular TV show for young audiences.  She has also been working on the programme of Turku Book Fair in 2017–2020.


2024, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Secret Staircase

Salla Simukka

2022, Literary Fiction

Where It All Begins

Salla Simukka

2021, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

In the Dark I Can Be Yours

Salla Simukka

2020, Young Adult (13 or 14+)


Salla Simukka

2018, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Turn off the Lights! Turn on the Lights!

Salla Simukka

2016, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)


Salla Simukka

2014, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

As Black as Ebony

Salla Simukka

2013, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

As Red as Blood

Salla Simukka

2013, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

As White as Snow

Salla Simukka

2012, Young Adult (13 or 14+)


Salla Simukka

2012, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Without a Trace

Salla Simukka