Critics and readers love Pauliina Susi’s cyberthriller, In the Rear Window

Susi Aug2015Pauliina Susi’s literary thriller In the Rear Window (Takaikkuna, Tammi 2015), drawing inspiration from both Alfred Hitchcock and the shrouded dangers of the online era, has drawn universal praise from critics and readers since its publication this spring.

The page-turning novel follows a politician caught in a sex scandal, a vicious and conflicted online troll, and a single mother leading a project to provide support for men frequenting prostitutes.

Susi’s has worked as a journalist and editor at several well-known Finnish magazines, and is known for smartly incorporating newsworthy themes into her fiction. Her debut novel Rush Year (Ruuhkavuosi, Tammi 2005) was nominated for the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize.

Contact the Agency for a full English synopsis of In the Rear Window! An English sample will be available later this fall.

Praise for In the Rear Window:

“The Finnish equivalent to the bestsellers of Gillian Flynn and Camilla Läckberg.”
Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Susi spins narrative threads into an ever-tightening knot. What begins as light suspense darkens with each chapter as online dangers become life-threatening…this isn’t just a novel about technology, but about power and its side effects.”
– Keskisuomalainen
newspaper, Finland

”The plot is a skillfully woven web in which computer nerds play with people and coincidence constantly makes a mess of things…In the Rear Window is a book to devour.”
– Turun Sanomat
newspaper, Finland

”Each character is more interesting than the one before…The story feels real, and shudder-inducing as a result.”
– Kouvolan Sanomat
newspaper, Finland

“Internet stalking is an interesting, hair-raising topic for a thriller. And Susi has skillfully created an addictive and fantastic novel!”
Lukutoukan kulttuuriblogi (“Bookworm’s Culture Blog“), Finland

About In the Rear Window:

Hate speech. Sex trade. Racism. Single mom Leia Laine becomes entangled in much more than she bargained for when she takes on a project whose aim is to provide support to men who frequent prostitutes. It feels as if half of Finland becomes furious at her.

Among Leia’s new enemies are the new, sharp-tongued Justice Minister whose career is in danger thanks to some unseemly interactions online, and a hacker-turned online troll whose greatest thrill is in crossing virtual boundaries. With each passing hour the hacker’s methods become more and more aggressive. When Leia is confined inside her home with a broken leg, she begins to fear for her life.

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Reading material:
English sample available soon!
English synopsis
Finnish edition


About author

Pauliina Susi

Pauliina Susi is a versatile writer who has authored a number of crime novels and a non-fiction book about private investigators. She has a master's degree in political science and she has worked as a journalist and editor at several well-known Finnish magazines.

Susi is known for her ability to incorporate current themes into her prose. Her debut novel was nominated for the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize and In the Rear Window is the Winner of the Clue of the Year 2016, a recognition of the best crime fiction or detective novel of the year. The readers and critics have been charmed by her Tuulia Raja cozy crime series which combines witty language with complex relationships and intriguing murder mysteries, evoking similarities with the 1980s TV series Moonlighting.

While doing research for her novel, Susi has also become a trained private investigator herself!


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