New Praise for Pauliina Susi’s Hitchcockian cyberthriller In the Rear Window

Susi Aug2015In the Rear Window (Tammi 2015), Pauliina Susi’s literary thriller rooted in the online age, continues to garner praise from critics.

A mix of Gillian Flynn’s sharpness, Alfred Hitchcock’s sense of tension and Stieg Larsson’s knack for compelling characters, In the Rear Window is both thought-provoking and page-turning.

Contact the Agency for a full English synopsis written by the author; an English sample will be available soon!

New praise for In the Rear Window:

“Here’s that mind-blowing novel I promised. In the Rear Window carries such tension that I was literally gasping for breath on each page. Menacing, eerie, and, in a word, interesting.”
Rakkaudesta kirjoihin (“For the Love of Books”) literature blog, Finland

“Thankfully I began reading on a Friday evening so that I could read through the night without worry. I simply couldn’t put this book down.”
Kirjan kanssa (“With a Book”) literature blog, Finland

“The most exciting Finnish thriller. The storytelling is slick, the characters are mischievous and the plot withstands careful examination.”
Tuijata literature blog, Finland

In the Rear Window is an extremely entertaining and timely novel carried by quick plot twists and a haunting sense of suspense that builds towards the end.”
Parnasso literary magazine, Finland

“This thriller offers a speedy takeoff and feels scarily believable, especially as its heroine Leia Laine – an everywoman – is a sympathetic character who lacks an instinct for self-preservation and whose knowledge of firewalls, virus protection and contract terms is built on a shaky foundation. She is easy to relate to. In addition to generating suspense, Pauliina Susi has the ability to construct a hilariously recognizable portrait of our time that feels tragicomic in its familiarity.”
Oma aika magazine, 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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