Max Seeck’s FAITHFUL READER creating buzz internationally – Read the full English translation now!

Max Seeck’s FAITHFUL READER creating buzz internationally – Read the full English translation now!

A book-inspired serial killer is on the loose. Jessica Niemi – a detective with a mysterious past – steps up. A chase for the faithful reader has begun!

Max Seeck’s bestselling thriller FAITHFUL READER was published in August in Finland, and is already hitting the Finnish bestseller lists, and creating buzz in Hollywood and sold to Czech Republic and just now to Pegasus in Estonia!

Max Seeck is one of the best new Nordic Crime authors whose previous books have sold over 40 000 copies in Finland and have been translated to five languages. His new standalone thriller FAITHFUL READER has a strong female lead that has to deal with ritual murders and witchcraft in the cold Finnish winter.

Click here to request the full English manuscript.

What if murders from a bestselling thriller suddenly started happening in the real world?

In the middle of snowy February night, the wife of a bestselling crime author Roger Koponen is found murdered in her seaside home in an idyllic Helsinki neighborhood. Her face has been manipulated into a monstrous grin and what’s worse, the ritual murder looks exactly as one depicted in her husband’s bestselling trilogy. On the same night, another murder from the books occurs and the writer Roger Koponen himself goes missing whilst escorted halfway across Finland to Helsinki for questioning.

Has a fan gone mad, or is this case more personal?

From Finland’s bestselling new crime author Max Seeck comes an outstanding thriller FAITHFUL READER about detective Jessica Niemi and a serial killer that bases his murders on a bestselling trilogy.

The book has received a great welcome from readers, Finnish media and foreign publishers:

Why did it end? Why it had to end? Those were my first thoughts after reading The Faithful Reader. (..) DO NOT read at night. I did that and it was not a good idea 😂 Most of the story scenes happen in Finland in the wintertime and it made the setting even scarier – don’t ask why it just did.
The story folded out rapidly and swiped me up instantly. The investigation part was not slow-paced like they usually are but filled with surprises and game change moments. I loved it! It was like someone took you off your sofa and added in the middle of the crime scene.

– Heini, review from

 The Faithful Reader has an interesting twist. Seeck switches from high-octane international excitement to a psychological décor featuring horror novel features. The ritual murders of books by successful author Roger Koponen take place in real life, and the police are puzzled as to whether Koponen himself is murdered or the murderer.
– Kai Hirvasnoro,

“The perfect mix of Scandinavian thrill, frosty Helsinki and the novelty of the plotline caught me so much I could not get it out of my head. From the first moment I started with the English sample, I could not stop reading it. There is simply everything a riveting thriller should have!”
– Marie Hajdová, Editor, Grada

Ask for the full English manuscript by clicking here.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ESTONIA: Pegasus

About author

Max Seeck, New York Times Best Selling Author

Max Seeck - New York Times Bestselling Author of THE WITCH HUNTER.

Winner of the prestigious Glass Key Award 2023 for his novel THE LAST GRUDGE.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” announced Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four books later, Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. His Jessica Niemi series landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list! 2024 will see the release of his independent novel MILO, which is already creating buzz internationally with several rights pre-empts ahead of the Finnish publication!

Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.


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