Praising reviews for Johanna Sinisalo’s STRANGERS INSIDE

Johanna Sinisalo’s new novel STRANGERS INSIDE was published in Finland a few weeks ago. The novel combines family drama, horror and science fiction into a stylish mix of genres – compared to Rosemary’s Baby and Stephen King. Strangers Inside has already gathered amazing reviews:

Psychological thriller featuring steadily intensifying tension, following one family’s journey to inevitable destruction.

Sinisalo has a wonderfully felicitous way of describing the slide from normal to weird. The internal dynamics of the family acquire ugly new features; the tensions grow as the strange events unfurl.

Stylish body-horror without any clichés. It is extremely relatable, as we all have bodies after all. This could almost happen to anyone of us. A human body has still some unknown elements  strangers inside.
 Five-star review from Turun Sanomat daily paper, Marissa Mehr 5.5.2020
Strangers Inside is classic horror updated! The tension grows beautifully and the horror seeps into the story nice and slow. It is a fresh and brilliant story that is both current and timeless.
– National Horror Competition Jury

About the book:
The marriage of Siiri and Essi is already going through a rough patch, but when their 6-year-old daughter is caught cutting herself with scissors, their family-life is thrown upside down. What could cause such a young child to something like that? Is there someone – or something – telling her to do so? The parents turn against each other while trying to find an outsider to blame, but sometimes the true threat comes from inside…

You can listen to Johanna Sinisalo’s interview (in Finnish) here:

Strangers Inside
Vieraat, Karisto 2020, 448 pp.

About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.


2021, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Storm Flute

Johanna Sinisalo

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Strangers Inside

Johanna Sinisalo

2018, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

2013, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Core of The Sun

Johanna Sinisalo

2011, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Blood of Angels

Johanna Sinisalo

2010, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Möbius Twist

Johanna Sinisalo

2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo