The Croatian rights for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY now pre-empted by Znanje!

We are so happy to let you know that Znanje, the Croatian publisher for Stephen King, Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Jussi Adler-Olsen etc has now pre-empted Martta Kaukonen’s debut thriller FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY!

The rights for the title have been quickly sold to Estonia (Hea Lugu), Germany (Heyne Verlag), UK (Pushkin Vertigo), Czech Republic (Kniha Zlin/Albatros) and Greece (Psichiogos), now Martta Kaukonen has publishers in 7 territories and the worldwide interest remains really high!


Interesting, mysterious, and gripping story told from the perspective of serial killer which makes it original and unique.
– Dijana Orsolic, Znanje publishing, Croatia

FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY is an exciting debut thriller about a 20-year old female serial killer Ida, that starts visiting a celebrity therapist, to avoid a seemingly inevitable jail sentence.
Told by 4 different narrators, the story unfolds and twists at neck-breaking speed, not all is how it seems and even the most trustworthy people can let you down.

Download the English sample and synopsis for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY by clicking here


I have never read a thriller like this. A female serial killer whom we root for and not one unreliable narrator but four whose narratives are woven into each other with such skill. This plot-driven, emotional and wonderfully written book is what our readers have been waiting for.” –Janina Dyballa, Heyne Verlag

“We couldn’t be more excited to have acquired Martta Kaukonen’s twisty addictive psychological thriller FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY and its sequel. Ida has to be the most sympathetic serial killer in crime fiction, and is one of the most original protagonists we’ve come across in a very long time.”   – Daniel Seton, Pushkin Press, United Kingdom

“We are really excited with GUIDE ME, BUTTERFLY! It is full of twists and turns, and the reading experience is like standing on moving sand. You do not know what to expect! We strongly believe that Martta Kaukonen belongs to the Psichogios catalogue with our other leading authors such as Emma Donoghue, Paula Hawkins, A. J. Finn, Emma Cline, etc.”
– Irene Christopoulou, editor, Psichogios, Greece

“Martta Kaukonen’s „Follow the Butterfly“ offers readers many sudden twists. The main character is one of a kind, captivating like a butterfly.”- Maire Kasemaa, Editor, Hea Lugu, Estonia

”…Martta Kaukonen keeps spinning the suspense tighter and tighter, one chapter at a time. This entertaining debut novel is like a box of candy for all friends of psychological thrillers.” – Me Naiset magazine

by Martta Kaukonen

An addictive psychological thriller in the spirit of Gillian Flynn

Ida, 20, a serial killer who was abducted as a child, starts therapy with celebrity therapist Clarissa. Only one of them knows that they share a mutual secret from the past. Will the other one realize it before she gets murdered?

Clarissa is a middle-aged psychotherapist, the best in her field. She is familiar to everyone from her TV appearances and from glossy magazines. For her, every patient is a princess. And someone only she can save. Or can she? Clarissa already has one suicide to answer for; a teenage boy’s death never seizes to haunt her.

When Ida becomes Clarissa’s patient, a cat-and-mouse game begins in which rules are followed by no one. The kind of game that never ends well.

WSOY, March 2021, 407pp



Kniha Zlin/Albatros
GERMANY: Heyne Verlag
(two-book deal)
GREECE: Psichogios
(two-book deal)
Pushkin Press
(two-book deal)


Martta Kaukonen

Follow the Butterfly

2021, Crime & Suspense

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