FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY by Martta Kaukonen World Arabic rights sold!

We are happy to announce the World Arabic rights for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY have sold to Al Arabi Publishing. The deal was closed by Mimi Matinpalo at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.  FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY has now sold in 15 territories! Full English MS is available! 

Al Arabi Publishing and Distributing, established in 1975, is specializing in publishing translated literature, such as Finnish author Leena Lehtolainen’s novels.  The Arabic publisher Sherif Bakr said:

“The Arab readers are quite thrilled waiting for the most remarkable psychological thriller by Martta Kaukonen Follow the Butterfly ” – Al Arabi

Congratulations Al Arabi Publishing and Martta Kaukonen!

The long-awaited sequel to FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY will be released in December 2023.

Want to join this international success story? Rights are still available in France, Italy, World Spanish, Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal, China, Thailand etc. 

Download the materials for FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY here!

Praise from foreign publishers and media of FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY:

“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

“This is an extremely addictive, plot-driven and immensely twisty novel. This book keeps suspense until the end. I’m very glad I could deeply dive into Follow the Butterfly.”
– Dominika Dudarew-Osiecka, Czarna Owca, Poland

”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

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

“One of the most suspenseful thrillers I have ever read [–] incredibly captivating [–] well-thought-out and well-written [–] really magnificent”.
– Nicole List in ORF TV programme Studio 2, Austria

“The most suspenseful and surprising book in a long time. Only a few sentences in I realised: I am the fly in the spider net.”
– Ulla Müller, Bayern 1 radio (24. March 2023), Germany


WSOY, March 2021, 471 pp.

Rights sold:
CZECHIA: Albatros Media
DENMARK: Forlaget Falco
GERMANY: Heyne (2-book-deal)
GREECE: Psichogios (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Partvonal Kiadó (2-book-deal)
LATVIA: Jumava
POLAND: Czarna Owca (2-book-deal)
UNITED KINGDOM: Pushkin Press (2-book-deal)
UNITED STATES: Pushkin Press (2-book-deal)
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi Publishing
WORLD ENGLISH (Audio): Audible

Reading materials: Full English manuscript

About author

Martta Kaukonen

Martta Kaukonen (1976) lives in Helsinki. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a film critic, whose reviews have been published in both Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and a popular women’s weekly magazine Me Naiset. Martta has a master’s degree in arts. She has interviewed the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Justin Bieber. Martta met her husband at his second hand bookshop and fell in love. Alongside writing, Martta loves psychological thrillers, film noir, flea markets, abandoned houses and travelling. Martta’s debut novel FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY was published in March 2021. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY is an Instagram sensation in Finland, and the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper released a highly-praising review of it. During the first two months, the audiobook was listened to an awe-inspiring 2000 times and over. FOLLOW THE BUTTERFLY  has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s novel ‘Gone Girl’. 


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