Great praise for FOREVER WITH YOU – a rocking psychological thriller from Finland!

Happy midsummer!

We are very excited to have seen the great reception for FOREVER WITH YOU by Erika Vik! The suspenseful and unique thriller is set in the world of rock music, making for an atmospheric setting which captures both avid music fans and those who just enjoy a good thriller: Nordic Noir at its very best!

“Vik has pictured the prototype of today’s has-been rock star with a keen eye. […] Vik depicts the rock world and its details in the practice rooms, the gig venues and the record label with an everyday believability. The author’s research is excellent. […] In particular, Kallamaa brings to mind Ville Valo, the prototype of a kind of charismatic and talented survivor who is essentially “a good guy. […] Forever with You is first and foremost a romantic love letter to an era when rock was still predominantly a youth music and culture.”
–Mikko Aaltonen in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
“The most original one – Erika Vik’s crime novel has an intense, very exciting atmosphere. [–] Forever With You is set in, even sinks in, to the world of music with a passion. It makes the result original in a pleasant way.”
–Asta Tenhunen in Keskisuomalainen newspaper
Forever With You is excellently written, and I applaud Erika Vik for the amount of intensive research she’s done! From the very start, the book sucks you in and it is hard to put down. The haunting feeling deepens towards the end, but the thriller is not so horrifying it’d rob one of sleep.”
– Mia Myllymäki, author
“Vik’s text is skillful. It’s precise and well-flowing, at times lyrical but never hard to understand. It’s enjoyable to read a book written this well. [–] Forever With You is a unique title in Finnish literature, which I believe to be strongly interesting on the foreign market as well.”
–Helena Immonen, author
“Oh my! I listened to Erika Vik’s Forever With You this week and I’m still captivated. The threatening atmosphere of the story was truly captivating and immediately got such a chokehold on me that I kept desperately looking for a break to slip back into the story even if just for a moment. [–] Definitely one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while.”
–paivankirja on Instagram

We have an English sample and synopsis available for FOREVER WITH YOU –– download them from the link below!

Download FOREVER WITH YOU here



By Erika Vik 

Nordic Noir meets Goth rock in this dark psychological thriller

✓  Debut thriller by an award-winning author of three popular YA novels!

✓  Honorary award in Otava’s Crime novel competition

✓  Unique new voice in Nordic noir combining the world of rock music and dark desires

A fast-paced and intensive psychological thriller that takes a deep dive into the brutal world of the music industry.

Janne Kallamaa is a struggling musician at the lowest point of his popularity, a major Finnish rock star of the 90s who is rejected by his record company. Soon after, the CEO of said company is found dead. Is it suicide or murder?

Meanwhile, Janne is tormented by a faceless stalker whose threatening messages hide more than meets the eye. It’s as if the stalker knows everything about the former star’s life, even his darkest secrets.

Is there a connection between the stalker and a violent crime in Stockholm? How much is a human life worth when compared to immortal music? Janne feels the net starting to tighten around him and the city of shadows, hiding behind Helsinki’s facade and breathing the threat of violence, does not grant him mercy.

This dark debut thriller asks what we are willing to sacrifice for art.

Atena, April 2023, 350 pp.

FINLAND: Atena/Otava (orig.)

Reading material:
English sample & synopsis

About author

Erika Vik

Erika Vik (b. 1982) is an award-winning author, illustrator and producer of the LANU! literature festival. She loves rock music, fennec foxes and the feel of wind on her face – still, she'll never again sail on the North Sea when the storm is rising.

Vik was born in Hyvinkää, a small town in southern Finland. Vik has a Master of Arts degree. She's also the creator and producer of LANU!, an awarded virtual literature festival, targeted for children, teenagers and young adults. The annual festival has been held since 2020, and Vik has produced and filmed several short documentaries for the festival.

Before writing Forever With You, Vik has written three popular YA fantasy titles, which are loved by a wide audience and received the Kuvastaja honorable mention as an excellent complete fantasy series.

Vik's fourth novel, a psychological thriller Forever With You (Luonasi ikuisesti) was published in April 2023. The fast-paced novel with a dense atmosphere takes place in the brutal world of goth rock and dark desires. Forever With You is Vik's debut in adult fiction.


2023, Crime & Suspense

Forever With You

Erika Vik