How to Face Death

Elina Backman

Original title: Kuinka kuolema kohdataan

Author: Elina Backman

Published: 2024

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Crime & Suspense

Pages: 400

Part of a series: Saana Havas series

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English synopsis + series presentation

✓  Elina Backman is one of Finland’s bestselling fiction authors!

✓  International TV series in development!

✓  Elina Backman’s books have sold over 100,000 copies in Finland!

The lovely summer scenery is twisted by a desire for revenge.

Saana Havas is spending midsummer with her Aunt Inkeri in Kaunissaari, Kotka, renovating her aunt's friend's villa and getting to know the mysterious neighborhood. When the midsummer celebrations end fatally, the dark history of the island begins to unravel.

The summer plans of Saana's boyfriend, police officer Jan Leino, are changed by the murder of a Finnish art collector in Nice. The message left by the murderer puts Jan on his toes. Will there be more victims? And how is everything related to a long-forgotten death?

Elina Backman’s Saana Havas series has charmed readers in Finland and abroad, selling to 17 territories. Her debut, ALL THE KING’S MEN, immediately prompted the press to call her a new star in the crime scene, and the atmospheric and elegant sequels have continued to captivate readers. The previous three books in the series have all been bestsellers.

A new series with a charming duo in the center [—] The Scandinavians just know how thrillers work.

- Ratgeber Frau und Familie, Germany

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

About author

Elina Backman

Elina Backman is an author and a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki. Elina loves books (all sorts), traveling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally.

Her debut novel All the King's Men was published in 2020 and immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The Havas series is now a best-selling series in Finland and an international TV series is in development. Elina's books have sold over 100 000 copies in Finland.

Together with Heidi Holmavuo, Elina has also narrated the true crime podcast Ratkaisematon (Unsolved), which turned into a full-length audio book as the two crime writers started investigating the murder of a young girl in 1955. They were able to uncover new evidence and their research led the police to reopen the investigation. This story is narrated in the book Unsolved - The Case of Elli Immo.


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