Original title: Sinun varjossasi
Author: Martta Kaukonen
Genre: Crime & Suspense
English sample & synopsis
The great post-#metoo thriller
The harassment of women should be kept silent no longer, a small group of activists declares and demands justice. But at what price?
When #metoo spread through the media like wildfire, many victims of harassment felt hopeful – now we can talk about it, now the change begins. But the fire died, and things did not change. Traumas did not disappear, and justice is yet to come.
Sixty-year-old Anne hosts meetings for a group of people who will not be silenced. They start rehearsing a performance as an apology to the victims of harassment. Among them are acclaimed actress Minna who has spoken about her experiences publicly, former straight-A student Suvi who doesn’t want to leave her home anymore out of fear, and performance artist Roni who’s looking to upgrade his feminism from words to actions. Can they trust each other? Are they driven by a desire for justice or a wish for revenge?
It starts with a murder, but who is the victim? Sounds like a standard detective story, but it’s anything but. If you’ve been hoping for a book that would stir up the ‘metoo’ debate, here it is, surprisingly. The mystery revolves around a small group. Their goal is to make a play about sexual harassment experienced by women. But not everyone has a clean slate – if anyone. What is the driving force behind the characters in the story? A desire for justice, revenge, something else entirely? The theme of abuse and the traces it leaves permeate the book and yet it is also a complete murder mystery.
– Kaarina Palletvuori, ET magazine
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)