In Your Shadow

Martta Kaukonen

Original title: Sinun varjossasi

Author: Martta Kaukonen

Published: 2022

Publisher: WSOY

Genre: Crime & Suspense

Pages: 276

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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

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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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