Arttu Tuominen

Original title: Häväistyt

Author: Arttu Tuominen

Published: 2022

Publisher: WSOY

Genre: Crime & Suspense

Pages: 398

Part of a series: River Delta series

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Henning Mankell meets Stephen King! Arttu Tuominen’s unique human touch and excellence in depicting characters combined with shocking horror elements brings originality to Nordic Noir.

✓  Arttu Tuominen is a Palle Rosenkrantz Prize-winning and a Spiegel bestselling author! He was shortlisted for the Glass Key Awards 2021, a nominee Book Beat Finland’s Best Finnish Crime Author 2021-2023 and won the ‘Johtolanka’ Crime Novel of the Year Award 2020

✓  International success - River Delta series has sold to 7 territories!

A disappearance turns into a serial murder investigation.

A hysterical mother arrives to the police station saying that her 13-year-old daughter Laura has disappeared. Detective Linda Toivonen manages to get the mother to calm down. Evening arrives and the girl has not been found nor reached with phone. The next morning suspicions arise that something might have happened to the girl.

At first, the case is investigated as a disappearance. However, it soon becomes clear that Laura lived a double life on the internet, having relationships with older men. Her body is found by the river, tangled with a lamprey trap, and the investigation turns into a murder investigation. Linda goes through disappearance cases of youth throughout Finland and discovers similarities. Suspicions arise that a serial killer has been on the loose for years, preying on young girls. Linda, who herself was abused in her youth, realizes that her daughter – who attends the same school the victim did – could be the next victim.

Will one pass their own mistakes onward to the next generation?

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Rights sold:
DENMARK: Modtryk
FRANCE: Éditions de la Martinière
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe

About author

Arttu Tuominen

Arttu Tuominen lives in Pori and works as  an environmental inspector. During the evenings, he writes dark and tough crime novels. Tuominen is skilled at giving a strong voice to both sides of the law, a humane and a recognisable voice.


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