FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
AUDIO: Word Audio
POLAND: Fundacja im. Adama Wittmanna
UNITED STATES: Amazon Publishing
Original title: Luminainen
Author: Leena Lehtolainen
Genre: Crime & Suspense
Part of a series: Maria Kallio series
The director of a women’s therapy center in idyllic Nuuksio National Park in the south of Finland disappears. Was Elina Rosberg murdered? At the top of the list of suspects are the participants of the current therapy group, which has no shortage of problem cases, ranging from the mother of a large family belonging to the Laestadian religious sect to a sex worker from one of the grittier parts of Helsinki. There is also room enough on the list for the poet Joona Kirstilä, Rosberg’s male friend, who clearly has something to hide.
Maria Kallio has transferred to the Espoo Police Department and gotten married. She throws herself at the case, despite suffering from a strange case of fatigue and nausea. The pressure on Maria is increased by the news that Markku “Madman” Halttunen has escaped from prison and intends to take revenge on Maria for putting him there. Will her fate be the same as Rosberg’s—ending up as a snow woman somewhere deep in the forest?