As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka
Lumikki Andersson is not your typical teenager. She lives on her own in a small town in Finland and likes it that way. She doesn’t trust people and doesn’t like to get involved in anyone else’s business. But when she discovers thousands of Euros hanging in her school’s darkroom, she finds herself reluctantly becoming tangled in a dangerous web of crime, corruption and underworld figures, where the price could very well be her life.
This is a fast-paced, beautifully written contemporary thriller that brings to mind the current wave of Scandinavian crime. The author has already won the prestigious Topelius Prize in Finland for this novel, and it’s a must-read for crime- and thriller-lovers. Luckily it’s the first in a trilogy, because I can’t wait to get my hands on the next instalment.