- File Size: 5267 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Publisher: Amazon Crossing; Tra edition (September 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U0N5GEW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Marko Hautala’s unique blend of psychological thriller and realism has attracted readers of all genres, earning him a reputation as the Finnish Stephen King. His first novel, Itsevalaisevat (The self-illuminated ones), received the Tiiliskivi Prize, and Käärinliinat (Shrouds) received the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for young authors in 2010. Unikoira (Seeing eyes) was nominated for the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013.
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Black Tongue can become tedious at times, as the motives and memories that drive it's characters are mostly kept hidden until well over halfway through the book when glimpses are slowly revealed, yet lyrical ambiguity is maintained right up to its ending. This is a novel that holds its weight in a constant sense of dread, with every reveal both haunting the reader with its nightmarish imagery as well as inspiring more questions than before. Fans of concrete plot and clear resolve may want to pass, fans of impressionistic, subtle horror are in for a treat.
The urban legend of Granny Hatchet has been told for years in Suvikyla in Northern Finland. Granny Hatchet kills her victim with a hatchet, and buries their hearts in the potato fields, eating it when it turns black.
A women returns home while working on her dissertation on folklore and gets drawn into missing villagers and the towns obsession with Granny Hatchet.
I look forward to reading more books by Marko Hautala.