The Finlandia Prize winner’s piercing novel about the end of innocence.
Deception, murder, and cruel love games. Extravagant chandeliers, expensive aircrafts, cello sonatas, and delicious pastries. The Summer Storm is a tense mystery about exposing the hidden realities of something seemingly perfect.
Andrew has spent all spring observing Josh Roy, the leader of the Soot Wings gang of elite schoolchildren. When a series of coincidences lead Andrew to spend his summer in the glorious villa of the Roy family, he gets a glimpse into a world he doesn’t belong to.
Josh’s sister, the spoilt Penelope Roy, witnessed a murder that shook the whole town, and the people of Summersutton are walking on eggshells around her. But which of Penelope’s truths are lies?
The story of Andrew’s final childhood summer in Summersutton is a tale of innocence and corruption, in which ever stranger puzzles are gradually revealed from beneath a syrupy and glossy exterior.
Siiri Enoranta (b. 1987) won the Finlandia Prize for the Best Children’s/YA Title of the Year in 2018. She has also been nominated for the Runeberg, Topelius and Kuvastaja Prizes and she has been awarded the City of Tampere Literary Prize three times.
“The Summer Storm is an addictive, sensitive, and imaginative novel from Tampere’s Siiri Enoranta. Although the main characters are young, this book is so much more than a YA novel… As you read the book, you can almost smell the sun-kissed cliffs of late summer, flowers that are already wilting, and the damp scent of the forest’s earth. Enoranta has woven an intricate story. Her language is refreshing and brings the unique world of young people alive for the reader. I wouldn’t change anything about The Summer Storm.” — Stina Alapirtti, Aamulehti newspaper