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Lýst er eftir átta ára stúlku sem hverfur úr skólanum einn haustdag. Undarlegur spádómur unglings kemur upp úr hylki sem innsiglað var fyrir tíu árum, í kjölfarið taka voveiflegir atburðir að gerast í Reykjavík. Og lögreglan er ráðalaus. Hér stíga fram á sviðið sömu aðalpersónur og í síðustu bók Yrsu Sigurðardóttur, DNA, bestu íslensku glæpasögunni árið 2014. Sogið er elle Lýst er eftir átta ára stúlku sem hverfur úr skólanum einn haustdag. Undarlegur spádómur unglings kemur upp úr hylki sem innsiglað var fyrir tíu árum, í kjölfarið taka voveiflegir atburðir að gerast í Reykjavík. Og lögreglan er ráðalaus. Hér stíga fram á sviðið sömu aðalpersónur og í síðustu bók Yrsu Sigurðardóttur, DNA, bestu íslensku glæpasögunni árið 2014. Sogið er ellefta glæpasaga Yrsu en Þriðja táknið kom út fyrir nákvæmlega tíu árum. Á þessum tíma hefur hún í tvígang fengið Blóðdropann fyrir bestu íslensku glæpasöguna og í fyrra átti hún bestu norrænu glæpasöguna í Bretlandi.


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Lýst er eftir átta ára stúlku sem hverfur úr skólanum einn haustdag. Undarlegur spádómur unglings kemur upp úr hylki sem innsiglað var fyrir tíu árum, í kjölfarið taka voveiflegir atburðir að gerast í Reykjavík. Og lögreglan er ráðalaus. Hér stíga fram á sviðið sömu aðalpersónur og í síðustu bók Yrsu Sigurðardóttur, DNA, bestu íslensku glæpasögunni árið 2014. Sogið er elle Lýst er eftir átta ára stúlku sem hverfur úr skólanum einn haustdag. Undarlegur spádómur unglings kemur upp úr hylki sem innsiglað var fyrir tíu árum, í kjölfarið taka voveiflegir atburðir að gerast í Reykjavík. Og lögreglan er ráðalaus. Hér stíga fram á sviðið sömu aðalpersónur og í síðustu bók Yrsu Sigurðardóttur, DNA, bestu íslensku glæpasögunni árið 2014. Sogið er ellefta glæpasaga Yrsu en Þriðja táknið kom út fyrir nákvæmlega tíu árum. Á þessum tíma hefur hún í tvígang fengið Blóðdropann fyrir bestu íslensku glæpasöguna og í fyrra átti hún bestu norrænu glæpasöguna í Bretlandi.

30 review for Sogið

  1. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    This was my first novel by this author. It is book two in the series, but worked as a stand-alone. Although, I do feel like I missed out on some of the backstory in book one. Detective Huldar and a child psychologist named Freyja are trying to solve a case that involves a note that was found in a school’s time capsule. It is an interesting premise and a much darker plot than I usually read. A few cringe-worthy scenes to be sure. I wasn't able to predict what would happen in the end. I think fans This was my first novel by this author. It is book two in the series, but worked as a stand-alone. Although, I do feel like I missed out on some of the backstory in book one. Detective Huldar and a child psychologist named Freyja are trying to solve a case that involves a note that was found in a school’s time capsule. It is an interesting premise and a much darker plot than I usually read. A few cringe-worthy scenes to be sure. I wasn't able to predict what would happen in the end. I think fans of Scandinavian crime fiction would enjoy it. Thanks to NG for my review copy. Out on Feb 12,2019

  2. 4 out of 5

    Crime by the Book

    4.5/5 stars for this outstanding Nordic crime novel! Iceland’s Queen of Crime returns in 2019 with the second installment in her superb Children’s House series: THE RECKONING. Picking up where her 2018 release THE LEGACY left off, Sigurdardottir’s newest crime novel delivers a gritty, layered procedural exploring the longstanding implications of childhood trauma. In a story both gruesome and heart-wrenching, Sigurdardottir weaves a masterful mystery that belongs on the bookshelf of every Scandin 4.5/5 stars for this outstanding Nordic crime novel! Iceland’s Queen of Crime returns in 2019 with the second installment in her superb Children’s House series: THE RECKONING. Picking up where her 2018 release THE LEGACY left off, Sigurdardottir’s newest crime novel delivers a gritty, layered procedural exploring the longstanding implications of childhood trauma. In a story both gruesome and heart-wrenching, Sigurdardottir weaves a masterful mystery that belongs on the bookshelf of every Scandinavian crime fiction reader. Read the full review on the CBTB blog! http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2018/1...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I discovered the Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir, last year. I read the first story in the Children's House series, The Legacy this week. I was very impressed. I simply had to get my hands on The Reckoning and see what else Sigurdardottir has in store for us. This is such a fantastic series. I guarantee you will do the same. In The Legacy, we got to know two key figures. Freyja is a child psychologist, whose job it is to work with traumatised and damaged children and young people. She was fo I discovered the Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir, last year. I read the first story in the Children's House series, The Legacy this week. I was very impressed. I simply had to get my hands on The Reckoning and see what else Sigurdardottir has in store for us. This is such a fantastic series. I guarantee you will do the same. In The Legacy, we got to know two key figures. Freyja is a child psychologist, whose job it is to work with traumatised and damaged children and young people. She was formerly the director of The Children's House. She has recently been demoted, following events in The Legacy. Huldar is a police detective, whose last case led him into direct contact with Freya. This also had a detrimental effect on his career.  In The Reckoning, we get a brand new story to mull over. Someone has left in a time capsule, at a school, a deadly list. This is a list of people who will die in 2016. This is the case that Huldar, our disgraced detective, is forced to work on. Low level. His punishment. No one seems to take this list seriously. There are soon body parts being discovered in peculiar places. Severed hands. Severed feet. Something dark and devilish is happening. Soon Huldar has roped in Freyja, to support him. The question is who is demanding a reckoning? Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a force to be reckoned with. This was superb. We see development in the Huldar/Freyja potential romantic relationship. Huldar completely wrecks his chances with Freyja. We have a story which strongly resonates, with themes of historic child abuse. The writing is flowing and exciting. It is hard to believe that this is a translated work from Icelandic. I am now itching to read the next book in the series. Unfortunately I do not know when it will be published. This is a must read author for fans of dark crime. Strongly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)

    This book was a big disappointment for me, being a devoted fan of Yrsa Sigurdardottir's novels and Icelandic crime fiction in general. While the first book in this new series (Freya and Huldar), titled ''DNA'', was aligned with the previous dark, suspenseful and gory novels of the so-called ''Queen of Icelandic Noir'', the ''Reckoning'' fell short to my expectations as it is a rather conventional police procedural crime novel which focuses more on the whodunit part rather than the horrendous atm This book was a big disappointment for me, being a devoted fan of Yrsa Sigurdardottir's novels and Icelandic crime fiction in general. While the first book in this new series (Freya and Huldar), titled ''DNA'', was aligned with the previous dark, suspenseful and gory novels of the so-called ''Queen of Icelandic Noir'', the ''Reckoning'' fell short to my expectations as it is a rather conventional police procedural crime novel which focuses more on the whodunit part rather than the horrendous atmosphere which is a trademark of the writer herself. That being said, I would like to underline the fact that this is not a bad novel, you still want to turn the pages but it lacks the graphic horror descriptions which bring goosebumps to the reader and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time you spend reading it. I would like to think that the ''Reckoning'' is only a mediocre parenthesis to the truly talented Icelandic author's work. I am eagerly expecting the English edition of the third book in the series, hoping for the best! RATING:2,5/5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maja Ingrid

    Okay so now I got to wait until third book gets translated to Swedish and gets available on any of my audiobook apps

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rheama Heather

    In reality, Iceland has virtually no violent crime. It’s worth some quick research to discover why. But this is a work of fiction, and the detectives in Reykjavik are busy. One afternoon, Vaka’s father is late picking her up from school with tragic results. A decade later, a series of murders appear connected to the girl’s violent death. It’s impossible to compete with Tana French, but The Reckoning will appeal to her fans. Just as French brings Ireland to life, Yrsa does the same for Iceland. T In reality, Iceland has virtually no violent crime. It’s worth some quick research to discover why. But this is a work of fiction, and the detectives in Reykjavik are busy. One afternoon, Vaka’s father is late picking her up from school with tragic results. A decade later, a series of murders appear connected to the girl’s violent death. It’s impossible to compete with Tana French, but The Reckoning will appeal to her fans. Just as French brings Ireland to life, Yrsa does the same for Iceland. The exotic location is intoxicating, and thank God for the character pronunciation guide in the beginning. I was a bit worried to see the text was translated from its original Icelandic, but the author’s way with words was preserved. The protagonist is flawed, the murders are grisly, and the mystery will keep you turning pages after your bedtime. Read to the end. There’s a surprise on the last page or two. Thank you to the author, publisher, and Net Galley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. My thoughts on this book can also be found on my blog, Cheap Thrill Book Reviews.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Intriago

    I find I am really liking this series. Well translated with a complicated plot. It begins in 2004 when eight year old Vaka goes missing while waiting for her dad to pick her up after school. It turns out she has gone to the nearby home of a classmate. Sigrun, to call him – not knowing the classmate’s father is home, drunk, and not anyone you really want to meet. Fast forward to 2016 – a series of bizarre, gruesome killings has begun – but only after Sigrun’s father Jon Jonsson has been released I find I am really liking this series. Well translated with a complicated plot. It begins in 2004 when eight year old Vaka goes missing while waiting for her dad to pick her up after school. It turns out she has gone to the nearby home of a classmate. Sigrun, to call him – not knowing the classmate’s father is home, drunk, and not anyone you really want to meet. Fast forward to 2016 – a series of bizarre, gruesome killings has begun – but only after Sigrun’s father Jon Jonsson has been released from prison. Police detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja are once again thrown together. Huldar no longer heads up any investigations having been demoted after the last case he worked on. He’s now been relegated to investigating a letter in a time capsule written by school children in 2006 saying six people will be killed in ten years – listed by initials only. Freyja is no longer held in high esteem either. Her last work with the police department didn’t turn out well. Once we’re brought up to speed as to why Huldar and Freyja are in their current positions doing what they’re doing, the author sucks you into the stories of the time capsule, two families destroyed by Jon Jonsson’s actions – his own and Vaka’s, bizarre killings, children falling through the cracks – no actually they’re intentionally pushed into them, bribing people in high places to look the other way, and then tying everything together so neatly in the end. Once again, Huldar and Freyja make a great team. Huldar has some amazing powers of perception in putting all the clues together. I didn’t give this author enough credit with her first book. She covers a lot of ground, comes up with a complicated plot, complicated people, and forces the reader to think. I think I have a soft spot for books written by Icelandic writers and set in Iceland – having been there a couple of times. I definitely plan on continuing with this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    Sigurdardottir is very good at this, in many ways this is a right on the money procedural. I particularly love how instead of giving our male and female leads sexual chemistry it is just nonstop sexual awkwardness, it's a great touch. Like the previous in the series it's very brutal, awfully gory, and filled with horrific stories. (Big content warnings for sexual assault of a child, more than once, on the page in some cases.) The ruthlessness of Karin Slaughter but going for procedural pacing in Sigurdardottir is very good at this, in many ways this is a right on the money procedural. I particularly love how instead of giving our male and female leads sexual chemistry it is just nonstop sexual awkwardness, it's a great touch. Like the previous in the series it's very brutal, awfully gory, and filled with horrific stories. (Big content warnings for sexual assault of a child, more than once, on the page in some cases.) The ruthlessness of Karin Slaughter but going for procedural pacing instead of thriller. The start to this one is a bit bumpy, it takes it a while to feel like there's an actual mystery. And like any Icelandic crime novel where there are these wild, complicated crimes it's kind of ridiculous especially since characters often note how rare violent crime is in Iceland. Except for this string of absolutely off the wall murders every so often, I guess. I have a lot less patience for police procedurals these days and while Sigurdardottir does acknowledge that not all cops are good cops and that they make mistakes and are prone to corruption, there's still too much of a "don't worry the good guys will fix this" happening for my liking.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Rose

    3.5 STARS. ⁣ I finally finished book two in the Children’s House series and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, I can definitely say that this is a solid series so far and I can’t wait to read the next book 👌🏼⁣ ⁣ What I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was full of rich character development. I will admit that I had a hard time connecting with Huldar’s character in the first book, but I actually really enjoyed his character in this book. I also really enjoyed how Yrsa defi 3.5 STARS. ⁣ I finally finished book two in the Children’s House series and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, I can definitely say that this is a solid series so far and I can’t wait to read the next book 👌🏼⁣ ⁣ What I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was full of rich character development. I will admit that I had a hard time connecting with Huldar’s character in the first book, but I actually really enjoyed his character in this book. I also really enjoyed how Yrsa definitely doesn’t cut back on the gory details 😬🔪 The crimes that are described in this book are pretty horrific, but I loved how there was the perfect amount of detail and it was never overdone. ⁣ ⁣ While I did enjoy several aspects of this book, I ultimately just didn’t find the plot as compelling as I did with the first book. This is honestly just personal preference, but I was way more invested in The Legacy’s plot than I was with this one. I just didn’t find the killings as intriguing and I wasn’t as eager to find out how it ended. However, I actually found the ending to be very satisfying and it wrapped up the book extremely well 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ TRIGGERS: Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Suicide (very brief mention)⁣ ⁣ Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and series to you guys! Note: because there is a ton of character development and background information provided in the first book, it’s definitely best to read the books in order 🤓⁣

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marko Lapcevic

    The second novel from Fuldar and Freyja series. This time, after the events from the first book (DNA), Fuldar and Freyja are on the new case. The prologue of the novel is very scary. Two little schoolgirls go to the house of one of them where something terrible will happen. After digging up the time capsule from school, in one of them there was threat that certain people will die very soon. Detectives are trying to find the student who wrote the message, while on the other hand, two hands of a dea The second novel from Fuldar and Freyja series. This time, after the events from the first book (DNA), Fuldar and Freyja are on the new case. The prologue of the novel is very scary. Two little schoolgirls go to the house of one of them where something terrible will happen. After digging up the time capsule from school, in one of them there was threat that certain people will die very soon. Detectives are trying to find the student who wrote the message, while on the other hand, two hands of a dead man were found in another man's backyard. How are these events connected? Readers will find out in this interesting thriller with many twists til the very end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    4.5 *s rounded up! Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is one of my favorite Nordic Noir authors. The Reckoning is book 2 in the Children’s House series featuring Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. A note is found in a time capsule at a school threatening to kill 6 people identified only initials. Since the note was written by a child, Huldar brings Freyja in to help. This novel has everything I love about good crime fiction. It is multi-layered with many interesting characters and I did not guess t 4.5 *s rounded up! Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is one of my favorite Nordic Noir authors. The Reckoning is book 2 in the Children’s House series featuring Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. A note is found in a time capsule at a school threatening to kill 6 people identified only initials. Since the note was written by a child, Huldar brings Freyja in to help. This novel has everything I love about good crime fiction. It is multi-layered with many interesting characters and I did not guess the killer. I am looking forward to seeing Huldar and Freyja’s characters develop more throughout this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    Oooooh, another delicious story from this author. I've waited a long time for it as well. When it was released it was up for £10.99 which was totally excessive, even IF I were gainfully employed !! I'll probably need to wait now for over a year till the next ones drop in price. I'll definitely be reading them as this is one terrific writer and series. I did make a HUGE observation in this instalment that I have no idea whatsoever what Huldar and Freyja's surnames are ! I hadn't even spotted that Oooooh, another delicious story from this author. I've waited a long time for it as well. When it was released it was up for £10.99 which was totally excessive, even IF I were gainfully employed !! I'll probably need to wait now for over a year till the next ones drop in price. I'll definitely be reading them as this is one terrific writer and series. I did make a HUGE observation in this instalment that I have no idea whatsoever what Huldar and Freyja's surnames are ! I hadn't even spotted that in the first story......ashamedly. I liked in this instalment that both of them surprised me in differing ways as we learned more about their own personalities as well. There were twists and turns and shocking surprises all the way through and until the very conclusion. Just superbly done. I love her characters as well. I know many bleat about the will-they-won't-they aspect of a male and female working together part of a lot of police procedural type of tales but I like that it adds that differing aspect. Some nasty people, so therefore nasty crimes in this one, though in some cases I found myself cheering them on. Translation and presentation again brilliant. I spotted a few errors but again, nothing like I ever spot in books by English writers, trust me. I did find a couple of instances where she tends to put things in a different order to us. So, something is discovered, then referenced, yet we're in the dark for a chapter or two. I prefer clarification as it happens but it's my own personal gripe. Gents was written without its apostrophe a couple of times, hap-pened didn't warrant the hyphen and jailor should be jailer. I had to laugh at reading of the Oppositional Defiant Disorder......makes a change from all the usual "A" illnesses youngsters all seem to have these days. No doubt it will not catch on as fast, thankfully, down to its unfortunate acronym. We can but hope. I'm sure this sort of thing was just bad or naughty in my time as a kid.....call me oldfashioned. Another super job, Yrsa, keep 'em coming !!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I loved Huldar and Freyja in The Legacy so was anxious to continue this series set in Iceland. It did not disappoint either as there were plenty of suspects in the cold case of young Vaka who was raped and then murdered. Now the convicted killer is being released from prison and others connected to the case are turning up dead. Is he murdering again? Or is it his son who was most likely abused at home and has anger issues? Lots of twists and turns and a nice unpredictable ending! Thanks to NetGal I loved Huldar and Freyja in The Legacy so was anxious to continue this series set in Iceland. It did not disappoint either as there were plenty of suspects in the cold case of young Vaka who was raped and then murdered. Now the convicted killer is being released from prison and others connected to the case are turning up dead. Is he murdering again? Or is it his son who was most likely abused at home and has anger issues? Lots of twists and turns and a nice unpredictable ending! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  14. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    So, I'll admit that this was a slower read for me. I, to my shame (and due to my unfamiliarity with Icelandic names), kept getting two main characters mixed up. It definitely made the reading a challenge. I eventually got them straight. Eventually. Even with my 'name' confusion, I did enjoy the tale. Iceland itself is almost a rather intimidating character and our mystery was both complex and intriguing. I did enjoy our main character, though his romantic peccadillos made me shake my head more than So, I'll admit that this was a slower read for me. I, to my shame (and due to my unfamiliarity with Icelandic names), kept getting two main characters mixed up. It definitely made the reading a challenge. I eventually got them straight. Eventually. Even with my 'name' confusion, I did enjoy the tale. Iceland itself is almost a rather intimidating character and our mystery was both complex and intriguing. I did enjoy our main character, though his romantic peccadillos made me shake my head more than once. I would definitely read the author again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Brody

    I am a fan of Scandinavian noir and this Icelandic thriller is a great addition to the genre. If you have a weak stomach or don't like to read books about child abuse, this is a suggestion that you go elsewhere to fill in your Scandinavian noir needs. The novel starts out with Vaka, a young girl, waiting outside for her father to pick her up on her first day of school. For some unknown reason, her father doesn't show. The school is locked, it's very cold and another student from Vaka's class app I am a fan of Scandinavian noir and this Icelandic thriller is a great addition to the genre. If you have a weak stomach or don't like to read books about child abuse, this is a suggestion that you go elsewhere to fill in your Scandinavian noir needs. The novel starts out with Vaka, a young girl, waiting outside for her father to pick her up on her first day of school. For some unknown reason, her father doesn't show. The school is locked, it's very cold and another student from Vaka's class appears. This other student is unpopular and is missing some fingers from her hand. Vaka asks her if she can use her house phone to call her father and the girl says she can. They go into the girl's home and she tells Vaka to be quiet so as not to wake her father. That afternoon is the last time anyone sees Vaka. Detective Huldur, who has recently been demoted, finds himself called into the case along with Freya, a child psychologist who also has been demoted. They are both excited to be on this case and believe that another recent murder is tied to a time capsule from the school that has just been dug up. The time capsule lists the initials of several people who will die in the future. There is some guess as to who wrote the list but the person is not talking. The novel is very dark and complex, filled with issues of rage, child abuse, bureaucratic ineptitude and crooked government. The ambiance is pleasantly enhanced by the chemistry between Huldur and Freya who seem to be a mismatched pair. It took me a long time to guess the killer but I had my suspicions about 3/4 into the novel. It is well translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb and I fully intend to read Yrsa Sigurdardottir's last novel, The Legacy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    Ah, Yrsa, Yrsa, Yrsa. Another excellent book from one of my favourite authors. This is the 2nd in the Freyja and Huldar series, following on from The Legacy. This is a very dark, but compelling story dealing with some decidedly difficult themes. Yrsa doesn't shy away from these, and really puts her characters through the mill. Freya and Huldar's relationship, such as it is burn personally and professionally, is still tender age the events of The Legacy. Freyja trusts Huldar about as far as she c Ah, Yrsa, Yrsa, Yrsa. Another excellent book from one of my favourite authors. This is the 2nd in the Freyja and Huldar series, following on from The Legacy. This is a very dark, but compelling story dealing with some decidedly difficult themes. Yrsa doesn't shy away from these, and really puts her characters through the mill. Freya and Huldar's relationship, such as it is burn personally and professionally, is still tender age the events of The Legacy. Freyja trusts Huldar about as far as she could spit him, and Huldar realises that he harbours more than just professional respect for her. But he's a twit, although a well meaning twit, so you can bet hell mess things up 😅 The Reckoning isn't a rattling page turner, it takes its time to build character, often diverting to show the humdrum of everyday life, but not at the expense of the story. In the case of Freya and Huldar this just endears you to them more. Nothing is resolved here, save for the murders, and the surprising denouement at the end, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops going forward. Yrsa also delves into the corruption at the heart of the Icelandic justice system, how willing people are to cover up their mistakes and those of others at the expense of the very people they are trusted to protect. It's truly harrowing. The Reckoning is an excellently dark, moody, character driven novel, one that will stay in your mind and leaves you wanting more. Hurrah for Yrsa Sigurðardóttir 😄

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Hatton

    This novel marks the return of police detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. Since their first disastrous collaboration in The Legacy, both have been demoted – a situation which Huldar finds far easier to come to terms with than Freyja. A note written by a 13-year-old schoolboy ten years previously is discovered in a buried time capsule. It predicts the death of six people – only referred to by initials. The discovery of the letter coincides with a string of macabre events: body parts fo This novel marks the return of police detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. Since their first disastrous collaboration in The Legacy, both have been demoted – a situation which Huldar finds far easier to come to terms with than Freyja. A note written by a 13-year-old schoolboy ten years previously is discovered in a buried time capsule. It predicts the death of six people – only referred to by initials. The discovery of the letter coincides with a string of macabre events: body parts found in a garden, followed by the murder of the man who owned the house whose initials coincide with one of those in the note. Although I enjoyed the quirky characters and the author’s trademark flashes of dark humour, I did find the plot unnecessarily convoluted and occasionally lacking momentum. Also, although set in mid-winter, it was somewhat lacking in the usually chilling Nordic bleakness. Not a bad novel by any means, but not up to Yrsa’s usually high standards.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rash Wonderchick

    A tad disappointed in this one. It moved very slowly until about the last 1/4. Didn’t quite have the zest the first in this series had. I still really enjoyed these characters & wasn’t able to guess “the bad guy” and one main occurrence that was revealed at the end. I’ll definitely still continue the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heshot MeDown

    As I started reading this book, many questions arose and my curiosity was fueled by the potential events of the previous book in the series, although in general I understood what happened. From the prolog, I felt that this book would win me over. The writing style was very reminiscent of Slaughter, in particular that the writer provides the reader with small pieces and little details about the people who make up the complete story. I was curious. About a hundred pages before the end, I thought I h As I started reading this book, many questions arose and my curiosity was fueled by the potential events of the previous book in the series, although in general I understood what happened. From the prolog, I felt that this book would win me over. The writing style was very reminiscent of Slaughter, in particular that the writer provides the reader with small pieces and little details about the people who make up the complete story. I was curious. About a hundred pages before the end, I thought I had figured out who the mysterious killer behind all this was, though I hadn't found the links between some sub stories. Luckily I was wrong, otherwise I would be disappointed. Hulgar as a character irritated me in a ridiculous way, and this is evident in the final score of the book. Overall, it's a book I really enjoyed. Many may disagree, but I personally support the idea that child molesters should be tortured in the most brutal way, as well as those who help "covering up" such cases.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jens

    Yrsa is a good writer and she tests her limits. This is her second book about Freyja, child psychologist and Huldar, the cop. I kinda like them, Huldar is not the typical scandinavian police, all mopey and dark. He is a bit of a fool. Not the sharpest mind but does an ok job. But this book is all about the exposition, we are always told what has happened but rarely shown. That was annoying. No excitement and was pretty dull. You can do better Yrsa.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jaksen

    Another excellent offering from Yrsa S. Detective Huldar must work with psychologist Freyja to solve a series of murders which are unique, terrible, grotesque, gruesome, and so on. Huldar has been recently demoted from a higher rank; Freyja has suffered a similar situation. (She's employed by Children's House, an organization which works with abused and neglected children.) The problem between them is this: weeks prior to the assignment, they had had a sort of anxious, only semi-truthful first d Another excellent offering from Yrsa S. Detective Huldar must work with psychologist Freyja to solve a series of murders which are unique, terrible, grotesque, gruesome, and so on. Huldar has been recently demoted from a higher rank; Freyja has suffered a similar situation. (She's employed by Children's House, an organization which works with abused and neglected children.) The problem between them is this: weeks prior to the assignment, they had had a sort of anxious, only semi-truthful first date and when they realize they'll be working with each other - egads! So right off the bat, to use an Americanism in a review of an Icelandic mystery, we've got trouble. They get along; they don't get along. He wants a second chance with her; she doesn't. She changes her mind, maybe; and he's with someone else. It's like a romantic battle amidst a baffling case which involves an essay written by a young boy ten years ago. He wrote about ten people he'd like to kill - for a school competition, but using only their initials to identify them. (His was the only letter like that one, btw.) And tada! Ten years later, when he's now in his twenties, people with those very same initials are dying! It's kind of a mess. Sometimes I like a messy mystery, as life itself is often messy. Why make everything straightforward when you can throw in weird murders and characters so real you cringe when reading them. (I was a teacher for 35 years, so I know weird.) At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed this, the second in the series. As long as someone keeps translating Ms. Sigurdardottir into English, I'll keep reading. Five stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    DNF at 70% There was a lot going on in the mystery/investigation portion but the writing was SO DRY to me. So procedural and none of the characters were interesting. Disappointing, because I read another of this author’s books and enjoyed it because of the atmospheric writing. There was also, for unclear reasons, a forced romance between 2 of the characters and I was not into it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vilma

    4.5 stars Yrsa Sigurdardóttir delivers another superb, edge-of-your seat dark thriller with tinges of horror sure to keep you up at night. THE RECKONING—the second installment in the Children’s House series following THE LEGACY, picks right back up with the now demoted Huldar. He’s investigating a 2016 letter found in a time capsule that predicts the deaths of six people denoted only by initials. It’s probably nothing—nonsensical writings of an angry kid—but Huldar consults with child psychologist 4.5 stars Yrsa Sigurdardóttir delivers another superb, edge-of-your seat dark thriller with tinges of horror sure to keep you up at night. THE RECKONING—the second installment in the Children’s House series following THE LEGACY, picks right back up with the now demoted Huldar. He’s investigating a 2016 letter found in a time capsule that predicts the deaths of six people denoted only by initials. It’s probably nothing—nonsensical writings of an angry kid—but Huldar consults with child psychologist Freya, who he’s worked with (and spent the night with) before. But as fate would have it, it does mean something. Severed limbs are discovered, threatening emails are showing up, and soon a man is killed. Ties to the letter begin to tighten as a horrific case takes shape, with the certainty that more deaths will follow. Sigurdardóttir tackles multiple themes in this novel. First, she probes the lasting effects of trauma, and how anger and helplessness can morph into something altogether darker. The story opens with a young girl, Vaka, who waits to be picked up from school. Her father is late and so she decides to use the phone of a classmate who lives nearby. Vaka is never seen again. We also see Sigurdardóttir take on a government who time and again fails to believe and protect children who seek help. What does that do to a child? How does it shape who they are? Who they will be? And what should become of those in power who fail them year after year? What is so brilliant about Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s storytelling is that she’s able to balance horrible, dark deeds unflinchingly, with profound moments/messages that serve as emotional underpinnings to her work. In addition, with threads of romance, there’s a sense that everything is thoughtfully crafted and paced with never a dull moment. And to make it all the more impressive, her characters are nuanced, flawed and intriguing. I can’t wait to read more in this series and from this author. With proven work that’s all at once chilling and compelling, gritty and emotional, atmospheric and fast paced, she’s a must-read author who continues to get better and better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    And here's my first review in the New 2020. And who, if not the Icelandic crime author with a complex surname, Yrsa Sigurdardottir. On the back cover it says that it is the second book in the series, but I had no trouble reading it like a standalone. The story begins in September 2004, when the little girl Vaka disappears. The girl has just started in new school and still has no friends. After hours of waiting for her parents to pick her up after school, another girl from the same class proposes And here's my first review in the New 2020. And who, if not the Icelandic crime author with a complex surname, Yrsa Sigurdardottir. On the back cover it says that it is the second book in the series, but I had no trouble reading it like a standalone. The story begins in September 2004, when the little girl Vaka disappears. The girl has just started in new school and still has no friends. After hours of waiting for her parents to pick her up after school, another girl from the same class proposes to go to her home to call. Vaka goes with her. Vaka's dead body has been found. Before she was brutally murdered, she was sexually abused. The alchoholic father of the girl who invited her to her home has been accussed and sent to prison. Twelve years later, at the same school, a time capsule with students' messages was dug up. One is particularly disturbing. Written ten years ago, the message contains the initials of people who will die in 2016. And everything acts as a revenge written in a children's letter, until people with those initials start dying, brutally killed. And they all have something to do with the case of the little Vaka. Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freya work together to solve the killings. But how do they find out who are the people on the children's list? What have they done to be so cruelly killed? Huldar and Freya are racing against time to save the remaining names from the list. But are they worth saving? Who reckoning with them? This is my second book by Yrsa and I have to say, far better than the first one I read, though it wasn't bad at all. She left me with my mouth open. Despite the unusual Icelandic names for me, the story kept me reading until the very last page. I just couldn't stop reading. Pretty tense story, creepy and at moments difficult and dark. But a perfect crime thriller as I haven't read in a long time. And soon I'm catching with the first book of the series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This very dark and disturbing crime novel was well-crafted and well-paced but for me crossed a line by being gratuitously violent and extreme. Of course a crime novel is likely to have grisly murders, psychologically damaged victims and perpetrators, evil criminals. But this book would have been just as gripping and effective without some of the more gruesome details, and any novel that deals with child abuse needs to be particularly sensitive. Although I can see why so many readers have enjoyed This very dark and disturbing crime novel was well-crafted and well-paced but for me crossed a line by being gratuitously violent and extreme. Of course a crime novel is likely to have grisly murders, psychologically damaged victims and perpetrators, evil criminals. But this book would have been just as gripping and effective without some of the more gruesome details, and any novel that deals with child abuse needs to be particularly sensitive. Although I can see why so many readers have enjoyed the book, for me it went beyond what is acceptable in depicting violence. And some of the scenarios stretched credibility to the limit. However some of it I did find compelling, especially the relationships between the various law enforcement protagonists, and it’s not a bad book – in fact it’s quite a good one – but I only chose it as I enjoy reading fiction from other countries and I won’t be tempted to read another from Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

  26. 5 out of 5

    VickiLee

    #2 Freya and Huldsr thriller. The novel begins with the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl. This is tough reading material, and at various points I felt personal despair for the human condition. There is a certain charm evident in the dysfunctional relationship between Frey’s and Huldar. For all it’s dark subject matter, I really liked this novel and read it steadily to the end.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    4+ stars for this second book in the series and it was excellent. At times the subject matter is a pretty hard read but the writing is superb, I look forward to reading the next in series if there is one... let’s hope so. Well recommended

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... ... Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy of this book to read and share my review. ... Although this book is the second book in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous book but I found it easy to follow along, although I am now curious to read the first book in the series after reading this book. I found the beginning of the book to be such an addictive read. A young child le Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... ... Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy of this book to read and share my review. ... Although this book is the second book in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous book but I found it easy to follow along, although I am now curious to read the first book in the series after reading this book. I found the beginning of the book to be such an addictive read. A young child left at her school, seemingly forgotten to be picked up and no where to go. When she goes home with a school friend to call her father about picking her up, something seems off and strange about the house. Not just the house, but her school friend also seems a bit off and creepy. I found this sucked me right into the book and kept me turning the pages. I wanted to find out what this creepy feeling was and to see what would happen next. After the uncovering of a strange list in a buried time capsule, more questions are raised. It is revealed that the list is in fact a list of names of people. Who wrote this list of names, and why would a student years ago place the list of names in a time capsule. What does it mean? Without giving too much away you must read this novel. It was such an intense, gripping, addictive read that I didn’t want to end. There was so much going on that you cannot help but find yourself deeply immersed in the story, and it leaves you wanting answers. A great novel!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    2.75 stars True fact, I’m a compulsive series reader, meaning that if I start a series, in most cases, I will finish it. So even though I recently tried The Legacy, the first book in The Children’s House series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, and didn’t care for it, I had to give its sequel and this author, one more try. I will admit that The Reckoning was more interesting to me than the previous book, but ultimately, it was just too complex and too grisly and graphic for my liking. I’m sure others will 2.75 stars True fact, I’m a compulsive series reader, meaning that if I start a series, in most cases, I will finish it. So even though I recently tried The Legacy, the first book in The Children’s House series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, and didn’t care for it, I had to give its sequel and this author, one more try. I will admit that The Reckoning was more interesting to me than the previous book, but ultimately, it was just too complex and too grisly and graphic for my liking. I’m sure others will enjoy this Icelandic crime fiction series, but apparently it’s just not for me and it’s time to give up and move on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    And here's my first review in the New 2020. And who, if not the Icelandic crime author with a complex surname, Yrsa Sigurdardottir. On the back cover it says that it is the second book in the series, but I had no trouble reading it like a standalone. The story begins in September 2004, when the little girl Vaka disappears. The girl has just started in new school and still has no friends. After hours of waiting for her parents to pick her up after school, another girl from the same class proposes And here's my first review in the New 2020. And who, if not the Icelandic crime author with a complex surname, Yrsa Sigurdardottir. On the back cover it says that it is the second book in the series, but I had no trouble reading it like a standalone. The story begins in September 2004, when the little girl Vaka disappears. The girl has just started in new school and still has no friends. After hours of waiting for her parents to pick her up after school, another girl from the same class proposes to go to her home to call. Vaka goes with her. Vaka's dead body has been found. Before she was brutally murdered, she was sexually abused. The alchoholic father of the girl who invited her to her home has been accussed and sent to prison. Twelve years later, at the same school, a time capsule with students' messages was dug up. One is particularly disturbing. Written ten years ago, the message contains the initials of people who will die in 2016. And everything acts as a revenge written in a children's letter, until people with those initials start dying, brutally killed. And they all have something to do with the case of the little Vaka. Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freya work together to solve the killings. But how do they find out who are the people on the children's list? What have they done to be so cruelly killed? Huldar and Freya are racing against time to save the remaining names from the list. But are they worth saving? Who reckoning with them? This is my second book by Yrsa and I have to say, far better than the first one I read, though it wasn't bad at all. She left me with my mouth open. Despite the unusual Icelandic names for me, the story kept me reading until the very last page. I just couldn't stop reading. Pretty tense story, creepy and at moments difficult and dark. But a perfect crime thriller as I haven't read in a long time. And soon I'm catching with the first book of the series!

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