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The Absolution

Children's House, Book 3
Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
Series: Children's House, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Summary

All he wants is for them to say sorry.... 

In the latest novel from the Queen of Icelandic crime, Freyja and Huldar must stop a ruthless killer taking revenge on teenage bullies.  

The first the police know of the crime is when clips are sent from the victim's Snapchat account, showing her begging for forgiveness. The CCTV at the cinema where she was working show her being dragged into the night by a masked killer. When the body is found, it is marked with a number 2.... 

Detective Huldar joins the murder investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager's friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim: a relentless bully, she made life miserable for those around her. Freyja suspects this led to her death - but she may be overly influenced by her own childhood. Huldar simply wants to find out if there is a first victim still waiting to be discovered.    

Then another teenager goes missing, and more clips are sent. Freyja and Huldar can agree on two things at least: the truth is far from simple. And the killer is not done yet.

©2019 Yrsa Sigurdardottir (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers." (Guardian)

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Good story

Usual good and high standard story by this author marred by narrator's heavy intrusive breathing.

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another triumph

this is another outstanding story from yrsa that will not be an easy read as yet again we are witnessing a dark side of society through huldar and Freyas eyes.

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Bit of a let down

Was quite disappointed by this book because the plot all over the place. I really enjoyed books 1 & 2 but really struggled with this one, it seemed at time the plot wasnt sure which way to go whilst trying to keep the reader interested. I had look forward to BK3 but sadly it failed to grip me from the start and limp towards a boring ending. The sub plot between Hulder and Freya may as well be left alone, its fizzled out and we just keep going over the same ground, either give the characters a chance together or leave it alone - its like a scab the author cant leave alone. Not the best my any means