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Summary

The first in an exciting new series from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian crime novel.

The only witness to a shocking murder is the victim's 10-year-old daughter, Margret. The police turn to the Children's House for their expertise in childhood trauma.

The manager, Freyja, doesn't much like the police - especially the detective in charge, Huldar. But she does want to help them protect Margret.

And when more people die - their murders heralded by strange messages, texts, and strings of numbers - they will have to work together to crack the riddle before they become targets themselves.

©2017 Yrsa Sigurdardottir (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

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Brilliant book

I was glued from start to finish...just glad I was listening to Woman's Hour to hear about it. Can't wait for the next book. Thank you J

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Omg!

A bit grizzly at first...it certainly played on my mind. But what a well-told and compelling story! I loved the way it tied together. I guessed some bits but not all- just the way I like it. I can’t wait for the next book!

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More great

I really enjoyed this though the murders were gruesome. Along the lines of another great Scandinavian detective Harry Hole from Jo Nesbo. Huldar has similar foibles but not as clever as Harry Hole on this performance. Some great twists however also well narrated.

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Took some getting into the story.

I found the scene setting very long and drawn out, there were many different parts to the tale and the seemed to take forever to get together. There were also some very strange reactions, the woman who got a text message, from an unknown number, saying I am coming round, - instead of texting back and asking 'who are you?', she rushed around styling her hair and putting on make up? I was going to ditch the book at 1/4 way through but went to read reviews on Amazon and decided to stick with it.
I didn't like any of the characters, all of them with negative outlooks, and the first part of the story was all over the place. However, once I picked up the story again it was worth the read, the characters did soften a little, and the twist was well done and worthwhile. I didn't guess the perpetrator until he was nearly disclosed.
I am not sure about trying the second in the series.

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Decent entertainment

An entertaining listen. Narration was a little strange at times, some Icelanders spoke with Aussie / Essex accents for inexplicable reasons.

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Desperate, prolix rubbish

I don’t care what happens, or to whom: life is too short to await the snail’s-pace unrolling of an apparently unremarkable tale.

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Strange mix of nasty, boring, and unconvincing

As a procedural crime novel, this is utterly unconvincing, uninformed, plodding, and banal.

As a thriller, it dwells uncomfortably on the agony of suspense experienced by the victims ahead of the grotesque and sadistic violence inflicted on them. It felt like this was a calculating gimmick on the part of the author, because - with the exception of the child character and the interview techniques
relating to her questioning - there was nothing and noone to hold my attention or propel the story forward. What little mystery there was (the coded messages and number radio stations, for example), dissolved into inconsequential explanations.

The emphasis on the bizarre horror of the crimes themselves feels like a nasty and manipulative move to create (a very dubious and objectionable) sensation and deflect from a highly mediocre narrative.

The murderer, once revealed in very underwhelming fashion, was motivated by outlandish reasons, and his personal history far fetched and, yet again, gratuitously sensationalist.

While the child character speaks in a preternaturally precocious and articulate manner, the dialogue between the adult characters is somewhat wooden and simplistic.

I will try and delete this title from my library in what I fear will be a vain attempt at deleting any memories of this nasty little piece. It does not deserve to be considered any part of the noir genre.

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awful pronunciation of Icelandic names

if you don't mind the terrible pronunciation of the Icelandic names then this audio book version is probably ok. not a reflection on the story and the book, which were both good. the only negative about the story was that who did it was all revealed within a very short time. I prefer it, when you learn the solution bit by bit.

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A bit grisly but clever

Liked this book though it took a while for anything to make sense! The murders were a little too much for my imagination but the plot was clever and twisty.

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Highly recommend

Really love the book and the story. The author locks you in from the start and keeps you on the same point as the characters with all the knowledge, never giving in too much details. The only downfall of this listen, is the narrators poor pronunciation of some of the Icelandic names and places. This wouldn’t though bother any other listeners than native Icelanders. Highly recommend.

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Motives for murder

This book is definitely on par with the best of the Scandinavian crime writers. It is an opportunity to learn about a certain aspect of life in Iceland.

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