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Summary

Yrsa Sigurdardottir, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel, delivers another tour de force in her second novel in the Freyja and Huldar series.

A chilling note predicting the deaths of six people is found in a school's time capsule, 10 years after it was buried. But surely, if a 13-year-old wrote it, it can't be a real threat....

Detective Huldar suspects he's been given the investigation simply to keep him away from real police work. He turns to psychologist Freyja to help understand the child who hid the message. Soon, however, they find themselves at the heart of another shocking case.

For 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. His initials are BT, one of the names on the note.

Huldar and Freyja must race to identify the writer, the victims and the murderer before the rest of the targets are killed....

©2018 Yrsa Sigurdardottir (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Very good read

Love both Hulda/Freya books and hope there are more in this series. There are serious issues in plot but relationship between main characters lightens things.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Enjoyed this one more than the first in the series. Fast pace and grabbed my interest all the time. I found the narrator very good and really bought the story to life. Looking forward to the next in the series.

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A bit slow

Probably the most interesting part is the book being set in Iceland. It's a bit slow. I do like the protagonists and (spoiler alert).... I fully predict at this pace they could get together in book 10.

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Awful - boring, weak story and unoriginal

I very much enjoyed previous books from this author. This one is a huge disappointment. A silly and weak storyline. Superficial characters and a ultimately boring and predictable story with supernatural elements. Don’t bother.

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promising start but boring

I struggled with the story, the start was promising but it was a tedious listen. It was a strength of will to keep going. Too descriptive and dialogue was lacking flow with lots of short sentences. So many characters.

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Really not sure about this

I love my Scandi thrillers but think I enjoy watching rather than listening. Get into a real muddle with the strange names and lose the plot because of that. A good idea but stretched to breaking point and am afraid I kept having to return to previous chapters 'cos I was somewhat lost. Final twist that I had not expected but perhaps that's because I missed some very important moments/chapters whilst in a tizzy. Such a shame but can't say this was a great read so will return with sorrow.

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Quite shocking but a good listen

Quite grisly in its murderous content. Not for the faint hearted but a good listen with lots of twists even at the end. Lots of characters but well drawn together.