Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Author

About the Author

Yrsa Sigurdardottir works as a civil engineer and lives in Reykjavik. She wrote prize-winning children's novels before writing Last Rituals, her first adult novel.

 

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Featured books by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Someone to Watch Over Me

Someone to Watch Over Me

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

A creepy, compelling thriller, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME is the fifth novel from Yrsa, 'Iceland's answer to Stieg Larsson' (Daily Telegraph). Berglind hurried to her son and pulled him forcefully from the window. She held him close and tried at the same time to wipe the windowpane. But the haze couldn't be wiped away. It was on the outside of the glass. He looked up at her. 'Magga's outside. She can't get in. She wants to look after me.' He pointed at the window and frowned. 'She's a little bit angry.' A young man with Down's Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thora to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn't do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of Magga, killed in a hit and run on her way to babysit?

Other books by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

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. In 2016 the following people are going to die: K, S, BT, JJ, OV and I. Nobody will miss them. Least of all me. I can't wait. This is the chilling message found in a school's time capsule, ten years after it was buried. But surely, if a thirteen-year-old wrote it, it can't be a real threat... Huldar suspects he's been given the investigation simply to keep him busy and away from real police work. He turns to Freyja to help with the psychology of the child who hid the note. 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... and now time is running out to identify the writer, the victims and the killer, before further deaths come.

The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

'Yrsa is a magnificent writer' Karin Slaughter 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, ten years after it was buried. But surely, if a thirteen-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... 'The Reckoning is another chilling, atmospheric tale from the undisputed Queen of Icelandic Noir. I loved it.' Simon Kernick

The Legacy

The Legacy

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

The first in an exciting new series from 'Iceland's outstanding crime novelist' (Daily Express) Yrsa Sigurdardottir. THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZEWINNER 'Believe all the hype - this is crime at its best.' Heat Detective Huldar is out of his depth. His first murder case is like nothing he's seen before - a bizarre attack on a seemingly blameless woman. The only evidence is a list of numbers found at the scene, and the testimony of the victim's eleven-year-old daughter, who isn't talking. While his team attempt to crack the code, Huldar turns to child psychologist Freyja for her expertise with traumatised young people. Because time is running out...and the one thing they know for certain is that the murderer will strike again.

Genek

Genek

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2017

Egy fiatal reykjaviki csaladanyat brutalis kegyetlenseggel meggyilkolnak, aminek tanuja lesz heteves kislanya is. A buntettet hamarosan ujabb koveti, es bar a modszer ugyanaz, a rendorseg semmifele kapcsolatot nem talal az aldozatok kozott. Az ugy koronatanujakent szereplo kislanyt a gyermekvedelem gondjaira kivanjak bizni, am vegul egy pszichologus, Freyja veszi ot ideiglenesen magahoz, es ezzel o is bekapcsolodik a vizsgalatba. Alaposan megneheziti a dolgat, hogy kifejezetten utalja a nyomozast vezeto tisztet, Huldart, aki nemregiben megesett egyejszakas kalandjuk utan fakepnel hagyta. Ekozben egy ifju radioamator kulonos, szamokbol allo uzeneteket fog, amelyekrol hamarosan kiderul, hogy nem masok, mint a gyilkos nyomai. Vajon sikerul feltorni a kodot meg a kovetkezo gyilkossag elott? Mert nagyon ugy tunik, hogy lesz kovetkezo... A magyar olvasok altal mar ismert es kedvelt Yrsa Sigurdardottir ezzel a konyvvel kerult be a skandinav krimiszerzok elvonalaba. Munkajat tobb dijjal is elismertek. A verfagyasztoan izgalmas tortenet oldalrol oldalra uz minket a vegso, megdobbento fordulatig. A konyv a haromreszes Freya & Huldar esetei sorozat elso kotete.

The Legacy

The Legacy

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/03/2017

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 murder was meant as a punishment - but what sin could justify the method? The only person who might have answers is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children's House for their expertise with traumatised young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe. It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He's telling a dark and secret story - but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

The Legacy

The Legacy

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/03/2017

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 murder was meant as a punishment - but what sin could justify the method? The only person who might have answers is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children's House for their expertise with traumatised young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe. It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He's telling a dark and secret story - but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

Why Did You Lie?

Why Did You Lie?

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The Sunday Times top crime read of the year. A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing. Four strangers struggle to find shelter on a windswept spike of rock in the middle of a raging sea. They have one thing in common: they all lied. And someone is determined to punish them... WHY DID YOU LIE is a terrifying tale of long-delayed retribution from Iceland's Queen of Suspense.

The Undesired

The Undesired

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2016

A chilling modern horror novel from the author of THE SILENCE OF THE SEA, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award - perfect for fans of Let the Right One In. The light spilling in from the corridor would have to do. Though weak, it was sufficient to show Aldis a boy sitting in the gloom at the furthest table. He had his back to her, so she couldn't see who it was, but could tell that he was one of the youngest. A chill ran down her spine when he spoke again, without turning, as if he had eyes in the back of his head. 'Go away. Leave me alone.' 'Come on. You shouldn't be here.' Aldis spoke gently, fairly sure now that the boy must be delirious. Confused, rather than dangerous. He turned, slowly and deliberately, and she glimpsed black eyes in a pale face. 'I wasn't talking to you.' Aldis is working in a juvenile detention centre in rural Iceland. She witnesses something deeply disturbing in the middle of the night; soon afterwards, two of the boys at the centre are dead. Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the centre following the unexplained death of the colleague who was previously running the investigation. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister? Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a huge European bestseller both with her crime and horror novels. You might want to sleep with the light on after reading THE UNDESIRED . . .

Renegatii

Renegatii

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: eBook Release Date: 23/05/2016

Aldis lucreaza la un centru pentru delincventi juvenili din zona rurala a Islandei. E martora unei intamplari tulburatoare in toiul noptii; curand dupa aceea, doi baieti de la centru sunt gasiti morti.Decenii mai trziu, Odinn, tatA singur, cerceteazA un presupus abuz care ar fi avut loc la centru; l nlocuieE te pe colegul sA u nsA rcinat cu investigaE ia E i care a murit n condiE ii misterioase.TotuE i, cu ct aflA mai multe, cu att Odinn simte cA evenimentele din anii E aptezeci au legA turA cu accidentul ce a dus la moartea soE iei sale.Oare moartea ei ascunde ceva mult mai nfricoE A tor?Suspansul este aproape insuportabil Nu e uE or sA scrii o poveste de groazA , dar RenegaE ii e mai profundA dect mi amintesc de tine."e; - FrettabladidO intrigA foarte bine construitA . Un regal pentru iubitorii de tensiune maximA ."e; - Morgunbladid

The Undesired

The Undesired

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2015

A chilling modern horror novel from the author of THE SILENCE OF THE SEA, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award - perfect for fans of Let the Right One In. The light spilling in from the corridor would have to do. Though weak, it was sufficient to show Aldis a boy sitting in the gloom at the furthest table. He had his back to her, so she couldn't see who it was, but could tell that he was one of the youngest. A chill ran down her spine when he spoke again, without turning, as if he had eyes in the back of his head. 'Go away. Leave me alone.' 'Come on. You shouldn't be here.' Aldis spoke gently, fairly sure now that the boy must be delirious. Confused, rather than dangerous. He turned, slowly and deliberately, and she glimpsed black eyes in a pale face. 'I wasn't talking to you.' Aldis is working in a juvenile detention centre in rural Iceland. She witnesses something deeply disturbing in the middle of the night; soon afterwards, two of the boys at the centre are dead. Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the centre following the unexplained death of the colleague who was previously running the investigation. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister? Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a huge European bestseller both with her crime and horror novels. You might want to sleep with the light on after reading THE UNDESIRED . . .

Someone to Watch Over Me

Someone to Watch Over Me

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

A creepy, compelling thriller, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME is the fifth novel from Yrsa, 'Iceland's answer to Stieg Larsson' (Daily Telegraph). Berglind hurried to her son and pulled him forcefully from the window. She held him close and tried at the same time to wipe the windowpane. But the haze couldn't be wiped away. It was on the outside of the glass. He looked up at her. 'Magga's outside. She can't get in. She wants to look after me.' He pointed at the window and frowned. 'She's a little bit angry.' A young man with Down's Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thora to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn't do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of Magga, killed in a hit and run on her way to babysit?

I Remember You

I Remember You

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

A terrifying ghost story from the Queen of Icelandic crime, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, author of the Thora Gudmundsdottir novels. 'Yrsa is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world.' - Peter James The crunching noise had resumed, now accompanied by a disgusting, indefinable smell. It could best be described as a blend of kelp and rotten meat. The voice spoke again, now slightly louder and clearer: Don't go. Don't go yet. I'm not finished. In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends set to work renovating a derelict house. But soon they realise they are not alone there - something wants them to leave, and it's making its presence felt. Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son. When the two stories collide the terrifying truth is uncovered . . .

The Day is Dark Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 4

The Day is Dark Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 4

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2012

A chilling new case for Thora Gudmundsdottir, from Iceland's answer to Stieg Larsson. When all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the northeast coast of Greenland, Thora is hired to investigate. Is there any connection with the woman who vanished from the site some months earlier? Why are the locals so hostile? And could one of the team staying at the site with Thora be responsible for the disappearances? Already an international bestseller, this fourth book to feature Thora Gudmundsdottir ('a delight' - Guardian) is chilling, unsettling and compulsively readable.

Ashes to Dust Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 3

Ashes to Dust Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 3

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

The third crime novel from international bestseller Yrsa Sigurdardottir, ASHES TO DUST is tense, taut and terrifying - not to be missed for fans of Nordic Noir. Thora peered at the floor, but couldn't see anything that could have frightened Markus that much, only three mounds of dust. She moved the light of her torch over them. It took her some time to realize what she was seeing-- and then it was all she could do not to let the torch slip from her hand. 'Good God,' she said. She ran the light over the three faces, one after another. Sunken cheeks, empty eye-sockets, gaping mouths; they reminded her of photographs of mummies she'd once seen in National Geographic. 'Who are these people?' 'I don't know,' said Markus . . . Bodies are discovered in one of the excavated houses at a volcanic tourist attraction dubbed 'The Pompeii of the North'. Markus Magnusson, who was only a teenager when the volcano erupted, falls under suspicion and hires attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir to defend him - but when his childhood sweetheart is murdered his case starts to look more difficult, and the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up . . .

My Soul to Take Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 2

My Soul to Take Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 2

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2010

A chilling crime novel from the Queen of Icelandic crime and author of the highly-acclaimed LAST RITUALS. If I die before I wake . . . A grisly murder is committed at a health resort situated in a recently renovated farmhouse, which turns out to be notorious for being haunted. Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is called upon by the owner of the resort - the prime suspect in the case - to represent him. Her investigations uncover some very disturbing occurrences at the farm decades earlier - things that have never before seen the light of day . . . MY SOUL TO TAKE is a chilling, dark and witty crime novel, and a welcome return for Thora, the heroine of the highly-acclaimed LAST RITUALS.

My Soul to Take Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 2

My Soul to Take Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 2

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2010

A chilling crime novel from the Queen of Icelandic crime and author of the highly-acclaimed LAST RITUALS. If I die before I wake . . . A grisly murder is committed at a health resort situated in a recently renovated farmhouse, which turns out to be notorious for being haunted. Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is called upon by the owner of the resort - the prime suspect in the case - to represent him. Her investigations uncover some very disturbing occurrences at the farm decades earlier - things that have never before seen the light of day . . . MY SOUL TO TAKE is a chilling, dark and witty crime novel, and a welcome return for Thora, the heroine of the highly-acclaimed LAST RITUALS.

Last Rituals Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 1

Last Rituals Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 1

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2009

The first Thora Gudmundsdottir novel from Yrsa Sigurdardottir - 'Queen of Icelandic crime'. 'Yrsa is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world.' - Peter James A young man is found brutally murdered, his eyes gouged out. A student of Icelandic history in Reykjavik, he came from a wealthy German family who do not share the police's belief that his drug dealer murdered him. Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is commissioned by his mother to find out the truth, with the help - and hindrance - of boorish ex-policeman Matthew Reich. Their investigations into his research take them deep into a grisly world of torture and witchcraft both past and present, as they draw ever closer to a killer gripped by a dangerous obsession...

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