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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?

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Other books by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Why Did You Lie?

Why Did You Lie?

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2019

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 Absolution

The Absolution

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2019

The new novel from the internationally bestselling, prizewinning, queen of Icelandic crime. The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows the terrified victim begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2... Detective Huldar joins the 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 - but even so, who could have hated her enough to kill? 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. A brilliantly suspenseful story about the dark side of social media, The Absolution will make you wonder what you should have said sorry for... Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir 'Iceland's outstanding crime novelist' Daily Express 'A magnificent writer' Karin Slaughter 'The undisputed queen of Icelandic Noir' Simon Kernick 'Believe all the hype - this is crime at its best.' Heat

The Absolution

The Absolution

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/04/2019

The new novel from the internationally bestselling, prizewinning, queen of Icelandic crime. All he wants is for them to say sorry. The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows the terrified victim begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2... Detective Huldar joins the 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 - but even so, who could have hated her enough to kill? 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. A brilliantly suspenseful story about the dark side of social media, The Absolution will make you wonder what you should have said sorry for... Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir 'Iceland's outstanding crime novelist' Daily Express 'A magnificent writer' Karin Slaughter 'The undisputed queen of Icelandic Noir' Simon Kernick 'Believe all the hype - this is crime at its best.' Heat

The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2019

'Yrsa is a magnificent writer' Karin Slaughter 'The queen of Icelandic thriller writers' Guardian A chilling note written by a thirteen-year-old predicting the deaths of six people is found in a time capsule, ten years after it was buried. Can it be a real threat? Detective Huldar turns to psychologist Freyja to help understand the child who hid the message. But the discovery of the letter coincides with a string of murders. All of the victims match the initials from the note. Huldar and Freyja must race to identify the writer and the murderer, before the rest of the targets are killed... 'One of the best books I've read for a long time: dark, creepy, and gripping from beginning to end.' Stuart MacBride 'Will give you thrills and chills in equal measures.' Cosmopolitan

The Legacy

The Legacy

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2018

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 Reckoning

The Reckoning

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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: 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?

Gespenstisches Island

Gespenstisches Island

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

Zwei Island-Thriller in einem E-Book: "e;Geisterfjord"e; und "e;Seelen im Eis"e;"e;Geisterfjord"e; - Ein menschenleeres Dorf im Nordwesten von Island: Drei junge Leute werden in einem maroden Sommerhaus von seltsamen Gerauschen und Erscheinungen in Angst und Schrecken versetzt. "e;Seelen im Eis"e; - Drauen tobte der Sturm und schlug noch heftiger gegen die Fenster als zuvor. Um keinen Preis der Welt wollte Odinn zum Fenster schauen, er spurte, dass von dort etwas Bedrohliches naherkam.

The Undesired

The Undesired

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: Paperback / softback 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

Nebelmord

Nebelmord

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2014

Sie ist Ingenieurin. Sie ist Schriftstellerin. Sie ist Islanderin.Yrsa Sigurdardottir ist Islands Nummer1-Bestsellerautorin.Plotzlich fiel ihm wieder ein, wie der Traum endete. Sie waren ursprunglich vier Reisende gewesen. Aber nur zwei kehrten an Land zuruck. Nur dumm, dass er sich nicht erinnern konnte, ob er selbst einer von ihnen gewesen war.Die Leuchtturminsel war ein winziger Punkt in den eiskalten und aufgewuhlten Wellen des Atlantiks. Hier, auf dieser winzigen Schare vor Islands Sudkuste, wurden sie eineni Tag und eine Nacht verbringen. Doch in dieser ersten Nacht tobt ein Unwetter, und am nachsten Morgen ist einer von ihnen verschwunden. Zur gleichen Zeit verschwindet in Reykjaviik eine Familie...Der neue Island-Thriller von Yrsa Sigurdardottir hat alles, was eine nervenzerreiende Lekture braucht: typisches Island-Flair, spektakulare Kulisse und eine aufwuhlende Geschichte.

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?

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