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The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  

The Silence of the Sea

Part of the Thora Gudmundsdottir Series
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April 2015 Book of the Month.

In Iceland grandparents and a young child go to the port to meet a yacht with the girl’s family on board (parents and twin sister). The yacht smashes into the quay empty. So begins this terrific thriller. In alternating chapters of the yacht with seven people on board coming across from Lisbon and arriving empty and the police investigation in Iceland we, the reader, are drip-fed the mystery with our hearts in our mouths. The crew and passengers have simply disappeared. It’s creepy, chilling, compulsive and very, very good. I so dreaded being fobbed off at the end but no, the outcome was completely feasible and very satisfying. Do read it.

Maxim Jakubowski's view...

In Iceland, Sigurdardottir is crime royalty, alongside Arnuldur Indridason and her series featuring local lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir has always been a personal delight. Offsetting the sometimes grim northern landscape with meticulous sleuthing, she brings a new, unique dimension to the genre. When a luxury yacht arrives in Reyjkavik harbour with no passengers left onboard, Marie Celeste-like, Thora is recruited by a relative to solve the mysterious case. As usual this is just the beginning and an inevitable trail of bodies soon has Thora dashing in all directions. Chilling, spooky and at times gruesome, Sigurdardottir's books (she also writes the occasional horror tome) are compulsive page-turners and prove fascinating eye-openers into the complexities of Icelandic life and its bleak exoticism.

If you like Yrsa Sigurdardottir you might also like to read books by Peter Straub, Michelle Paver and F. G. Cottam.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Yrsa Sigurdardóttir arrived as something of a unique talent in the field. But like all the best Scandinavian writers, it’s her acute sense of place that gives such individual character to her work. In The Silence of the Sea, an unmanned luxury yacht has crashed into the harbour wall in Reykjavik. What has happened to the crew and the young family who were on board the yacht when it left Lisbon? Sigurdardóttir’s protagonist Thora is hired by the young father’s parents to investigate, and soon finds an extremely disturbing mystery. There are rumours that this yacht was cursed, and this seems to be given credence by the fact that when she boards the ship, Thora appears to see one of the missing twins. Meanwhile, a body has washed up further along the shore…
~ The Good Book Guide

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Lynne Morgan - 'written in a very modern way though, which I found quite refreshing and unique, and the plot itself was very distinctive.' Read full review >
  • Iris Clements - 'I was kept in suspense throughout and didn’t want it to end.' Read full review >
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'When I first started reading this book, I told my friend that it was hard going.  Can't believe that was 3 days ago – I have just turned the last page and am gutted it is all over!' Read full review >
  • Sarah Webb - 'A real page turner.' Read full review >
  • Emma Barton - 'This Icelandic thriller is a real page turner that keeps you guessing until the final chapter.' Read full review >
  • Lisa Lamb - 'An absolute must ready - a creepy, atmospheric mystery which kept me reading way into the wee small hours.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne - 'A tightly plotted thriller that kept you hooked with a steady stream of clues and misdirection.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Musk - 'A truly gripping, scary thriller set on board a luxurious yacht.  The suspense is unbearable - I was almost scared to continue reading at times.' Read full review >
  • Megan Williams - 'I am certain that the ending won’t fail to surprise even the most imaginative of the novel’s readers...a true page turner that will undoubtedly make you uncomfortable in your seat.' Read full review >
  • Les Warriner - 'A beautifully crafted mystery that captures the imagination from the first page to the last.' Read full review >
  • Emma Smith - 'A slow paced ghostly thriller.' Read full review >
  • Fiona Rothery - 'I enjoyed this thriller and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery and detective story.' Read full review >
  • Gill Wilmott - 'There are a lot of twists and turns that keep you wanting to read on, with a very dramatic one that gives the final solution.' Read full review >
  • Neil Beattie - 'A great book with twists aplenty and an ending to keep you guessing.' Read full review >
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A cracking Mystery thriller. A great read full of unexpected twists and turns. Worth every second you spend with it. My nomination for every thriller prize of the year.' Read full review >
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'A fab read, intelligently written and well paced. A cracker.' Read full review >

Synopsis

The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The most chilling novel yet from Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an international bestseller at the height of her powers. 'Mummy dead.' The child's pure treble was uncomfortably clear. It was the last thing Brynjar - and doubtless the others - wanted to hear at that moment. 'Daddy dead.' It got worse. 'Adda dead. Bygga dead.' The child sighed and clutched her grandmother's leg. 'All dead.' A luxury yacht arrives in Reykjavik harbour with nobody on board. What has happened to the crew, and to the family who were on board when it left Lisbon? Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by the young father's parents to investigate, and is soon drawn deeper into the mystery. What should she make of the rumours saying that the vessel was cursed, especially given that when she boards the yacht she thinks she sees one of the missing twins? Where is Karitas, the glamorous young wife of the yacht's former owner? And whose is the body that has washed up further along the shore?

Reviews

'A corker of a locked-room mystery, with one of the most dramatic twists in recent crime fiction.' The Sunday Times

'An artfully constructed, highly entertaining read, more Golden Age than Nordic Noir ... until the very last page.' Radio Times

About the Author

Yrsa Sigurdardottir

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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Publication date

19th March 2015

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Books of the Month
Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781444734485

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