Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja are called in. Available in used condition with free delivery in the UK. For all it’s dark subject matter, I really liked this novel and read it steadily to the end. This book was a big disappointment for me, being a devoted fan of Yrsa Sigurdardottir's novels and Icelandic crime fiction in general. 4+ stars for this second book in the series and it was excellent. Vaka sits, regretting her choice of coat, on the cold steps of her new school. That afternoon is the last time anyone sees Vaka. Oooooh, another delicious story from this author. The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. A strong sense of place, interesting characters and a chilling plot make The Legacy a novel to savor. Her titles include The Silence of the Sea and The Legacy. Yrsa Sigurdardottir: Yes and no. On the back cover it says that it is the second book in the series, but I had no trouble reading it like a standalone. Yrsa Sigurdardóttir delivers another superb, edge-of-your seat dark thriller with tinges of horror sure to keep you up at night. From the international number one-bestselling author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel Yrsa Sigurdardottir returns with the follow-up to The Legacy. When it was released it was up for £10.99 which was totally excessive, even IF I were gainfully employed !! In a story both gruesome and heart-wrenching, Sigurdardottir weaves a masterful mystery that belongs on the bookshelf of every Scandinavian crime fiction reader. Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s Children’s House series has been my most exciting discovery in 2018, and I fully expect to become totally addicted to future books in the series. I did make a HUGE observation in this instalment that I have no idea whatsoever what Huldar and Freyja's surnames are ! Quite good, even though I felt some parts of the story were quite "thin". Read the English translation of this, called The Reckoning, translated by Victoria Cribb. The novel begins with the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, trans. Refresh and try again. Yrsa is a good writer and she tests her limits. Yrsa also delves into the corruption at the heart of the Icelandic justice system, how willing people are to cover up their mistakes and those of others at the expense of the very people they are trusted to protect. Recommended for fans of Tana French and Camilla Lackberg. . The Reckoning: Children's House Book 2 by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Her work is climbing bestseller lists all over the world, and films are currently in production for several of her books. It is book two in the series, but worked as a stand-alone. "—Publishers Weekly (Starred and Boxed), "Sigurdardottir offsets sharp procedural elements and gruesome crimes with masterful character development and social commentary, creating a riveting, affecting thriller. "—National Examiner, "[A] relentlessly paced series launch...Few readers will be able to put down this powerful tale of revenge. It turns out she has gone to the nearby home of a classmate. Sigrun, to call him – not knowing the classmate’s father is home, drunk, and not anyone you really want to meet. YRSA SIGURDARDÓTTIR (pronounced EAR-suh SIG-ur-dar-daughter) lives with her family in Reykjavík. When a girl approaches, Vaka recognizes her immediately from class, and from her unusual appearance: two of her fingers are missing. The Reckoning, page 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 So, I'll admit that this was a slower read for me. I'll definitely be reading them as this is one terrific writer and series. Not the sharpest mind but does an ok job. Vaka sits, regretting her … I hadn't even spotted that. 4.5/5 stars for this outstanding Nordic crime novel! I'll definitely be reading them as this is one terrific writer and series. Although, I do feel like I missed out on some of the backstory in book one. Grownups, she decides, are useless. Pre-order Yrsa Sigurdardottir's next book, GALLOWS ROCK, now! Iceland’s Queen of Crime returns in 2019 with the second installment in her superb Children’s House series: THE RECKONING. Well translated with a complicated plot. by Hodder & Stoughton. Please login to your account first; Need help? But this book would have been just as gripping and effective without some of the more gruesome details, and any novel that deals with child abuse needs to be particularly sensitive. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. "—Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill, "We have always been able to rely on Yrsa Sigurdardóttir for a good story well told, and The Legacy is no exception. The girl lives at the back of the school, on the other side of a high fence, and Vaka asks to call her father from the girl's house. Pre-order Yrsa Sigurdardottir's next book, GALLOWS ROCK, now! This award winning Icelandic author is famously known for her gritty and hard hitting crime novels set within the suburbs of Iceland. This is must-reading for Scandinavian crime fans. "—Guardian on The Legacy. The first two installments (the Legacy and the Reckoning) both include children, albeit not in the same way. No ratings or reviews yet. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. I simply had to get my hands on The Reckoning and see what else Sigurdardottir has in store for us. While the first book in this new series (Freya and Huldar), titled ''DNA'', was aligned with the previous dark, suspenseful and gory novels of the so-called ''Queen of Icelandic Noir'', the ''Reckoning'' fell short to my expectations as it is a rather conventional police procedural crime novel which focuses more on the whodunit part rather than the horrendous atm. It isn't a fast paced thriller, but a nuanced, balanced study in the effects a corrupt and failing justice/welfare system can have on those they are trusted to protect. The Reckoning is dark, grave, and graphic—but also gripping and compassionate"—The Seattle Times, "[A] chilling page-turner. "—Booklist, "Nordic crime fiction continues to be perennially popular and first-rate, with good reason. It's truly harrowing. She is a director of one of Iceland’s largest engineering firms. The story in The Reckoning is dark, very dark, with very disturbing themes, something that Yrsa excels in writing. "—Booklist (starred) on The Legacy, "Brilliant . Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. Send-to-Kindle or Email . Lots of twists and turns and a nice unpredictable ending! Be the first to write a review. I’ll definitely still continue the series. "Vaka sits, regretting her choice of coat, on the cold steps of her new school. I did make a HUGE observation in this instalment that I have no idea whatsoever what Huldar and Freyja's surnames are ! Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. item 7 The Reckoning: A Thriller by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (English) Hardcover Book Free S 7 - The Reckoning: A Thriller by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (English) Hardcover Book Free S. $24.06. Although I can see why so many readers have enjoyed the book, for me it went beyond what is acceptable in depicting violence. $9.23. Picking up where her 2018 release THE LEGACY left off, Sigurdardottir’s newest crime novel delivers a gritty, layered procedural exploring the longstanding implications of childhood trauma. I was very impressed. Well recommended, This very dark and disturbing crime novel was well-crafted and well-paced but for me crossed a line by being gratuitously violent and extreme. Freyja trusts Huldar about as far as she c, Ah, Yrsa, Yrsa, Yrsa. The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, 9781473621589, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Fast forward to 2016 – a series of bizarre, gruesome killings has begun – but only after Sigrun’s father Jon Jonsson has been released. Of course a crime novel is likely to have grisly murders, psychologically damaged victims and perpetrators, evil criminals. In reality, Iceland has virtually no violent crime. 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