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DNA Ung kona er myrt á hryllilegan hátt á heimili sínu að nóttu til Eina vitnið er sjö ára dóttir hennar Skömmu síðar lætur morðinginn aftur til skarar skríða Radíóamatör fær sérkennileg skilaboð á öldum ljósvakans sem tengja hann við bæði fórnarlömbin Þó þekkir hann hvorugt þeirra


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  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Translated from Icelandic this is the first in the Children's House series set in Reykavik This is a murky dark and twisted tale which begins in 1987 where after an unspeakable event child experts make the controversial decision to separate three children into different adoption homes This connects to what happens later down the years in 2015 when a mother is gruesomely murdered discovered under her bed is her seven year old daughter Margret the only witness to the crime Freyja is director and psychologist at the Children's House which has the remit of meeting the needs of young traumatised and abused children They also facilitate contact between the child and the police with a view to protecting the child Detectives Hulder and Rikhardur are the investigators on the case and needless to say Margret is a difficult witness to pin down Freyja distrusts the police and Hulder in particular with whom she has history There are further deaths with the continuing strange use of ordinary household items as the murder weapons and clues that include odd notes and coded messages on the radio It is a complex case where the killer will do anything to evade justice and is a difficult figure to discernAn atmosphere of menace pervades the book and there a number of potential suspects In an intricately plotted story the tension and suspense is well maintained The wide ranging characters are well developed and there is a strong focus on relationships in the novel Very dark Scandi Noir Recommended read Thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC


  2. Sue Sue says:

    This is the first book in the start of a new crime series which I devoured page by pageI'd left this book at home thought I had it in my bag when I knew I'd be spending some time in the car and sitting for appointments at the hospital nothing seriousI was so fed up as I couldn't wait to jump back into this plotA ten year old daughter becomes the only witness to a terrible shocking murder Treading carefully the Police need to bring in some expertise The Children's houseThen people dieThere somehow links together a pattern by texts strange weird messages and numbersThere are so many twists in this book you will get dizzySo many turns that you will trip over yourself coming backIt's such a huge well written book that kept me riveted Yes riveted to it I was stuck like glueThat's why I couldn't wait to get home to finish it and but at the same time I didn't want it to endMy thanks to Veroniue at Hodder for my copy


  3. Carol Carol says:

    If you either enjoy Nordic Noir or are looking for a fresh take on crime writing and weary of the same old same old consider The Legacy the first in the Childrens House series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir First a primer on Iceland for everyone not a resident of that countryIceland has an estimated population of 300000 and one of the lowest crime rates in the world Take a glance at the following UN data of 2009 homicides  Brazil 43909 Denmark 47 UK 724 US 15241 Iceland 1That’s right One If you think that’s stunning consider that in 2008 there were zero Moreover although there are approximately 90000 guns in Iceland for those 300000 people crimes in Iceland usually don’t involve firearms Also there is virtually no economic disparity or class tension 97% of Icelanders identify themselves as middle class One might well pity the writer who opts to write crime novels that take place in IcelandEnter Yrsa Sigurdardottir perhaps best known for her series in which the central character is Thóra Gudmundsdóttir Civil engineer by day Crimedetectivesuspense writer by night “My job as an engineer gives me a particular perspective on the human experience and the way I depict it Engineers confront the world through technology numbers energy strength budgets and progress; they engage in meetings face the pressure of schedules and deadlines and so on Other writers with different training will have insight into layers of the community that I am less interested in My Iceland is thus different from that of Arnaldur Indriðason’s; his viewpoint is that of a man mine a woman’s if nothing else I do not often address the lower levels of society and by that I mean the so called underworld of criminals My murderers are regular people—something that I find challenging motivating and credible The local underworld here is not capable of interesting murderers; when these occur they are always committed under the influence and are mainly pathetically sadInstead of drug dealing and petty crimes I prefer that the interaction between my characters leading up to ill deeds takes into account the closeness of people here Where six degrees of separation applies to most of the world’s inhabitants in Iceland it is probably only one degree of separation Or zero This provides a great tool for crime and thriller writing as my plots tend to revolve around the minor and major clashes between people What better than to have everyone know or know of everyone else? How hard would you fight to keep your ugliest secrets secret under such circumstances? Why focus on the author in my review? Because on its face there’s nothing obviously special about the plot of The Legacy What makes The Legacy a great novel and successful crimesuspense read is the way Sigurdardottir tells her story and her skill in telling it which reflects the excerpted interview above In 1987 something horrific happens and as a result and three children are adopted by three different families Flash forward to 2015 and a doctor’s spouse and mother of 3 is murdered in her own Reykavik home Unbeknownst to the killer the young daughter Margret is under the bed during the murder and becomes a crucial witness for the police The doctorhusband is out of town on business and Margret is whisked to the Childrens House for appropriate counseling and care The director of the Childrens House is FrejyaDetective Huldar a nicotine chewing single smart but inexperienced junior detective leads the investigation Huldar recently met and gave a fake name to Frejya at a bar one evening then snuck away from her apartment the following am without a note text or goodbye This background makes for some additional tension throughout the novel from the moment of Margret’s initial interview about her observations on the night of the murder Other related murders occur There’s a code none of the detectives can crack and no resources available to them to crack it It’s soon apparent that the downside of having so few murders occur that a department lacks the resources or expertise to solve the ones that do But then Sigurdardottir creates a police department under stress where the various players act authentically Margret acts and communicates in an age appropriate manner Frejya’s back story – a brother in jail and her house sitting both his apartment and his dog Molly in a sketchy area of town – makes sense The code is delivered by radio to a trio of down on their luck twenty year old guys one of whom Karl is particularly well written and sympathetic His friends act like twenty year old guys not props to flesh out the uantity of possible suspects I didn’t identify the killer until the same moment Huldar identified insert ambiguous pronoun here which is a sign of success with any crime novelNote that while the gore is minimal the killing scenes are so effectively written that they place the reader in the head of each victim with full knowledge that escape is impossible Chilling is an understatement It’s the opposite of torture porn but still you may well want to skip ahead a few pages if you don’t want to have those scenes embedded in your brain for some time The suspense was palpable from the first moment Karl heard a sound in his basement and it remained unexplained Odds are you’ll stay up too late to read it as I did As an aside props to the publisher for inserting upfront a character and pronunciation list Given the crowded cast of characters and my desire to learn Icelandic pronunciations I found this list especially helpfulThanks to St Martin’s Press and Net Galley for providing an e copy for my reviewNote The second book in the series The Reckoning is scheduled to be released on March 22 2018; and here’s a link to a 2015 interview with Sigurdardottirhttpscancannetsigurthardottir1


  4. Susan Susan says:

    Although I am a great fan of Scandinavian crime fiction for some reason I had not yet read anything by Yrsa Sigurdardottir So when I discovered she was starting a new series that I could read from the beginning I thought it was an ideal to chance to read her at last and I am glad I did We begin with events in 1987 and decisions involving some traumatised childrenThe novel then turns to 2015 and the horrific murder of a woman whose young daughter is the only witness The crime is investigated by the newly promoted Detective Huldar and his partner Rikhardur Huldar suspects that his promotion could be something of a poisoned chalice if he fails to solve his first major inuiry and things get worse when he becomes uncomfortably reacuainted with Frejya the director of the Children’s House who is familiar with Huldar from a previous meeting As the novel unfolds we have a twisted killer and some very gruesome deaths; made somehow even horrific by the use of mundane household appliances There are some excellent characters and the sense of menace is very well done I thought this was a good introduction to a new series and I thought there were a good choice of possible suspects I really need to go back and re discover this author’s past work as this is a great read for crime fans


  5. Blair Blair says:

    I don't know if the author is just insanely prolific or whether there's a huge backlog of her work to translate into English but it seems there's a new Yrsa Sigurðardóttir book every nine months or so and here like clockwork is the latest The Legacy is the first in the Children's House series It introduces the central characters of Freyja director of the Children's House refuge for traumatised and abused children and police detective HuldarThe Legacy has one of those devilishly clever prologues set in 1987 it briefly depicts three young siblings being split up and sent to adoptive families We know nothing about them except that their background is so disturbing that a the adults present can barely bring themselves to talk about it and b it's deemed best to separate the children before their reliance on each other becomes unhealthy Flash forward to 2015 and the gruesome murder of a young mother – with her seven year old daughter the only witness – appears to have nothing to do with the opening scene But of course they must be connected If the opening hooks you the compulsion to understand how 1987 and 2015 join up is what will drive you through almost 500 pages at speedThis being a series it also needs a thread that will be carried through to subseuent books and here it comes in the shape of an unnecessarily complex set of entanglements between Huldar and Freyja no doubt setting up what will eventually become a relationship Huldar has also had an ill advised hook up with a colleague's wife the conseuences of which slowly unravel over the course of the book Although some of this is relevant to the plot of The Legacy than it first appears most of it is pretty boring to read about Whenever the narrative dwelled on either character's domestic situation I longed for a return to the crime plotThat said the grotesue murders are the worst of both worlds too obviously invented to convince but horrible than I want to read about in a novel And when the murderer's motive is revealed it turns out to be ridiculously convoluted While I'll grudgingly admit the solution does tie everything together – including that prologue – it's so utterly unguessable that I found it frustrating anyway not so much an 'ah I see – ingenious' lightbulb moment as a 'what really?' throw the book aside in annoyance momentI wonder if the author feels wedded to crime conventions when writing 'series' books than she does writing standalones as without exception I have found the latter to be original effective and superior in just about every way I've also noticed that she always seems to weave at the very least a suggestion of some ghostly or supernatural element into her one off books something that's conspicuous by its absence here I missed that dark intriguing edge; the deaths in The Legacy aren't frightening just horrible and the plot is than a little clunky I will continue to read standalone novels from Sigurðardóttir but I don't think the Children's House series is for meI received an advance review copy of The Legacy from the publisher through NetGalleyTinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr


  6. Viv JM Viv JM says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this slice of Nordic Noir It was a gripping thriller with plenty of twists and turns red herrings and imaginative murder weapons I found the murder scenes themselves edge of seat frightening but without being unnecessarily gory in their descriptions The characters including children and young people were well written and believable Yes there were some amazing coincidences pulling the whole thing together but that is often par for the course to keep any mystery going This is the best thrillermystery I have read in a long time and I am pleased to hear that the second book in the series has been translated into English as I will definitely be keen to read from this author


  7. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    Another banging good crime thriller from Yrsa Siguraordottir here Love that it will be a new series I was very fond of all the characters but boy it is not for the faint hearted with reference to the death scenes shudderBrilliantFull review later at some point


  8. Laura/Mystery in Minutes Laura/Mystery in Minutes says:

    Mystery in Minutes Overall Rating 455To read the complete review please visit Best Crime Novel of the Year by the Icelandic Crime Authors' Association The Legacy is the first installment in the Children's House series written by Iceland's ueen of Crime Yrsa Sigurdardottir The Legacy is an intelligent slow burning character focused police procedural that methodically reveals layer upon layer of ingenious plotting involving cryptic coded messages dark family secrets and some of the most creatively horrific methods of dispatching victims this reviewer has ever read Ms Sigurdardottir can certainly bring the frightening imagery with the best of them Mo Hayder have you met Yrsa Sigurdardottir? and the very first chapter holds the reader in a vise grip as it describes from the victim's POV the petrifying minutes leading up to the killing The novel centers around this first murder of a young mother within her home One of her three children happens to be present in hiding during the mother's murder and may hold the key to identifying the murderer and solving the mystery Can child psychologist Freyja and police officer Huldar for whom this is his first time leading a big case win this traumatized young child's trust and sensitively persuade her to open up about the nightmarish things that she heard and saw that fateful night? And can Freyja and Huldar protect the only witness from a truly terrifying killer who is still at large? For the answers to these uestions wrapped up in a twist you may never see coming make The Legacy part of your crime fiction reading list


  9. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    The Legacy is the first book in the Children's House series and it's the first book I've read by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir I've actually read a couple of books by Sigurðardóttir since I finished this book and I find her books really good One thing I loved about this book and the rest I've read by the author is that its setting is on Iceland Another thing I liked is the main characters psychologist Freyja and police officer Huldar who have to work together solving a murder case where a child is the only witness The murder was uite brutal and little Margret could also be in danger To make matter worse Freyja and Huldar have a “kind of” past and they are not pleased that they have to work together especially not Freyja But for the sake of the child and to solve the case must they try to work together to find out why someone would want to kill the womanI found the Legacy to be a very interesting book especially that the answers were in the past I thought it was a great change that for once read about a child psychologist and Freyja's frosty relationship with Huldar was amusing which was needed in an otherwise very dark book I especially liked the last part of the book when I started to realize the truth and when everything started to get a bit dangerous for Huldar The Legacy is a great crime novel and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series Thanks HarperCollins Nordic for the review copy


  10. Crime by the Book Crime by the Book says:

    Full review to come This is one fantastic series launch from Yrsa Sigurdardottir I will absolutely be coming back for of her Children's House books Layered vivid chilling slow burning yet tense this is superb crime writing


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