The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 5

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2018 

My third #bookvent choice is the second in a series that I was very late in reading. In fact, I’ve been extremely remiss when it comes to this author in general as this is only the second book I have read of hers and she is one of the foremost authors in Iceland. I loved the first book in the series and I was really looking forward to reading the second book. It did not disappoint. Dark, chilling and with characters I really love, my day three #bookvent choice is …

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The Reckoning

by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

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…

Technically, I didn’t actually read this book … I listened to it. It was a book which from the very beginning I knew was going to make me feel a little uncomfortable, the opening subject matter dark without needing to be in any way gratuitous. This series of books is based around Iceland’s Children’s Services and any subject in which children take centre stage is always going to lead readers to a dark place.  But not dark in the way you are quite possibly thinking. Something awful does happen, but it is not the children who need to worry any more. I wondered if, after the inventive use of everyday items as murder weapons in book one, Yrsa Sigurdardottir could capture that same shock factor in this second book. What a silly question. This was the kind of book where I actually had to rewind the audio a couple of times to listen again, just to make sure that I heard what I thought I had. And alongside the darkness there is a beautiful not quite friendship between the two central protagonists, Freja and Huldar which, as a reader, just kept me hooked. I am really looking forward to reading book three which is out next year. There is a clear reason that Yrsa Sigurdardottir is hailed as the Queen of Icelandic noir. Absolutely brilliant.

You can read my review of The Reckoning right here and the book is available to purchase from the following retailers:

Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Kobo ~ Waterstones

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Happy #bookvent reading all

JL

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