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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: My Soul to Take

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My Soul to Take
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
HarperCollins
ISBN 978-0-06-114338-0
17 April 2009
$29.95 in Canada

9780061143380

Long-buried secrets go hand in hand with modern-day murder in this second thriller featuring attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir from Iceland’s queen of crime fiction

When the body of a young woman—badly beaten and with pins inserted into her feet—is found at a New Age health resort in a renovated farmhouse, lawyer and single mother of two Thóra Gudmundsdóttir is called upon to represent the chief suspect, the resort’s owner. But upon her arrival she encounters more than a fresh corpse—local legend has it that the resort, located in the mystical region of Snæfellsnes on Iceland’s west coast, is haunted. At first Thóra dismisses the claims as nothing more than myth and superstition, but even she can’t explain the bizarre occurrences she witnesses in her search for answers.

As Thóra digs deeper into the farm’s past, she discovers long-buried information on the property’s disturbing history, and her once-solid view of reality begins to waver. Are the hauntings real, or just a case of folklore gone wild? And, more important, does the farm’s eerie past have something to do with the murder? When another body is discovered—looking very much like the first—Thóra is forced to put aside her doubts and confront the horrors of the present before a twisted killer strikes again.

With its confident plotting, chilling atmosphere, and smart, compelling heroine, My Soul to Take confirms Yrsa Sigurdardóttir as a new maven of mysteries.

Written by Thomas

2009-03-12 at 22:43

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  1. […] Crime Fiction « Plush noir review round-up March 20, 2009 Scandlit reviews Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s My Soul to Take and gives it two thumbs up. The Bibliophile reports […]


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