Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In Sigurdardttir's engaging second crime novel to feature attorney Thra Gudmundsdttir (after Last Rituals), Jnas Jlusson, a client Thra assisted with a land purchase in West Iceland, calls for more help. The superstitious Jlusson, who believes one of the farmhouses on the land he bought to develop a spa and hotel is haunted, invites Thra to stay at his facility and investigate. Her arrival coincides with the discovery under some seaweed on the beach of the sexually abused corpse of architect Birna Halldrsdttir, who was working on a new building. Jlusson, who apparently sent a text message arranging a rendezvous with the victim at the time and place where she died, becomes the prime suspect. The lawyer shifts gears from ghost busting to amateur sleuthing. As Thra pursues an array of suspects and clues, Sigurdardttir keeps readers guessing whodunit." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this chilling follow-up to "Last Rituals," lawyer and single mother of two Thora Gudmundsdottir is once again pulled into a darker side of Iceland's history as she hunts for a savage killer.
“Top notch crime fiction.”
American readers first met Icelandic lawyer and investigator Thóra Gudmundsdóttir in Last Rituals. In My Soul to Take, internationally acclaimed author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir plunges her intrepid heroine into even graver peril, in a riveting thriller set against the harsh landscape of Smilas Sense of Snow territory. A darkly witty and continually surprising suspense tale that places Yrsa Sigurdardóttir firmly in the ranks of Sue Grafton, Tess Gerritsen, Faye Kellerman and other top mystery writers, My Soul to Take is ingenious Scandinavian noir on a par with the works of Henning Mankell and Arnaldur Indridason. Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) fans should also take note.
About the Author
Yrsa SigurdardÓttir is an award-winning author of five children's novels, and her first adult novel, Last Rituals, also featuring ThÓra GudmundsdÓttir. She is currently one of the directors of VerkÍs, one of Iceland's largest engineering firms, and lives with her family in ReykjavÍk.