Summary

The first in an exciting new series from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian crime novel.
The only witness to a shocking murder is the victim's 10-year-old daughter, Margret. The police turn to the Children's House for their expertise in childhood trauma.
The manager, Freyja, doesn't much like the police - especially the detective in charge, Huldar. But she does want to help them protect Margret.
And when more people die - their murders heralded by strange messages, texts, and strings of numbers - they will have to work together to crack the riddle before they become targets themselves.
©2017 Yrsa Sigurdardottir (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton
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5 out of 5 stars
By JULs on 02-04-17

Brilliant book

I was glued from start to finish...just glad I was listening to Woman's Hour to hear about it. Can't wait for the next book. Thank you J

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3 out of 5 stars
By mollyeyre on 23-10-17

Took some getting into the story.

I found the scene setting very long and drawn out, there were many different parts to the tale and the seemed to take forever to get together. There were also some very strange reactions, the woman who got a text message, from an unknown number, saying I am coming round, - instead of texting back and asking 'who are you?', she rushed around styling her hair and putting on make up? I was going to ditch the book at 1/4 way through but went to read reviews on Amazon and decided to stick with it.
I didn't like any of the characters, all of them with negative outlooks, and the first part of the story was all over the place. However, once I picked up the story again it was worth the read, the characters did soften a little, and the twist was well done and worthwhile. I didn't guess the perpetrator until he was nearly disclosed.
I am not sure about trying the second in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Claudia Blair on 01-01-18

Motives for murder

This book is definitely on par with the best of the Scandinavian crime writers. It is an opportunity to learn about a certain aspect of life in Iceland.

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