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I Remember You: A Ghost Story

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,300 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
I Remember You won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and also was nominated for The Glass Key Award.

In this terrifying tale, three friends set to work renovating a rundown house in a remote, totally isolated location. But they soon realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave. Meanwhile, in a nearby town, a young doctor investigating the sui
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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I love to be scared and suspended in a state of heebie-jeebies. I crave the dread, succumbing to the paranoia and to that always elusive (but much desired) sensation of epic creep. I don't mind when authors reach for the gross out (that's all fine for a good bit of schlocky fun); but where horror's beating heart really lies -- where it lives and breathes in the darkened shadows -- is in the dread and creep. That's how it all began with Gothic fiction. Those are its roots baby, and on some primal
Dec 17, 2015 Nikoleta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, ghostly
Λοιπόν, μόλις το τελείωσα. Σήμερα από την ώρα που το έπιασα, το διάβασα μονορούφι, δεν το άφησα, δεν μπορούσα. Εκπληκτικό, ανατριχιαστικό, χωρίς να κάνει κοιλιά. Δεν υπάρχει τίποτα περιττό, με φοβερή αγωνία, έξυπνη πλοκή και έντονο μεταφυσικό στοιχείο, που συνδέετε άψογα με το αστυνομικό μυστήριο. Θα το είχα τελειώσει νωρίτερα αν δεν ανατρίχιαζα τόσο όσες φορές το άνοιξα βράδυ. Από τα καλύτερα που έχω διαβάσει σε αυτό το είδος… Θέλω κι άλλο, λυπάμαι που τελείωσε.
Martin Belcher
Sep 01, 2013 Martin Belcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I discovered this book completely by accident and for some reason it begged me to read it and I'm so glad I did. I was hooked from the very first few pages and left at the end with a satisfied twist that keeps me thinking about it (the hallmark of a good book in my opinion).

I Remember You is a chilling thriller come ghost story based partly on a true story and written originally in Icelandic by the author, Yrsa Sigurdardottir (please don't ask me to pronounce it!) it has been translated into En
Chrissa Vasileiou
Oct 25, 2015 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Ατμοσφαιρικό,μυστηριώδες,καλογραμμένο..Το τοπίο της Ισλανδίας είναι το ιδανικότερο φόντο για την αφήγηση των δύο αυτών ιστοριών που αναπτύσσονται παράλληλα και που,όσο και να σπας το κεφάλι σου,δε μπορείς να βρεις με τίποτα το πώς συνδέονται μεταξύ τους.Η γραφή σε καθηλώνει,το υπερφυσικό στοιχείο ώρες ώρες είναι τόσο έντονο που κοιτάς γύρω σου για να σιγουρευτείς πως είσαι μόνος,το στόρυ σε κάνει να μη θες να το αφήσεις από τα χέρια σου μέχρι να μάθεις τι γίνεται στο τέλος.Κι όταν τελικά το κουβ ...more
I Remember You is a chilling, suspenseful ghost story, written in the style of a Scandinavian thriller. The plot is built several strange, seemingly unrelated mysteries, which are slowly uncovered and investigated by a psychiatrist, named Freyr, in the town of Isafjördur; the disappearances of two children decades apart, a peculiar suicide of an elderly woman and the mysterious vandalism of a school. There is so much going on in this book, including numerous revelations and twists to keep the pl ...more
Wavered between 3 and 4 stars. Ultimately I went with 3 because I was disappointed by aspects of the characterisation and didn't find the conclusion of the book as successful or effective as the earlier parts. Still, there is much to enjoy here and I definitely liked this much more than the previous book I've read by Sigurðardóttir, The Day is Dark. That one was part of a crime series, whereas I Remember You is a standalone novel which is part horror story, part mystery. The central plot involve ...more
Jun 01, 2012 Katharina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I need to get my hands on some Care Bear DVDs... Otherwise I won't be able to sleep again. Ever.
Oct 23, 2014 Anna-Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
*** german review ***

Inhalt: Ein Ehepaar und eine gute Freundin kaufen ein Haus auf einer abgelegenen Insel, um es zu renovieren und eine Ferienpension daraus zu machen. Sie bleiben mitten im Winter, vollkommen alleine und ohne Strom auf der Insel, in dem verlassenen Haus. Schnell stellen sie fest, dass sie entweder anfangen verrückt zu werden, oder dass etwas nicht mit rechten Dingen zugeht. Dielen knarren, Holzkreuze tauchen auf, sie hören leise Kinderstimmen. Noch unheimlicher wird es, als si
Apr 17, 2013 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rising sense of dread was unrelenting. The situation of the three people in the old house was particularly unleavened by any hope that things would improve. While not usually a fan of supernatural themes, I really enjoyed (if that's the right word) this one. Yrsa's plot sustained the tension throughout, with nothing being revealed prematurely or cluttered by extraneous detail.

She also presented the physical and psychological environment very effectively. People often come apart in enforced i
Nov 24, 2014 Janeka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Estava um bocado reticente em pegar neste livro, terror não é bem o meu estilo, mas ainda bem que lhe dei uma oportunidade!
Adorei :) Saltar de um capítulo dos três jovens para outro sobre a história de Freyr deixava-me sempre ansiosa por ler mais..
Em relação ao final, é verdade que teve coincidências a mais (e algumas coisas que ou estão mal explicadas, ou me passaram ao lado), mas não foi isso tirou o gosto com que o li.
Célia Loureiro
«A resposta islandesa ao Stieg Larsson» é um pouco enganosa para quem procura policiais. Não que essa componente não exista, mas o livro resolve-se sobretudo a partir do sobrenatural. Para quem gosta de livros que deixam os pelinhos arrepiados, este é ideal. Ontem julguei que toda a casa fazia ruídos ameaçadores enquanto lia as últimas páginas. Confesso que pulei algumas porque achei demasiado descritivo e exaustivo. Também porque me perturbou bastante, logo deste o início. O frio, o branco, os ...more
Andy Weston
Sep 13, 2013 Andy Weston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not recall enjoying a thriller / crime novel as much as this for a very long time. Further, on these early autumnal Cumbrian nights I must say that I was concerned by the atmosphere and elements of terror that Yrsa conjured up in remote Iceland - in a good way of course. That is after all, why I read this stuff.

Two story lines run alongside each other, to which the link becomes apparent only later in the book. The remote island setting has elements of a good ghost story at times, Poe-esque
matejcik neasi
I did like the setting (remote village, only accessible by boat, in the cold and dark Icelandic winter), the story itself is decent, overall it was a pretty good read.

However, there is a lot to be desired. The writing is not all that gripping, and several times I caught myself skipping whole paragraphs while waiting for the author to "get to the point already". There is a lot of background exposition, but at least 50 % of that has no relation to the story, and doesn't serve for character buildin
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir has easily become one of my favorite Scandinavian crime authors. Her unexpected plot twists are both original and suspenseful. Much like my other favorite Icelandic author Arnaldur Indriðason, she deftly inserts the desolate, harsh beautiful of Iceland's landscape into her stories. Her first several books follow Thóra Guðmundsdóttir's crime-solving adventures in and around Reykjavik, but 'I Remember You' is a stand-alone story. Whereas her other stories feature corny humor an ...more
Tomáš Kaplan Fojtik
Yrsa sigurdardóttir má skvělou schopnost vykreslit atmosféru místa tak působivě, že se na čas přenesete na Island. To není žádný pokus o promo, ale každý její čtenář vám to potvrdí. Tuto schopnost si udržela i v první knize bez své ikonické hrdiny Tóry.

Další aspekt jejich knih spočívá v tom, že využívá místní mýty a legendy, v tomto případě duchařské. Duchařina pochopitelně vždycky přitahovala a Yrsa to ví, nicméně nevidím v tom laciný pokus, notabene když je to skvěle napsané.

Proto trochu nec
Apr 10, 2012 Esme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katrín, ihr Ehemann Garðar und ihre Freundin Líf haben in den Westfjorden Islands ein Haus gekauft und wollen es nun renovieren. Es scheint, als wären sie in Hesteyri, das seit mehr als 60 Jahren von den Menschen verlassene Dorf, doch nicht so ganz allein, wie sie glaubten. Unheimliche Schritte und Geräusche, aus Muscheln gelegte Botschaften und ein Kind, dass hier umherhuscht, erschrecken die Städter.

Auf der anderen Seite des Fjordes, in Ísafjörður nimmt sich eine alte Frau das Leben und ihr To
Oct 30, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned this book. I think either the translation was bad or the writing was bad. To me, it read very flat and lifeless. Just not for me, I guess.
Ângela Costa
Senti-me um pouco desiludida com este livro da Yrsa, habituada a melhores livros da sua autoria. Custou-me um bocado a aceitar o paranormal à mistura com uma investigação policial, até que cheguei uma altura em que me abstraí disso, para poder continuar a sua leitura. No entanto este livro conseguiu-me prender pela curiosidade do desenrolar da estória (mesmo com o paranormal à mistura) e do seu desfecho.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Great haunting book
The story is based on two different viewpoints. One would be three characters - Garoer, Lif, and Katrin. Garoer and Katrin are married and are also good friends with Lif and her husband, who passed away recently. The three of them traveled by boat to a remote island in Iceland to renovate a house that is owned by Garoer.
The other viewpoint is a psychiatrist named Freyr who is contacted by the local police to investigate why a school was vandalized on the island. In addition, F
Mar 31, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This is a fantastic old fashioned ghost story. All through this story you have this feeling, you know the one, where it is late at night and you go to bed and the dog comes in and curls up next to you. And just as you are about to doze off, the dog suddenly sits up, fully alert with his ears up, and his fur up a bit and maybe just a very low, short growl. You sit up and don't hear anything so you reach over to the dog, pet him a little and say "It's ok. Nothing there." The dog looks at you and p ...more
Νίκος Μ
Nov 30, 2015 Νίκος Μ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Άνετα μπορεί να πάρει 5 αστέρια γιατί έχει τα πάντα.Αγωνία,υπερφυσικό,κλασική ιστορία με παρέα σε απομονωμένο μέρος ΚΑΙ εκπληκτικό τέλος..Του βάζω 3.5 γιατί με χάλασε η Κάτριν σαν ηρωίδα μου ήταν εντελώς αδιάφορη.Οι Σκανδιναβοί αξίζουν μια ευκαιρία σε όσους αρέσει το αστυνομικό θρίλερ
Taryn Pierson
Oct 31, 2015 Taryn Pierson rated it it was amazing
As I was reading I Remember You, I kept thinking, “I'm not scared. Nope, this book isn't that scary to me. Not scared at all.”

Then Adam put the garage door up, and I jumped out of my chair.

This is why I don't read much horror. (Also, I can't handle gory violence. If blood starts spurting or entrails fall out of someone's body, I'm out.)

However, today is Halloween. It doesn't seem right to let the holiday go by without at least one spine-tingling recommendation in case this season fills you with
Sep 13, 2014 Kamilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The subtitle of this novel is “a ghost story,” and so it is. I can’t remember when I last read a novel that was so whole-heartedly about ghosts. Some books have a touch here and there of the supernatural – but this is flat-out a suspenseful horror tale with a touch of mystery. And it’s quite a lot of fun.

Reportedly, Icelandic fans of author Yrsa Sigurdardottir were so terrified by just the cover of her new horror book "I Remember You" that they complained to the publisher. Thus, it has been chan
An Icelandic ghost story (which doesn't really suit its American high-school sounding title) that for me at least, had a great balance of the amusing and the slightly edgy.

A lot of people have said they found this book genuinely scary, and I can see how that could happen as it plays a lot on universals like noises heard in the house, odd shadows, things seen out of the corner of the eye, dogs howling unexpectedly. I can't pretend to be hardened, because only a couple of years ago I did get jump
Joop Liefaard
Mar 22, 2013 Joop Liefaard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Drie vrienden, Gardar, Katrin en Lif, hebben een oud en vervallen huis gekocht in Hesteyri, een dorpje dat verlaten is en alleen nog in de zomermaanden wordt bezocht door toeristen. Het dorp ligt erg geisoleerd en er is geen electriciteit. De drie vrienden willen het huis restaureren en er een bed and breakfast van maken. Al gauw ontdekken zij dat ze niet alleen zijn en dat iemand of iets er alles aan doet hen te bewegen Hesteyri zo snel mogelijk te verlaten. Zij zijn niet welkom. Of zoals een l ...more
Sonia Cristina
May 06, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português
Não gostei! O final deixou-me mesmo desiludida e desapontada e sem respostas objetivas.

O que este livro teve de muito bom foi o suspense. Cada capítulo terminava cá de uma maneira! Uma leitura nada adequada para a hora de dormir, impressionou-me algumas vezes. Apesar de algumas coisas interessantes, foi muito mau foi a explicação - ou sua falta - no final. Esperava que todos os acontecimentos tivessem uma explicação objetiva e racional.

Prefiro a série da Thóra.
May 18, 2012 Margarethe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, geister
Ich bin etwas zweigespalten über das Buch.
Die Geschichte, zwei parallele Handlungsstränge. Eine Ehepaar mit Freundin und Schosshund auf einer abgelegenen Insel in den Westfjorden von Island im Winter ohne Einwohner- zum renovieren eines Hauses. Schon mal ein etwas gruselige Kulisse. Der zweite Handlungsstrang ein Psychologe, der den Verlust seines spurlosen verschwundenen Sohnes verarbeiten muss. Er wird konfrontiert mit einer über drei Jahre erstreckenden Serie von merkwürdigen Todesfällen.
Jul 21, 2014 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a hybrid mystery/horror, set in Iceland and translated from Icelandic. The chapters alternate between the story of three people trying to renovate a haunted house in an abandoned village, and a divorced psychiatrist helping police investigate an incident of vandalism and trying to learn the fate of his missing son.

It was cleverly plotted, and the alternating chapters worked well, but the writing was pretty bad - or maybe the translation was bad. The characters had no depth. The mystery w
The one thing that I can't get out of my mind about this book is how creepy it was; how did she do that?

I mean usually it's hard for a book to make me want to put it down because of that...Maybe I remember how eery winters can be in Iceland. (The whole low light thing) Yet even still, my book buddy said this book had the same effect on him too and he'd never been to Iceland or Scandinavia. So Brava to Yrsa for creating the right environment for the ghost tale. Holy crap!

Review Soon...
Tanja Berg
This started out nicely. However, considering the endlessly boring "Here be Dragons" that I had struggled with for weeks before picking this up, I suspect pretty much anything would have appeared to start off nice. With "nice" I mean "creepy".

Three friends travel to a remote fishing village accesible only by boat, to renovate an old house that they intend to turn into a bed and breakfast. The man who brought them over tried to warn them against the house, but no avail. Before long the three fri
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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel was translated into English by Bernard Scudder.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir graduated from high-school in 1983, finished a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Iceland in 1988 and M.Sc in the same field from Concordia University in Montreal in 1997.

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