I Remember You: A Ghost Story
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I Remember You: A Ghost Story

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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...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Trudi

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...more
Ron Hummer
This is the first time I have read a book by Yrsa Siqudadottor. Her other books are a series about a lawyer who solves murders that seem brutal based on the synopsis of her books. I thought that this would be a good change of pace for me since I haven’t read a horror book in over 10 years.
I don’t consider I Remember You to be a horror story and I thought that was a good thing. You won’t find brutal and graphic violence in this story like you would in a Stephen King novel. I would probably dis...more
Martin Belcher
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...more
Anna-Lisa
*** 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...more
Carolyn
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...more
Katharina
Now I need to get my hands on some Care Bear DVDs... Otherwise I won't be able to sleep again. Ever.
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
Esme
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...more
Andy Weston
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...more
Pat
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
Ron Hummer
This is the first time I have read a book by Yrsa Siqudadottor. Her other books are a series about a lawyer who solves murders that seem brutal based on the synopsis of her books. I thought that this would be a good change of pace for me since I haven’t read a horror book in over 10 years.

I don’t consider I Remember You to be a horror story and I thought that was a good thing. You won’t find brutal and graphic violence in this story like you would in a Stephen King novel. I would probably disa...more
Blair
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
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...more
Margarethe
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.
Als...more
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.
Deanne
What makes this work as a paranormal story is the sense of isolation, the village the three friends end up in is remote. The house they are renovating has no electricity, and it's the middle of winter in iceland so a bit on the nippy side.
There are hints that they are not alone, shells, footprints and noises. Do like a good ghost story, and prefer them where most of the story is left to your imagination.
Kathy
What makes a 5 star Ghost Story for me is whether or not the book as a whole can make me feel apprehension, claustrophobic, tense, impending doom, foreboding, One that gives me actual chills and creates this kind of out loud chuckle that stems more so from creepiness than something that is funny. Of course the story and the writing style needs to have strength as well. The parts need to fit, the pieces laid out throughout the book should come together to form a complete picture. I Remember You s...more
Chrissa Vasileiou
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
Richard
Wow!
This is a scary book; part horror/suspense and part mystery/thriller. Ultimately it is a ghost story. Wonderfully constructed with two parallel accounts sharing a chapter until both narratives converge in a spine-chilling climax. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is a wonderful story teller and all her craft is evident in this wonderful piece of fiction partly based on tales from ancient Icelandic literature.
Set in the Icelandic Westfjords the author's love of her country is demonstrated in her wonderful...more
Lynn
A slight diversion from the Icelandic crime we're used to from this author but I'm delighted to say for the better!

Partially factual, the main story takes place on one of Iceland's many islands only sparsely inhabited and generally only during the summer as the Icelandic winter's are too harsh to be cut off from any civilisation.

We bounce chapter by chapter into the character's lives and the histories that have brought them together. One trying to piece together a broken past and a shattered mar...more
Sofia Teixeira
Apesar de não ser o primeiro livro editado em Portugal por Ysra Sigurdardóttir, Lembro-me de Ti é a primeira obra que leio sua. Penso que foi uma muito boa estreia e fiquei com vontade de ler mais obras suas.

Lembro-me de Ti passa-se na Islândia, em dois locais distintos que no fim acabam por convergir para um único. A autora foi sem dúvida de uma mestria fantástica ao conduzir situações que, ao início, nada pareciam ter a haver uma com a outra, mas que no fim se torna inevitável não se cruzarem...more
Genevieve
I love ghost stories, but have been burned so many times in the past by books that just weren't creepy enough (Susan Hill's Woman in Black, for instance) or which were written by authors who thought lots of gruesome horror and blood and guts was the same thing as chilling...it's not. I found most of the characters in this more likeable and realistic-seeming than Thora, the author's serial heroine from other books, and this book felt more mature for that reason. I also found the dialogue less woo...more
Filipe Dias
Acabei este livro ontem... Quando li o título pensei que fosse algum romance, algum romance trágico, algo desse género. Mas depois li a sinopse... Um livro premiado e positivamente criticado, misturando um caso de suicídio e um enigma num local remoto.
Logo cedo comecei a gostar de ler a estória. Leva-nos a um psiquiatra que se debate com o desaparecimento do seu filho, a angústia de não saber o que aconteceu, se está vivo ou não. Para intensificar a intriga está a ajudar uma detective a solucion...more
Idril
Vielleicht waren meine Erwartungen an dieses Buch zu hoch, aber ich muss sagen, dass ich eher ein bisschen enttäuscht bin. Auch wenn es sich eher um einen Psychothriller handelt, als um einen Krimi, merkt man meiner Meinung nach doch, dass die Autorin eine Krimiautorin ist, und ich bin kein großer Krimifan. Ich konnte nicht wirklich in die Atmosphäre eintauchen, es hat irgendetwas gefehlt; obwohl das Buch sehr gruselig ist, liefen mir keine Schauer über den Rücken. Die Charaktere sind eher flach...more
Dagný
Visitors from Iceland by way of all around the world before landing in California must have lugged this book with them the entire route before leaving it with me. I know that paranormal fiction is popular but I've never sought it out. But since this copy was carried through all of SA Asia and China I gave it a chance. I was brought up on sound rational thinking with allowance for elves, but ghosts were never admitted and this is a ghost story.

There is however nothing paranormal about the way thi...more
Simone St James
Okay, this is quite possibly THE SCARIEST ghost story I have ever read. Translated from Icelandic, it's a completely terrifying tale of three people trying to renovate a remote house where something is haunting them... at the same time, across the fjord, a woman commits suicide in a strange way and there is a disturbing vandalism incident at a school... and a doctor's son has disappeared and there is something weird going on all around and I just wanted everyone to get on a plane and RUN AWAY FR...more
Melissa Green Hinshaw
As far as I can tell this book is little more than a rip off of The Ring or the Grudge. A ghost is pissed off that it is dead and starts killing people to avenge itself. The good part is that the author does such a good job with creating suspense that I actually had to stop reading several times because I was getting to freaked out.
Dave
This is a very good read. It took me two chapters to get "into" it, ut I am glad that I did! Two stories are being told here-one in every other chapter.
There are some creepy monets here.
No spoilers--just be atient,a nd you'll find it's worth it..
Sarah
A thriller set in Iceland with 2 story threads running throughout the book which ultimately become connected. Tense, fraught, and bloody scary in parts. As the events for the one thread get more sinister I had to stop reading the book at night. I didn't realise it was a paranormal/supernatural thriller when I started reading it, but stayed with it and although I found it very unnerving, really enjoyed the taut, tense feeling it gave me trying to outguess the plot twists. Highly recommend but not...more
Jenny
So this is one of those mysteries told in alternating chapters, with part of the mystery being how those two stories intertwine by the end. Here, three people are trying to figure out why the remote house they are renovating is so creepy, while a psychiatrist tries to figure out the connections between some weird crimes, past and present, and the disappearance of his son.

For me, the strongest part of this book was the author's ability to set up places and situations that were undefinably creepy...more
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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.

Yrsa now works as a civil engineer for the company Fjarhitun, as well as being a writer.

In 1998 Yrsa published her first book for children, Þar lágu Danir í því (The Danes Were in Trouble There...more
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