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My Soul To Take (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir #2)

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A grisly murder is committed at a health resort situated in a recently renovated farmhouse, which turns out to be notorious for being haunted. Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is called upon by the owner of the resort - the prime suspect in the case - to represent him. Her investigations uncover some very disturbing occurrences."
Paperback, 460 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2006)
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Thora Gudmundsdottir has some problems. To wit they include (a) her son got his girlfriend pregnant (b) her two children hate spending time with their father (her e husband) because he plays the Icelandic version of Guitar Hero too much, (c) her secretary (d) her relationship with Matthew and, finally, (e) her client who is charged with a murder and who is considering legal action about a land deal because the place might be haunted.

Iceland is apparently like England in this regard.

The ghost i
Maria João Fernandes
"Os pecados antigos crescem tal como as velhas dívidas." - Uma citação desprovida de uma significação especifica, de um livro igualmente liberto de reflexões de maior.

"Ladrão de Almas" é o segundo livro da série de Þóra Guðmundsdóttir. Com excepção do prólogo, que remota a acontecimentos passados no ano de 1945, a acção desenrola-se num hotel que privilegia eventos espirituais e se foca em tratamentos de bem-estar. Situado na península de Snaefellsnes, na Islândia, este local vai ser o palco de
I wish I liked this series of books more than I do. But I remembered, as I read this novel, that I felt the same ambivalence about the first one. After thinking it over for a while, I realized that I just don't connect to the main character, Thora. I don't care about her. Its like the author looked at other successful Scandinavian fiction and just created a checklist: Divorced? Check! Problematic ex-spouse? Check! Kids being challenging? Check! Foreign love interest that she's not sure about? Ch ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Bridget Jones and Nancy Drew
Shelves: 2013, bookcrossing
Iceland's perhaps best known accidental detective, Thora, investigates ghosts and two deaths in a holistic spa in the rural Ireland.
World, or those who missed Last Rituals, meet Thora: a single mum and lawyer, 40ish, who is definitely not your standard alcoholic loose cannon detective. Imagine an adult Nancy Drew... a single mum Nancy Drew who's much more a 40 year old Bridget Jones (charm, clumsy awkward things she says, thinks, wears, and does)... gone Angela Lansbury. With her, like in the fi
Luisa Fer
I chose this book because the writer is Icelandic. I'm on a European author streak. I'm choosing to read a book by an author of each european country and even though I'm not choosing the obvious, I tend to find good reviews and recommendations.
I read a review about "Ashes to dust" which was published in English this August, and the reviewer was very enthusiastic about her.

Unfortunately this book was disappointing. I ploughed through it because the central intrigue was well conceived but nothing

Hearing babies cry in the fog and shadowy images of young girls in mirrors can be chalked up to skittish nerves and flights of fancy, not ghosts, as far as Thora Gudmundsdottir, single mother and attorney at law is concerned. Her client, Jonas, on the other hand is a true believer and he has promised her an all expenses paid indulgent weekend at his New Age resort if she will come and see these supernatural occurrences for herself.

She travels to the newly renovated health resort that was erecte
Rebecca Martin
My feeling about this book: What the heck is everyone so excited about? I read several very positive reviews of the book, but I found it extremely hokey and old-fashioned and the writing....well, I can't take Sigurdardottir to task because I have no idea what the original prose is like, so let me just complain about the atrocious translation instead. I recall having the same feelings about this author's earlier novel, Last Rituals. The prose is flat and only rises in interest when the choice of ...more
Prepare to be spooked and chilled in Iceland’s chilly landscape…..

Booktrail with map: Booktrail of My Sould to Take

Place and setting

The Snæfellsnes is also known as Iceland in Miniature, because many national sights of Iceland that are popular and well known are actually located here including the Snæfellsjökull volcano. You can see it quite clearly fro the capital city Reykjavik on a good day and another exciting fact – its the setting of the novel Journey to the Centre of The Earth by Jules Ve
I'm a fan. Reading them out of order, I come back to #2 in the Thora series. This one is "away from home" and Thora's client has trouble after a large land sale. They want recompense in value; the site of their spa hotel seems haunted.

But that's not the crux of difficulty, unless a ghost is killing people. Thora has also managed to escape from Mom duty and kinder nurturing- well, at least for a couple of days. Hannes (ex-husband) will fill in. NOT!

Others will think these slow and rather staid.
I thought that Last Rituals was overly sensational and found some of the occult religious references to be over the top, but I liked the main characters, Thora and Matthew. My Soul to Take is a more traditional mystery story and the references to the occult and supernatural have rational explanations at the end. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.
Auch der 2. Band der Reihe um Dóra Guðmundsdóttir hat mir gut gefallen. Ein solider Krimi, der einen tiefen Einblick in Island gewährt.

Ich gebe 07/10 Punkte. Meine Rezension könnt ihr hier nachlesen: .
4,5 Sterne

Spannend mit einer guten Prise Grusel und trockenem Humor. Ich liebe diese Rezeptur! Hoffentlich schreibt Sigurđardóttir noch ganz viele Bücher.
I suppose, being Icelandic, that it can be said the author comes from that school of Scandinavian writers who have blossomed in the world of crime writing in recent years. However, she has a style which is her own, and should not be pigeonholed so simply.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a writer of both children's books and crime fiction. This is her second crime novel, using her main character, lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir, although it is the first I have read.

The story of My Soul to Take begins in 1945
Sandra Kasturi
I quite liked this--Iceland itself (or part of it) becomes a kind of bleak character in the book; in fact reviews state that that's one of the things that appeals. But I actually think that there should have been MORE of Iceland in the felt very prosaic at times when I wanted it to be lyrical. Perhaps that's just a translation issue? Other difficulties include characters making statements that seem kind of naive and ludicrous (i.e. "Women don't do...[fill in blank:]" or "Men of that a ...more
I really didn't like this one at all and even took to skimming towards the end, but she gets a star for good prose style. If you are ok with that sort of silly, burlesque humor (such as Ruth Rendell, for example, can get into -- someone I know describes it as 'tongue in cheek'), then you may like this one just fine. Unfortunately, it drives me crazy. So that was part of the problem. There were dopey gags like her 15 yo son walking out of his father's house with his 8 yo sister and his about-to-g ...more
3.5 stars would be more appropriate. I like Yrsa's books. The first chapter was really scary and sad at the same time. Then the scary part evaporated in spite of the ghost line of the story. That was the biggest drawback. I must agree with with a review I read on, that the attention is focused more on Thóra - the "detective" and not on the personages responsible for the crime so the story lacks more insight as the background is percieved through Thóra's eyes only. What I apprecia ...more
Mein Fazit:
Dieses Buch ist super, ich konnte es schwerlich aus der Hand lesen und war gefesselt. Man hatte viele Verdächtige und auch das Ende hat nicht enttäuscht. Ich würde Teil 3 der Serie auf jeden Fall lesen und kann das Buch echten Krimifans bedingungslos empfehlen.
Die ausführliche Rezension + "was lernen wir daraus?" gibts auf meinem Blog:
This is the second book by the author to be translated from Icelandic to English. If you've never been to Iceland, then enjoy the realistic characters and the well developed story line (murdered woman/New Age Health Resort). If you've been to Iceland, or wish some day to visit, then dive in to the vivid descriptions of the Snaefellsness Peninsula and the belief in the supernatural. It is worth your while to start with the first book - Last Rituals - then read My Soul to Take. Then move onto the ...more
Rob Kitchin
My Soul to Take is the second book in the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series set in Iceland. It is effectively an amateur sleuth tale, with Thóra running her own investigation that parallels, and at times, undermines the police’s work. The story is lively and engaging with a nice blend of various sub-plots concerning the contemporary investigation, the past concerning the hotel site and its former owners, and Thóra’s family. Sigurðardóttir populates the story with a mix of characters that all have poss ...more
Kriminulle üldjuhul arvustada ei saa.
Kuna nad ongi ju lihtsaks lugemiseks mõeldud, siis oleks mingi sügava sisu otsimine lihtsalt silmakirjalik, tegevusliini kohta vihjete andmine poleks eetiline jne. Aga see on tõesti väga hea raamat ja väärib natuke reklaami.
Ma pole, ausalt ka, juba ammu midagi nii põnevat lugenud, et ei sa käest- enne, kui viimane lehekülg käes.

Võimalik, et ma suhtun teatud positiivse eelarvamusega: Island on üks neist riikidest, kus tahaksin enne surma kindlasti ära käia.

A newly developed hotel/spa with rumors of being haunted, desolate farmhouses, a series of murders, all that could have formed part of a 'cozy crime' mystery, take a slightly darker tone in Yrsa Sigurdardottir's second novel 'My Soul to Take' in the attorney 'Thóra Gudmundsdóttir' series.

'Thora' is a much needed change from the world weary, alcoholic protagonists that have become the staple of Scandinavian crime fiction (and indeed in crime fiction from other countries too). Yes, Thora too is di

Thóra, Matthew, sex toys…oh, and Nazis,too

I never would have thought that a ghost story/murder mystery could be so imaginative! A lawyer, Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, of Iceland, has an interesting client, Jónas, who is accused of murder. Matthew, of Germany, her current lover, comes to Iceland to see her. He must find her "never a dull moment" life quite fascinating as he joins her in her attempt to solve two mysteries on her client's behalf. They make a good problem-solving team as they sift throug

Sorry, just three stars. I love this writer and plan to read the 'next book' in her sequence. (I don't think it's really a series.) Though this story was well-written and held my attention, I was constantly confused by all the characters and similar names. I also think the translation was not done as well as the other two books I'd read by her. Do adults really 'pull a face' all that much? (Whatever that means, btw.) I know it's an English expression and I think I get it, but there were certain ...more

Rechtsanwältin Dóra Guðmundsdóttir ermittelt in ihrem zweiten Fall. In Das letzte Ritual ging es um Hexenverfolgung und mystische Rituale und auch in Das gefrorene Licht geht es mystisch zu, es gehen Geister um auf dem Gelände des neuen Wellness-Hotels auf der Halbinsel Snæfellsnes. Zumindest behauptet das der Besitzer und Klient von Dóra. Als sie dorthin reist, um zu ermitteln, ob dies vielleicht Grund für eine Wertminderung und das Drücken des Kaufpreises ist, geschieht ein
Dora Okeyo
For a story that starts with a child's fear for not being able to do as her mother had asked, I would say that this story had a very different ending.
Forget the cries of babies heard at night, stench from a dead whale and two murders- but instead focus on the family history explored.
I enjoyed reading every word of this story because Thora (the lawyer) was on a quest to solve a family history. It started out as a story where everyone was a murder suspect and slowly trickled down to the perpetra
Cristina Boncea
Thora este avocata lui Jonas care este ulterior acuzat de moartea a doi oameni dintr-o localitate din Islanda. Birna, arhitecta sa și cititorul de aure care lucra la hotel au fost uciși cu bestialitate. Thora, împreună cu partenerul său Matthew află că făptașul este defapt Berta și prietenul ei invalid Steini. Aceasta a omorât-o pe avocată pentru că dorea să construiască o anexă a hotelului deasupra locului unde a fost îngropată de vie o fetiță acum mai bine de 60 de ani iar pe cititorul de aure ...more
Ann Single
What's not to like about crime fiction set in Iceland. I was surprised to accurately guess the murderer and didn't find the humour terribly humourless, but it has the makings of a pleasurable series.
3 1/2 really but it is the second in the series that I have read and I will be back for the third. I enjoyed this more than the first one perhaps because it involved less witchcraft. Still find all the Icelandic names a little difficult to keep in my mind but I am improving. Watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has given me some visual pictures of the ladscape to go along with my impression of the main characters. Was delighted to see Matthew back from Germany and I love Thora's dysfunctiona ...more
Estoy enamorado del estilo de Yrsa Sigurdardottir...
I'm in love with de Yrsa Sigurdardottir's style...
I wanted to like this book especially with the set up of the first chapter. Ends up the first chapter was the best part of the book. I found the translation British like, for example "she pulled a face". I cared less and less about the mystery as the book went on, Thora is suppose to be a lawyer but acts much more like a detective,pretty sure in real life people would be telling her to bugger off. Towards the end of the book after I was tired of reading the constant speculations of Thora that re ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Þóra Guðmundsdóttir (6 books)
  • Last Rituals (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #1)
  • Ashes to Dust (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #3)
  • The Day is Dark (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #4)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me: A Thriller (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #5)
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