My Soul to Take (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir #2)
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 fictionWhen 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 ...more
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 ...more
Μετά το ανατριχιαστικό θρίλερ Εκδίκηση της συγγραφέως διάβασα κι αυτό το βιβλίο της. Είναι καθαρά αστυνομικό-μυστηρίου που η πλοκή του θυμίζει πολύ Αγκάθα Κρίστι. Η συγγραφέας πετυχαίνει με εξαιρετικό τρόπο να υπάρχει σασπένς και συνεχείς ανατροπές στην πλοκή της ιστορίας. Όλοι οι ύποπτοι είναι πιθανοί αίτιοι για τους φόνους και μέχρι το τέλος δεν μπορείς να καταλάβεις ποιός είναι πραγματικά. Υπάρχουν και φαντάσματα τα οποία συνδέονται με μια ιστορία που ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
The second book in this series featuring the lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir and her lover, Matthew Reich, is just as absorbing and interesting as the first. The setting is modern day Iceland, almost a character in itself, with its uniqueness and history. In this mystery, Thora is asked to represent the owner of a New Age spa and resort who wants to sue the previous owners who he claims misrepresented the old farmstead and sold him a ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ich gebe 07/10 Punkte. Meine Rezension könnt ihr hier nachlesen: http://sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2014/1... .
This Icelandic crime novel is a thrilling read, an array of intricately woven plots unravelling slowly and mysteriously. A novel that has all the essential elements to peak the reader's interest leaving him somewhat spellbound.
The story brings lawyer Thora Gudmindsdottir to a recently developed health resort to gather information regarding the newly converted farmhouse. Her client Jonas purchased the propriety earlier and now believes the sellers purpos ...more
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 ...more
My predictions were true. Another totally awesome thriller by one of the best mystery crime author Yrsa Sig. This like the before of this series had small time lawyer Thora solving another crime relating to one of her client alongside her on and off lover Mathew. It was not disappointing at all. Awesome book with a good plot base in Iceland. Only problem how she kept ignoring or more like not caring about her children who r ...more
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:
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.
'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 ...more
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...more
Jonas bought the land and has opened a New Age health resort complete with aura rea ...more
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.