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My Soul to Take (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir #2)

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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 fiction

When 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 r...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by William Morrow (first published 2006)
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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...more
Anna
Jan 06, 2013 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Wanda
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
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...more
Natalie

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
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
Jenny
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.
harryknuckles
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...more
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 novel...it 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
Lisa
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
Eva
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 eurocrime.co.uk, 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
Lorri
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
WordsBeyondBorders
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...more
Pamela

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 through

...more
Jaksen
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
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...more
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
Israel
Estoy enamorado del estilo de Yrsa Sigurdardottir...
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I'm in love with de Yrsa Sigurdardottir's style...
Bonnie
Mixed reaction. I am not at all taken with the attorney heroine, who is more unappealing than she is engaging. She obstructs justice as flippantly as she has sex with her latest squeeze, both measuring the same on the excitement scale as a walk to the corner store. I was tempted on more than a few occasions to quit the book for good, but the underlying mystery is moderately interesting and I wanted to see how the author brought everything together in the end. Haven't decided whether I'll continu...more
donna_ehm
The tone of Siguroardottir's series so far is one of Bridget Jones meets Harry Hole. Not surprisingly, it doesn't work all that well. Thora is the kind of flighty personality that would be right at home in the chicklit genre. I appreciate that she isn't a dark, damaged character - in fact, after going through series like Wallander and Harry Hole, I welcomed that kind of change - but I think the author wants us to read these books as being more 'serious' than they actually are. Siguroardottir cer...more
Toni Osborne
Book 2 in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series

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
Páll  Gudmundsson
Det var faktiskt ljudboken jag hade men hittade inte den i listan på Goodreads.

Det var intressant för mig som islänning att lyssna på en isländsk bok på svenska. Maria Richardson som läser den gör ett riktigt bra jobb och lyckas uttala de isländska namnen nästan 100% rätt förutom huvudpersonen som hon uttalar som tóra istället för thóra.

Jag misstänker att när man läser en bok som är översatt från ett annat språk är det alltid lätt att missa små nyanser i språket fast den kan vara bra översatt o...more
Dave Riley
I thought the plot was a bit forced but with the greats sense of place and an appealing investigative lawyer, My Soul to Take has many charms that warrant the read. It may be a bit of 'Girl's Own" adventure and rely on Agatha Christie type dialogue to solve the murderings, but the secluded spot locale substitutes for the drawing room well enough primarily because whodunnit aint an easy prediction.

As Icelandic crime fiction goes -- Siguardardottir is a long way from the mind encased meanderings...more
David Fuller
In today's spiralling Icelandic economy, it helps to have a second career to fall back on.

Fortunately for Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, a director of one of Iceland's largest engineering firms, she sidelines as an award-winning mystery writer.

Sigurdardóttir, who has also written five children's novels, saw her debut adult novel, Last Rituals, published in 30 languages in 100 countries. The book, which introduced her crime-solving heroine Thora Gudmundsdottir, garnered international acclaim.

She brings Tho...more
Jetty
Advocate Thóra Gudmundsdóttir reist af naar het eiland Snaefellsness. Een van haar cliënten, Jonás Juliusson, wil namelijk een schadeclaim indienen in verband met misleiding bij de verkoop van het perceel. Reden: het zou er spoken en hiervan was bij de verkoop geen melding gemaakt. Thóra wil proberen om haar cliënt op andere gedachten te brengen aangezien een rechter een dergelijke claim naar alle waarschijnlijkheid af zal wijzen.

Wanneer Thóra eenmaal op het eiland is wordt er een vrouw dood aan...more
Mike
Scandinavian mysteries seem to be popping up quite frequently these days. Arnaldur Indridason, Asa Larsson, Helen Tursten, and Yrsa Sigurdardottir represent the vanguard of this Scandinavian invasion. Coming across Sigurdardottir’s My Soul to Take here at the library I decided that I brief respite from my typical genre reading was in order. Subtitled as “a novel of Iceland” My Soul to Take is an engaging mystery with numerous twists and turns that constantly keep readers guessing.

My Soul to Take...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: The child felt the cold creeping up her legs and back, and she tried to sit up straight in the front seat to get a better view.

The body of a young woman is found on the beach of a New Age health resort, and attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir is asked to be present when the resort owner is questioned by the police. At first her time away could be considered a bit of a vacation away from the workplace and her children, but the feeling doesn't last long. The entire area is thought to be haun...more
Kirsten Whyte
"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 at the farm decades earlier - things that have never before seen the light of day . . ."

"My Soul to Take is a chilling, dark and witty crime novel, and a welcome return f...more
Nina Milton
The Guardian loved this book; the review says that Thora Gudmundsdottir is her favourit female slueth. Maybe the first book in this series was better; that is sometimes the case with second books, and the reviewer was still basking in that warmth, becuase I couldn't take to Thora; as a person I found her underwhelming. The setting is a newly opened health resort, but the theme of 'this house is haunted' sat uncomfortably with me, especially after the architect, Birna, is found dead on the nearby...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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