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Preview — My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
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 r ...more
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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 ...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
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
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
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
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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
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
Ich gebe 07/10 Punkte. Meine Rezension könnt ihr hier nachlesen: http://sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2014/1... .
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 through...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 ...more
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
The slight jumps in the timeline helped rather than hindered this book, and I felt the characters were sufficiently explored to really get to the bottom of their various motives. Their histories gave some depth to the novel and kept making me re-assess my suspect list, something which added to the entertainment value.
The main flaw I had with this book was more of a personal annoyance due to my poor memory and skills of concentration, as when Þóra start ...more
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
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
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