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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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"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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
As Icelandic crime fiction goes -- Siguardardottir is a long way from the mind encased meanderings...more
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
Wanneer Thóra eenmaal op het eiland is wordt er een vrouw dood aan...more
My Soul to Take...more
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
"My Soul to Take is a chilling, dark and witty crime novel, and a welcome return f...more
I loved it, well all except the Islandic names. I live in a villiage that was settled by Icelanders - nobody but an Icelander can pronounce the names. Easy solution: make up your own names for the characters and keep reading.
Thora Gudmundsdottir (nice last name, huh? It means Gudmunds daughter)is an attorney with a rather odd client, whom she travels out to s...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