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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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by William Morrow (first published 2006)
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Oct 28, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-nordic

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

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
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
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
Jan 04, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars -- A chilling and absorbing read -- Nordic noir.

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
Mar 26, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 06, 2013 Anna rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Bridget Jones and Nancy Drew
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2013
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
Dec 04, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it

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
Nov 21, 2014 Thebooktrail rated it liked it
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
Aug 18, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: nordic-noir
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.
Nov 28, 2014 Sunsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörbücher
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.
Toni Osborne
May 15, 2010 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2011 harryknuckles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2010 Sandra Kasturi rated it liked it
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
Jan 06, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok
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
Dilushani Jayalath
Another chilling mystery by Yrsa Sig. I am so excited for this one.


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
May 05, 2016 Mentai rated it it was ok
I think the only thing that kept me reading this one, unfortunately, was the plot and that I needed a distraction at lunch. There may be something lost in the translation but for me this read like a clumsy Agatha Christy mystery. Actually, Christy's works were smarter, the dialogue wittier and books more cohesive as a whole (setting aside any postcolonial analysis). Sigurdardottir's mystery is also populated by a few racial stereotypes, which are flatly stated as if fact. so this is the last of ...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
Jun 22, 2015 Rike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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:
Aug 27, 2012 Lorri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2015 Rob Kitchin rated it liked it
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
Jan 12, 2015 Indigoaalane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

May 27, 2014 WordsBeyondBorders rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2014 Pamela rated it it was amazing

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

Jan 05, 2016 Lauri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Põhjamaine-skandinaavia noir thriller ilma intsesti ja natsideta on justkui muna ilma soolata. Kuigi proua Yrsa advokaat Thora - seeria teises romaanis käivad nii intsest kui natsid žanritruult läbi, tõmbab autor lugejale päris osavalt trussikud kannikate vahele, aga edasine lobisemine oleks juba liigne paljastamine. Teine asi mis silma kargas on teatav elurõõm, argimured ja situatsioonikoomika mis muidu skandinaavialikult kaledamast kaledama teema - lapse tapmise - kõrvale mahuvad. Lapse tapmin ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Jaksen rated it liked it
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
Linda  Branham Greenwell
This second novel in a series featuring Icelandic attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir gives the author an opportunity to not only write a murder mystery, but to incorporate the history and ghost tales of the past into the plot. It begins in the 1940's with the murder of a little girl. Then the story jumps to the present time where events are unfolding in the same area where the little girl was buried and not discovered.

Jonas bought the land and has opened a New Age health resort complete with aura rea
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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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Þóra Guðmundsdóttir (6 books)
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