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My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
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Nov 01, 10

bookshelves: scandinavian, detective-suspense, international, translation
Read in October, 2010

Hauntings and creepy family history, with some Nazi stuff thrown in. And of course, Iceland as a setting makes everything more exotic. The protagonist/lawyer-detective Thora has the human, not-really-a-detective quality that makes the outsider perspective at once frustrating and satisfying. "Why won't they look at her evidence?" the readers rail against the head inspector for the case, about some flimsy theory that seems to plausible to us, through Thora's view. And at last, vindication when her suspicions prove correct. It feels somewhat reminiscent of that childhood/childish thought pattern of "when I'm dead, they'll all be sorry."

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