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I Remember You

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  6,588 ratings  ·  1,062 reviews
In this terrifying tale, three friends set to work renovating a rundown house in a remote, totally isolated location. But they soon realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave. Meanwhile, in a nearby town, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son. When the two stories ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2010)
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Jennifer She’s now a ghost and will haunt and “protect” her house like Bernodus was doing to them. Bernodus as a ghost killed Katrin and injured Lif so much th…moreShe’s now a ghost and will haunt and “protect” her house like Bernodus was doing to them. Bernodus as a ghost killed Katrin and injured Lif so much that she then died. (less)

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I Remember You caused me to see shadows everywhere in my house, no matter how many lights I turned on, and I turned on a-plenty while reading this novel. If not for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, I'd not have selected a book in the horror genre. Because horror. Especially novels. A movie is done in 2 hours. A book takes over my life.

So when you read a novel you wouldn't select for yourself in a genre you don't care for, and it makes you very uncomfortable and you don't sleep well while you
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-w-mars
When I read that Simone St. James said that I Remember You is the scariest ghost story she has ever read then I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. It may have been a 6 month wait at the library but it was definitely worth it. While I am not a very religious person I will say that since I was a youngster ghost stories always appealed to me. I just love them but finding the good ones is sadly few and far between.

There are a lot of different threads through out the story so let me break it down

I love to be scared and suspended in a state of heebie-jeebies. I crave the dread, succumbing to the paranoia and to that always elusive (but much desired) sensation of epic creep. I don't mind when authors reach for the gross out (that's all fine for a good bit of schlocky fun); but where horror's beating heart really lies -- where it lives and breathes in the darkened shadows -- is in the dread and creep. That's how it all began with Gothic fiction. Those are its roots baby, and on some primal
Three friends -- a couple, Katrín and Garðar, and the recently-widowed Líf, plus Líf’s dog, Putti -- travel to the abandoned village of Hesteyri to renovate a house to provide guest rooms during the summer tourist season. But as soon as they arrive, strange things begin to happen. Is the isolation just playing tricks on their minds? Or is something truly eerie happening?

Meanwhile, a middle-aged psychiatrist has moved to the town across the fjord from the abandoned village to escape his failed m
I honestly don't know what to say. This story blew me away. And the ending. I got the shivers. A really great ghost story taking place in Iceland. I will have to read other books by this author in the future. This was a great book that kind of takes certain aspects of "The Ring" and then makes it it's own thing. I thought all of the characters were developed very well and then we get thrown a twist towards the end that had me rushing back to read earlier passages of the book. I loved how things ...more
Simone St. James
Okay, this is quite possibly THE SCARIEST ghost story I have ever read. Translated from Icelandic, it's a completely terrifying tale of three people trying to renovate a remote house where something is haunting them... at the same time, across the fjord, a woman commits suicide in a strange way and there is a disturbing vandalism incident at a school... and a doctor's son has disappeared and there is something weird going on all around and I just wanted everyone to get on a plane and RUN AWAY FR ...more
Martin Belcher
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
I discovered this book completely by accident and for some reason it begged me to read it and I'm so glad I did. I was hooked from the very first few pages and left at the end with a satisfied twist that keeps me thinking about it (the hallmark of a good book in my opinion).

I Remember You is a chilling thriller come ghost story based partly on a true story and written originally in Icelandic by the author, Yrsa Sigurdardottir (please don't ask me to pronounce it!) it has been translated into En
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No overt blood or gore just unrelenting dread. If you like splatter porn this is not for you. However, if you appreciate a slow building plot that finishes like a freight train this is your book. Great writing and appears to be a nice translation. Btw the dog doesn’t die.
Valerio Gargiulo
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is so much going on in this novel, it kept me guessing all the way until the last page. I liked the way Yrsa ended the story. It's definitely a very well written ghost/missing person book, with excellent characters and a strong plot.
Johann (jobis89)
“They screamed as loudly as each other when a small hand reached around the corner. Four pale, yellowish fingers appeared, gripping the wood, then disappeared just as quickly.”

Me to this book: I will NOT remember you. In fact, I’ve already forgotten quite a lot since I finished this one. Memo to self: please do better at writing reviews soon after finishing a book.

It’s not a BAD book, don’t get me wrong. It’s actually quite frustrating because the potential is there, but it’s never fully realise
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Scandi Noir at its best! This is the best novel by the queen of Icelandic thriller/horror genre Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Great read, highly recommended!
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
A 'Slow' Story!...

Finally, I'm finished with this book! I felt like I kept reading & reading it would just never end! I wanted to read this book because I really like Simone St. James and she gave this book 5 stars on GR. I figured since Simone knows how to write fantastic ghost stories then it must be good. Well that just goes to show you that everyone has different tastes and expectations. A 5 star review for one person, may be a 3 star review for someone else...
Since I spent so much time on
Rachel Bea
Five stars for managing to be both very scary and emotionally gut wrenching. The story was literally chilling! Such a good mystery with supernatural elements.
I Remember You is a chilling, suspenseful ghost story, written in the style of a Scandinavian thriller. The plot is built several strange, seemingly unrelated mysteries, which are slowly uncovered and investigated by a psychiatrist, named Freyr, in the town of Isafjördur; the disappearances of two children decades apart, a peculiar suicide of an elderly woman and the mysterious vandalism of a school. There is so much going on in this book, including numerous revelations and twists to keep the pl ...more
Crime by the Book
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Part Nordic Noir, part bone-chilling ghost story, I Remember You is my personal favorite book by one of my top favorite authors. Read this story if you want an Icelandic spin on a classic haunted house premise. It's a slow-burn but it's totally creepy, and it laces together a mystery with some very chilling and authentic-feeling supernatural touches. LOVE this book!

Read my full review on the CBTB blog!
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I need to get my hands on some Care Bear DVDs... Otherwise I won't be able to sleep again. Ever.
Wavered between 3 and 4 stars. Ultimately I went with 3 because I was disappointed by aspects of the characterisation and didn't find the conclusion of the book as successful or effective as the earlier parts. Still, there is much to enjoy here and I definitely liked this much more than the previous book I've read by Sigurðardóttir, The Day is Dark. That one was part of a crime series, whereas I Remember You is a standalone novel which is part horror story, part mystery. The central plot involve ...more
This was creepy enough that I had to designate an official "stop reading this" time every day when the sky grew dark and switch to the new Sam Irby to take my mind off of horrible ghost children haunting the damaged house you'd never find me trying to renovate on a deserted island in the middle of winter.
Jon Recluse
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book on the recommendation of my book buddy Tressa, and I am glad I did.
I REMEMBER YOU is a brilliant literary ghost story/mystery that delivers in spades.
Yrsa Siggurdardottir weaves a chilling tale of multiple mysteries, past and present, with a classic ghost story, allowing each to unfold naturally, like a strand of ivy, as they wander towards their singular point of origin.

Highly recommended.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I Remember You is a great book. Not especially scary, but very interesting, especially when you start to realize how both storylines (the three friends on the island and the doctor with the missing son) are connected towards the end of the book. I think the ending was great especially the very last part. Muahahaha

I listened to the audiobook version and I quite liked it and I recommend reading or listening to this book!
An Icelandic ghost story (which doesn't really suit its American high-school sounding title) that for me at least, had a great balance of the amusing and the slightly edgy.

A lot of people have said they found this book genuinely scary, and I can see how that could happen as it plays a lot on universals like noises heard in the house, odd shadows, things seen out of the corner of the eye, dogs howling unexpectedly. I can't pretend to be hardened, because only a couple of years ago I did get jump
Let me just start this review by warning you that I still have goosebumps whilst sitting here writing this, with all the lights in my house blazing and the knowledge that I will be terrified of venturing out in the dark for some time to come! I Remember You was by far the creepiest book I have read all year, and the choice to listen to this on audio on my commute to and from night shift was both a blessing and a curse: a blessing, because it kept me terrified and awake even after a looong busy s ...more
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου

The most terrifying book EVER! I couldn’t sleep at night and for the first time in years, I couldn’t read after dark!
The story is amazingly written and it is obvious that the author has a real talent writing scary stories. The reader will not learn the whole truth until the very end of the book. Definitely a must-read if you are a fan of this genre!
Most of all I was talking about this book were like, omg it’s so great and scary and mystic, you should read it. And me is now...disappointed. That could have been a great story, the land has so many mysteries and the landscape. You can nearly nothing feel of this in the book. Also i knew how it would end half way through. Not a good sign for me when it comes to enjoying a book. Opinions about this book diverge ...I can’t give more then 2 ✨ sadly. This was on my must read this year list for icel ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, just look at the cover of this book with it's generic title. A menacing man? woman? teen? in a hoodie? How good could this thing be if they cared so little for it (or the American version of it) that they slapped such an uninspired cover on it? I had this book on my e-reader for half a year, sliding past it when I was on the hunt for a good, meaty page-turner. I decided to give this book a try, and even though I resisted falling into it for the first few chapters, it soon became on ...more
Jessica Woodbury
While I give this book 3 stars overall, it deserves 4 stars for the scare factor. Since horror can vary so widely on the scares and sometimes I just want a read that will send shivers up my spine, I want to be clear on that. It's one of the creepier books I've read recently, although it does rely too heavily on the end of the chapter quick scare rather than the slow buildup.

This book also gets some bonus points for combining a mystery with a horror story. But it also loses some points for that,
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned this book. I think either the translation was bad or the writing was bad. To me, it read very flat and lifeless. Just not for me, I guess.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: available
Well done! I think it would have been scarier if I had read it rather than listened , and the "cliffhanger" at the end of each chapter would have been less annoying,
matejcik neasi
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I did like the setting (remote village, only accessible by boat, in the cold and dark Icelandic winter), the story itself is decent, overall it was a pretty good read.

However, there is a lot to be desired. The writing is not all that gripping, and several times I caught myself skipping whole paragraphs while waiting for the author to "get to the point already". There is a lot of background exposition, but at least 50 % of that has no relation to the story, and doesn't serve for character buildin
Trigger warnings: death of a child, cheating, bullying, scars.

Thing the first: this cover is creepy af and it terrified me the whole time I was reading this book.
Thing the second: I totally thought this book was a crime/thriller and so it was a little bit of a shock when it turned out to be more of a paranormal thriller??? But it was still great! So.

This is the second book I've read by Yrsa Sigudardottir, and I've thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

She does a spectacular job of taking two seeming
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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 "Last Rituals" published in the US in 2007, and the UK in January 2008 was translated into English by Bernard Scudder, and is book 1 of the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir graduated from high-school in 1983, finished a B.Sc. in civil engin

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