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The Legacy

(Children's House #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,822 ratings  ·  429 reviews
The first in a stunning new series from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel.

The Legacy is the first installment in a fantastic new series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.

The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim’s seven-year-old daug
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Minotaur Books (first published November 15th 2014)
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Tony da Napoli I agree. They are seldom even close in translation and in searches you never can find one or the other.
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I agree. They are seldom even close in translation and in searches you never can find one or the other.
Just stop it and use the original titles...we WILL figure it out.(less)
Sandra I do think she's very good, if not the finest female author of all time! Looking forward to the next in the triology of Children's House!

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Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translated from Icelandic, this is the first in the Children's House series set in Reykavik. This is a murky, dark and twisted tale which begins in 1987 where after an unspeakable event, child experts make the controversial decision to separate three children into different adoption homes. This connects to what happens later down the years in 2015 when a mother is gruesomely murdered, discovered under her bed is her seven year old daughter, Margret, the only witness to the crime.

Freyja is direc
Kostas Papadatos
To καλύτερο αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα που διάβασα φέτος. Ειδικά οι τελευταίες διακόσιες σελίδες ήταν ίσως οι καλύτερες διακόσιες τελευταίες σελίδες που έχω διαβάσει ποτέ.
Σίγουρα η Sigurðardóttir θεωρείται πλέον μεγάλο όνομα του χώρου και δικαίως αφού είναι πεντασύλλαβο.
Μου άρεσε περισσότερο και από το προηγούμενο βιβλίο της.
This is the first book in the start of a new crime series which I devoured page by page.
I'd left this book at home, thought I had it in my bag when I knew I'd be spending some time in the car and sitting for appointments at the hospital (nothing serious)
I was so fed up as I couldn't wait to jump back into this plot.

A ten year old daughter becomes the only witness to a terrible shocking murder.

Treading carefully the Police need to bring in some expertise. The Children's house.

Then more people di
If you either enjoy Nordic Noir or are looking for a fresh take on crime writing and weary of the same-old, same-old, consider The Legacy, the first in the Childrens House series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

First, a primer on Iceland for everyone not a resident of that country.
Iceland has an estimated population of 300,000 and one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Take a glance at the following UN data of 2009 homicides:
Brazil 43,909
Denmark 47
UK 724
US 15,241
Iceland 1

That’s right. One. If
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although I am a great fan of Scandinavian crime fiction, for some reason I had not yet read anything by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. So, when I discovered she was starting a new series that I could read from the beginning, I thought it was an ideal to chance to read her at last and I am glad I did. We begin with events in 1987 and decisions involving some traumatised children.

The novel then turns to 2015 and the horrific murder of a woman, whose young daughter is the only witness. The crime is investiga
Alexandra Matobookalo
Μου άρεσε πολύ! Η ιστορία είναι ιδιαίτερη (view spoiler) και σου προκαλεί αρκετή αγωνία. Θετικό για μένα είναι ότι παρουσιάζει κομμάτια από το παρελθόν των ηρώων αλλά και του χαρακτήρα τους και έτσι μπορείς να δεθείς μαζί τους, να συμπάσχεις, να νευριάσεις κοκ. Η γραφή της σε αυτό το βιβλίο μου θύμισε λίγο την απλή και ωραία γραφή της Chevy Stevens και της Joy Fielding αλλά σε πιο αστυνομική εκδοχή, έτσι οι σε ...more
Viv JM
I thoroughly enjoyed this slice of Nordic Noir. It was a gripping thriller with plenty of twists and turns, red herrings and imaginative murder weapons! I found the murder scenes themselves edge-of-seat frightening, but without being unnecessarily gory in their descriptions. The characters, including children and young people, were well written and believable. Yes, there were some amazing coincidences pulling the whole thing together but that is often par for the course to keep any mystery going ...more
I don't know if the author is just insanely prolific or whether there's a huge backlog of her work to translate into English, but it seems there's a new Yrsa Sigurðardóttir book every nine months or so, and here, like clockwork, is the latest. The Legacy is the first in the Children's House series. It introduces the central characters of Freyja, director of the Children's House refuge for traumatised and abused children, and police detective Huldar.

The Legacy has one of those devilishly clever p
Mary Bookitsa
Εχοντας διαβασει την εκδικηση της ιδιας το οποιο ειναι ενα απο τα αγαπημενα μου βιβλια πηρα με μεγαλη χαρα στα χερια μου το Dna. Βεβαια δεν μοιαζουν καθως το πρωτο ειναι μεταφυσικο θρίλλερ. Το βιβλιο ξεκιναει με εναν προλογο που τοποθετειται χρονικα στο 1987. Μετα εχοντας φτασει στο 2015 η αρχη γινεται πολυ δυναμικα με τον πρωτο φόνο. Λιγο μετα ακολουθει και ενας δευτερος. Εχουν γινει και οι δυο με εναν εξαιρετικα περιεργο τροπο ο οποιος με εκανε σε ολο το βιβλιο να αναρωτιεμαι γιατι. Η αστυνομι ...more
Liz Barnsley
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another banging good crime thriller from Yrsa Siguraordottir here. Love that it will be a new series. I was very fond of all the characters but boy it is not for the faint hearted with reference to the death scenes! *shudder*

Full review later at some point.
Laura/Mystery in Minutes
Mystery in Minutes Overall Rating: 4.5/5
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Voted Best Crime Novel of the Year by the Icelandic Crime Authors' Association, The Legacy is the first installment in the Children's House series, written by "Iceland's Queen of Crime", Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The Legacy is an intelligent, slow-burning, character-focused police procedural that methodically reveals layer upon layer of ingenious plotting involving cryptic, coded
Maria João (A Biblioteca da João)
9 de 10*

“O Legado” marcou a minha estreia com a autora Yrsa Sigurdadóttir. E que estreia boa esta! Já há algum tempo que não sentia que um thriller me agarrava de imediato, com um grande impacto logo às primeiras páginas! Foi o que aconteceu com este livro. Começa, literalmente, a matar e a cena está tão bem descrita que é impossível ficar indiferente.

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Dimitris Passas
Ελαφρώς κατώτερο των προσδοκιών μου το πρώτο μέρος της νέας σειράς βιβλίων της αγαπημένης μου ισλανδής συγγραφέως, η οποία φαίνεται να στρέφεται πρός τα πιό καθαρά police procedural μυθιστορήματα. Το ιδιάιτερο στοιχείο που ξεχώριζε την Sigurðardóttir από τους υπόλοιπους, σκανδιναβούς και μη, crime συγγραφείς που δεν ήταν άλλο από την καλλιέργεια της υπόνοιας όσον αφορά την υπερ-φυσική παρέμβαση στη δράση και την πλοκή των ιστοριών της, σε αυτό το βιβλίο απουσιάζει πλήρως. Παρακολουθούμε βήμα-βήμ ...more
Crime by the Book
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come! This is one fantastic series launch from Yrsa Sigurdardottir - I will absolutely be coming back for more of her Children's House books. Layered, vivid, chilling, slow-burning yet tense - this is superb crime writing.
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Το δεύτερο μισό του βιβλίου έσωσε τη βαθμολογία και την κατάσταση!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, crime
A great start...

When a horrific murder is carried out, there's only one witness, 7-year-old Margrét, but she's too shocked to tell her tale. So it's decided to ask the Children's House to help out – a place that specialises in helping traumatised children. Meantime the police are searching through the murder victim's background to try to find any reason for her murder, but Elísa seems to have been normal in every possible way: happy marriage, a group of long-time friends, good at her job, and ge
An excellent ‘scandinavian noir’ thriller. The novel is well written, the story keeps you in suspense and curious for more and everything fits it. It is an author I hope to read more books by.
Karen Whittard
Thank you to Netgalley, Publisher and Yrsa sigurdaedottir for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On Goodreads from today under Karen Whittard and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.

This is an extremely dark book. Not to be read by the faint hearted. Which luckily isn't me. It involves a twisted killer, gruesome deaths and the horrific use of munda
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Η ισλανδή Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, πολιτικός µηχανικός στο επάγγελµα, πολυβραβευμένη συγγραφέας παιδικών βιβλίων και μητέρα δύο παιδιών, θεωρείται από τα νέα µεγάλα ονόµατα του αστυνομικού θρίλερ και όχι άδικα. Τα μυθιστορήματά της γνωρίζουν τεράστια επιτυχία διεθνώς, ενώ αρκετά από αυτά μεταφέρονται στον κινηματογράφο. Το "DNA" είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο μίας σειράς με ήρωες την παιδοψυχολόγο Φρέγια και τον ντετέκτιβ Χούλνταρ, που ήρθε για να εδραιώσει τη θέση της στο πάνθεον της σύγχρονης αστυνομικής λ ...more
Cleo Bannister
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-series, crime, own
The Legacy opens with a deeply sad meeting of the equivalent to Social Services where three young siblings are separated to be adopted, ‘the only way to give them all a chance says the director, ‘they can’t stay together’.

The story then moves to 2015 when two young boys alert their neighbour because they’ve been unable to wake up their mother. There’s a reason for that, their mother is dead, brutally murdered by someone who has taken killing to a whole different level. Please dear readers, if yo
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
In this day and age, what self respecting reader doesn't love a bit of Scandi, Swedish & Icelandic Noir? I for one am a huge fan! That being said this was my first read by this author. A friend had recommend the author to me and when I saw this available on netgalley. I requested as quick as a flash.

The Novel opens with an intense prologue, it soon centres around a very dark & Violent crime the torture murder of a young mother. The themes within the novel of adoption & childhood psy
Elīna Jurberga
ja rokās nonāk skandināvu kriminālromāns, tad nešaubīgi var ķerties tā baudīšanai (jā, tieši baudīšanai, ne lasīšanai vien), jo skandināvu romāns ir kvalitātes zīme. vismaz manās kriminālromānu mīlošā lasītāja acīs.
ne mirkli nebija jāpiedzīvo vilšanās, jo sižeta virzība, spriedze un nozieguma izmeklēšanas fons turēja manu interesi no pirmās līdz pēdējai lapas pusei. nu labi, pēdējās lapas pusēs sajutu autores vēlmi visu šo pasākumu noslēgt, taču tas nekas. visam brīnišķīgajam reiz pienāk beigas
Το ξεκίνησα επιφυλακτικά έχοντας διαβάσει αρνητικά σχόλια....Λάθος!Απο την αρχή το βιβλίο φάνηκε οτι είναι καλό, σκέφτηκα οτι στην πορεία ίσως χαλάει αλλα οχι, συνεχίζει να είναι καλό ως το τέλος κατα τη γνωμη μου.Το μόνο μείον που του βρήκα είναι οτι σε κάποια σημέια αναλύει περισσότερο απ'οτι χρειάζεται και κάποιες αναφορές σε γεγονότα επαναλαμβάνονται.Δεν είναι προβλέψιμο, καπου πήγαινε το μυαλό μου... αλλα αυτο που αποκαλύπτεται στο τέλος δεν το περίμενα!Είναι φορές που η πραγματικότητα ξεπε ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of The Legacy, the first novel in a new series to feature The Children's House, where they treat abused children.

The novel opens in 1987 with a welfare panel deciding to split up a family of 3 children and send them to different homes for adoption. It then returns to the present day and the brutal murder of Elísa, an inoffensive, well liked wife and mother. Her daughter, Margrét, was hiding under the bed when it happe
Leider so ganz anders als ich es erwartet hab.. Irgendwie bin ich nicht so mit der Geschichte warm geworden, es hat mich nicht gepackt.
Noch dazu empfand ich das Buch weder als blutigen Thriller noch als psychologischen Spannungsroman, beides hat mir hier gefehlt. Ich schätze, ich komme einfach im Allgemeinen nicht mit Schreibweise der nordischen Autoren zurecht. Die meiste Zeit hab ich mich gelangweilt, auch wenn die letzten 100 Seiten dann spannend waren und die Auflösung auch echt gelungen un
catje vdw
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boeken-2019
Wel jammer van alle fouten die in het boek staan, anders wel een goed boek
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primeiro livro que leio desta autora e também primeiro policial islandês que leio.

Não parti para esta leitura assim com grandes expectativas. Já li policiais nórdicos suficientes para esperar crimes perturbadores, e nesse ponto não desilude: os crimes descritos neste livro são do mais macabro que já li. A autora não se coíbe de dar detalhes e fazer descrições pormenorizadas, pelo que recomendo estômago forte durante a leitura. E talvez evitar comer enquanto se lê este livro.

A leitura acabou por
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zo, hier was ik écht even aan toe. Een goed doordacht plot, waarbij de moordenaar mij pas op het eind duidelijk werd. Gruwelijke en lugubere moorden. Een politieteam dat samenwerkt en niet alleen met elkaar, maar ook nog eens met de mensen van het kindertehuis. Superfijn boek, heb echt genoten. Lange tijd gelden dat een thriller me zo heeft laten meedenken.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. This is the best mystery/crime book I’ve read in a really long time. I’ll write a review soon.
DNA/ Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Μου βγήκαν τα μάτια και θεώρησα ότι κάπου χάζεψα μεχρί να φτάσω στο τέλος του μυθιστορήματος..αλλά τελείωσα (μόλις!) το DNA (ή αγγλιστί "The legacy").

Το DNA είναι ένα καθαρά αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα που ακολουθεί το γνωστό μοτίβο της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας χωρίς ίχνος μεταφυσικού στοιχείου. Στον πρόλογο του βιβλίου η συγγραφέας μας πηγαίνει πίσω 25 χρόνια και μας συστήνει μια όμαδα ψυχολόγων και διαφόρων υπευθύνων της υπηρεσίας παιδικής προστασίας που προσπαθούν να αποφασί
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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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