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The Reckoning

(Children's House #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,265 ratings  ·  329 reviews
Lýst er eftir átta ára stúlku sem hverfur úr skólanum einn haustdag. Undarlegur spádómur unglings kemur upp úr hylki sem innsiglað var fyrir tíu árum, í kjölfarið taka voveiflegir atburðir að gerast í Reykjavík. Og lögreglan er ráðalaus.

Hér stíga fram á sviðið sömu aðalpersónur og í síðustu bók Yrsu Sigurðardóttur, DNA, bestu íslensku glæpasögunni árið 2014.

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 24th 2019 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published November 12th 2015)
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Holly  B
This was my first novel by this author. It is book two in the series, but worked as a stand-alone. Although, I do feel like I missed out on some of the backstory in book one.

Detective Huldar and a child psychologist named Freyja are trying to solve a case that involves a note that was found in a school’s time capsule. It is an interesting premise and a much darker plot than I usually read. A few cringe-worthy scenes to be sure. I wasn't able to predict what would happen in the end.

I think fans
Crime by the Book
4.5/5 stars for this outstanding Nordic crime novel! Iceland’s Queen of Crime returns in 2019 with the second installment in her superb Children’s House series: THE RECKONING. Picking up where her 2018 release THE LEGACY left off, Sigurdardottir’s newest crime novel delivers a gritty, layered procedural exploring the longstanding implications of childhood trauma. In a story both gruesome and heart-wrenching, Sigurdardottir weaves a masterful mystery that belongs on the bookshelf of every ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered the Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir, last year. I read the first story in the Children's House series, The Legacy this week. I was very impressed. I simply had to get my hands on The Reckoning and see what else Sigurdardottir has in store for us. This is such a fantastic series. I guarantee you will do the same.

In The Legacy, we got to know two key figures. Freyja is a child psychologist, whose job it is to work with traumatised and damaged children and young people. She was
Rheama Heather
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In reality, Iceland has virtually no violent crime. It’s worth some quick research to discover why. But this is a work of fiction, and the detectives in Reykjavik are busy.

One afternoon, Vaka’s father is late picking her up from school with tragic results. A decade later, a series of murders appear connected to the girl’s violent death.

It’s impossible to compete with Tana French, but The Reckoning will appeal to her fans. Just as French brings Ireland to life, Yrsa does the same for Iceland.
Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
3.5 STARS.

I finally finished book two in the Children’s House series and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, I can definitely say that this is a solid series so far and I can’t wait to read the next book

What I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was full of rich character development. I will admit that I had a hard time connecting with Huldar’s character in the first book, but I actually really enjoyed his character in this book. I also really enjoyed how Yrsa
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 *s rounded up!

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is one of my favorite Nordic Noir authors. The Reckoning is book 2 in the Children’s House series featuring Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. A note is found in a time capsule at a school threatening to kill 6 people identified only initials. Since the note was written by a child, Huldar brings Freyja in to help. This novel has everything I love about good crime fiction. It is multi-layered with many interesting characters and I did not guess
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
This book was a big disappointment for me, being a devoted fan of Yrsa Sigurdardottir's novels and Icelandic crime fiction in general. While the first book in this new series (Freya and Huldar), titled ''DNA'', was aligned with the previous dark, suspenseful and gory novels of the so-called ''Queen of Icelandic Noir'', the ''Reckoning'' fell short to my expectations as it is a rather conventional police procedural crime novel which focuses more on the whodunit part rather than the horrendous ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Huldar and Freyja in The Legacy so was anxious to continue this series set in Iceland. It did not disappoint either as there were plenty of suspects in the cold case of young Vaka who was raped and then murdered. Now the convicted killer is being released from prison and others connected to the case are turning up dead. Is he murdering again? Or is it his son who was most likely abused at home and has anger issues? Lots of twists and turns and a nice unpredictable ending!
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I'll admit that this was a slower read for me.

I, to my shame (and due to my unfamiliarity with Icelandic names), kept getting two main characters mixed up. It definitely made the reading a challenge. I eventually got them straight. Eventually.

Even with my 'name' confusion, I did enjoy the tale.

Iceland itself is almost a rather intimidating character and our mystery was both complex and intriguing.

I did enjoy our main character, though his romantic peccadillos made me shake my head more than
Bonnie Brody
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of Scandinavian noir and this Icelandic thriller is a great addition to the genre. If you have a weak stomach or don't like to read books about child abuse, this is a suggestion that you go elsewhere to fill in your Scandinavian noir needs.

The novel starts out with Vaka, a young girl, waiting outside for her father to pick her up on her first day of school. For some unknown reason, her father doesn't show. The school is locked, it's very cold and another student from Vaka's class
Laura Rash
A tad disappointed in this one. It moved very slowly until about the last 1/4. Didn’t quite have the zest the first in this series had. I still really enjoyed these characters & wasn’t able to guess “the bad guy” and one main occurrence that was revealed at the end. I’ll definitely still continue the series.
Bruce Hatton
This novel marks the return of police detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja. Since their first disastrous collaboration in The Legacy, both have been demoted – a situation which Huldar finds far easier to come to terms with than Freyja.
A note written by a 13-year-old schoolboy ten years previously is discovered in a buried time capsule. It predicts the death of six people – only referred to by initials. The discovery of the letter coincides with a string of macabre events: body parts
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ah, Yrsa, Yrsa, Yrsa. Another excellent book from one of my favourite authors. This is the 2nd in the Freyja and Huldar series, following on from The Legacy. This is a very dark, but compelling story dealing with some decidedly difficult themes. Yrsa doesn't shy away from these, and really puts her characters through the mill. Freya and Huldar's relationship, such as it is burn personally and professionally, is still tender age the events of The Legacy. Freyja trusts Huldar about as far as she ...more
Jens Ivar
Yrsa is a good writer and she tests her limits. This is her second book about Freyja, child psychologist and Huldar, the cop. I kinda like them, Huldar is not the typical scandinavian police, all mopey and dark. He is a bit of a fool. Not the sharpest mind but does an ok job.

But this book is all about the exposition, we are always told what has happened but rarely shown. That was annoying. No excitement and was pretty dull. You can do better Yrsa.
Heshot MeDown
As I started reading this book, many questions arose and my curiosity was fueled by the potential events of the previous book in the series, although in general I understood what happened. From the prolog, I felt that this book would win me over.

The writing style was very reminiscent of Slaughter, in particular that the writer provides the reader with small pieces and little details about the people who make up the complete story. I was curious.

About a hundred pages before the end, I thought I
Vilma Iris
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir delivers another superb, edge-of-your seat dark thriller with tinges of horror sure to keep you up at night.

THE RECKONING—the second installment in the Children’s House series following THE LEGACY, picks right back up with the now demoted Huldar. He’s investigating a 2016 letter found in a time capsule that predicts the deaths of six people denoted only by initials. It’s probably nothing—nonsensical writings of an angry kid—but Huldar consults with child psychologist
#2 Freya and Huldsr thriller. The novel begins with the rape and murder of an 8 year old girl. This is tough reading material, and at various points I felt personal despair for the human condition. There is a certain charm evident in the dysfunctional relationship between Frey’s and Huldar. For all it’s dark subject matter, I really liked this novel and read it steadily to the end.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+ stars for this second book in the series and it was excellent. At times the subject matter is a pretty hard read but the writing is superb, I look forward to reading the next in series if there is one... let’s hope so. Well recommended
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although this book is the second book in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous book but I found it easy to follow along, although I am now curious to read the first book in the series after reading this book.

I found the beginning of the book to be such an addictive read. A young child
Shelley Lawrence
2.75 stars
True fact, I’m a compulsive series reader, meaning that if I start a series, in most cases, I will finish it. So even though I recently tried The Legacy, the first book in The Children’s House series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, and didn’t care for it, I had to give its sequel and this author, one more try.

I will admit that The Reckoning was more interesting to me than the previous book, but ultimately, it was just too complex and too grisly and graphic for my liking. I’m sure others will
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This very dark and disturbing crime novel was well-crafted and well-paced but for me crossed a line by being gratuitously violent and extreme. Of course a crime novel is likely to have grisly murders, psychologically damaged victims and perpetrators, evil criminals. But this book would have been just as gripping and effective without some of the more gruesome details, and any novel that deals with child abuse needs to be particularly sensitive. Although I can see why so many readers have enjoyed ...more
Rikke Hougaard
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This second installment of Icelandic crime by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is a marvelous macabre piece of fiction. You follow different people involved in the case, while being solved by investigator Huldar, getting the occasional help from Freyja a psychologist.

I'm not gonna say much about the writing, or the substance of the characters. The writing was understandable, but I read it in Danish so can't specifically judge the original writing. I like the characters, and the way we from chapter
Gisela Hafezparast
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant second book of a great new series.
Herdis Pala
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite good, even though I felt some parts of the story were quite "thin"
Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s Children’s House series has been my most exciting discovery in 2018, and I fully expect to become totally addicted to future books in the series. It is so good that I picked up The Reckoning immediately after turning the last page of The Legacy because I had to find out what would become of investigative duo Freyja and Huldar.

Sigurdardottir again delivers an intriguing and somewhat creepy premise – a time capsule sealed at a local school ten years ago has now been opened,
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
And here's my first review in the New 2020. And who, if not the Icelandic crime author with a complex surname, Yrsa Sigurdardottir. On the back cover it says that it is the second book in the series, but I had no trouble reading it like a standalone.

The story begins in September 2004, when the little girl Vaka disappears. The girl has just started in new school and still has no friends. After hours of waiting for her parents to pick her up after school, anothergirl from the same class proposes
Louis Skye
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was way darker than I expected. This Freyja and Huldar series is a completely different kettle of fish from the Thora mysteries. I am definitely hooked, but also very disturbed.

Whereas the first Freyja and Huldar story was over-the-top gory, this book ekes out the gore over the course of the narrative. It's almost like a slasher film - you get an inkling of how the bad guy is killing people, then at the end, it's murder and mayhem everywhere. I prefer this approach, at least in this
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Huldar and Frejya are brought together again after both being humiliated and demoted after the scandal in the first book in this series. Huldar seems to be taking it in stride but Frejya is upset. They are thrown together again when a child's note from a time capsule predicts several murders. It is an excuse for Huldar to contact Frejya but then the murders start happening. Once again, the awkwardness of their relationship provides a balance to the wickedness of the crimes. I guess in Iceland if ...more
The second book in this series is really good. The writing is goood, I especially like the witty remarks the characters sometimes give. The events, as always in this genre (I would say it is definitely Nordic Noir) are terrible. A series of murders under gruelsome circumstances. Until almost the end, I didn't know who actually was responsible for them.
The point of view changes between Huldar and Freyja, which I like. Also their relationship develops and I think it is believable and interesting.
Nancy McFarlane
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Reckoning is crime fiction at its darkest. The story opens with the rape and murder of an 8yo girl and it doesn’t lighten up until justice or revenge, as the case may be, is finally meted out. A time capsule unburied after 10 years reveals the disturbed threats of a then 12 year old boy. About the same time the body of an unknown man with both hands sawed off is discovered. Detective Huldar, who has been demoted because of behavior during his last grisly murder case is not given the murder ...more
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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

Other books in the series

Children's House (6 books)
  • DNA (Children's House, #1)
  • Aflausn (Children's House, #3)
  • Gatið (Children's House, #4)
  • Brúðan (Children's House, #5)
  • Þögn (Children's House, #6)