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  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    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 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 director and psychologist at the Children's House which has the remit of meeting the needs of young, traumatised and abused children. They also facilitate contact between the child and the police with a view to protecting the child. Detectives Hulder and Rikhardur are the investigators on the case and needless to say, Margret is a difficult witness to pin down. Freyja distrusts the police, and Hulder in particular, with whom she has history. There are further deaths with the continuing strange use of ordinary household items as the murder weapons, and clues that include odd notes and coded messages on the radio. It is a complex case where the killer will do anything to evade justice and is a difficult figure to discern. An atmosphere of menace pervades the book and there a number of potential suspects. In an intricately plotted story the tension and suspense is well maintained. The wide ranging characters are well developed and there is a strong focus on relationships in the novel. Very dark Scandi-Noir. Recommended read. Thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    sue

    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 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 die. There somehow links together a pattern by texts, strange weird messages and numbers. There are so many twists in this book you will get dizzy. So many turns that you will trip over yourself coming back. It's such a huge well written book that kept me riveted. Yes riveted to it. I was stuck like glue. That's why I couldn't wait to get home to finish it and but at the same time. I didn't want it to end. My thanks to Veronique at Hodder for my copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    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 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 you think that’s stunning, consider that in 2008 there were zero. Moreover, although there are approximately 90,000 guns in Iceland (for those 300,000 people), crimes in Iceland usually don’t involve firearms. Also, there is virtually no economic disparity or class tension. 97% of Icelanders identify themselves as middle-class. One might well pity the writer who opts to write crime novels that take place in Iceland. Enter Yrsa Sigurdardottir, perhaps best known for her series in which the central character is Thóra Gudmundsdóttir. Civil engineer by day. Crime/detective/suspense writer by night. “[M]y job as an engineer gives me a particular perspective on the human experience and the way I depict it. Engineers confront the world through technology, numbers, energy, strength, budgets, and progress; they engage in meetings, face the pressure of schedules and deadlines, and so on. Other writers with different training will have insight into layers of the community that I am less interested in. My Iceland is thus different from that of Arnaldur Indriðason’s; his viewpoint is that of a man, mine a woman’s if nothing else. I do not often address the lower levels of society and by that I mean the so-called underworld of criminals. My murderers are regular people—something that I find more challenging, motivating, and credible. The local underworld here is not capable of interesting murderers; when these occur they are always committed under the influence and are mainly pathetically sad. Instead of drug-dealing and petty crimes, I prefer that the interaction between my characters leading up to ill deeds takes into account the closeness of people here. Where six degrees of separation applies to most of the world’s inhabitants, in Iceland it is probably only one degree of separation. Or zero. This provides a great tool for crime and thriller writing as my plots tend to revolve around the minor and major clashes between people. What better than to have everyone know, or know of, everyone else? How hard would you fight to keep your ugliest secrets secret under such circumstances?" Why focus on the author in my review? Because, on its face, there’s nothing obviously special about the plot of The Legacy. What makes The Legacy a great novel and successful crime/suspense read is the way Sigurdardottir tells her story and her skill in telling it, which reflects the excerpted interview above. In 1987, something horrific happens and, as a result, and three children are adopted by three different families. Flash forward to 2015 and a doctor’s spouse and mother of 3 is murdered in her own Reykavik home. Unbeknownst to the killer, the young daughter, Margret, is under the bed during the murder and becomes a crucial witness for the police. The doctor/husband is out of town on business, and Margret is whisked to the Childrens House, for appropriate counseling and care. The director of the Childrens House is Frejya. Detective Huldar, a nicotine-chewing, single, smart but inexperienced, junior detective, leads the investigation. Huldar recently met and gave a fake name to Frejya at a bar one evening, then snuck away from her apartment the following a.m. without a note, text or goodbye. This background makes for some additional tension throughout the novel, from the moment of Margret’s initial interview about her observations on the night of the murder. Other related murders occur. There’s a code none of the detectives can crack and no resources available to them to crack it. It’s soon apparent that the downside of having so few murders occur that a department lacks the resources or expertise to solve the ones that do. But then. Sigurdardottir creates a police department under stress, where the various players act authentically. Margret acts and communicates in an age-appropriate manner. Frejya’s back story – a brother in jail and her house-sitting both his apartment and his dog, Molly, in a sketchy area of town – makes sense. The code is delivered by radio to a trio of down-on-their luck twenty-year old guys, one of whom, Karl, is particularly well-written and sympathetic. His friends act like twenty-year old guys, not props to flesh out the quantity of possible suspects. I didn’t identify the killer until the same moment Huldar identified [insert ambiguous pronoun here], which is a sign of success with any crime novel. Note that, while the gore is minimal, the killing scenes are so effectively written that they place the reader in the head of each victim, with full knowledge that escape is impossible. Chilling is an understatement. It’s the opposite of torture-porn, but … still.. you may well want to skip ahead a few pages if you don’t want to have those scenes embedded in your brain for some time. The suspense was palpable from the first moment Karl heard a sound in his basement and it remained unexplained. Odds are you’ll stay up too late to read it, as I did. As an aside, props to the publisher for inserting, upfront, a character and pronunciation list. Given the crowded cast of characters and my desire to learn Icelandic pronunciations, I found this list especially helpful. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley for providing an e-copy for my review. Note: The second book in the series, The Reckoning, is scheduled to be released on March 22, 2018; and here’s a link to a 2015 interview with Sigurdardottir. http://scancan.net/sigurthardottir_1_...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra (matobookalo)

    Μου άρεσε πολύ! Η ιστορία είναι ιδιαίτερη (view spoiler)[μη ξεχνάμε ότι ξεκινάει με υιοθεσία και συνεχίζει με ένα μάρτυρα-παιδί (hide 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 Μου άρεσε πολύ! Η ιστορία είναι ιδιαίτερη (view spoiler)[μη ξεχνάμε ότι ξεκινάει με υιοθεσία και συνεχίζει με ένα μάρτυρα-παιδί (hide 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 σελίδες περνάνε πολύ γρήγορα χωρίς να το καταλαβαίνεις. Τώρα, το κακό με εμένα είναι ότι αρκετά νωρίς κατάλαβα κάποια πράγματα οπότε έχασα κάπως τη μαγεία. Δε ξέρω εάν είναι εύκολο να συμβεί και σε κάποιον άλλο για να πω ότι δεν είναι καλά στημένο ή απλά έτυχε σε μένα. Πάντως σίγουρα το τέλος δεν θα μπορούσα να το μαντέψω ακριβώς, οπότε παρόλο που κατάλαβα κάποια πράγματα με εξέπληξε ευχάριστα. Το συνιστώ εάν κάποιος θέλει να ξεκινήσει τώρα την αστυνομική λογοτεχνία ή εάν θέλει ένα εύκολο και γρήγορο αστυνομικό. Εγώ πάντως ανυπομονώ να διαβάσω το επόμενο.. Με άφησε με ερωτήματα.. 

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    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 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 investigated by the newly promoted Detective Huldar and his partner, Rikhardur. Huldar suspects that his promotion could be something of a poisoned chalice if he fails to solve his first major inquiry and things get worse when he becomes uncomfortably reacquainted with Frejya, the director of the Children’s House, who is familiar with Huldar from a previous meeting. As the novel unfolds, we have a twisted killer and some very gruesome deaths; made somehow even more horrific by the use of mundane, household appliances… There are some excellent characters and the sense of menace is very well done. I thought this was a good introduction to a new series and I thought there were a good choice of possible suspects. I really need to go back and re-discover this author’s past work as this is a great read for crime fans.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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. This is the best thriller/mystery I have read in a long time and I am pleased to hear that the second book in the series has been translated into English as I will definitely be keen to read more from this author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Blair

    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 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 prologues: set in 1987, it briefly depicts three young siblings being split up and sent to adoptive families. We know nothing about them, except that their background is so disturbing that a) the adults present can barely bring themselves to talk about it, and b) it's deemed best to separate the children before their reliance on each other becomes unhealthy. Flash forward to 2015, and the gruesome murder of a young mother – with her seven-year-old daughter the only witness – appears to have nothing to do with the opening scene. But, of course, they must be connected. If the opening hooks you, the compulsion to understand how 1987 and 2015 join up is what will drive you through almost 500 pages at speed. This being a series, it also needs a thread that will be carried through to subsequent books, and here it comes in the shape of an unnecessarily complex set of entanglements between Huldar and Freyja, no doubt setting up what will eventually become a relationship. Huldar has also had an ill-advised hook-up with a colleague's wife, the consequences of which slowly unravel over the course of the book. Although some of this is more relevant to the plot of The Legacy than it first appears, most of it is pretty boring to read about. Whenever the narrative dwelled on either character's domestic situation, I longed for a return to the crime plot. That said, the grotesque murders are the worst of both worlds: too obviously invented to convince, but more horrible than I want to read about in a novel. And when the murderer's motive is revealed, it turns out to be ridiculously convoluted. While I'll grudgingly admit the solution does tie everything together – including that prologue – it's so utterly unguessable that I found it frustrating anyway: not so much an 'ah, I see – ingenious!' lightbulb moment as a 'what, really?!' throw-the-book-aside-in-annoyance moment. I wonder if the author feels more wedded to crime conventions when writing 'series' books than she does writing standalones, as without exception I have found the latter to be more original, more effective and superior in just about every way. I've also noticed that she always seems to weave at the very least a suggestion of some ghostly or supernatural element into her one-off books, something that's conspicuous by its absence here. I missed that dark, intriguing edge; the deaths in The Legacy aren't frightening, just horrible, and the plot is more than a little clunky. I will continue to read standalone novels from Sigurðardóttir, but I don't think the Children's House series is for me. I received an advance review copy of The Legacy from the publisher through NetGalley. TinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Book-itsa

    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 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 αστυνομια μου φανηκε ελαφρως υποτονικη εως αχρωμη αλλα εσωσε την κατασταση η ψυχολογος Φρεγια την οποια και συμπαθησα πολυ. Για σχεδον 300 σελιδες και κατι δεν μπορεσα να κανω καμια απολυτως συνδεση της ιστοριας που περιγραφεται στον προλογο με το τωρα. Οι εκτενεις περιγραφες μου εκαναν τα νευρα κροσσια και μονο λιγο πριν το τελος καταλαβα το σκοπο που εξυπηρετουσαν. Αφου το στριφογυρισε οσο δεν παιρνει τελικα μας αποκαλυψε τον δολοφονο τοσο μπαμ μπαμ, που μολις το διαβασα εκατσα και κοιτουσα την σελιδα κανα 5αλεπτο. Ειλικρινα δεν πηγε το μυαλο μου ουτε καν στο ελαχιστο,παρολο που εχω διαβασει μια ολοκληρη βιβλιοθηκη αστυνομικα εως τωρα. Ο δολοφόνος δοθηκε μονο οταν το αποφασισε η Yrsa. Η γραφη της ειναι καλη και οι φονοι αρκετα ευφανταστοι.Εχω καταληξει πως οι Ισλανδοι στην αστυνομικη λογοτεχνια μου αρέσουν. Eπισης βρηκα σωστη τη μεταφραση και χαιρομαι που δεν υπηρχαν επαναλβανομενες φρασεις κλισε οπως στα περισσοτερα αστυνομικα.Οι τελευταιες 200 σελιδες εφυγαν νερακι. Και έσωσαν ολο το υπόλοιπο στην κυριολεξια. Το ενα αστερακι κοπηκε γιατι επαιξε με τη υπομονη μεχρι να δεθει η πλοκη μεταξυ παρελθόντος και παρόντος αλλα θα μπορουσα να της δωσω ακομα μισο μονο για τις 2 τελευταιες σελιδες που τις λατρεψα.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura/Mystery in Minutes

    Mystery in Minutes Overall Rating: 4.5/5 To read the complete review, please visit https://www.mysteryinminutes.com/revi.... 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 Mystery in Minutes Overall Rating: 4.5/5 To read the complete review, please visit https://www.mysteryinminutes.com/revi.... 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 messages, dark family secrets, and some of the most creatively horrific methods of dispatching victims this reviewer has ever read. Ms. Sigurdardottir can certainly bring the frightening imagery with the best of them (Mo Hayder, have you met Yrsa Sigurdardottir?), and the very first chapter holds the reader in a vise grip as it describes, from the victim's POV, the petrifying minutes leading up to the killing. The novel centers around this first murder of a young mother within her home. One of her three children happens to be present, in hiding, during the mother's murder, and may "hold the key" to identifying the murderer, and solving the mystery. Can child psychologist Freyja, and police officer Huldar (for whom this is his first time leading a big case) win this traumatized, young child's trust, and sensitively persuade her to open up about the nightmarish things that she heard and saw that fateful night? And can Freyja and Huldar protect the only witness from a truly terrifying killer who is still at large? For the answers to these questions, wrapped up in a twist you may never see coming, make The Legacy part of your crime fiction reading list!

  11. 5 out of 5

    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. Comentário completo em: http://abibliotecadajoao.blogspot.com...

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 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-βήμα τις προσπάθειες της αστυνομίας του Ρέικιαβικ σε συνεργασία με την υπηρεσία παιδικής προστασίας (Children House) να συλλάβει έναν καθ' έξιν δολοφόνο, ο οποίος σκοτώνει με πραγματικά φρικτό τρόπο τα θύματα του. Το μόνο στοιχείο που δίνει η συγγραφέας στον αναγνώστη είναι η εισαγωγή του βιβλίου στην οποία παρακολουθούμε τη συζήτηση των αρμόδιων φορέων σχετικά με την υιοθεσία τριών παιδιών που έζησαν μια ανείπωτη οικογενειακή τραγωδία. Μόνο όταν φτάνουμε στο τέλος του βιβλίου καταλαβαίνουμε πως σχετίζεται η υιοθεσία με τους φόνους που διαπράττονται σχεδόν 25 χρόνια αργότερα και φτάνουμε σε ένα φινάλε, το οποίο σίγουρα δεν είναι απογοητευτικό μεν άλλα, κατά την προσωπική μου άποψη, δεν αξιοποιεί πλήρως τη συναισθηματική δυναμική της ιστορίας και αποτυγχάνει να φτάσει στην συγκινησιακή κορύφωση που θα περίμενα. Παρόλα αυτά συστήνεται ανεπιφύλακτα στους αναγνώστες που ενδιαφέρονται για ποιοτικα ψυχολογικά thrillers, ενώ οι φανατικοί της Sigurðardóttir σίγουρα θα το εκτιμήσουν δεόντως.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    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* Brilliant. Full review later at some point.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abby (Crime by the Book)

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    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 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 generally popular. And the next victim – because of course there's a next one – seems equally unlikely. Margrét's testimony seems to be the only hope... This is the beginning of a new series for Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, based around Freyja, the psychologist in charge of the Children's House, and Huldar, the detective in charge of the case. I'm not sure if both will appear in future books or just Freya, but they definitely share the billing in this one. The book is written in third person, past tense throughout. The crime seems to have its roots in the past but we learn about it through events in the present. Personally, I'm thrilled to see a crime book returning to this more traditional format of storytelling – the single time period flows more naturally than chopping backwards and forwards, the third person allows the author to range more widely across the characters without being restricted by what a first person narrator can know, and the past tense is so much more natural and appropriate that I really can't understand why there's such an insistence on using present tense. (I have never once seen anyone complain about a book being written in the past tense, have you?) I'm hoping maybe trends are finally shifting again... As often happens with the first of a series, this one starts off pretty slowly, with much filling in of the backgrounds of the main characters – perhaps a little too much. There are places where it drags a bit and I found myself wishing that the plot would move along a little faster. However, I like both Freyja and Huldar as lead characters. Neither of them are perfect, but nor are they angst-ridden weirdos or drunks. They are both professionals who take their jobs seriously. Freyja clearly cares deeply about the children who pass through her care, but she's professional enough not to get too emotionally involved to do her job well. This is Huldar's first time in charge of an investigation, and we see him do his best to keep his team working well together, even though they get progressively more snappy with each other as the pressure mounts and time passes with no real leads appearing. My one real complaint is that the murders are particularly horrific, and though in fact Sigurdardóttir only lingers over the detail of the first one, she writes so effectively that I found the images that she was putting in my head were too graphic for me, and unnecessarily so. The story is strong enough to stand without the gruesomeness, so that it felt pretty gratuitous to me. The plotting, however, is great! Twisty, credible (apart from the murder methods), and full of some lovely misdirection – nope, I didn't get there until it was revealed at the end, but on looking back, the clues are all there, so no 'cheating'. It is a whodunit to a degree, but it's actually more about the why of the crime – once the motive is clear, so is the culprit. We see events unfold from various perspectives – Freyja and Huldar, of course, but also through the victims' eyes, as baffled as we are as to why this is happening to them. And then there's Karl, a young student and radio ham who has come across a strange station emitting strings of numbers that somehow seem to be connected to both him and the victims. The sections relating to Karl provide both the central mystery and some great characterisation of him and his friends, as they find themselves drawn into something they don't understand. Sigurdardóttir's writing is as excellent as always, and the translation by Victoria Cribb is first class – had I not known it was a translation, I would have assumed it was written in English. The rather slow start and the too graphic murders meant that for most of the read it was heading for a solid four stars from me, but the strength of the last hundred pages or so lifted it – I found myself totally absorbed and the skill of the lead-up to the eventual solution both satisfied and impressed me. So I'm going with 4½, and will certainly be looking out for the next in what I hope will turn out to be a fine series, especially if Sigurdardóttir can rein in her imagination just a little on the gruesome front... NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton. www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 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 mundane household items. There are some excellent characters in this book. A wonderful creepy feel to the book. Which i feel is a great opening to this series. There is a whodunnit feel to this book which will continue to keep you guessing at what is going on. I think you will enjoy this book if you like creepy crime thriller books. Happy reading everyone

  17. 4 out of 5

    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 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 λογοτεχνίας, αλλά και για να μας αποδείξει πως, η ίδια η συγγραφέας, έχει την ικανότητα να ελίσσεται και να μας προσφέρει κάθε φορά κάτι το διαφορετικό. Έτσι, διατηρώντας την προσωπική της ταυτότητα, αλλά ξεφεύγοντας από τα στοιχεία εκείνα που την χαρακτήριζαν μέχρι σήμερα -ένα εξ' αυτών είναι η υποψία της μεταφυσικής παρέμβασης στις ιστορίες της-, η Sigurdardóttir μάς προσφέρει ένα από τα πλέον καθηλωτικά μυθιστορήματα της χρονιάς που έφυγε. Η ιστορία μας ξεκινάει το 1987, όπου μια ομάδα ειδικών σε ό,τι έχει να κάνει με τα παιδιά, αποφασίζει να χωρίσει τρία αδέρφια και να τα στείλει σε διαφορετικά σπίτι, έπειτα από ένα γεγονός που δύσκολα θα μπορούσε κανείς να μιλήσει γι' αυτό. Πολλά χρόνια αργότερα, το 2015, μια μητέρα βρίσκεται άγρια δολοφονημένη μέσα στο σπίτι της, και ο μοναδικός μάρτυρας που πιθανόν να γνωρίζει τι πραγματικά συνέβη δεν είναι άλλος από την επτάχρονη κόρη της, η Μάργκαρετ, η οποία βρέθηκε κρυμμένη κάτω από το παιδικό της κρεβάτι. Ο ντετέκτιβ Χούλνταρ αναλαμβάνει να ερευνήσει την υπόθεση, και δεδομένου ότι η Μάργκαρετ δεν αποδεικνύεται ο ιδανικός μάρτυρας και δεν συνεργάζεται μαζί του όπως θα ήθελε, αναγκάζεται να ζητήσει τη βοήθεια της ψυχολόγου Φρέγια μιας και η ίδια είναι ειδική σε θέματα διαχείρισης κακοποιημένων και τραυματισμένων ψυχολογικά παιδιών. Βέβαια, το πρόσφατο ερωτικό παρελθόν τους δεν βοηθάει πολύ στη συνεργασία αυτή, την ίδια στιγμή που μία ακόμα γυναίκα εντοπίζεται νεκρή, ενώ μια σειρά παράξενων μηνυμάτων και κωδικοποιημένων μηνυμάτων στο ραδιόφωνο αφήνουν να εννοηθεί πως ο δράστης δεν έχει τελειώσει ακόμα το έργο του. Υπάρχουν ορισμένοι που υποστηρίζουν πως η απεικόνιση ωμής βίας δεν εξυπηρετεί κανέναν άλλον σκοπό πέραν του να τροφοδοτεί τα διεστραμμένα ένστικτα ορισμένων. Δεν θα διαφωνήσω απόλυτα με τη θεωρία αυτή καθώς, πράγματι τα τελευταία χρόνια, έχουμε γίνει μάρτυρες λογοτεχνικής βίας που δεν είχε κάποιο σκοπό και νόημα. Όμως, η περίπτωση του "DNA" δεν είναι μία απ' αυτές! Οι περιγραφές των απεχθών και ειδεχθών εγκλημάτων της ιστορίας αυτής αποτυπώνονται στο χαρτί με τον ορισμό του γκροτέσκου ν' αναδεικνύεται σε όλο του το μεγαλείο, χρησιμοποιώντας, μάλιστα, σε αρκετές περιπτώσεις, αντικείμενα, που όλοι χρησιμοποιούμε στην καθημερινότητά μας, ως δολοφονικά όπλα. Αυτό μας κάνει να τα βλέπουμε με διαφορετικό μάτι αλλά παράλληλα, μας επιτρέπουν ν' αντιληφθούμε το πόσο εύκολο είναι να διαπράξει κανείς ένα έγκλημα, με την φρικαλεότητα που θα το χαρακτηρίζει, κατά συνθήκη, να είναι άρρηκτα συνδεδεμένο με τα κίνητρα που ωθούν τον θύτη σ' αυτό. Κίνητρα που μπορεί, για χρόνια ολόκληρα, να έχουν τροφοδοτηθεί με μίσος και ένα αρρωστημένο ένστικτο δικαίωσης που αποζητά αποπληρωμή αίματος για να μπορέσει να λυτρωθεί αυτός που διαπράττει το έγκλημα, όσο λάθος κι αν είναι αυτό. Σε ό,τι έχει να κάνει με την ανάπτυξη των χαρακτήρων, η Sigurdardottir έχει κάνει εξαιρετική δουλειά. Τόσο οι πρωτεύοντες, όσο και οι δευτερεύοντες χαρακτήρες, έχουν τον χρόνο που τους αναλογεί μέσα στον οποίο ξετυλίγουν την προσωπικότητά τους αλλά και τα ιδιαίτερα κίνητρα που τους ωθούν στις εκάστοτε πράξεις και αποφάσεις τους. Και όσο η ιστορία εξελίσσεται, τόσο τα πράγματα περιπλέκονται και οι ανατροπές πληθαίνουν, με τους ερευνητές ν' αμφισβητούν τον ίδιο τους τον εαυτό, ακόμα και τα στοιχεία που έχουν στα χέρια τους, αφού δεν υπάρχει ένας ύποπτος αλλά πολλοί, και ο καθένας απ' αυτούς έχει τους δικούς του λόγους όπου θα μπορούσαν να τον έχουν ωθήσει στο έγκλημα. Και μαζί μ' αυτούς, αμφιβάλλουμε κι εμείς, κάτι που εντείνει την αγωνία μας και που, φτάνοντας ειδικά στις τελευταίες 200 σελίδες του βιβλίου, αδυνατούμε να το αφήσουμε από τα χέρια μας. Το "DNA" είναι ένα βιβλίο που χαρακτηρίζεται από μια πολυπλοκότητα η οποία θα μπορούσε ν' αποτελεί παγίδα. Και όμως, η Sigurdardottir καταφέρνει να ξεφύγει απ' αυτήν και να χτίσει μία δυνατή πλοκή με πολλές, σκοτεινές προεκτάσεις, και να μιλήσει για πράγματα που κάποιοι άλλοι δεν τολμάνε για να μην κριθούν, ή γιατί δεν έχουν την απαραίτητα μαεστρία για να το κάνουν. Δεν είναι καθόλου παράξενο που το βιβλίο τιμήθηκε με το Βραβείο της Δανέζικης Ακαδημίας Αστυνομικής Λογοτεχνίας, Βραβείο Blood Drop (Καλύτερο Ισλανδικό Αστυνομικό Μυθιστόρημα της χρονιάς) και Βραβείο Petrona (Καλύτερο σκανδιναβικό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα), αφού αποτελεί ένα κλασσικό δείγμα σκανδιναβικού νουάρ, εισάγοντας την συγγραφέα σε μία νέα συγγραφική εποχή για την ίδια, μια εποχή πολλά υποσχόμενη, έστω κι αν αυτό γίνει με τρόπο σκληρό και άγριο. Άλλωστε, η ζωή έχει αποδείξει πως τα πιο ειδεχθή εγκλήματα είναι αυτά που δεν θα τα έβαζε ποτέ ο νους μας, οπότε, γιατί να μην τα περιμένουμε;

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cleo Bannister

    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 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 you are particularly sensitive and prefer your murders to take place ‘off page,’ avoid this book. That said, this isn’t a book where you are bludgeoned by horrific images on every page there is too much else to be absorbed with. The woman’s seven year old daughter Margret had seen the murderer and she is taken to the Children’s House, a centre where children who have been abused or otherwise caught up in a crime are treated and questioned, to give a witness statement there. The highly trained team which includes child psychologist Freyja, who I suspect may be the link we follow throughout the series. Freyja is compassionate without being overly sentimental and dealt predominantly in common sense which is how I prefer my protagonists to be. Meanwhile the local Police force has been under fire with many of the lead detectives needing to keep a low profile in both the press and community and so it is that the newly promoted Detective Huldar leads the investigation into the murder of the young mother. He’s aware that should he fail, that will be the end of his career but when he quickly establishes that his victim seemed to have no enemies, he is struggling for a lead. Our Detective Huldar clearly considers himself a bit of a ‘lad’ but since it’s obvious he is so far out of his depth and he gained my sympathy as he kept on turning over those stones in order to solve the mystery. I actually think the better side of his character is shown by his pairing with his partner Rikhardur. He is not the sort of man to heap the awful jobs on someone else, he purposely watches the post-mortem as he understands his position. In between the scenes at the Children’s House where Freyja attempts, fairly fruitlessly to coax some details from young Margret we meet a group of young men who are friends because of their interest in listening to short wave radio and it seems to one of the group, Karl that the mysterious numbers broadcasts are a coded message meant for him. With so much going on, I became completely absorbed by this rich complex tale and never forgot that sad opening but struggled to find a link in the main body of the story. Instead the strands hear which all seemed to be diverging in different directions were skilfully nudged into place within the last portion of the book to bring the tale to its stunning conclusion. I will be looking out for the next book in this series although I hope to explore some of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir back catalogue before then too.

  19. 4 out of 5

    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 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 psychological damage, work very well together. It had me constantly trying to figure out where all the characters fit into the story. It did have the feel of a police procedural but with the added intrigue of the children's house, a supportive environment for children at risk of mental health problems. The characters of Freyja the psychologist, Huldar the cop and Margret the child witness are incredibly well written. Not forgetting creepy Karl who gave me the heebee geebies from the first time he is mentioned. The codes to decipher within the novel was very cleverly done! Many times this novel had chapters that left you on mini cliff-hangers throughout the story. So it kept you gripped and engaged as it moved around the different characters. The ending was brilliant & the conclusion I didn't guess. I love how the author even saved a last little bit of eerie for the epilogue. Can't wait to read the next in the series and loved this 5* read! The legacy is available for pre-order and is released on 23rd March, treat yourself! *I received a netgalley Ebook copy in return for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ExlibrisLisa

    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 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 und unvorhersehbar war- mehr als 3 Sterne kann ich nicht geben.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Σπυροπούλου Άσπα

    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 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 ξεπερνάει την φαντασία.Έξυπνη πλοκή και κρατάει το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη. Μου άρεσε!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    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 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 happened so when another similar murder occurs she is immediately hidden with Freyja, one of the psychologists at The Children's House, to try and protect her. It doesn't help the investigation that the newly promoted and struggling lead detective Haldúr has history with Freyja. The Legacy is a well plotted, tension filled novel. I had no idea where it was going and was surprised by the perpetrator and the reasoning behind it. The plotting is quite intricate and you have to concentrate to keep up at some points but it is a tour de force. The murders are brutal and while not overly graphic they are stomach churning. The effort the killer puts into avoiding capture is massive and fascinating in its detail when you don't know the identity. Margrét keeps changing her mind or re-interpreting what she sees and that adds to the mystery. I really like that Ms Sigurdardottir does not indulge the perpetrator and give the reader insights into their psychology or thinking but chooses to make the novel a straightforward (in format terms) whodunnit. She does an excellent job and I had to give up guessing - my brain was hurting. In terms of characterisation Margrét steals the show as the most developed, likeable and realistic, although there isn't much competition. Haldúr is fairly self obsessed about the way he treats women, badly, throughout the novel and Freyja seems as if she has had a personality bypass. They are developed enough to meet the needs of a plot driven novel so it doesn't really matter. I enjoyed the The Legacy and have no hesitation in recommending it as a good read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    jo

    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 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 αποφασίσουν για το μέλλον τριών μικρών παιδιών που είναι θύματα μιας οικογενειακής τραγωδίας. Απο το πρώτο κεφαλαίο και μετέπειτα αρχίσει το κυνήγι ένος δολοφόνου κατ' εξακολούθηση που σκοτώνει τα θύματα του με ιδιαίτερα ειδεχθής τρόπο και που τα κινητρά του μας τα κρύβει η συγγραφέας μέχρι το τέλος. Ξέρω πως το βιβλίο αυτό θα αρέσει πολύ στους θαυμαστές της σκανδιναβικής αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας και δη της Ίρσας Σιγκουρνταρντοτιρ αλλά εμένα με απογοήτευσε λιγούλακι. Θα ήθελα να είχε κάποια υπερφυσική υπόνοια το μυθιστόρημα, έχω κουραστεί απο την αστυνομική λογοτεχνία μιας και λίγο πολύ όλα ακολουθούν το ίδιο μοτίβο και αυτό καταντάει κουραστικό και στο τέλος πιστεύω δεν έχω κερδίσει τίποτα απο την ανάγνωση. Επίσης προσπική μου άποψη είναι πως απο την αποκάλυψη της λύσης του μυστηρίου και φυσικά απο το τέλος έλειπε η συναισθηματική ένταση που θα περίμενε κανείς. Ίσως φταίει πως είχα μαντέψει το μισό τέλος (δεν μπορώ να απαρνηθώ στην συγγραφέα πως κατάφερε να με εκπλήξει). Οι χαρακτήρες μου ήταν κάπως αδιάφοροι. Τους συμπάθησα όμως και πολλοί θα βρούν πως τα κομμάτια με τις προσωπικές τους ζωές μέσα στο μυθιστόρημα θα τους βοηθήσει να δεθούν αρκετά μαζί τους, πιστεύω όμως πως μερικές φορές χαλούσαν την "ροή" της αστυνομικής έρευνας. Γενικά ήταν μια χαλαρή ανάγνωση που δεν με εντυπωσίασε. Θα προτιμούσα να ακολουθούσε τα χνάρια της "Εκδίκησης" που θεωρώ πως ήταν πολύ καλύτερο και πιο ενδιαφέρουσα ανάγνωση, πάλι ίσως φταίει που δεν με ενθουσιάζει εύκολα πλέον ένα αστυνομικό.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura Andersen

    Ummmmm . . . loved! Without spoilers, I will only say that something I thought was only a character-rounding detail turned out to be hugely significant and I LOVE writers who do things like that. And the first in a new series, which makes me happy :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ken Fredette

    I really like Yrsa's story line which ended up being quite noir. She starts out with a girl being molested by her father and then goes into how the children that resulted were distributed out into the world. Step two, she brings our attention to two brothers (not related) but living together with a mother (not they're biological mother). Step three, she introduces us to the first victim. Step four, she introduces us to a female psychologist and then to a promoted cop. Story goes noir when the ps I really like Yrsa's story line which ended up being quite noir. She starts out with a girl being molested by her father and then goes into how the children that resulted were distributed out into the world. Step two, she brings our attention to two brothers (not related) but living together with a mother (not they're biological mother). Step three, she introduces us to the first victim. Step four, she introduces us to a female psychologist and then to a promoted cop. Story goes noir when the psychologist and cop have a one night stand. A second victim is found a older retired teacher. I don't like giving spoilers so there's plenty of action in the story and I know you're going want to read it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aires

    Velmi dobrý krimi thriller, ale na Pamatuji si vás všechny jednoduše nemá. Trochu mi tentokrát chybělo to mrazení v zádech a napětí, které mi v předchozí knize autorka dopřála :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaisu

    Nicht zum ersten Mal lese ich etwas von der Autorin, doch diesmal konnte sie mich überhaupt nicht in den Bann ziehen. Sehr schade, aber ich musste das Buch abbrechen. http://life4books.de/2017/12/crime-dna/

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    This was my first by this author but won't be my last. I rarely pay for a book by an author unknown to me but it sounded so interesting I took a punt. Pleased I did as I really enjoyed it. The translation was flawless as well !! I find that a lot with translated books. They're always so well presented as I suppose the translator makes a special effort since it's their bread 'n' butter, whereas so many I pick up where English is supposedly the first language are so full of spelling and grammatica This was my first by this author but won't be my last. I rarely pay for a book by an author unknown to me but it sounded so interesting I took a punt. Pleased I did as I really enjoyed it. The translation was flawless as well !! I find that a lot with translated books. They're always so well presented as I suppose the translator makes a special effort since it's their bread 'n' butter, whereas so many I pick up where English is supposedly the first language are so full of spelling and grammatical errors it's jawdropping. It makes it so much more of a pleasure to read and I'm grateful for the care taken. I liked the characters and do hope Freyja and Huldar can resolve any differences still lingering !! Poor guy was certainly chucked in the deep end by his superiors dumping this case on him. It wasn't an easy one and the killer certainly has some inventive but gruesome ways of despatching his victims. Be warned.... I liked she included the pronunciation guide for names at the beginning and I was fascinated to learn how people in Iceland get their surnames and how that system works. I had no idea. The heirs to someone's will are different to ours as well and you only get 16 years for murder, which doesn't seem much. However, they don't get many murders, it seems. I googled the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and they're unusual and lovely and there are some fabulous photos of them online. I did notice in the synopsis it says Margret is 11 but in the book she's 7.....and Thorgeir's surname changed from Petursson to Thorhallsson in a couple of pages which wasn't great. I usually knock a star off for a character's name changing like this but as 99% of the presentation was perfect I'm not this time. A couple of times spaces were missed-blondlocks and watchpeople but that was it for any nitpicking from me. I was going to preorder the next story but it's £10.99 right now and that's way too overpriced. So now I'll have to wait out a pricedrop but she also has some standalones I can get round to in the meantime. Not all have been released as e-books as yet, either. These Scandi/Nordic authors can certainly write some cracking stories. Our lot need to be upping their game for sure !!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    Idk when I’ve read a book this big so fast! Literally from page one I was drawn in & read this in less than 24 hours. I was immensely impressed with the murder methods of which I’d never read the likes of (though idk what that says about me). A very unique crime novel that will definitely have me reading more from this author. Thanks to Minotaur for this early copy:)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patty Killion

    4.5 AWESOME STARS!! I thought this book was absolutely fabulous!!!

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