The new novel from the internationally bestselling, prizewinning, queen of Icelandic crime
The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows the terrified victim begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2...
Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager's friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim - but even so, who could have hated her enough to kill?
Then another teenager goes missing, and more clips are sent. Freyja and Huldar can agree on two things at least: the truth is far from simple. And the killer is not done yet.
A brilliantly suspenseful story about the dark side of social media, The Absolution
will make you wonder what you should have said sorry for...
About the Author
Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1963 and works as a civil engineer. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with Last Rituals
, the first instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Her work stands 'comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world' according to the Times Literary Supplement. The second instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, My Soul to Take
, was shortlisted for the 2010 Shamus Award.
In 2011 her stand-alone horror novel I Remember You
was awarded the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key, and has been made intoa film starring Johannes Haukur by ZikZak Filmworks. In 2015 The Silence of the Sea
won the Petrona Award for the year's best Scandinavian crime novel, and The Legacy, the first novel in the Freyja and Huldar series, was nominated for The Glass Key and won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award. All of her books have been European bestsellers.
Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir's Freyja and Huldar series - .
One of the best books I've read for a long time
: dark, creepy, and gripping
from beginning to end.
THE RECKONING is another chilling, atmospheric tale from the undisputed Queen of Icelandic Noir. I loved it.
Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers. - Guardian
Yrsa Sigurdardottir has with her large-scale and genuinely intelligent stories attempted to find the core of Iceland's distinctive society, and thus pushed the Icelandic crime novel tradition many steps forward.
A dark story by a brilliant author. A densely plotted, multifaceted and compelling book. Exceeds most novels in the thriller genre.
crime novelist - Daily Express
If you like your crime fiction dark and engaging
, look no further. THE LEGACY is as brutal as it gets
. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. - Mari Hannah, author of the DCI Kate Daniels series