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“Top notch crime fiction.”—Boston Globe American readers first met Icelandic lawyer and investigator Thóra Gudmundsdóttir in Last Rituals. In My Soul to Take, internationally acclaimed author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir plunges her intrepid heroine into even graver peril, in a riveting thriller set against the harsh landscape of Smila’s Sense of Snow territory. A darkly witty and“Top notch crime fiction.”—Boston Globe American readers first met Icelandic lawyer and investigator Thóra Gudmundsdóttir in Last Rituals. In My Soul to Take, internationally acclaimed author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir plunges her intrepid heroine into even graver peril, in a riveting thriller set against the harsh landscape of Smila’s Sense of Snow territory. A darkly witty and continually surprising suspense tale that places Yrsa Sigurdardóttir firmly in the ranks of Sue Grafton, Tess Gerritsen, Faye Kellerman and other top mystery writers, My Soul to Take is ingenious Scandinavian noir on a par with the works of Henning Mankell and Arnaldur Indridason. Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) fans should also take note....

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My Soul to Take Reviews

  • Chris
    2018-12-10 05:40

    Thora Gudmundsdottir has some problems. To wit they include (a) her son got his girlfriend pregnant (b) her two children hate spending time with their father (her e husband) because he plays the Icelandic version of Guitar Hero too much, (c) her secretary (d) her relationship with Matthew and, finally, (e) her client who is charged with a murder and who is considering legal action about a land deal because the place might be haunted. Iceland is apparently like England in this regard. The ghost is, of course, connected to the mystery of who killed the architect of Thora’s client’s hotel/spa/New Age Retreat, not to mention the guy who got stomped to death by an Icelandic Horse. Thora also has a problem with the trailer she brought. She’s a bit rash that way. And I think that is why this book actually works. Thora is just so weird and normal. She might live in Iceland but any reader will know at least one family like hers. The mystery itself does have to do with families and stories, so it too ties into the normalcy despite the almost craziness of the situation.

  • Cristina Boncea
    2018-12-07 05:53

    Thora este avocata lui Jonas care este ulterior acuzat de moartea a doi oameni dintr-o localitate din Islanda. Birna, arhitecta sa și cititorul de aure care lucra la hotel au fost uciși cu bestialitate. Thora, împreună cu partenerul său Matthew află că făptașul este defapt Berta și prietenul ei invalid Steini. Aceasta a omorât-o pe avocată pentru că dorea să construiască o anexă a hotelului deasupra locului unde a fost îngropată de vie o fetiță acum mai bine de 60 de ani iar pe cititorul de aure l-a ucis pentru că o șantaja, fără vreun motiv mai solid. Cam asta e povestea și pare destul de simplă dar NU E CHIAR AȘA.Sunt o grămadă de personaje puse ca să inducă atât cititorul cât și pe avocată în eroare. Nu le-am reținut numele și nu le-am înțeles poziția în cronologie. Cartea începe cu povestea lui Kristin, fetița care a fost lăsată să moară de către un bărbat doar pentru că era un copil din flori iar acesta probabil dorea moștenirea pe care copilul ar fi primit-o, dar bărbatul și-a luat viața după faptele sale. Thora este chemată de către Jonas inițial pentru că acesta auzea plânsetele unui copil și i se părea că i-a văzut stafia în oglinda sa și dorește să ceară despăgubiri de la foștii proprietari ai terenului din cauza acestui lucru. Thora interoghează toți oamenii de la hotel și din jurul acestuia și mai ales pe oamenii care au legătură cu cele două ferme din Snefalssness (nu așa se scrie), Kirkjustet și Kreppa (din nou, sunt sigură că nu așa se scrie).Pe plan personal, cei doi copii ai Thorei vin după ea la hotel iar la final, fiul ei devine tată la o vârstă fragedă. Kristin este îngropată alături de mama ei dar plânsetele încă se aud. Nu aș putea spune exact de ce mi-a plăcut așa de mult cartea. Pe bune că de multe ori m-a speriat...Descrierile sunt impecabile și am aflat foarte multe lucruri despre Islanda. Chiar o simpatizez pe Thora și umorul său dar mai ales umorul partenerului său Matthew. Îmi doresc să mai citesc cărți din această colecție.

  • ΔΕΣΠΟΙΝΑ Ντρέκη
    2018-11-19 03:42

    ΅ΟΙ ΧΑΜΕΝΕΣ ΨΥΧΕΣ΅ ΤΗΣ ΣΙΓΚΟΥΡΔΑΡΝΤΟΤΙΡ ΙΡΣΑΜετά το ανατριχιαστικό θρίλερ ¨Εκδίκηση¨ της συγγραφέως διάβασα κι αυτό το βιβλίο της. Είναι καθαρά αστυνομικό-μυστηρίου που η πλοκή του θυμίζει πολύ Αγκάθα Κρίστι. Η συγγραφέας πετυχαίνει με εξαιρετικό τρόπο να υπάρχει σασπένς και συνεχείς ανατροπές στην πλοκή της ιστορίας. Όλοι οι ύποπτοι είναι πιθανοί αίτιοι για τους φόνους και μέχρι το τέλος δεν μπορείς να καταλάβεις ποιός είναι πραγματικά. Υπάρχουν και φαντάσματα τα οποία συνδέονται με μια ιστορία που έγινε 50 χρόνια πριν και που δένουν και με την υπόθεση των φόνων έμμεσα. Η Θόρα η δικηγόρος, που προσπαθεί να βοηθήσει τον εντολέα της που κατηγορείται για τους φόνους, μαζί με τον αναγνώστη σκαλίζει την υπόθεση και ενω στην αρχή δεν πιστεύει στην ύπαρξη φαντασμάτων, αρχίζει να εξετάζει και αυτήν την περίπτωση, μετά την ανακάλυψη οστών ζώων και ενός μικρού κοριτσιού στην υπόγεια αποθήκη του ξενοδοχειακού συγκροτήματος όπου συμβαίνουν όλα. Αν σας αρέσουν αυτού του είδους τα βιβλία σας το προτείνω. Οι λάτρεις της ΅Εκδίκησης΅δεν θα τρομάξουν ούτε θα ανατριχιάσουν, αν αυτό περιμένουν. Το μυστήριο όμως υπάρχει άφθονο και θα το ευχαριστηθείτε.

  • Maria João Fernandes
    2018-11-30 02:45

    "Os pecados antigos crescem tal como as velhas dívidas." - Uma citação desprovida de uma significação especifica, de um livro igualmente liberto de reflexões de maior."Ladrão de Almas" é o segundo livro da série de Þóra Guðmundsdóttir. Com excepção do prólogo, que remota a acontecimentos passados no ano de 1945, a acção desenrola-se num hotel que privilegia eventos espirituais e se foca em tratamentos de bem-estar. Situado na península de Snaefellsnes, na Islândia, este local vai ser o palco de um assassino que, curiosamente, espeta alfinetes nos pés das vitimas, de forma a impedir que voltem como espíritos.Thora é advogada do dono das instalações, Jonas Juliusson, e é a pedido deste que se vai instalar lá para investigar os espíritos que o andam a atormentar. Apesar do seu cepticismo em relação ao mundo sobrenatural, Thora sente-se entusiasmada por ver a sua rotina alterada. Durante o desenrolar da história vão-se lhe juntar o namorado alemão Matthew, ambos os filhos e a futura mãe do seu futuro neto.O livro começa com uma promessa de um enredo misterioso e estimulante. Porém, o ritmo da narrativa torna-se cada vez mais cansativo e previsível.No final, nem o tom de humor cativante de Yrsa Sigurðardóttir consegue salvar o enredo.Relativamente às personagens, com excepção do casal principal, desde os clientes e funcionários do hotel às pessoas que vivem na vizinham-se, todos parecem estar envolvidos numa aura de indiferença: as suas personalidade são isentas de características interessantes e o seu poder de atracão é mínimo, para não dizer inexistente.Ao longo da história, no decorrer da investigação e procura pela resposta ao enigma, o leitor depara-se com eventos passados. Thora descobre a história de uma família que está ligada ao acontecimento que nos introduziu a obra. Quero manifestar o meu desagrado em relação à complexidade desnecessária deste fio condutor e a irrelevância de algumas situações descritas. O número excessivo de personagens e as fracas descrições das suas relações apenas contribuem para uma maior alheamento em relação ao livro.O que mais me agradou, tal como no livro "O Último Ritual" foi a personalidade de Thora, a personagem principal, da sua família invulgar e da forma como todos se relacionam entre si. Os desafios domésticos da advogada e a sua relação amorosa com o bancário alemão - com quem comunica em Inglês - conferem ao romance uma atmosfera divertida. Contudo, mesmo neste detalhe, senti que a autora não desenvolveu o suficiente as personagens e várias ideias parecem ter sido apenas parcialmente postas em prática.Os diálogos que, inicialmente, começam por ser escritos de uma forma perspicaz e dotados de observações engraçadas, acabam por se tornar maçadores e repetitivos. O mesmo acontece com as descrições.A temática do nazismo é abordada tão superficialmente que me questiono acerca da sua contribuição para o enredo. O prólogo que prometia uma viagem por um passado obscuro revelou-se uma desilusão.Apesar dos inúmeros suspeitos com quem Thora se depara ao longo da sua estadia no hotel, o desfecho revela-se muito pouco surpreendente. Os motivos do assassino são tão desinteressantes, que seria melhor que a autora islandesa os mantivesse apenas para si. O ponto alto do livro "Ladrão de Almas" é o caso que Thora tem em mãos no inicio da narrativa: um casal deixou de receber a sua correspondência devido ao facto de a caixa do correio se encontrar demasiado próxima do chão, o que vai contra um regulamento particular da Islândia. A partir desta premissa poderia ser escrito um mistério bastante mais envolvente do que aquele que se segue e em que nada lhe está relacionado.Podia vos dizer que estou ansiosa pela leitura do "Cinza e Poeira",que aguarda a sua vez na minha estante, na esperança de me ver envolvida num enredo de qualidade superior, mas estaria a mentir.

  • Denise
    2018-12-05 05:01

    4.0 out of 5 stars -- A chilling and absorbing read -- Nordic noir.The second book in this series featuring the lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir and her lover, Matthew Reich, is just as absorbing and interesting as the first. The setting is modern day Iceland, almost a character in itself, with its uniqueness and history. In this mystery, Thora is asked to represent the owner of a New Age spa and resort who wants to sue the previous owners who he claims misrepresented the old farmstead and sold him a haunted property. Although Thora doesn't hold with the supernatural, she goes to stay at the health resort in Snaefellsnes and is immediately drawn into an different sort of investigation there when the owner, Jonas, is accused of the murder of the architect who was working for him after her mutilated body is found on the beach nearby. As Thora starts digging into the case, she unearths some photos and information about the brothers, their wives and children who had lived on and owned the farmstead property many years ago. Then a second person is murdered. Thora and Matthew must figure out why these two were killed and who committed the crimes. With a huge cast of characters and with the Icelandic names, it can be a feat just to keep everyone straight! But alternate point of view narration provides some clues that there is much more going on here than first thought. The mystery is well-plotted and complex with mutiple red herrings and I was glad not to be able to be sure that my guesses were correct until the final few chapters. I like the personality and character of Thóra Gudmundsdóttir -- divorced mother of two, about to be a grandmother. She's snarky and intense, definitely not damaged, and has a good sense of humor. I enjoy all the details about Iceland and its culture and landscape. I like the writing style and the translation flows nicely as well.This is the third book by this author that I've read (#1, #2 and #5) and I have plans to read #3 and #4 as soon as I can get hold of copies. I really like this series. I guess you could say I'm hooked on crime fiction and the unusual setting.Please send me any recommendations of other authors/series of this type and unique settings.

  • Wanda
    2018-11-23 09:46

    I wish I liked this series of books more than I do. But I remembered, as I read this novel, that I felt the same ambivalence about the first one. After thinking it over for a while, I realized that I just don't connect to the main character, Thora. I don't care about her. Its like the author looked at other successful Scandinavian fiction and just created a checklist: Divorced? Check! Problematic ex-spouse? Check! Kids being challenging? Check! Foreign love interest that she's not sure about? Check! But just because Thora fits all those checklist items doesn't automatically mean that I'm going to like her. I find the author does a lot of telling insteading of showing. Don't tell me that she cares about her children--show her doing loving things for them. And the dialogue seems stilted--but I'm not sure if that's the author or the translators? Since I'm never liklely to learn to read Icelandic, I can't answer that question. The plot was good--that's what kept me reading. Can I blame this on the author being an engineer? Probably unfair. But I think I will save my reading time for other Scandinavian authors in the future. Good but not great.

  • Lesley
    2018-11-27 07:50

    Well for me the best part of the book was the iceland descriptions of the landscape. I could really picture the beach and fog with a dead whale carcass smell and a dead body! I didn't really care for the main character, Thora. She is a lawyer but acts like a detective but then she is full of side issues, with her kids, the ex, and Matthew. I guess I wouldve preferred the story centered more on the actual mystery.

  • Emily
    2018-12-08 09:41

    Πρόκειται για το 2ο βιβλίο της σειράς της Yrsa με ηρωίδα τη δικηγόρο Θόρα.Σαφώς καλύτερο από το πρώτο, τον "Κύκλο του κακού". Ίσως και να παίζει ρόλο η εξοικείωση του αναγνώστη με τη Θόρα, η οποία εμφανίζεται πιο συμπαθής και με περισσότερο χιούμορ. Η ιστορία είναι ενδιαφέρουσα και το περιβάλλον που διαδραματίζεται υποβλητικό. Είναι ένα κυριλάτο ξενοδοχείο και χώρος ανάπαυσης/ανασυγκρότησης στην εξοχή. Παρέχει υπηρεσίες σεξουαλικού συμβούλου, πνευματιστικών αναζητήσεων και ολιστικών προσεγγίσεων. Ο ιδιοκτήτης του βρίσκεται μπλεγμένος και η Θόρα καλείται να βοηθήσει. Σέρνει μαζί και τα προβλήματα της με τον πρώην σύζυγο και σχεδόν σε όλο το βιβλίο βιώνει το άγχος τού πού θα αφήσει και τί θα κάνει τα παιδιά της. Μέσα σε όλα αυτά έχουμε να κάνουμε με φαντάσματα που υποτίθεται πως υπάρχουν γύρω τριγύρω, πτώματα που αραδιάζονται με ανατριχιαστικές περιγραφές, κλάματα παιδιών στο σκοτάδι, σπίτια με υπόγεια γεμάτα ιστορία ... Χαριτωμένο στην όλη ιστορία βρήκα τον τρόπο προσέγγισης της εφηβικής εγκυμοσύνης με πατέρα τον 16χρονο γιο της Θόρα. Χωρίς υστερικές κορώνες, η Θόρα ετοιμάζεται να γίνει γιαγιά στα 36 και τα παιδιά παρουσιάζονται όπως ακριβώς είναι : δυο παιδιά που το ένα έχει κοιλίτσα και το άλλο είναι ο πατέρας. Η σκηνή της γέννας είναι πολύ πετυχημένη, προς το τέλος του βιβλίου.Για όσους έχουν ως όνειρο να μάθουν την ισλανδική γλώσσα αφιερώνω παρακάτω μια μικρή πρόταση :""Ο Γκούδμουνδουρ πήρε τηλέφωνο τον Γκούδμουντσον για να πάνε να βρουν τον Θόρολφουρ" .... και πάει λέγοντας ...

  • Luisa Fer
    2018-11-12 02:40

    I chose this book because the writer is Icelandic. I'm on a European author streak. I'm choosing to read a book by an author of each european country and even though I'm not choosing the obvious, I tend to find good reviews and recommendations. I read a review about "Ashes to dust" which was published in English this August, and the reviewer was very enthusiastic about her.Unfortunately this book was disappointing. I ploughed through it because the central intrigue was well conceived but nothing else could pull the novel together. The main character, a lawyer who "sticks out her tongue" when her boyfriend teases her, has some detective skills and nothing characterises her as a lawyer except when the author reminds us. The rest of the time she is questioning other characters, and conducting a murder investigation as if she were a real detective. This leaves me puzzled, why didn't the author just make her a detective?When elements in a novel lack credibility, from characters to timelines, to situations, the case or mistery is not enough to make a good book. Everything seemed forced, when something didn't have a reasonable explanation, the next paragraph magically offered an answer.When the character was -out of character- there were bits of information sprinkled in a line or two that seemed to pull it back into some coherence.Sadly I don't think I could endure another Thóra Gudmundsdóttir mystery.

  • Gisela Morales
    2018-11-16 04:00

    Interesante Historia que te lleva a pensar que todos son culpables. Me gustaría Conocer Islandia.

  • Anna
    2018-11-28 06:47

    Iceland's perhaps best known accidental detective, Thora, investigates ghosts and two deaths in a holistic spa in the rural Ireland.World, or those who missed Last Rituals, meet Thora: a single mum and lawyer, 40ish, who is definitely not your standard alcoholic loose cannon detective. Imagine an adult Nancy Drew... a single mum Nancy Drew who's much more a 40 year old Bridget Jones (charm, clumsy awkward things she says, thinks, wears, and does)... gone Angela Lansbury. With her, like in the first book, is her German boyfriend Matthew, and her kids.Thora gets a nice break of her typical cases involving e.g. older folks who don't like the Icelandic rules of where the opening for mail delivery should be located on the door when a friend and client asks her to investigate ghosts and bad spirits in his holistic spa far away from everything. Since that'll be a nice break she accepts, and soon she finds herself investigating the death of the architect who was planning the renovation of the hotel. I still don't know if the book, like the first one, is supposed to funny, or is it just me who finds Thora like soaps in TV; seeing how she's awful in mostly anything (financially a disaster, and has no problems when her 15 years old son knocked up a 14 year old girl, and who now drives her SUV and winnebago she can't afford, without a licence... for which the legal age in Iceland is 18 by the way. That's just a few examples), she makes everyone else feel good about themselves. The story is again told much from Thora's point of view, so there are plenty of moments when you'd want to smack her, but it's getting better. The story has good elements, lots of interesting characters that could work in a lot of twisted ways for the resolution. The location, Iceland, the bits of myths and history are interesting too.Yet for a while again I was wondering why I read the book. Well, I had got this book before I read the first one (I wasn't that impressed with the first one, by the way). It has still the same kind of awkward and funny pieces in both Thora's thinking or her dialogs, and in the general telling that I did add on the first book's notes. Thora's still awful. But it had it's grace - the elements and possibilities in the story, some of the delicious and way more interesting characters than Thora. But it still had also Thora, and it still felt too much of a Bridget and a bad soap. If Thora was ever to be made in films or TV series, I'd want to see either a really fattened up Renee Zellweger or a fat version of Amanda Freitag (from Chopped in Food Network) play her, as I can' t think of any ladies to do the bridgetness better.

  • Jeanette
    2018-11-26 05:47

    I'm a fan. Reading them out of order, I come back to #2 in the Thora series. This one is "away from home" and Thora's client has trouble after a large land sale. They want recompense in value; the site of their spa hotel seems haunted. But that's not the crux of difficulty, unless a ghost is killing people. Thora has also managed to escape from Mom duty and kinder nurturing- well, at least for a couple of days. Hannes (ex-husband) will fill in. NOT!Others will think these slow and rather staid. Not the crimes, nor the criminals as much as the lawyer and her German banker. But I think, just the opposite. Although this particular plot is not shabby either.Iceland, wit and the dogged nature of Thora's relentless inquiry and nosiness! Three winning pulls of connection. Yes, there is more quantity in proportion Miss Marple than Dirty Harry. And yet the number of priceless quotes and asides are greater than either, IMHO. In this one she gives about 5 of those back to Matthew who clearly seems he is taking more than a vacation? All three kids step up to the plate too, and at the same time become 4 upon the return home to Reykjavik. Another lesson on why, if you receive a large cash bonus case reward, you don't go and blow it all on a trailer for use on your future dreamed, rosy colored glasses possible family outings. Thora is late 30's in this one. I do think you need to have some life experience re decades of reversals, or have walked years upon the parenthood tightrope to get her. IMHO, these Yrsa Siguaroardottir books featuring Thora Guomundsdottir won't much appeal to the younger adult set. Possibly I am prejudice, but I don't think her nervy, blunt, "because I said so" attitude, would translate. And not only from Icelandic, either. Also, I should warn. All of these Thora books start out with a rather grim to gruesome first 4 or 5 pages, that you know little about or have any context to for the first half of the book. I do not like that chewy nasty level as these absolutely are. But they do set the stage. Regardless, 80% of the book has far less aspect of noir shock than in the first few pages. The best is in the middle to the ending. Slow and minute to minute, similar to actual life. No perp closure in 3 hours or 3 days in a Thora case. Closer to a sleepless 4 hour down and 1 hour to go colic night while walking a hallway so the other ones don't wake up. So not the kind of "action" you'll see on Cop TV.

  • Natalie
    2018-12-11 08:48

    Hearing babies cry in the fog and shadowy images of young girls in mirrors can be chalked up to skittish nerves and flights of fancy, not ghosts, as far as Thora Gudmundsdottir, single mother and attorney at law is concerned. Her client, Jonas, on the other hand is a true believer and he has promised her an all expenses paid indulgent weekend at his New Age resort if she will come and see these supernatural occurrences for herself. She travels to the newly renovated health resort that was erected on the grounds of an old farmhouse with a bizarre history. Thora barely settles into her posh room when the resort’s architect is found murdered. Her body found bludgeoned, raped and with pins inserted into the souls of her feet is but the first victim that will suffer such hideous degradation.Thora quashes her doubts of the continuing eerie events and delves into the disturbing secrets of the past to discover who is responsible for the macabre killings in this chilling, Icelandic thriller. From prologue to epilogue My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir keeps you fastened in your seat! I admittedly stuttered over the names of most of the characters (well, and the author’s too), but forged on because the storyline was so fascinating. She conveys the culture and atmosphere of Iceland with finesse and her heroine, Thora, has the doggedness of someone I would definitely want in my legal corner if the need ever arose.This is the second book in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series. It is has warranted not only keeping a lookout for the next in the series, but seeking out the first as well.This review was written for Armchair Interviews at www.armchairinterviews.com

  • Rebecca Martin
    2018-12-10 10:57

    My feeling about this book: What the heck is everyone so excited about? I read several very positive reviews of the book, but I found it extremely hokey and old-fashioned and the writing....well, I can't take Sigurdardottir to task because I have no idea what the original prose is like, so let me just complain about the atrocious translation instead. I recall having the same feelings about this author's earlier novel, Last Rituals. The prose is flat and only rises in interest when the choice of vocabulary is jarring. The "ghost story" would be comfortable in 18th-c fiction. And if Steini was only able to drive in a specially-equipped car, how did he and (name suppressed) exchange cars? And, please, a cat?

  • Maria Altiki
    2018-12-04 10:00

    Μετά την ολοκλήρωση κ του 2ου βιβλίου της μπορώ πλέον να πώ ότι είναι μια πολυαγαπημένη μου συγγραφέας. Νομίζω ότι τα βιβλία της είναι καλογραμένα κ πληρούν όλες μου τις προυποθέσεις για ένα καλό αστυνομικό. Μυστήριο, αγωνία, σασπένς, συνεχείς ανατροπές, κινηματογραφικές περιγραφές, ιντριγκές, θρύλοι, μύθοι σε ένα λαχταριστό κοκτέιλ. θα επαναλάβω πως έχω εκστασιαστεί!

  • Jenny
    2018-11-23 07:57

    I thought that Last Rituals was overly sensational and found some of the occult religious references to be over the top, but I liked the main characters, Thora and Matthew. My Soul to Take is a more traditional mystery story and the references to the occult and supernatural have rational explanations at the end. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.

  • Sunsy
    2018-12-11 02:45

    Auch der 2. Band der Reihe um Dóra Guðmundsdóttir hat mir gut gefallen. Ein solider Krimi, der einen tiefen Einblick in Island gewährt.Ich gebe 07/10 Punkte. Meine Rezension könnt ihr hier nachlesen: http://sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2014/1... .

  • Booklunatic
    2018-11-27 10:51

    4,5 SterneSpannend mit einer guten Prise Grusel und trockenem Humor. Ich liebe diese Rezeptur! Hoffentlich schreibt Sigurđardóttir noch ganz viele Bücher.

  • Louis Skye
    2018-11-13 04:39

    Honestly, I am obsessed with Yrsa's books. I love the way she builds the mystery and suspense. Even though this is one of her slower books and the body count is quite low, it is still an absolute page-turner. Yrsa's protagonist Thora is a lawyer and hence she avoids the follies of a police procedural. Thora does seem like a bit of a busy body, though. She isn't the most appealing of characters but still manages to be interesting. There is also less fat-shaming of Thora's secretary here so that was a relief. I like that this book has less description and focuses entirely on the numerous mysteries involved in this story. There are also a lot more characters than I expected and we even get their points of view at times. My only grouse is that the denouement was tied up a bit too conveniently but there's no harm in using coincidence as a plot point so, I'll let it go. This has been another great read. I'm going to try and take a break from reading Yrsa because I'm in serious danger of running out of her books!

  • Gail
    2018-11-14 09:41

    This is a terrific series. Thora is a lawyer and a single mother with a son and a daughter. In the previous book, she meets Matthew, a German investigator and security expert. They form a relationship and together they investigate the crimes that fall in their path. This time, she's helping a hotel owner sue the sellers of the property because they failed to disclose the place was haunted, which is very damaging to the New Age leanings of the new hotel.Then a murder, a brutal rape and killing of the hotel's architect. The hotel owner is questioned and Thora is asking lots of questions.Very entertaining, light, and a great mystery puzzle. The relationship between Matthew and Thora is easy going, passionate, and fun. I enjoyed it enormously.

  • Windprinzessin
    2018-12-04 07:53

    Vorhersehbar und ziemlich konstruiert, dazu eine Protagonistin die eher aus einem Frauenroman als aus einem Krimi/Triller stammt. Werde die Reihe nicht mehr weiter verfolgen.

  • Annika
    2018-12-01 10:01

    Der zweite Teil der Serie gefiel mir schon deutlich besser als der erste... es gab wieder diese kleinen Cliffhanger am Ende jedes Kapitels und ich wollte unbedingt rausfinden, wie alles zusammen hing... leider fand ich nicht so viel Zeit zum Lesen (Hörbücher gehen aktuell deutlich besser, weil ich einfach nebenbei noch was anderes machen kann), daher der recht lange Lesezeitraum. Ich freu mich jetzt schon auf den nächsten Teil. :)

  • Lisa
    2018-11-16 06:42

    I really didn't like this one at all and even took to skimming towards the end, but she gets a star for good prose style. If you are ok with that sort of silly, burlesque humor (such as Ruth Rendell, for example, can get into -- someone I know describes it as 'tongue in cheek'), then you may like this one just fine. Unfortunately, it drives me crazy. So that was part of the problem. There were dopey gags like her 15 yo son walking out of his father's house with his 8 yo sister and his about-to-give-birth 15 yr old girlfriend, taking the mother's trailer, in spite of not having a license, because his father's karaoke singing (on the sisters toy machine) was irritating him. And the main character, their mother, in one breath says "I'd better see to my children's safety. They're the most important thing in my life" and in another completely blows them off, not picking them up as planned, saying "oh, they'll be alright". Weird. Another problem was that the whole set up was too off the wall unrealistic. The main character investigating is a lawyer named Thora. She doesn't work with the police but mostly in opposition to them, doing her own investigation, stealing key evidence because she's curious about it, conducting her own interviews on the thin pretext that she's a lawyer helping her client out, and proceeds to ask the most probing investigative questions - and everyone opens right up to her (unless they're obviously blocking her - which, if they do that, they do with a vengance!). The result of all this is that she never has all the evidence and the police never have all the evidence, so instead of cogently solving a crime, you end up trailing around with this woman as she bounces through her comical life. It ends up feeling wasteful of time and frustrating. Another anomaly: In pretty much any crime novel in the world, the scene of a horrific crime is secured, people (especially in a setting like a hotel where people come and go) are interviewed right away, and action is at least begun in a meaningful way right away. Not here. These police lolly gag around and barely try get out to start investigation on a crime that happened on a Thurs until the following Monday! They collect some tantalizing evidence but you never see their thought process, their crime-solving. You instead bounce back to Thora, who goes on and on in her crazy way. She's utterly inexperienced at criminal law, but does she try to help this client who could die because of her ineptitude? No. In that burlesque humor - that silly style - she instead sort of laughs and shrugs and says 'oh well' and hopes her client doesn't find her out. It left me saying "oh for heaven's sake!" way too much. And I got really bored as she dragged round and round with incomplete information. The storyline itself was pretty interesting (I won't put out any spoilers), and so if you can stand the other issues with plotting and character, it could be a good read. Personally I couldn't get over what I thought were its flaws.

  • harryknuckles
    2018-11-19 07:43

    I suppose, being Icelandic, that it can be said the author comes from that school of Scandinavian writers who have blossomed in the world of crime writing in recent years. However, she has a style which is her own, and should not be pigeonholed so simply. Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a writer of both children's books and crime fiction. This is her second crime novel, using her main character, lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir, although it is the first I have read. The story of My Soul to Take begins in 1945. A child is taken from her home. Whatever happens in the present is influenced by this event. Thora finds herself contacted by an old client , Jonas, who is setting up a holistic hotel on the site of two farms he has bought. He wants to know if he can get compensation for something not revealed at the sale - the fact that the site is haunted. Thora agrees to stay at the hotel to investigate, only to arrive just as the body of architect Birna is found on a remote beach. The background to the murder goes back a generation to the two brothers who owned the two farms on the site. Soon there is another death and matters become more and more confused. Thora's investigation is not helped by the fact that her precocious young son runs off with his pregnant girlfriend. The life of the fictional detective rarely runs smoothly. The beginning of the novel, in 1945, is suitably chilling with the child's viewpoint graphically described as the little girl is taken from her home. I almost didn’t want to continue reading the book because I am not very comfortable with horrific events like this. Fortunately, I continued. I wanted to discover what the connection was to the present day and the murders that take place.Iceland is a fascinating background to the story, although the names are quite hard to follow, some of them seeming similar to one another to a British ear and eye - the book probably would benefit from being read in a fairly short space of time to make that aspect easier to follow. In this book Thora has to tackle unpleasant family histories and Nazism in wartime Iceland. This was handled with a lightness of touch due to the nature of the protagonist. Thora can deal with unpleasant facts, and nasty deaths. The story pulls no punches, but does not wallow in grisly detail either. Neatly translated, this is a compelling read with a clever mixture of darkness and wit.

  • Jane
    2018-12-01 05:43

    Those of you who read my review for the first book in the series, do you remember me saying that the series ought to get better and better?I was mistaken. The second book in the series was weaker than the first one. It didn't grab my attention like the first one did. It was a lot easier to put down. I didn't particularly care for the murder mystery... Although I have to admit that the murderer wasn't that very easy to guess and that is a plus point. The heroine Thora... I liked her more in the first book. The same applies to my favourite guy in this book - Matthew. In the first book he seemed more important and had a real role to play, in this one it seemed like the author included him just because she could. The Matthew I had grown to like and appreciate in the first book was gone and the romance between Matthew and Thora... When I first thought that these two fit really well, I don't think so anymore as I don't think they even make much sense right now.Will not continue with the series in the near future. Maybe sometime later.The Book Challengers blog // The Book Challengers Instagram // The Book Challengers Twitter

  • Thebooktrail
    2018-11-14 10:51

    Prepare to be spooked and chilled in Iceland’s chilly landscape…..Booktrail with map: Booktrail of My Sould to TakePlace and settingThe Snæfellsnes is also known as Iceland in Miniature, because many national sights of Iceland that are popular and well known are actually located here including the Snæfellsjökull volcano. You can see it quite clearly fro the capital city Reykjavik on a good day and another exciting fact – its the setting of the novel Journey to the Centre of The Earth by Jules Verne!Well, if you of a nervous disposition you may want to skip certain parts when reading this as, well, the sound of babies crying in the fog for example is not something you forget easily.The supernatural theme in this book is quite fascinating though so I persevered as there’s something about a building on the old grounds of an area which has a strange and spooky history.The air of strange and gruesome goings on starts when you realise just how the victim has been found murdered. Even before I got to that point though – the very first chapter seen through the eyes of a small frightened child was perhaps one of the most chilling for what it leads to.I’m amazed I was able to continue reading - as vivid as my imagination is – but I had to know what happened to her!The book is interesting on so many levels – the Icelandic setting is only one of them – but the culture and heritage as well as the mythology alluded to is quite interesting and there were many things I felt I discovered from the book. The role of Nazism in Iceland during the war was one.Bbrrrrr Iceland is very chilly indeed!

  • Toni Osborne
    2018-12-10 03:59

    Book 2 in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series This Icelandic crime novel is a thrilling read, an array of intricately woven plots unravelling slowly and mysteriously. A novel that has all the essential elements to peak the reader's interest leaving him somewhat spellbound. The story brings lawyer Thora Gudmindsdottir to a recently developed health resort to gather information regarding the newly converted farmhouse. Her client Jonas purchased the propriety earlier and now believes the sellers purposely concealed the property's haunted past, a reputation that hinders the success of the resort . He is seeking compensation. Soon after her arrival, the situation at the resort turns ugly, a grizzly murder is committed and Jonas becomes the prime suspect. Thora needs to help him clear his name. While investigating she uncovers some very disturbing occurrences, events that happened years earlier and were deeply hidden... some of the disturbing findings set a tone of scepticism on her part. Are the apparent supernatural events real or tales of folklore? What else will be revealed? This is a complicated mystery with intricate plotting setting stage for many red herrings. Thora is represented as a wonderful sleuth/lawyer/detective and the story has a cast of numerous and intriguing secondary characters. The tale has its creepiness and supernatural side that lingers long after the last page. "My Soul to Take" is a chilling work of suspense I enjoyed thoroughly.

  • Sandra Kasturi
    2018-11-18 07:45

    I quite liked this--Iceland itself (or part of it) becomes a kind of bleak character in the book; in fact reviews state that that's one of the things that appeals. But I actually think that there should have been MORE of Iceland in the novel...it felt very prosaic at times when I wanted it to be lyrical. Perhaps that's just a translation issue? Other difficulties include characters making statements that seem kind of naive and ludicrous (i.e. "Women don't do...[fill in blank:]" or "Men of that age never...[insert action:]." Given that the characters are trying to solve a crime, and are basing their thought processes on assumptions such as these, I kind of dropped out of the book at those points. Especially when one big assumption proves to be REALLY wrong and points them in the wrong direction--I mean, I understand the need for red herrings, but this particular issue seemed ludicrously obvious to me, and I began to get impatient with Thora (the main character) couldn't friggin change her assumptions til, like, the last 15 pages of the book.Still--despite all that, I enjoyed this enough that I'm going to read her other book.

  • Lorri
    2018-12-04 02:48

    This is the second book by the author to be translated from Icelandic to English. If you've never been to Iceland, then enjoy the realistic characters and the well developed story line (murdered woman/New Age Health Resort). If you've been to Iceland, or wish some day to visit, then dive in to the vivid descriptions of the Snaefellsness Peninsula and the belief in the supernatural. It is worth your while to start with the first book - Last Rituals - then read My Soul to Take. Then move onto the next two volumes that have been translated into English. Each book stands alone, but it is an added bit of fun to see the heroine's family life progress.

  • Eva
    2018-11-23 04:05

    3.5 stars would be more appropriate. I like Yrsa's books. The first chapter was really scary and sad at the same time. Then the scary part evaporated in spite of the ghost line of the story. That was the biggest drawback. I must agree with with a review I read on eurocrime.co.uk, that the attention is focused more on Thóra - the "detective" and not on the personages responsible for the crime so the story lacks more insight as the background is percieved through Thóra's eyes only. What I appreciate in her mysteries is how she intertwines the story with Icelandic folklore/history. It somehow reminds me of Johan Theorin's Oland Quartet but he definitely is more noir.