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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Autor(a) de Last Rituals

55+ Works 5,122 Membros 302 Reviews 11 Favorited

About the Author

Yrsa is known for her thrillers featuring lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir.
Image credit: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir foto by Atli Mar Hafsteinsson


Obras de Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Last Rituals (2005) 1,088 cópias
My Soul to Take (2006) 666 cópias
I Remember You (2010) 582 cópias
Ashes to Dust (2007) 503 cópias
The Legacy (2014) 377 cópias
The Day is Dark (2008) 370 cópias
The Silence of the Sea (2011) 298 cópias
Someone to Watch Over Me (2009) 255 cópias
The Reckoning (2015) 236 cópias
The Absolution (2016) 181 cópias
The Undesired (2015) 180 cópias
Why Did You Lie? (2013) 134 cópias
Gallows Rock (2017) 85 cópias
The Doll (2020) 45 cópias
The Fallout (2021) 22 cópias
SCHNEE: Thriller (2022) 20 cópias
The Prey (2023) 12 cópias
Lisboa ReykjavÍk (2020) 7 cópias
NACHT: Thriller (2023) 5 cópias
Stilte (2022) 4 cópias
FALLOUT (2022) 3 cópias
Sort is (2023) 3 cópias
Nukke (2022) 3 cópias
De prooi (2022) 2 cópias
La Poupée (2023) 2 cópias
DNA (2017) 2 cópias
I Remember You | The Undesired (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
Sort is 1 exemplar(es)
Dockan (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
B10 1 exemplar(es)
Hiljaisuus (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
Mentiras 1 exemplar(es)
Sé quién eres 1 exemplar(es)
Straffet (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
Byttedyr (2022) 1 exemplar(es)
Gének [Freyja & Huldar esetei 1.] (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
Gatið (Children's House, #4) (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
Los indeseados 1 exemplar(es)
Vesztőhely (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
De tause 1 exemplar(es)
Le Trou (2022) 1 exemplar(es)
Mentiras (Roja y negra) (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
Sigurðardóttir Yrsa 1 exemplar(es)
SOG: Huldar & Freyja 2 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

OxCrimes (2014) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
Making Story: Twenty-One Writers on How They Plot (2012) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing (2012) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Vilborg Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Outros nomes
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir,
Sigurðardóttir, Yrsa,
Vilborg Yrsa Sigurðardóttir,
Vilborg Yrsa Sigurdardottir,
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Reykjavík, Iceland
Locais de residência
Seltjarnarnes, Iceland
University of Iceland (BSc - Civil Engineering)
Concordia University (MSc - Civil Engineering)
civil engineer
crime novelist
children's book author
Pequena biografia
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (born 1963) is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel was translated into English by Bernard Scudder. The central character in the crime novels is Thóra Gudmundsdóttir (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir), a lawyer.

Yrsa is married with two children, and she also has a career as a civil engineer



This is the first of a series of novels featuring Freyja, who works with children and young people and Huldar, a detective who in this novel is newly promoted and well out of his comfort zone. But it's not the first I've read about these two, which is lucky, because I doubt if I'd have read more if it had been. It's clever, intricately plotted and the characters are well fleshed-out. But the more I read, the less I believed. Coincidence piled upon coincidence and the murders were committed in increasingly nasty ways. Having read one other in the series, I was eager to read another, but it'll be a while before I have the stomach to do so.… (mais)
Margaret09 | outras 22 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
The Undesired is a gripping Nordic Noir by Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Ódinn Hafsteinsson works as an investigator for the State Supervisory Agency and is tasked with looking into the Króker Boys Home for any suggestion of abuse or mistreatment. Króker housed juvenile delinquent boys in rural Iceland in the 1970s. The more Ódinn investigates, the more secrets he begins to unearth. The story moves back and forth between Ódinn’s present life, coming to terms with raising his daughter Rún alone after his ex-wife’s mysterious death, and the events at Króker in the 1970s. The home is set in an isolated, icy location, adding to the chill factor of the story. It is run by Lilia and Vega who have secrets of their own, assisted by cook and cleaner Aldís. When handsome new boy Einar arrives the tensions increase and Ódinn is left to sift through how two boys ended up dead.

This was an atmospheric read that had me completely engaged for the whole story. There were some unexpected twists, plenty of dark secrets and a hint of the paranormal, enough to be creepy without being scary. This was my first Nordic Noir and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. 4.5 stars.
… (mais)
mimbza | outras 7 resenhas | Apr 9, 2024 |
This was an excellent piece of Scandicrime. Once I got reading the book, I could hardly put it down.

In Hofn, a small village on the south coast of Iceland, the new owners of a house find find some boxes left behind by the man who sold them the house. They return them, and the former owner notices an old muddied child's shoe among the items, with the name " Salvor" written on the sole. He is puzzled by this , not knowing anyone by the name Salvor. Shortly after the return of these items, the nursing home where his mother , an Alzheimer's patient, lives, calls to say his mother has had a heart attack, and asks him to tell his sister Salvor as well. His mother has been after asking her. But who is Salvor?

Meanwhile, a group of inexperienced hikers have gone missing in the midst of a harsh winter near the Hofn area. Johanna, a part of the search and rescue team, is out trying to locate the the hikers, who are feared dead.

In a remote, deserted radar station in Hofn, Hjorvar works mainly by himself, with one other worker taking the alternate shifts. One night, the phone that is connected to the entry/exit gate of the station rings. Horvar answers and a child's voice asks for her mother. Chillingly, it turns out that this phone has been disconnected for years.

Are these events connected? This novel had my blood running cold at times, and glad that I don't live alone.

Highly recommended.
… (mais)
vancouverdeb | 1 outra resenha | Apr 5, 2024 |
Oh good, I thought, a grim little Nordic noir interlude, snowbound and unpronounceable. This will help pass an afternoon. The introductory chapters caught my interest, with the forgotten mystery of a young girl's death in childhood and the disappearance of four amateur explorers in the middle of the Icelandic winter, later found frozen to death in the snow wearing only their underwear.

Then, like the search and rescue teams in the snow, I completely lost track. Is this a ghost story or a serial killer thriller, and are the two plots supposed to be related? The translation is also plodding and pointlessly detailed, to the point where I started skim-reading for key dialogue and discoveries. I did keep reading but the final revelations, laid out in flashback by the guilty parties, were a bit of a let down. Why was the screeching child driving complete strangers to their deaths? I think the brother was well within his rights to belt her over the head with his baseball bat. The parents should just have fessed up instead of throwing her into the sea. The bodies in the snow should have been the main story, and I liked the suggestion of a Wuthering Heights style ghost moaning at the cabin to be let in, but the ghost kid diluted both the potential and the dark energy of the deaths. And the search and rescue/police detective couple linking the two plots was just overkill, if you'll pardon the pun (her constant whining and clinginess made those chapters easy to skip).

Too many genres spoils the book, I'm afraid, but at least the cat survived.
… (mais)
AdonisGuilfoyle | 1 outra resenha | Apr 3, 2024 |



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