One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage by Lake Thingvellir. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, Maria, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches ...
One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage by Lake Thingvellir. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, Maria, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches Erlendur and gives him the tape of a seance that Maria had attended, his curiosity is aroused. Driven by a need to find answers that even he does not fully understand, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman's life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing thirty years before, and, inevitably, his discoveries raise ghosts from his own past.
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This book just didn't grab me. It seemed to me that this plot has been similar to his other books. I loved "Voices." That grabbed me.
This book just kind of meandered along.
Feb 28, 2013
A Must Read
The author has twists and turns that will surprise you.
An enjoyable thriller!
Jul 7, 2011
This is book six in the series available in English,it is the best yet when finished book seven awaits, this book like the previous one doesn't spend loads of copy going back in time which does take time to get used to. Thoroughly recommend this book if you like crime(murder) fiction.
Oct 20, 2010
Read this as part of a wonderful series
This is the sixth in this excellent series. If you like crime fiction I would urge you to read these novels in sequence. Over time you will learn about a moody and troubled policeman Erlendur who does things his own way - old fashioned detective work. No red herrings or blind alleys to mislead the reader just simple story telling which is interwoven by the history of our central character that means he is forever at a loss to explain his inability to socialise. How this back story unravels against each story in the series is what takes Indridason's writing to a different level.
Brilliant translation, quality writing set against the unique background of Iceland where one person's missing relative is another unsolved murder....perhaps. Read this once you've read the earlier books. Don't be put off by the seance plot - it plays out in a very normal story we can all identify with, this is a down to earth account of loss and searching for truth. It is the theme of the book both in the story and Erlendur's own journey of self-discovery.
Mar 4, 2010
Quick delivery and good price on a book very difficult to find in the U.S.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-07-05 At the start of Indridason's powerful sixth Reykjavik thriller (after Arctic Chill), the body of Maria, a woman ravaged by guilt, is found hanging in her holiday cottage, an apparent suicide. As Erlendur, a police detective who works largely alone because he prizes solitude above all else, doggedly interviews those close to Maria-her husband, her relatives, her friends-in an unofficial effort to understand what might have driven her to take her own life, he unravels an ingenious and sinister plot. Complicating his investigation are the ghosts from his personal and professional past: his failed marriage and his shaky relationships with the son and daughter who grew up without him, as well as unsolved missing-persons cases he still feels morally compelled to pursue. Most scalding of all is his memory of the blizzard that he barely survived as a boy but in which his younger brother perished, the tragic event that shaped Erlendur's later life and lends mythic resonance to Indridason's remarkable novels. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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