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The Absolution

The Absolution

The new novel from the internationally bestselling, prizewinning, queen of Icelandic crime.

All he wants is for them to say sorry.

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…

Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir

‘Iceland’s outstanding crime novelist’ Daily Express
‘A magnificent writer’ Karin Slaughter
‘The undisputed queen of Icelandic Noir‘ Simon Kernick
Believe all the hype – this is crime at its best.’ Heat
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 18th April 2019

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781473621626

Reviews

A dark story by a brilliant author. A densely plotted, multifaceted and compelling book. Exceeds most novels in the thriller genre.
Eric Axl Sund
Iceland's outstanding 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
It's addictive, bleak, and will give you thrills and chills in equal measures.
Cosmopolitan Magazine
One of the best books I've read for a long time: dark, creepy, and gripping from beginning to end.
Stuart MacBride, author of the Logan McRae series
Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir's Freyja and Huldar series
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THE RECKONING is another chilling, atmospheric tale from the undisputed Queen of Icelandic Noir. I loved it.
Simon Kernick
There's no waffle in The Reckoning: it is brutal, baroque and ends with a brilliant last-minute twist.
Evening Standard
Yrsa is a magnificent writer.
Karin Slaughter
Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers.
Guardian
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir 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.
Arne Dahl
Yrsa Sigurdardottir gets better and better with each book. The relationships and the humour lighten the darkest plot.
Liz Nugent, author of <i>Skin Deep</i>
Freyja and Huldar are one of the most intriguing crime detecting partnerships around and THE ABSOLUTION is a gripping, fascinating insight into the dark side of social media and children at risk. THE ABSOLUTION confirms Yrsa as a master storyteller with a satisfyingly slanted view of the world she recreates.
William Ryan, author of <i>A House of Ghosts</i>
Credited as the queen of Icelandic crime, Sigurdardottir's story about the dark side of school and social media is as gripping as it is grisly
Heat
Sigurdardottir doesn't shy away from the hideous effects of bullying, combining a tough novel about a grim social phenomenon with a fast-paced plot
The Sunday Times