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The Absolution

The Absolution

Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers. – Guardian

All he wants is for them to say sorry… In the latest novel from the Queen of Icelandic crime, Freyja and Huldar must stop a ruthless killer taking revenge on teenage bullies.

The first the police know of the crime is when clips are sent from the victim’s Snapchat account, showing her begging for forgiveness. The CCTV at the cinema where she was working show her being dragged into the night by a masked killer. When the body is found, it is marked with a number 2…

Detective Huldar joins the murder 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: a relentless bully, she made life miserable for those around her. Freyja suspects this led to her death – but she may be overly influenced by her own childhood. Huldar simply wants to find out if there is a first victim still waiting to be discovered.

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.

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 18th April 2019

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781473694002

Reviews

Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir's Freyja and Huldar series
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It's addictive, bleak, and will give you thrills and chills in equal measures.
Cosmopolitan Magazine
Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers.
Guardian
There's no waffle in The Reckoning: it is brutal, baroque and ends with a brilliant last-minute twist.
Evening Standard
Iceland's outstanding crime novelist
Daily Express
Yrsa is a magnificent writer.
Karin Slaughter
THE RECKONING is another chilling, atmospheric tale from the undisputed Queen of Icelandic Noir. I loved it.
Simon Kernick
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
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
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
A dark story by a brilliant author. A densely plotted, multifaceted and compelling book. Exceeds most novels in the thriller genre.
Eric Axl Sund
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>
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
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
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