Book Review: The Silence of the Sea (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir #6) – Yrsa Sigurðardóttir *****

UK Publishing Date: 27 Feb 2014. 433 pages

Silence of the Sea is book number six in the Thora Guðmundsdóttir series of Icelandic crime mysteries. While it can be read as a standalone book I thoroughly recommend that you read the others in the series first as it adds so much to Thora’s story.

A luxury yacht has been repossessed from its corrupt owners and has sailed from Lisbon to Iceland. Waiting for the boat to arrive are an older couple and a small child. She was deemed too young to make the journey so had stayed with her grandparents. They were here to meet the rest of the family but the boat is empty. There is no sign of the three crew members or the couple and their twin daughters and no evidence of obvious foul play. The elderly couple hire Thora to help them claim the life insurance money to help support the youngest child.

The narration of the story flips between the investigations that Thora is doing in Reykjavik to try and prove the family are dead and the actual events that happened on the boat from the point of view of the people concerned. Like most of Yrsa’s books there is a strong thread of a supernatural presence and when you add in human greed to the equation it is a genuinely chilling thriller.

You can get a copy of the book here:The Silence of the Sea: Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 6

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