It is always good to discover that there is a new book from Yrsa Sigurdardottir and it’s even better when you realise that it is the first in a new series. The Children’s House works with traumatised young people advising the police on how best to question and approach them as well as trying to heal the damage that they have suffered.
Freyja is called in to assist with a very young girl who witnessed her mother’s brutal murder and who may hold vital clues for the police. Huldar has been newly promoted and is leading the investigation into the grisly murder but he has already stirred things up with his colleagues and with his previous dealings with Freyja. She doesn’t trust the police anyway and that mistrust is well deserved with the young detective.
A complex story begins to unravel in mid-winter Reykjavik with a group of marijuana smoking students obsessed with CB radio and some bizarre coded messages coming through that appear to link in to strange notes being left by the killer. As further victims are found it becomes critical to stop this man and to protect little Margret who may be the next target when the killer realises she is still alive.
As with all Yrsa’s books The Legacy paints a fascinating picture of modern day Iceland and has a fantastic twist that I defy anyone to pick up on. I was convinced I knew who the black man was and I was completely wrong! Hopefully we’ll see more of Huldar and Freyja very soon.
Supplied by Net Galley and Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication date: Mar 23 2017. 464 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.