Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Silence of the SeaThe Undesired



The silence of the sea

Make sure that you can stay in most, if not the whole day in order to read this book! Once started, it is impossible to put it down.

At first glance you might think this is the usual locked room mystery – how wrong!

A luxury yacht arriving in Reykjavik harbour and nobody on board, missing glamorous much younger wife of the previous owner and a body on a beach some miles down the coast. Add to that rumours about a curse and the mix is ready.

This is the first book by Yrsa Sigurdardottir I’ve read and I want to read more.

It is a translation and in my opinion the book reads very well.

I usually try not to guess ‘who done it’ but in this case I couldn’t have guessed even if I wanted to.

A gripping read from start to finish.




Yrsa Sigurdardottir is justly called “The Queen of Nordic Noir”. From the opening pages you can feel the cold despair, the bleakness, the opressive effect of those long, dark nights.

The main protagonists are connected in completely unexpected ways. We meet Ódinn and his daughter in the first chapter, but even though there is 40 years between the two main plots it all comes together with a chilling inevitability.

This is a “must read” book – one not to be read at night if you’re of a nervous disposition or have an extremely vivid imagination!

Can’t wait to read Yrsa’s next book.

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