- first published 2013,
- translated from Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
- ISBN 978-1-444-77828-1
- 353 pages
- source: my local library
Aldis is working in a juvenile detention centre in rural Iceland. She witnesses something deeply disturbing in the middle of the night; soon afterwards, two of the boys at the centre are dead.
Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the centre following the unexplained death of the colleague who was previously running the investigation. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister?
An interestingly constructed stand-alone book with dual and seemingly unconnected time frames. which of course are not.
The final resolution of the story relies on a coincidence that stretched credibility a little, but even so the writing is wonderful and there is a little twist to the tale at the end that leaves the reader wondering.
My rating: 4.5
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