Then he relapses into silence. What is she to do? Her tired brain refuses to calculate exactly how many. ISBN 13: 9781473621558. Twice a week Margrét has to be taken to ballet and Stefán and Bárdur to karate, and she has to sit through their classes. Fast and free shipping free returns cash on delivery available on eligible purchase. Her characters spring vividly to life as they try their best to do just that, knowing that any mistake could be deadly for another innocent person. YRSA SIGURDARDÓTTIR (pronounced UR-suh SIG-ur-dar-daughter) lives with her family in Reykjavík. Anything. Few readers will be able to put down this powerful tale of revenge. All she can think of is to press her ear to the door again. Ever since she was small, Margrét has suffered from nightmares. The Legacy is the first installment in a fantastic new Icelandic series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar. The promised story doesn't come and they sit there together without speaking, Elísa blindfolded, her heart pounding fit to burst. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The Legacy. But the phone's not on the bedside table or on the floor, though she could have sworn she'd brought it in with her last night before turning off the lights. - Mari Hannah "We have always been able to rely on Yrsa Sigurdardóttir for a good story well told, and The Legacy is no exception. A knife. Elísa switches on the bedside light and gropes for her mobile phone. The doctors said she would grow out of it, but that was two years ago and there has been little sign of improvement. Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, on August 24, 1963. The girl's wild locks swing to and fro as she shakes her head. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Recommended for fans of Tana French and Camilla Lackberg. Or in the bathroom. A broken flower pot in one corner? To withdraw your consent, see Your Choices. But Margrét has sown a seed of doubt in her mind. She gets out of bed. Her two brothers conk out the moment their heads hit the pillow, like their father, and don't stir until morning. Or knives. She normally begins the day by hating it, but doesn't experience the usual longing to fling it across the room as the luminous numbers show that she's got several more hours to sleep. "—Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill"We have always been abl… More…, Praise for The Legacy:"[A] relentlessly paced series launch...Few readers will be able to put down this powerful tale of revenge. "—Library Journal"This was a page turner...Definitely looking forward to another in this series, especially with Freya. 'I'm going to tell you something. She would tell him anything. Instantly she dashes into the hallway, pulls the door closed behind her and switches off the light. 'What time is it, Margrét?' The Children's House promises to be an outstanding series. Macmillan Code of Ethics for Business Partners. I was drawn to The Legacy, after hearing about it last year. Rigid with fear, Elísa hears her name whispered behind her. Instead of being reassured by this development, Elísa's terror intensifies. She pulls her mother's duvet up to her eyes. Or perhaps it's the other way round: perhaps her kids are the only ones getting it right. I was drawn to The Legacy, after hearing about it last year. 'Stay here. Footprints? To avoid the fluorescent glare of the clock, Elísa turns over, only to choke back a scream when she makes out a dark figure standing by the bed. Her titles include The Silence of the Sea and The Legacy. She’s lying on her side, the duvet tangled between her legs, the pillow creased under her cheek. "—Booklist (starred)"This thriller will have Nordic noir fans turning the pages. Why does he want to tell her a story? arguably the best book yet in an outstanding, original oeuvre.”—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street JournalEnchanting... one of his most ennobling missions.—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times ... May 1695. By Yrsa Sigurdardottir February 8, 2018. Readers should sit back and enjoy their armchair visit to Reykjavik, Iceland, and a chillingly satisfying international thriller. Backing away from the door she retreats noiselessly across the sitting room. And she’s not talking. They're lying in their bunks, eyes closed, mouths open. Then she remembers that most of these horrible gadgets have too short a lead to reach the bed, which reassures her slightly. It's very engaging, fresh and exciting. 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"—Book Riot"Sigurdardottir expertly introduces the players, constructs the world and, most importantly, tells the first tale in her new Children's House series. her best novel to date"—The Globe and Mail on The Legacy, "The Legacy is the start of an exciting new direction for Yrsa Sigurdardottir. When The Princess of Burundi was published by Thomas Dunne Books, American critics hailed Kjell 'I wasn't asleep. The only witness to a shocking murder is the victim's 10-year-old daughter, Margret. The Children's House promises to be an outstanding series. She is a director of one of Iceland’s largest engineering firms. Recommended for fans of Tana French and Camilla Lackberg. But she’s determined to keep little Margret safe. And she’s not talking. The few pieces of jewellery she has acquired during her lifetime. He can have all her cards and access to the bank accounts. Eriksson as Sweden's Ed McBain, and they compared him to Henning Mankell. The words echo in Elísa's ears as she goes out into the hallway, making an effort to appear unconcerned, confident that there's no intruder. "—Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill"We have always been able to rely on Yrsa Sigurdardóttir for a good story well told, and DNA is no exception. Sano ... A richly crafted novel set in seventeenth-century Japan, Laura Joh Rowland's The Concubine's Tattoo unfolds ... A richly crafted novel set in seventeenth-century Japan, Laura Joh Rowland's The Concubine's Tattoo unfolds The first in a stunning new series from Yrsa Sigurdardottir, the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel.The Legacy is the first installment in a fantastic new Icelandic series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar. Elísa's knees buckle. The mattress yields as the man sits down beside her and she ducks her head instinctively as he strokes her hair. Huldar, a police detective shakily directing his first homicide investigation, joins forces with Freyja, a psychologist specializing in the care of traumatized children. She can't look round; her body is paralysed. It's had to put up with all kinds of rough treatment over the years and she's lost count of the times it's ended up on the floor. Title Page, Copyright Notice, Dedication, 1987, 2015, Epilogue, Also by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, About the Author, Copyright, ★ 12/18/2017This relentlessly paced series launch from Sigurdardottir (The Undesired) is as stark and horrifying as any of the ancient Icelandic sagas. As if she didn't have enough on her plate already. I loved the atmospheric feeling of this book and the dark nature of the story but before I expand upon that, here is what the book is all about. A tragic tale. "—James Patterson, ©1997-2021 Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003. People who behave irrationally are far more dangerous than those who abide by conventional rules. She wonders if this arrangement might explain Margrét's nightmares. Margrét peers out into the dark hallway. Her phone must be on the coffee table. Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s latest crime thriller (translated into English by Victoria Cribb and the first in a new series) is a flat affair with two leads who lack chemistry and a psycho-of-the-week antagonist whose reasons stretched credibility and which … Selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 40 best crime novels published 2015-2020 The first in an exciting new series from the author of THE SILENCE OF THE SEA, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel. I know I do —' Elísa breaks off mid-sentence. Oh, why couldn't this have happened last night when Sigvaldi was home? "—Library Journal, "This was a page turner...Definitely looking forward to another in this series, especially with Freya. A more important question is niggling at her: why has she woken up? The door of the boys' room emits a faint creak as she looks in to check that they're sleeping peacefully. The child clambers over the smooth duvet to Elísa's side. Then she is spun round and flung down on the bed. A little story. During a horse race at Edo Castle the chief of the shogun's intelligence All she's got on is one of Sigvaldi's T-shirts and her bare legs prickle with gooseflesh again. This is an Icelandic name. Flash forward to 2015, when an intruder slips into the Reykjavík home of Elisa, a young mother, while her husband is away and brutally murders her. The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. With The Legacy, the writer is striking out in a new direction with a series based around a children’s home in Reykjavik. But what was she expecting? 'There's a man in the house. They decided to give up the landline two years ago and for the first time she misses it. Her titles include The Day is Dark and Ashes to Dust. Through her sobs she manages to ask if he's going to hurt the children. Praise for The Legacy:"[A] relentlessly paced series launch...Few readers will be able to put down this powerful tale of revenge. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir." THE LEGACY is as brutal as it gets. It sounds as if he's sitting at the table, and for a moment she wonders if Margrét or one of the boys could have slipped past without her noticing. The description of the storyline intrigued me. 'I'm not muddled. Freyja works with traumatized youth as a psychologist and knows the value of the work she and her colleagues perform but convincing the rest of the country is not as easy, especially when it comes to funding. But a week's holiday from her husband has its downsides too; she'll be alone in charge of their three children, alone to cope with all that entails: waking them, getting them out of bed, dropping them off and picking them up, helping with their homework, keeping them entertained, monitoring their computer use, feeding them, bathing them, brushing their teeth, putting them to bed. It might be worth moving them to see if that would help Margrét sleep any better. She is a director of one of Iceland’s largest engineering firms. She leaves the rest unsaid: please don't hurt me. The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. “A Better Man, with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is ... “A Better Man, with its mix of meteorological suspense, psychological insight and criminal pursuit, is For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. It may prove tricky. Why doesn't he demand to know her PIN number or where she keeps the valuables? . When she turns on the light, the brightness hurts her eyes. Recommended for fans of Tana French and Camilla Lackberg. The crunching noise had resumed, now accompanied by a disgusting, indefinable smell. Who'd be out there, anyway? "—Guardian on The Legacy, "Iceland's outstanding crime novelist. Our Privacy Notice has been updated to explain how we use cookies, which you accept by continuing to use this website. . The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers. Her immediate instinct is to sprint back to bed and pull the covers over her head. The silence is alien too; for all the times it has kept her lying irritably awake she misses the sound of snoring. ', Elísa sits up, her heart beating faster, though she knows there's nothing wrong. It's probably not worth putting Margrét back to bed; probably time to start the morning chores, pour out three bowls of buttermilk, shovel over some brown sugar, and hope she'll be given a chance to rinse the shampoo out of her hair while they're eating. She's still whispering and raises her finger to her lips as a sign that her mother should keep her voice down. Her characters spring vividly to life as they try their best to do just that, knowing that any mistake could be deadly for another innocent person. The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is the first installment in the new Children's House series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar (available February 13, 2018). . The prospect of evenings in sole command of the TV remote control; of not having to give in to the superior claims of football matches. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn’t best pleased. Take it all!' It's stuck on so tightly that it's bound to rip out her eyebrows and lashes when she tries to remove it. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir." "―Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill Her work is climbing bestseller lists all over the world, and films are currently in production for several of her books. A strong sense of place, interesting characters and a chilling plot make The Legacy a novel to savor. Today (2/13/18) is publication day for THE LEGACY by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an outstanding crime novel that launches a new series for Iceland’s Queen of Crime in the US! "—Publishers Weekly (starred)"A complex, character-driven procedural, powerfully rooted in buried secrets of childhood trauma. The mass of curly hair that frames her pale face is standing on end. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn’t best pleased. He's in the sitting room.'. So that's what woke her. (Feb.), "[A] relentlessly paced series launch...Few readers will be able to put down this powerful tale of revenge. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. "—Book Riot"Sigurdardottir expertly introduces the players, constructs the world and, most importantly, tells the first tale in her new Children's House series. Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, the first book in the Freyja and Huldar series. "—Library Journal"This was a page turner...Definitely looking forward to another in this series, especially with Freya. It reminds her of when Sigvaldi was on night shifts, only this time she's not expecting him home in the morning, yawning, hollow-eyed, smelling of the hospital. "—Booklist (starred)"This thriller will have Nordic noir fans turning the pages. The Legacy. The first in an exciting new series from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian crime novel. Her bare soles stick to the cold parquet, her fear rising with every step. Who is he? "—Daily Express"I can see why so many people are enthusiastic about Yrsa's work. A strong sense of place, interesting characters and a chilling plot make The Legacy a novel to savour." ', Margrét nods. Buy The Legacy by Sigurdardottir, Yrsa, Cribb, Victoria online on Amazon.ae at best prices. her best novel to date"—The Globe and Mail on The Legacy"The Legacy is the start of an exciting new direction for Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The whisper is muffled, as if the man has a scarf over his mouth. But it's only Margrét, her firstborn, the daughter who has always been a little out of step with other children, never really happy. When's she supposed to tidy this lot up? 'Please. The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. He must know her, or her name anyway. A drawer is opened and closed, then another and another, until she hears a rattle of cutlery. I'm going to check on things. What kind of burglar would be interested in tinned food and packets of cereal? She takes a single step towards the front door, then stops; she can't abandon the children. She pulls the door quietly to behind her. HypothermiaInspector Erlunder has spent his entire career struggling to evade the ghosts of his past. I've actually read a couple of more books by Sigurðardóttir since I finished this book and I find her books really good. She returns to the hallway, aware that she's losing her grip. Elísa couldn't care less about their belongings. All she can think about is the time she's wasted searching for the phone when she should have been trying to get the children out of here. When I come back, we won't have to worry any more and we can go back to sleep. The girl's low voice sounds wide awake, betraying no hint of sleepiness or confusion. She has been writing since 1998. But what the hell is he doing in the kitchen? . Their eyes seem to follow her as she hastily closes the door again. Commissaire Dupin has arrived.—M.C. "—Peter Robinson"If you like your crime fiction dark and engaging, look no further. Elísa feels a strong, apparently gloved, hand seize her neck, then something sharp sticking into her back. And she misses the warmth that radiates from her permanently superheated husband, which requires her to sleep with one leg sticking out from under the covers. Bending down she whispers, her hot breath tickling her mother's ear and smelling faintly of toothpaste. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Impossible to put down.”–Karin Slaughter, "Brilliant . Although she misses him a little, the feeling is mingled with pleasure at the thought of a few days to herself. “Yrsa is a magnificent writer” The door is ajar and she strains her eyes towards it but can't see anything except darkness. It's very engaging, fresh and exciting. She hears the man's footsteps, then a clatter, as though he's dragging something behind him. The Legacy: Children's House, Book 1 (Audible Audio Edition): Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Victoria Cribb - translator, Lucy Paterson, Hodder & Stoughton: Amazon.ca: Audible Audiobooks But her cry is neither loud nor piercing, more like the thin sound a rabbit might emit in extremis. Could her alarm clock have stopped? Which would be the least frightening? Margrét didn't sound like herself when she whispered to her earlier. The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. This award winning Icelandic author is famously known for her gritty and hard hitting crime novels set within the suburbs of Iceland. The Children's House promises to be an outstanding series .― Cart "—James Patterson. But the night seldom brings their sister this kind of peace. It's dark in the room but through the gap in the curtains a star winks at her from the vastness of space. "—Publishers Weekly (starred), "A complex, character-driven procedural, powerfully rooted in buried secrets of childhood trauma. 'Thanks but no thanks,' she hears him whisper behind her. Her work is climbing bestseller lists all over the world, and films are currently in production for several of her books. -- Guardian on The Legacy Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir: "Iceland's outstanding crime novelist." She can't bear to see the intruder, so she dashes into her bedroom and closes the door behind her. Elísa is breathing so fast and shallowly she thinks she's going to faint. Though the rattling noise is familiar Elísa can't for the life of her remember what it is. A cigarette butt on the floor? The illumination from the streetlights is enough to convince her that it must have been another of Margrét's fantasies. Vilborg Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (born in 1963) is an Icelandic writer of both crime novels and children's fiction. The dark always sends one's imagination into overdrive. She feels an overwhelming urge to close her eyes. She'll do it after work this evening. Each character is brilliantly conceived. I can see why Yrsa Sigurdardottir has been crowned the queen of Iceland noir. Chapter 1ThursdayIt takes Elísa a moment or two to work out where she is. Take everything.'. Impossible to put down.”–Karin Slaughter"Brilliant . She hears and feels the man stand up, and experiences a flicker of hope that he might be about to leave; go no further. "—Publishers Weekly (starred)"A complex, character-driven procedural, powerfully rooted in buried secrets of childhood trauma. They appear black in the gloom. In 1987, three orphaned siblings fall victim to bureaucratic exigency: the sister, because she is more desirable to potential adoptive parents, is separated from her two older brothers. "—Peter Robinson, "If you like your crime fiction dark and engaging, look no further. What if the child's right and someone has broken in? I advise you to listen carefully.'. she asks huskily, peering searchingly into her daughter's eyes. In Margrét's room her gaze is met by a row of dolls and teddy bears lined up on a shelf. To her horror, she hears the intruder getting up. By the time she approaches the sitting room and kitchen she is feeling much calmer. Suddenly his gentle caress changes, he grabs a fistful of hair and wrenches her head towards him. In a broom, dustpan and cloths, bucket and vacuum cleaner? Mentally she runs through all the electric appliances in the house that could inflict damage: the drill she gave Sigvaldi for Christmas, the hand whisk, the hedge clippers, her curling tongs, the iron, the sandwich toaster, the kettle. Yrsa Sigurdardottir is far from your typical Nordic Noir author, and THE LEGACY proves yet again how she is reshaping the crime fiction subgenre and making it her own. With a man who may have armed himself with a kitchen knife. But the warm, sweet breath that tickled Elísa's ear then is a million miles from the hoarse rasp that fills her with blind terror now. Margrét bends down to her mother's ear again. The Legacy is the start of an exciting new direction for Yrsa Sigurdardottir. I was awake.' "—Mari Hannah on The Legacy"Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers. The smile that curls her lips disappears abruptly from her face. service, Ejima Senzaemon, drops dead as his horse gallops across the finish line—the fourth in a recent series of sudden deaths of high-ranking officials. Personally if she woke up in the night she wouldn't want to be confronted by those rigid stares. Quite different from normal, surely? The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. Please, please, please don't hurt my children. The description of the storyline intrigued me. What does he want? Her heart is hammering. She simply is the best. "—Mari Hannah on The Legacy, "Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers. "—RT Book Reviews, "Yrsa is a magnificent writer who envelops her stories with atmosphere so thick that only care and a bit of luck can see through it. Impossible to put down.”–Karin Slaughter"Brilliant . Slowly, warily, Elísa tiptoes towards it. At first there is silence, then she recoils violently at the sound of chairs being scraped back in the kitchen. The Legacy: A Dark and Engaging Thriller Which is Impossible to Put Down (Freyja and Huldar series) by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Her toes curl up as they encounter the icy floor. From under it she mutters: 'Be careful. How silly to get in such a flap. Tears well up in her eyes as she surveys the mess. . She hears clattering again and thinks she detects a clunk like something being plugged in over by the door. The Legacy is the start of an exciting new direction for Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation . 'We all get muddled sometimes. Sigurdardottir’s trademark sly ironies, often directed at official fumbling, can be downright ghoulish. As in the bathroom earlier, logic deserts her and her fears for her own and her children's safety momentarily recede before the worry about how she is to get the tape off again. Her voice cracks, which does nothing to boost her courage. Her work is climbing bestseller lists all over the world, and films are currently in production for several of her books. She darts into the bathroom anyway in search of her phone, flinging aside towels and pulling out drawers with shaking hands. She needs to stay alert; perhaps he's going to attack her from behind. Her characters spring vividly to life as they try their best to do just that, knowing that any mistake could be deadly for another innocent person. Roll over, Maigret. 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