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My Soul to Take

2 My Soul to TakeThóra Guðmundsdóttir series (book 2)

This book is included in The Icelanders Cometh crowdfunding campaign run by the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign to raise money for UK libraries to spend on titles translated into English by Icelandic authors to mark World Book Night and UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day in 2016.


If I die before I wake . . .

A grisly murder is committed at a health resort situated in a recently renovated farmhouse, which turns out to be notorious for being haunted.

Attorney Thóra Guðmundsdóttir is called upon by the owner of the resort – the prime suspect in the case – to represent him.

Her investigations uncover some very disturbing occurrences at the farm decades earlier – things that have never before seen the light of day . . .

My Soul to Take is a chilling, dark and witty crime novel, and a welcome return for Thóra Guðmundsdóttir, the heroine of the highly-acclaimed Last Rituals.


‘Sigurðardóttir delivers terrific clammy atmosphere and frequent frissons of fear; she is entitled to join the front rank of Nordic crime writers.’ The Times

‘The second book from Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is funny as well as being a taut and accomplished novel.’ Best Crime Books for Christmas, Independent

‘Yrsa Sigurdardottir brilliantly conjures an atmosphere of creeping menace and unreality.’ The Guardian

‘The numerous twists and turns are worthy of Agatha Christie and keep the reader guessing until the very end.’ Sunday Telegraph