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Someone to Watch Over Me

5 Someone to WatchThóra Guðmundsdóttir series (book 5)

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.


A young man with Down’s Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thóra Guðmundsdóttir to prove Jakob is innocent.

If he didn’t do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of Magga, killed in a hit and run on her way to babysit?

A creepy, compelling thriller, Someone to Watch Over Me is the fifth Thóra Guðmundsdóttir novel from Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, ‘Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson’.


‘Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world.’ Peter James

‘A tough and yet moving novel, lifted even further by its extraordinary originality of setting and theme.’ 50 Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the Past 5 Years, Sunday Times

‘Put simply, it’s terrifying. And brilliant.’ Stylist