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The Absolution

Children’s House series (book 3)

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.


All he wants is for them to say sorry …

The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows the terrified victim begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number 2 …

Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager’s friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim – but even so, who could have hated her enough to kill?

Then another teenager goes missing, and more clips are sent. Freyja and Huldar can agree on two things at least: the truth is far from simple. And the killer is not done yet.

A brilliantly suspenseful story about the dark side of social media, The Absolution will make you wonder what you should have said sorry for …


‘Freyja and Huldar are one of the most intriguing crime detecting partnerships around and The Absolution is a gripping, fascinating insight into the dark side of social media and children at risk. The Absolution confirms Yrsa as a master storyteller with a satisfyingly slanted view of the world she recreates.’ William Ryan, author

‘It’s hardly a surprise to say that this is Sigurđardóttir on reliable form – when is she ever anything else? The plotting exerts the usual grip, and her new protagonists are memorable enough to stop us regretting the retiring of Thóra Gudmundsdottir. Barry Forshaw, European Literature Network

‘Yrsa Sigurðardóttir gets better and better with each book. The relationships and the humour lighten the darkest plot.’ Liz Nugent, author

‘With her trademark skills of building a dark and creepy tension filled adrenalin ride, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir has written another truly immersive and engrossing read.’ Mary Picken, Live and Deadly

‘Another cracking story in a brilliant series. I can’t wait for the next one.’ Jen Lucas, Sharing the Book Love

‘Beautifully written, unexpectedly plotted and ever fascinating in character and setting, The Absolution is another pure joy to read from the pen of Ysra Sigurđardóttir.’ Liz Barnsley, Liz Loves Books