My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

I had intended to write a complete review of this novel, but now that I have read it I feel that it will be difficult.

Is there no story? Yes, but it is difficult to identify it.

Is there no problem solver? Sure there is. An attorney named Póra Gudmundsdóttir, and her sidekick, her German admirer Matthew.

Are they not solving the crime? Wait a minute, that you will have to find out for yourself.

Imagine Harry Hole, Colombo and Tom Barnaby as snipers using pistols, in comparison Póra is the type who would use a machinegun. I get confused trying to follow the story. I cannot stand that the main character follows wild leads without even the slightest well-hidden common thread. Her meetings and conversations with suspects do not move the story forward.

The environmental descriptions are not done properly. I have been to the Iceland and visited some of the places where the novel take place and I do not even get a sense of presence.

The characters are so stereotypical, that I wonder if they could be caricatures, and if so, was that done on purpose?

Luckily we all have different taste in books, and to get a different view of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, please read Veronica’s review of The Day is Dark.

And above all, read the novel and form your own opinion. But if I were you I would borrow it from the library…



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