The Undesired

The Undesired

A Thriller

Book - 2017
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"Aldis hates her job working in a juvenile detention center in rural Iceland. The boys are difficult, the owners are unpleasant, and there are mysterious noises at night. And then two of the boys go astray. Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the center. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister? Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a huge European bestseller both with her crime and horror novels. You might want to sleep with the light on after reading The Undesired. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250107404
1250107407
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Cribb, Victoria - Translator

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htliang
Apr 23, 2019

Another fantastic novel by my favorite Icelandic author, Yrsa Sigurdardottir.
This thriller is not related to the author's Thóra Guðmundsdóttir series, but is equally suspenseful, creepy, and chilling. Lots of unexpected surprises - and a great ending.

Chilling, and not just because the setting is Iceland, but tersely told as well, by unhappy and often deeply disturbed people. As a father investigates the cold case deaths of two young boys in a bleak juvenile home, threads inexplicably lead back to his ex-wife's questionable death. This will not end well.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

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StarGladiator
Mar 02, 2017

I always enjoy this author's books on the attorney/accidental detective, Thora Gudmundsdottir, and her low-key writing style, but the same style just doesn't seem to translate that well to the horror genre?
Some may enjoy this, and I'm not recommending against it, but wasn't all that spectacular . . . .

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