The Undesired

The Undesired Aldis is working in a juvenile detention centre in rural Iceland She witnesses something deeply disturbing in the middle of the night soon afterwards two of the boys at the centre are dead Decades la

  • Title: The Undesired
  • Author: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir Victoria Cribb
  • ISBN: 9781444778281
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • Aldis is working in a juvenile detention centre in rural Iceland She witnesses something deeply disturbing in the middle of the night soon afterwards, two of the boys at the centre are dead.Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the centre following the unexplained death of the colleague who was previously running the investigation The Aldis is working in a juvenile detention centre in rural Iceland She witnesses something deeply disturbing in the middle of the night soon afterwards, two of the boys at the centre are dead.Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the centre following the unexplained death of the colleague who was previously running the investigation The he finds out, though, the it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex wife Was her death something sinister

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    1. Find my full review at: crimebythebook/blog/2017/2This book is everything I hoped for and MUCH more. Atmospheric, spine-tinging suspense in the form of a slow-burning mystery. Absolutely loved it!!

    2. This novel is a standalone story, not related to the author's Thóra Guðmundsdóttir series. If you read the blurb for this English translation, the plot is outlined in a manner that heavily suggests it has a horror slant; in this it appears more similar to another standalone book of the author's, I Remember You, than her crime novels. In fact, it has nowhere near as much horror in it as I Remember You, and is nowhere near as scary, but it's also much tighter and more coherent. There are two st [...]

    3. The Undesired begins with Odinn and his daughter trapped in a running automobile slowly being overcome with the fumes leaving a reader to wonder just who this pair is and what brought them to that moment. Going back to find out those answers we learn that Odinn had lost his wife and has been left to raise his young daughter alone. At that point Odinn takes a new job to look into a former residential home for boys to see if there had possibly been any kind of abuse. As Odinn is looking into the p [...]

    4. An investigation into alleged abuses that took place in a juvenile detention center in rural Iceland during the 1970s hint at possible deadly repercussions in the present for the single father tasked with looking into the matters that may have already struck close to home.Sigurdardottir expertly alternates this current investigation with the story of a young woman working in the detention center when these abuses took place, a tale of mysterious goings-on that hint at a supernatural source.Chill [...]

    5. This is an incredible story about historic child abuse that is suspected and an official report is commissioned to investigate. By establishing the known facts the authorities would see if any survivors were due compensation.This plot outline then is established in the author,Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and she writes a multi-faceted horror story; so well paced and intriguing with unexplained circumstances, unease and foreboding it is hard to unravel the mystery and see reality rather than the superna [...]

    6. *** 3.5 out of 5 stars ***The Undesired is the first book by this author that I have read, I went in to it not knowing what to expect.The story in this book begins with an ending of sorts, a man and his young daughter are trapped in a car slowly asphyxiating. By doing this, the author has ensured that the audience are captive, instantly hooked by wondering who these people are, why there are there, what has lead to this monumental moment. There are two strands of story in this book, the first fo [...]

    7. An Icelandic tale with a touch of paranormal about the suspicious death of two children in a care home in the desolate wasteland of Iceland. When 40 odd years later there is an new investigation in the care homes that took in juvenile delinquents after a series of scandals. At first the main protagonist is asked to look in the case of one particular care home because the previous investigator had died before finishing.It is a bleak story with little or no moments of true excitement of darkness. [...]

    8. 3 1/2 starsMy View:A very topical theme – the historic abuse of children in care – mixed with a little mystery/superstition/ hint of the paranormal/horror but in the end this intriguing narrative delivers a very powerful, of this world evil, that you just won’t see coming! The beginning has a very seductive but sad emotional hook – we are privy to the end of Odin and his daughter’s life (no spoilers here), then we are introduced via flashbacks and various view points to a lives in a ch [...]

    9. This was slow going but I stuck with it. It never really picked up, I just got used to the pace. It was pretty clever and the reveal was a complete surprise. I liked the Icelandic setting and all the Icelandic names. A strong 3 star book.

    10. Thought that this was a really dark book, don't particularly like this kind of story. It seemed to take on an other dimension as we got into the book. The girl is evil itself.

    11. Falling between two stoolsAs the book begins, a man and his young daughter are in the last stages of asphyxiation in his car. How did they get there? Who has done this to them? The story takes the reader back into the past to answer these questions. Odinn's life was turned upside down a few months previously when his ex-wife fell from a window and died, leaving him with the responsibility for his young daughter, Rún. Until then he had been a weekend father, fond of his daughter but leading the [...]

    12. Nachdem gelungenen "Geisterfjord" wollte ich unbedingt mehr von der Autorin lesen - hatte mir hier aber definitiv mehr erwartet.Die Spannung hat leider oft gefehlt und es war auch nicht gruselig oder nervenaufreibend! Die beiden Handlungsstränge aus der Gegenwart und der Vergangenheit waren allerdings gekonnt aufeinander aufgebaut und ich hab doch mitgefiebert, wie diese beiden Geschichten zusammenhängen könnten.Óðinn war für mich ein eher unspektakulärer Charakter. Er arbeitet in einer s [...]

    13. Deliciously creepy standalone by one of my favorite authors! With hints of paranormal activity and the stark Icelandic setting, this mystery/thriller was impossible to put down so I read it cover to cover in a single sitting. It's dark, chilling and twisted and I really liked the story.The opening of the novel sets the stage for the backstory -- a man and his 11-year-old daughter are slowly asphyxiating in a car in a garage. Who has done this to them, and why? Odinn and Run (accents missing) had [...]

    14. I'm not fond of ghost stories, but if Yrsa weaves one, I'll try it. And what a joy it turned out to be! Cleverly plotted, with a tension-building dual narrative moving between 1974 and the present day, and more twists and turns and surprises (and unexplained detail) than your average suspense novel, this story builds lung capacity in the final third as gasp is followed by gasp. I would still advise readers to start with Last rituals, and to look forward to The silence of the sea as her best book [...]

    15. There is a point in this book when you HAVE to keep reading to finish it. This author is a master in keeping chills running up the reader's spine in each chapter, beginning with placing the end of the story at the beginning. The reader is immediately engaged to find out what led to this situation. The reader knows that the two stories set in different time periods will lead to the resolution, and the author weaves the stories together most effectively. The two main characters appear to be quite [...]

    16. AUTHOR Sigurdardottir, YrsaTITLE: The UndesiredDATE READ: 03/01RATING 4.5/B+GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Crime Fiction/ 2015 / Hodder & Stoughton / 353 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: SACHARACTERS Odinn/ single father Run/ his daughter TIME/PLACE: Present / Iceland FIRST LINES Odinn Hafsteinsson missed the heft of a hammer in his hand, missed taking aim, raining down blows on a four-inch galvanised nail. COMMENTS: Really enjoyed this one & will read more by this author. Odinn used to work f [...]

    17. Another engrossing and chilling novel from this highly accomplished Icelandic author. The chapters alternate between a current-day investigation into abuse at a children's home in the 1970s and an account of life at the home as told by a young female cleaner.As the two stories unfold they also converge and the lead investigator finds himself in a highly compromising position. The twists and turns in the plot over the final chapters would do Jeffery Deaver proud.

    18. Ein ruhiges Buch, das dennoch spannend zu lesen ist. Und die Rückblicke haben mich immer an den schwedischen Film "Evil" von der Kulisse und dem Feeling erinnert :3

    19. Yet another Yrsa Sigurdardottir novel I loved!This standalone book is set in two time frames - present day and 1974. In the present, single father Oddin is trying to bring up his daughter Run following a tragic accident that killed her mother 6 months ago. Oddin is also taking on the case load of a fellow worker who died of a heart attack. The case is a cold case related to the deaths of two teenagers at a care home. But, unbeknownst to Oddin, this old case will leave its mark in him.Meanwhile, [...]

    20. 4.5 stars. Wonderfully creepy. The only reason I didn’t give this a 5 star review is that the ending went slightly more down one road than another—and I was hoping for the other. But another great standalone.

    21. Three and a half stars--atmospheric thriller with a very unsettling ending; deaths in the past and present provide an eerie story line which incorporates the Icelandic view of ghosts who roam among the living.

    22. As a big Sigurdardottir fan I was quite disappointed by this. I had thought she was at her best writing about crime with a tinge of the supernatural, or part ghost story, but here she has failed to fulfil that promise. I Remember You is her strongest book for me, but all have been very good, 4-5 stars. The story here centres around a children's home in the 1970's and has a dual time line running to the modern day. The setting therefore isn't particularly special and different, having just read T [...]

    23. “The Undesired” is an intriguing thriller which begins with Odinn and his daughter Run close to death in a car. The novel then goes back to the events leading up to this scene. It alternates between Odinn’s job in the present and Aldis’s job in in the 70s. After his colleague Roberta dies at her desk, Odinn is tasked with continuing her investigation into a home tasked with reforming juvenile delinquents in the 70s. As there was a recent case showing maltreatment of the boys in another s [...]

    24. If you're looking for a book to creep you the heck out - look no further. You've found it. This book has two interlaced storylines and both are enough to make you pull the covers around you a little tighter and jump at stray noises.In modern day Reykjavik, Odinn is handed a new project just as his personal life is in turmoil. His ex-wife was in an accident, leaving the care of their 11-year-old daughter to him. The project relates to an old care home for delinquent boys, which was shut down afte [...]

    25. In recent years the Northern Europeans seem to have become the masters of the murder suspense genre. Authors like Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson have become synonymous with the dark and brooding crime fiction of Scandi Noir but you can’t rule out the Icelanders who manage to create characters so beguiling that they put their own peculiar slant on things. “The Undesired” is a book that could only have been written by an Icelander. Their acceptance of the supernatural and all things spooky under [...]

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