Yrsa Sigurdardottir – The Absolution


The Absolution is the third installment in Queen of Icelandic crime fiction Yrsa Sigurdardttirs series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.

The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows a terrified young woman 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 who could have hated her enough to kill?

Then another teenager goes missing, more clips are sent to social media, and the body with a 3 is found. Freyja and Huldar can agree on two things at least: The truth is far from simple. The killer is not done yet. And is there an undiscovered body carrying the number 1 out there?

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Narrator: Lucy Paterson
Duration: 10 hours 56 minutes
Released: 20 Nov 2002
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Language: English

User Review:

rear logistical

I’m still spooked by the HUGE
twist at the end. The author
lulled me into thinking I was
listening to a kind of boring book– nope. I owe the author a
cup of coffee! Good story line,
but it did need some trimming.
You will need a scorecard- lots of
people coming and going in this
unusual thriller. Sometimes they switch sides so you will need a big scorecard. I like Scandinavian mysteries but I can’t label this true Scand. noir.
(is Iceland under the Scand. umbrella?)
no horrible dying scenes…. but we do have to slog around with these hardy people in their so close to the Artic winter.