The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Freyja works with traumatized youth as a psychologist and knows the value of the work she and her colleagues perform but convincing the rest of the country is not as easy, especially when it comes to funding. That’s why working with the police on a high profile case is such a priority. Being able to make the young girl who witnessed her mother’s murder talk about what she saw is of the utmost importance but what the witness is saying doesn’t seem to make any sense. Or does it? When there is another victim, just as the killer told the little girl there would be, things get even more urgent. The murders seem unrelated but how can they be? This is Iceland, murders don’t happen here, and yet there are two gruesome murders in short order. Could this be the work of a serial killer preying on random women? Or are the investigators missing a vital link?
Yrsa Sigurdardottir starts a new series with child psychologist Freja and police officer Huldar (who have an interesting relationship to put it mildly) and I’m liking this series much more than the last installment in her previous series. The author’s last few books have been standalones, creepy ones at that, and the darkness she brought out in her writing of those books has carried over to this series with great effect. A dark look at Iceland’s past that has a chilling and twisted presence in the present.