I bought this book last year after hearing Yrsa at Bute Noir but it has been languishing on my TBR for way too long!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Detective Huldar is out of his depth. His first murder case is like nothing he’s seen before – a bizarre attack on a seemingly blameless woman.
The only evidence is a list of numbers found at the scene, and the testimony of the victim’s eleven-year-old daughter, who isn’t talking.
While his team attempt to crack the code, Huldar turns to child psychologist Freyja for her expertise with traumatised young people.
Because time is running out…and the one thing they know for certain is that the murderer will strike again.
Well what can I say, totally late to this party but boy was it worth the attendance! From page one I had the chills and I mean THE chills! It completely unnerved me and didn’t let up right to the very last page. It is no wonder that Yrsa Sigurdardottir has been crowned the Queen of Icelandic Noir –she has proved herself more than worthy of this title.
The Legacy begins with the traumatic separation of three children following an untold tragic event in their lives. We then fast forward in time when an eleven year old girl is the only witness to her mother’s brutal murder, the police and children’s workers face a race against time to find the monster responsible, especially when there is a hint that another victim will soon be found.
The author expertly places the reader in a state of fear without gratuitous violence. I am not going to lie, my eyes watered at the thought of what had happened to the victim.
Expertly crafted The Legacy was so tightly plotted that the twists and the turns had me meeting myself in the middle. I had NO clue as to the perpetrator and when the penny dropped then so did my jaw!
I also would like to applaud the author for her sensitivity around the issue of mental health; she used her writing to challenge the stigma surrounding some of the labels and assumptions made about people living with mental health conditions.
Yrsa has created a cast of characters who will stay with me for a long time.
But for me this book was way more than simply the outstanding plot. It was a masterpiece in melancholy and darkness. The relationships of the characters were dissected and explored leaving me feeling emotionally drained. I found myself ensnared in their lives, I felt as though I were a part of the story, a part of their lives and much as it disturbed me, I couldn’t and did not want to escape the pages.
The Legacy crawled beneath my skin and clutched its claws around my very being. A dark and chilling tale from a dark and twisted mind! I LOVED it!
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