Aflausn The Absolution
Freyja & Huldar #3
A teenager is brutally beaten to death in the cinema where she works, her body dragged into the night by the masked killer. Clips of her begging for forgiveness are sent to her friends from her Snapchat account. When the body is finally found it is marked “2”. A teenage boy meets a similar fate a few days later, and again clips where he begs the killer for forgiveness are sent to his friends via social media. When found his body is marked with a “3”.
Huldar joins the murder investigation, working under Erla. Their relationship is strained after being subjected to an internal review regarding the sexual harassment allegations, which took place in The Reckoning. But they must set their differences aside and focus on finding a merciless killer - as well as trying to ascertain if there is an undiscovered third body - one carrying the number “1”.
As Icelandic law stipulates that a psychologist be present when questioning youths, Freyja is drawn into the investigation despite her reluctance to work with Huldar. She soon suspects that bullying might lie at the heart of the case, although her own experience as a victim of such behavior might influence her judgement.
All three can at least agree on two things: the truth is far from simple. And the killer is not done yet.
The Absolution is the third installment in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.
“[A] well-written, engaging and thrilling police procedural.”
“Yrsa Sigurdardóttir skillfully manages to keep the reader guessing till the very last page.”
“The best crime fiction author in the Nordic countries.”
“As we have come to expect of Yrsa, the plot is tight and original and uncoils at a perfect pace right until the very end. /…/ This novel ranks among the very best suspense fiction works out there. The Absolution reaches far beyond the framework of the story itself and addresses social problems we urgently need to confront. Conclusion: An exceptionally good crime novel in which the writing, plot and characters all come together to form a story that will keep the reader up all night.”
“Very well constructed, an excellent plot and all the threads come together in the end. /…/ An exciting story, touching but at the same time an appeal for action against bullying.”
“Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is an immensely talented crime fiction author who writes great contemporary stories /…/ I would even go as far as to state that no-one is as good at writing suspenseful crime novels”
“Queen of Icelandic crime. Sigurdardóttir’s story about the dark side of school and social media is as gripping as it is grisly.”
“A tough novel about a grim social phenomenon with a fast-paced plot.”
- Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
- Reading material
- Rights sold
Czech Republic, Metafora
Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof
France, Actes Sud
Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC
Poland, Sonia Draga
Sweden, HarperCollins Nordic
UK, Hodder & Stoughton
US, St. Martin’s Press