Bráðin The Prey

A search and rescue team is sent into the remote and isolated Icelandic highlands to search for a group of missing people. What compelled them to enter the area in the middle of the harsh winter, into darkness and snowstorms? And why did they leave what little shelter they had, underdressed and vulnerable to the harsh conditions?

Meanwhile at the isolated radar station in Stokksnes, strange events take place. Here nothing is what it seems. Be it the pool of blood discovered in the pristine snow far from civilization, a small children’s shoe unearthed after being buried for decades or the gaping black hole in the bedrock by the sea that seems to attract people…

The Prey is a blood-curling and unnerving novel, guaranteed to make you shiver. In this stunning stand-alone thriller, Yrsa Sigurdardottir proves once again that “she is a generator of fear quite as adroit as such writers as Stephen King” (The Independent).

“A nail-biting, ice-cold tale of horror. Twisty, twisted and scary as hell.”
–C.J. Tudor

“Mesmerising and atmospheric, with entrancing descriptions of landscape.”
– The Sunday Times, the best crime books of 2023


The Blood Drop (Best Crime Fiction) Iceland 2021
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  • The Prey is an extraordinarily creepy mystery. Sigurdardottir can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up whether describing the weird and wintry terrain of southern Iceland or the odd behaviour of a cat called Puss. The outer darkness reflects that within the characters. One of the doomed hikers asks herself: “Was there no end to the wretchedness and cruelty of the world?” The answer she receives will make your blood run cold.”

    The Times, UK

  • “Sigurdardottir is a skilled hand and ties all her threads and twists together neatly, but it’s her thrilling tale of a struggle to survive in freezing temperatures, under a sky that never seems to lighten, that provides the real chill factor here.”

    The Guardian, UK

  • “Sigurdardóttir’s novels are always suffused with a sense of unease and her characters struggle with mental turmoil as well as hostile conditions. Lyrical landscape descriptions combine with intimations of terrible events in the past in this haunting story. ”

    The Sunday Times, UK

  • “If you like your chilling thrillers ice-cold and with an epic plot twist, then look no further. /…/ Another atmospheric, twisty thrill-fest from Sigurdardóttir. ”


    Heat, UK

  • “Terrifying and edge-of-your-seat thrilling Icelandic horror.”


    Politiken, Denmark

  • “An excellent and grim suspense story.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “Yrsa Sigurdardottir has accomplished a well-constructed and enigmatic crime novel, where she in an effective succession pulls one hair-raising scene after another out of the drawer, full of mystical and anxiety inducing details.”


    Belingske, Denmark

  • “Yrsa is on a roll this year. /…/ She’s on fire in this novel. /…/ Yrsa does a fantastic job of raising the horror and creepiness levels without ever going too far.”

    Kiljan TV, Iceland

  • The atmosphere is like a geyser erupting. At first everything seems calm, then it begins to simmer, then boil, and finally the walls come down and all hell breaks loose. The Prey may cause you sleepless nights. The story is thrilling and well-constructed, the premise scary and chilling.

    Morgunblaðið, Iceland

  • “All of the various storyline threads are extremely suspenseful and gripping, leaving the reader’s nerves on edge. /…/ This is a ghostly and spellbinding thriller that is hard to put down.”

    Fréttablaðið, Iceland

Photo: Lilja Birgisdóttir Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
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Reading material

Icelandic edition

English translation

Rights sold

Albania, Shkupi

Bulgaria, Emas

Czech Republic, Metafora/Grada

Denmark, Lindhardt og Ringhof

France, Actes Sud

Germany, Btb

Greece, Metaixmio

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Veröld

Netherlands, Cargo

North Macedonia, Antolog

Portugal, Quetzal

Romania, Trei

Serbia, Dokaz

Slovakia, Grada

UK, Hodder & Stoughton

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