Someone to Watch Over Me: Thora Gudmundsdottir Book 5 Paperback – 27 Feb 2014
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Iceland's answer to Stieg Larsson. (Daily Telegraph)
Yrsa is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world. (Peter James)
A tough and yet moving novel, lifted even further by its extraordinary originality of setting and theme. (50 Best Thrillers and Crime Novels of the Past 5 Years Sunday Times)
Put simply, it's terrifying. And brilliant. (Stylist)
Chilling Icelandic crime from the internationally bestselling author of LAST RITUALS and ASHES TO DUST.See all Product Description
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This is a very well written entry into the field of Nordic crime - Iceland, on this occasion - and the translation by Philip Roughton is first-rate. Apparently this is the fifth in the series, but it's the first I've read. The characterisation throughout the novel is particularly strong and Thóra herself is a likeable lead, strong and capable but with a soft centre. As well as dealing with the case, she's having to juggle home life as her parents move in on a temporary basis to a house already filled with Thóra's children, grandchild and partner, Matthew.
In the course of her investigation, Thóra has to deal with people with a variety of severe disabilities. Sigurdardóttir handles this well, managing to convey the difficulties they face without becoming overly mawkish or sentimental. Thóra's dealings with the relatives of the victims show her sensitivity, particularly when dealing with Jakob's mother. And her aversion to Jósteinn, the psychopathic child abuser who has hired her, grows steadily as she wonders what his motivation is for wanting to help Jakob.Read more ›
Josteinn is a manipulative sociopath who resides in a secure psychiatric
unit,having been convicted of sexual offences against children.With his
inheritence money he instructs Thora to investigate,with a view to
overturning,the conviction of a fellow inmate Jakob. Jakob is a young
male with Down's syndrome who has been found guilty of burning down his
care home ,killing five people.
The ever persistent Thora's investigations are hampered by some of the
witnesses having severe disablilities,including one with locked-in
syndrome,and also by the lies,half-truths,and cover-ups from people
with their own interests to protect.
A brave unusual and thoughtful thriller.
This story is one where Thóra gets involved with a case of a young man with Downs Syndrome who has been held responsible, through not convicted due to his inability to face criminal charges, for the burning down of a residential care facility and the resultant deaths of several people in the blaze. He is being held in a secure unit and one of the other unit residents wants to fund Jakob's retrial and release. Thóra finds herself questioning her decision to become involved with this entirely unpleasant man but her search for the truth leads her to some very strange places in this story. Along the way, there is some great interaction with her awful secretary Bella, who seems to be getting madder by the book, and with Matthew and Thóra's family.
These are absolutely fantastic books; the storyline is utterly enthralling (I read this book in less than 2 days, because I couldn't put it down), the characters are engaging, and the way the author weaves in some slightly eerie and weird circumstances into what appear on the surface to be more cut-and-dried legal cases really ramps up the tension. This is absolutely utterly wholeheartedly recommended, as are all of Yrsa Sigurdardottir's books.
Following the horrific burning down of a residential care home; parties involved seem to be happy to rush to justice and a young man with Down's syndrome is found guilty of the arson, albeit not criminally liable.
He is sent to a psychiatric unit where another resident befriends him and engages lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir to look into Jacob's case and prove his innocence.
All of Iceland's recent financial woes are cleverly linked in a number of references and through the lives of her characters who are struggling due to the economical downturn.
I liked the the straight forward linear story that paralleled Thora's investigation with the reader's own understanding; the exception is the frightening opening of haunting and paranormal events. This is spine-chilling and places you back reading "I Remember You" with 'all the lights on'. Another positive is that different stories are told outside of Thora's account that add depth to the novel without revealing any real insight to crack the case.
A great read from this accomplished novelist who continues to produce quality thrillers.
One of the few author's around I would like to meet. She has the power to make this grown man, through her writing, very scared; I'd like to normalise that and thank her personally for her profound writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once again the story has different strands which are only woven together at the end of the tale. Thor's is centre stage as usual in this tale of death,disability and deceit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent noridc thriller with a perfectly normal human being as the heroine. Can recommend.Published 4 months ago by lehman
It was worth the read. The plot keeps you interested until the end but I found the characters less than interesting and their names confusing (as I'm not Icelandic). Read morePublished 6 months ago by JLD
I bought this novel in response to the (mostly) positive reviews here on Amazon. I ended up very disappointed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by O E J
Thora Gudmundsdottir is a layer retained by a violent prisoner to investigate the case of a fellow inmate, a Downs Syndrome boy charged with burning down a residential care centre... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sam Flint
I've been impressed by the efforts of previous reviewers to summarise the plot, without giving away the ending. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good, could have done with being a fair bit shorter, suspenseful in lots of places. So overall very good bookPublished 16 months ago by jr