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Kate’s 2¢: “The absolution” by Sigurðardóttir Yrsa

“The absolution” by Sigurðardóttir Yrsa

Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…


I have no idea how to speak Icelandic, so, it took a while for me to understand the British accent pronouncing the Icelandic names. I was glad to have someone reading the story to me.

I enjoy reading pieces written by authors from   different countries. Their perspectives are often so unique from American writers. This story was no exception. It has a wonderful narrative arc and a wonderful cliff-hanger for an ending.

It is a great exposé on how bullying affects from the bullied to the bullier and from the youth to the adult.

The English translation, 2019, by Victoria Cribbs was nicely read by Lucy Paterson.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is an Icelandic name. The last name is patronymic, not a family name; this person is referred to by the given name Yrsa.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, on August 24, 1963. This award winning Icelandic author is famously known for her gritty and hard hitting crime novels set within the suburbs of Iceland. She has authored a successful award winning crime series of books.

She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime novel was translated into English by Bernard Scudder. The central character in her crime novels so far is Thóra Gudmundsdóttir (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir), a lawyer. Yrsa has also written for children, and won the 2003 Icelandic Children’s Book Prize with Biobörn.

Yrsa is married with two children, and she has a career as a civil engineer.



The absolution DB98722

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Reading time: 10 hours, 58 minutes.

Read by Lucy Paterson.


Suspense Fiction

Mystery and Detective Stories


A Snapchat video shows a terrified teen. When her body is found, it is marked with a number “2.” Detective Huldar brings in child psychologist Freyja to help question the victim’s friends. Then another teenager goes missing, more clips appear, and the body with a “3” is found. Translated from the Icelandic. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Downloaded: May 1, 2020


Previously reviewed:

The legacy DB96756

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir; Cribb, Victoria. Reading time: 13 hours, 42 minutes.

Read by Lucy Paterson.


Suspense Fiction

Mystery and Detective Stories


The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking. Detective Huldar turns to psychologist Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people. Translated from the 2014 Icelandic. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.



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