The Undesired

The Undesired

Book - 2015
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The light spilling in from the corridor would have to do. Though weak, it was sufficient to show Aldis a boy sitting in the gloom at the furthest table. He had his back to her, so she couldn't see who it was, but could tell that he was one of the youngest. A chill ran down her spine when he spoke again, without turning, as if he had eyes in the back of his head. 'Go away. Leave me alone.' 'Come on. You shouldn't be here.' Aldis spoke gently, fairly sure now that the boy must be delirious. Confused, rather than dangerous. He turned, slowly and deliberately, and she glimpsed black eyes in a pale face. 'I wasn't talking to you.' Aldis is working in a juvenile detention centre in rural Iceland. She witnesses something deeply disturbing in the middle of the night; soon afterwards, two of the boys at the centre are dead. Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the centre following the unexplained death of the colleague who was previously running the investigation. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister?
Publisher: London :, Hodder & Stoughton,, 2015
Description: 353 pages ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781444778281
Branch Call Number: Yrsa


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Chilling, and not just because the setting is Iceland, but tersely told as well, by unhappy and often deeply disturbed people. As a father investigates the cold case deaths of two young boys in a bleak juvenile home, threads inexplicably lead back to his ex-wife's questionable death. This will not end well.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

Mar 02, 2017

I always enjoy this author's books on the attorney/accidental detective, Thora Gudmundsdottir, and her low-key writing style, but the same style just doesn't seem to translate that well to the horror genre?
Some may enjoy this, and I'm not recommending against it, but wasn't all that spectacular . . . .

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