The Legacy

The Legacy

Book - 2017
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The first in an exciting new series from the author of THE SILENCE OF THE SEA, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel.

The murder was meant as a punishment - but what sin could justify the method?

The only person who might have answers is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking.

Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children's House for their expertise with traumatised young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe.

It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He's telling a dark and secret story - but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2017.
ISBN: 9781473621527
Branch Call Number: FIC Yrsa
Characteristics: 455 pages ; 25 cm.


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Jun 10, 2018

(The first book in the Children's House series)

Apr 14, 2018

I didn't enjoy this as much as other Yrsa Sigurðardóttir mysteries I've read, but the last 3 pages bumped the book from 3.5 stars up to 4 stars. Absolutely loved those 3 pages!
The lead detective (Huldar) and the expert in child trauma (Freyja) were interesting and likeable - as was little Margret who hid in terror under her mother's bed while her mother was murdered. Molly, the dog, was a hoot and should have you smiling.
The Legacy (also called DNA) is the first in the Children's House series but the only one (so far) that has been translated into English. Hoping for more of Huldar and Freya!

Jan 15, 2018

Enjoyed the writing and characters. However the ending - the reveal of the killer - did not convince me.

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