The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. (2015 in Icelandic, 2018 in English).
(#2 in the Freyja and Huldar series AKA the Children’s House series).
*4.5 out of 5 stars*
In 2016 a note is found in a school’s time capsule 10 years after it was buried. It predicts the death of 6 unidentified people (initials only) in the year 2016. After the note is found, incidents seem to escalate: body parts found in a garden, followed by the murder of the man who owned that house whose name matches one of the initials in the note. Huldar reaches out to Freyja to consult about the note writer and the race is on to identify the author, the victims and the murderer before the rest of the targets are killed…
You could probably get away with not reading the first book in the series but then you would not have a full understanding of some of the relationships and references so I would strongly suggest reading the first book (The Legacy) before reading this one.
I was pleased to find I enjoyed this novel as much as the previous one in the series. Huldar and Freyja are both relatable characters that have been written realistically with their human flaws and their ‘will they/won’t they’ intimate relationship on top of their working relationship. The crimes described in this book are gruesome and do involve pedophilia which may be triggering for some readers. A few good twists and a particularly well done one right near the end. I thoroughly recommend this series for any crime thriller readers, it’s a series I would reread and look forward to the third installment in English.