Crime · Read-Reviewed-2019 · Thriller

The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. (2019 in English, 2016 in Icelandic).

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The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. (2019 in English, 2016 in Icelandic).
(Children’s House/Freyja & Huldar, #3).

**4 out of 5 stars**

The police find out about the crime the same way everyone does: the horrific videos of the victim sent on Snapchat. When her body is found, it is marked with the number 2…
Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja are part of the investigation and question the murdered teenager’s friends. Soon it is clear that Stella was not an angel but even so, who hated her enough to kill her? Then another teenager goes missing and more Snapchats are sent. It is clear the truth is far from simple, and the killer is not done yet.

Finally, the third of this series is in English and I can read it! I have eagerly been awaiting this translation. This book is another great addition to the series with yet another fascinating unique crime occurring. I really enjoy both Huldar and Freyja in their own right, but they do shine together and their dynamic works really well. This book is perhaps not as gruesome in details as the last couple in the series – readers can decide if that’s a good or bad thing as per their own tastes. Without revealing spoilers, it’s safe for me to say that bullying plays a big part in this narrative and the widespread effects it can have, as well as how modern technology plays into that. A riveting suspense filled read!
At this stage there is two more in the series to be translated and I really look forward to them!

**I do think you could read this book without reading the others, and still enjoy it. You will just perhaps miss some little references to events and not quite appreciate/understand relationships between some characters.

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