Gallows Rock by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. (2017 in Icelandic, 2020 in English).
(Children’s House/Freyja & Huldar #4)
On a jagged, bleak lava field stands the Gallows Rock. Once a place of execution, it is now a tourist attraction. Until a man is found hanging from it… The nail in his chest proves it wasn’t suicide. But then a further puzzle awaits: a 4 year old boy is found alone in the murder victim’s flat. He doesn’t seem to have any link to the victim, his parents cannot be found, and his drawings show he witnessed something terrible. As detective Huldar hunts the killer, and child psychologist Freyja looks for the boy’s parents, the mystery unfolds: a story of violence, entitlement, and revenge.
I want to note firstly that yes this is a series but yes you can absolutely read this as a standalone if you wish. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is one crime series that I’m happy to commit myself to (waiting anxiously for each English translation haha). I like both Huldar and Freyja and I quite enjoy their ‘will they hook up or won’t they’ relationship. Although I did feel that novel had less character and relationship development in comparison to the previous books in the series. This book contains another puzzling crime that will keep readers guessing until the end. There are many clever plot twists to keep readers engaged.
I highly recommend this novel for any reader that enjoys detective crime stories.