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"Lucy Paterson brings finely honed narration skills to this mystery involving bullying, trauma, and murder." (AudioFile Magazine)

The Absolution is the third installment in Queen of Icelandic crime fiction Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.

The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows a terrified young woman begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number “2”.

Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager's friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim, but who could have hated her enough to kill?

Then another teenager goes missing, more clips are sent to social media, and the body with a “3” is found. Freyja and Huldar can agree on two things at least: The truth is far from simple. The killer is not done yet. And is there an undiscovered body carrying the number “1” out there?

©2020 Yrsa Sigurdardottir (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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I'm still spooked by the HUGE
twist at the end. The author
lulled me into thinking I was
listening to a kind of boring book-- nope. I owe the author a
cup of coffee! Good story line,
but it did need some trimming.
You will need a scorecard- lots of
people coming and going in this
unusual thriller. Sometimes they switch sides so you will need a big scorecard. I like Scandinavian mysteries but I can't label this true Scand. noir.
(is Iceland under the Scand. umbrella?)
no horrible dying scenes.... but we do have to slog around with these hardy people in their so close to the Artic winter.

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Pure Perfection

This is a wonderfully entertaining and creepy story. It is well told and well written. I found it to be super spooky as well as a solid procedural. I love this author! Her approach is always unique and compelling. Her stories are always well written and totally unique. She is a genre unto herself. I highly recommend. Also, I can’t say enough how utterly perfect, flawless the narration is.
Lucy Patterson gets better every time and is exceptional with the all of the different voices. A perfect performance.

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The Best of Freya and Huldar (so far!)

This is the third book in the series and the characters have become very well-developed. The premise behind the story is also relevant most likely to anytime in human history but definitely to this time in human history.