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Aldis hates her job working in a juvenile detention center in rural Iceland. The boys are difficult, the owners are unpleasant, and there are mysterious noises at night. And then two of the boys go astray....

Decades later single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the center. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister?

Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a huge European best seller with both her crime and her horror novels. You might want to sleep with the light on after listening to The Undesired.

©2015 Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, Victoria Cribb. (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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Chilling, excellent writing.

Although the storytelling of the male narrator is quite flat, it didn't bother me. The female narrator spoke of the past, the male narrator of the present, and the story speaks for itself. A fascinating story in a fascinating country. Chilling, but not sensationalist. Intriguing and compelling to the last moment.

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Better without Thora

What did you love best about The Undesired?

I like the central character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Undesired?

The beginning is memorable!

What does Karen Cass and Nick Underwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They spoke clearly.

Any additional comments?

After my first venture into Icelandic suspense, I was ready to send this back and I am glad I didn't. This book held my interest. I gave it four stars because..... Well read it and see what you think, but it was an easier read than the first Thora also by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

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FIVE

This is so good. Just start listening and let the author's story carry you along. When you wonder at some of the detailed parts that seem to slow down the action - just stay with it. No gore. Yes, plot ywists and surprises.

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Male narrator made ruined the book for me.

I love the novels by Yrsa Sigurdardottir so I was excited to listen to her latest novel. BUT the male narrator's style made it impossible to listen; so bad that I had to return the novel. His intonation was so flat and without inflection or any energy (emotional or breath support-wise) that I found it physically unnerving. His narration was made even worse by its contrast to the female narrator who was very good. Think I will read novel with my own eyes.

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Not As Good As I Remember You

I love the way this author writes. I like the alternating chapters and how the story lines interweave at the end. this story really didn't do it enough for me. I was disappointed with the way the two boys died. It felt like it didn't align with the rest of the storyline and character build up. It seemed like Aldis and Aileen could have been sisters based on some of the mention of Aldis's lack of father, and that something more sinister than an abortion could have been Eiden's (spelling?) crime. it seemed to me that the abortion was consensual? it was anticlimactic is all. It also doesn't make sense why Rune would be evil. I don't know. The plot was well done, I just felt that some of the character build up was left unfinished. I Remember You was much better, maybe because there were fewer characters in that book. I will keep reading all of her books though. really enjoy her writing. narration was excellent.

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Disappointing, I returned this book.

Although I have purchased and enjoyed two other books by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, I returned this book. I tried to stick it out but the story was just pallid. Almost all of the first five hours are spent with characters talking about someone who is not there and literally, just talking. I could not get interested in the characters and finally gave up. Again, I liked the author's two other books so this may just be an off book for her.

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loved the book, narration was painful at best

great story, the narration by one of the narrators was not good at all. I'll leave it at that

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Good one!

As a mystery/thriller lover I really enjoyed this book and listened to it in one day! Interesting plot that quickly gave me chills. The setting of the border school for difficult and undesirable children is all too real. The ending, and final twist, very chilling as well. Will look for more books by this author.
Audible addict in
Santa Fe, NM

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excellent read!

loved this book. lots of twist and turns. never expected the ending. i would highly recommend to mystery readers.

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OK but not the best Scandinavian Noir

I am a fan of Scandinavian noir and this was recommended for that category...However the Scandanavianess of this book is non-existant. There was a little mystery, the story is a bit depressing but even so it held my interest till the end. The ending was was ..."meh" . I feel like this book could have been so much more. The narrator made the male voice very boring.

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