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Publisher's Summary

A standalone thriller from the prizewinning queen of Nordic noir and author of the Thora Gudmundsdottir series.

A chilling thriller from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel.

A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing. Four strangers struggle to find shelter on a windswept spike of rock in the middle of a raging sea. They have one thing in common: they all lied. And someone is determined to punish them....

Why Did You Lie? is a terrifying tale of long-delayed retribution from Iceland's queen of suspense.

©2013, 2016 Yrsa Sigurdardottir. English language translation. Victoria Cribb. Published by arrangement with Salomonsson Agency. (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Cynthia Curran
  • 08-13-16

WOW

I have long been a fan of Sigurdardottir but this stand-alone novel reflects her at the top of her form. I was listening today while walking to the shops but I had to turn off my iPod because I was becoming too nervous--in the middle of a sunny Saturday afternoon on the high street.This novelist is a master in integrating descriptions of weather fronts and the sea into her narrative. These descriptions are not irritating digressions from the plot lines but rather are important elements in the unfolding of her characters' actions. Sigurdardottir weaves three distinct narratives with fully drawn protagonists into an integrated whole by the end of the book and I was left shaking my head in admiration at a novelist with such ability to match her confidence.

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  • AReader
  • 12-12-16

Couldn't get on with story or narrator

My heading says it all. I've listened up to the point where the it's obvious what must have happened, yet the couple described are being unbelievably stupid about it and ignoring all the obvious clues. I feel like shouting at them! The narrator gives a number of false emphases which sometimes give the strangest impression - for instance, a reference to someone climbing on to a a "sleeping PLATFORM" instead of a "SLEEPING platform".

I feel there's a decent story in here waiting to be shaped up a bit.

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  • Juliet
  • 11-15-16

Shouty narrator!

I nearly didn't make it through this book due to the narration. According to her everyone who is stressed, angry, anxious or showing any emotion shouts! The story was intriguing but I didn't enjoy the characterisation of the narrator.

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  • barbara
  • 09-09-16

Great

Enjoyed this thriller. Had me guessing all the way . Will look forward to next book .

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  • Ann
  • 08-19-16

Yes, I finished it....

This is a gripping story, cleverly pulled together, despite the reader who does it no favours.

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  • Nancy
  • 12-08-16

Appalling narration

This book was so badly narrated by Katherine Manners that I had to abandon it after half an hour .

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  • Lesleyboyd
  • 08-31-16

Queen of Nordic Noir

I found this book to be gripping and exciting. Yrsa manages to interweave several stories and draw them together at appropriate times which builds the suspense. Skilfully read. Only negative is that it is too short.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-19

Had to give up as couldn't stand the narrator!

The story was intriguing with the three different threads, but I had to give up as the narrator's voice was so jarring when she read dialogue, especially as I listen via headphones.

I think she tried to be dramatic, but it didn't work.

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  • Tim Regan
  • 10-06-18

Gripping thriller, wonderful narrator

Gripping 'read'. I actually listened to this as an audio book rather than read it and that's how I stumbled upon it. I'd listened to Katherine Manners narration of Sally Magnussen's The Sealwoman's Gift and loved it so I wanted to hear her again. Glad I did, this a taught thriller that just keeps you hooked.

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  • Erla Arnadottir
  • 07-23-18

being Icelandic ruined my experience

being Icelandic, listening to the audio book in English is horrible. the way Icelandic names and places are badly pronounced, it damaged the story for me. unfortunate I could not get the book in Icelandic on audio book:(

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  • Fiona Edmonds
  • 06-03-20

Not the most engaging

The story was reasonably interesting if somewhat depressing, but the shouting by the narrator was terrible. Had to keep turning the volume up and down to avoid all the unnecessary yelling.
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  • elizabeth b.
  • 01-20-20

Liar liar pants on fire

I loved this. Although a little confusing at first because of the different story lines. And the danish names confused me but once I got on top of that it was terrific. I’m going to read more by him(?)

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  • Linda
  • 03-12-19

Great Story...Average Delivery.

This is the first of Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s books that I have listened to. I really enjoyed the story, it was suspenseful and exciting. An audiobook’s narration can make or break the listening experience. I’m afraid I did not enjoy this narration.

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  • SusanF
  • 03-03-18

Gripping

Great story line - twists and turns. Like the character, narration great - looking forward to next one!