Children's House

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The Legacy: A Thriller Publisher's Summary

From Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir comes a thrilling and unique audiobook - the first in a stunning new series from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel. 

The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. 

Newly-promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe. 

It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He's telling a dark and secret story - but can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next? 

The Legacy is the first installment in a fantastic new series featuring the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar. 

©2017 Yrsa Sigurdardottir (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton
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  • Book 1

    • The Legacy: A Thriller

    • Children's House, Book 1
    • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
    • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly-promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe. It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers on the radio.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yrsa has done it again!

    • By J. Ellis on 02-19-18

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Legacy

    • Children's House, Book 1
    • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Victoria Cribb - translator
    • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The only witness to a shocking murder is the victim's 10-year-old daughter, Margret. The police turn to the Children's House for their expertise in childhood trauma. The manager, Freyja, doesn't much like the police - especially the detective in charge, Huldar. But she does want to help them protect Margret. And when more people die - their murders heralded by strange messages, texts, and strings of numbers - they will have to work together to crack the riddle before they become targets themselves.

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    • Motives for murder

    • By Claudia Blair on 01-01-18

    Regular price: $21.31

  • Book 2

    • The Reckoning

    • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Victoria Cribb - translation
    • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    A chilling note predicting the deaths of six people is found in a school's time capsule, 10 years after it was buried. But surely, if a 13-year-old wrote it, it can't be a real threat.... Detective Huldar suspects he's been given the investigation simply to keep him away from real police work. He turns to psychologist Freyja to help understand the child who hid the message. Soon, however, they find themselves at the heart of another shocking case.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • The Reckoning: A Thriller

    • Children's House, Book 2
    • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
    • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Vaka sits on the cold steps of her new school. Her father appears to have forgotten to pick her up, her mother has forgotten to give her this week’s pocket money, and the school is already locked for the day. With no way to call home, she resigns herself to waiting on the steps until her father remembers her. When a girl approaches, Vaka recognizes her immediately from class and from her unusual appearance: two of her fingers are missing. The girl lives at the back of the school, and Vaka asks to call her father from the girl's house. That afternoon is the last time anyone sees Vaka.

    Regular price: $25.51

  • Book 3

    • The Absolution

    • Children's House, Book 3
    • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Victoria Cribb
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The first the police know of the crime is when clips are sent from the victim's Snapchat account, showing her begging for forgiveness. The CCTV at the cinema where she was working show her being dragged into the night by a masked killer. When the body is found, it is marked with a number 2...Detective Huldar joins the murder 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: a relentless bully, she made life miserable for those around her.

    Regular price: $21.81