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The Legacy

Children's House, Book 1
Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
Series: Children's House, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first in an exciting new series from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian crime novel.

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.

©2017 Yrsa Sigurdardottir (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton

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Gripping

Intricate plot, interesting characters, grim Scandi Noir atmosphere. Enjoyed it a lot! Perfect for a lazy long weekend!

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Enjoyable but the horror seems gratuitious

I really enjoyed the characters and storyline of The Legacy. I think I was looking for a little more description of Icelandic culture and its unique environment, and like I said, some of the horrifying detail could have been left out.

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Great crime. Sigurdardottir my pick of Scandinavia

Cleverly plotted classic crime, albeit
with a taste of twisted gore. First novel of hers to date and going back for more.

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  • Claudia Blair
  • 01-01-2018

Motives for murder

This book is definitely on par with the best of the Scandinavian crime writers. It is an opportunity to learn about a certain aspect of life in Iceland.

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  • JULs
  • 02-04-2017

Brilliant book

I was glued from start to finish...just glad I was listening to Woman's Hour to hear about it. Can't wait for the next book. Thank you J

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  • Franca Garma-Supran
  • 12-01-2018

Omg!

A bit grizzly at first...it certainly played on my mind. But what a well-told and compelling story! I loved the way it tied together. I guessed some bits but not all- just the way I like it. I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • mollyeyre
  • 23-10-2017

Took some getting into the story.

I found the scene setting very long and drawn out, there were many different parts to the tale and the seemed to take forever to get together. There were also some very strange reactions, the woman who got a text message, from an unknown number, saying I am coming round, - instead of texting back and asking 'who are you?', she rushed around styling her hair and putting on make up? I was going to ditch the book at 1/4 way through but went to read reviews on Amazon and decided to stick with it.
I didn't like any of the characters, all of them with negative outlooks, and the first part of the story was all over the place. However, once I picked up the story again it was worth the read, the characters did soften a little, and the twist was well done and worthwhile. I didn't guess the perpetrator until he was nearly disclosed.
I am not sure about trying the second in the series.

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  • Ian R. Hall
  • 20-01-2018

More great

I really enjoyed this though the murders were gruesome. Along the lines of another great Scandinavian detective Harry Hole from Jo Nesbo. Huldar has similar foibles but not as clever as Harry Hole on this performance. Some great twists however also well narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-2020

Decent entertainment

An entertaining listen. Narration was a little strange at times, some Icelanders spoke with Aussie / Essex accents for inexplicable reasons.

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  • 27-07-2020

Desperate, prolix rubbish

I don’t care what happens, or to whom: life is too short to await the snail’s-pace unrolling of an apparently unremarkable tale.

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  • E Nicolson
  • 19-07-2020

Gripping story

Loved the story - so well written, with really engaging characters. The story keeps you on your toes throughout. A bit let down by the narration though, as the Icelandic names get completely mispronounced, and random accents (Australian, Lancashire, Scottish etc) all crop up from time to time. But the story is so good that these are easily overlooked.

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  • Amber-leigh 33
  • 05-04-2019

amazing

so gripping! the story has so many twists and turns . I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Martin
  • 16-01-2019

Gripping

The thing that really made this book was the excellent narration by Lucy Patterson. She managed to portray each character in a genuine and sympathetic manner. I managed to guess who the murderer was about two thirds of the way through but couldn't work out why, the twist at the end was really quite clever.

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  • Mair
  • 21-07-2018

Rather tell not show

The plot is interesting and unusual but the actual text is a bit pedestrian, with too much explanation for my taste. The narrator does a good job and keeps the pace up, which is a relief as the writing is plodding at times.