Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense : Thora Gudmundsdottir

  • by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley
  • Series: Thora Gudmundsdottir
  • 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At a university in Reykjavík, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim's family isn't convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn't long before Thóra and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student's obsession with Iceland's grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. But there are very contemporary horrors hidden in the long, cold shadow of dark traditions. And for two suddenly endangered investigators, nothing is quite what it seems...and no one can be trusted.

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What did you love best about Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense?

I appreciated the information and descriptions of Iceland and its culture.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense?

Memorable moments does not strike me as a helpful category because there are seldom any.


Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Wiley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I thought the performance was excellent. She kept the characters distinct.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, as I said, the special moment inquiry is annoying.


Any additional comments?

I hope Audible makes it a point to acquire other works by this author.

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- Dr. William J. Kass

Who Cares

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Neither the historical subject of this book, nor the characters, ever quite caught my interest. I usually like a mystery with history. The self-absorbed central character, Thora, seems to be very intelligent and a quick study, but initially sexually naive to no purpose and boringly caught up in the vicissitudes of her daily life. It is hard to believe she studied in Germany or anywhere abroad. Her motive for doing this investigation is the money, which she needs to maintain her house, because she's recently divorced. The mystery and other characters are treated byThora alternatively as sensational, ghoulish, eccentric or just plain foolish. This is the silliness obsessional rich academic foreigners get up to! Thora has no empathy with the victims, present or past. She laments she can't afford to eat out or stay in hotels for fun. I kept thinking that as a listener, I should be paid. When she ran home, I thought of checking my laundry. I couldn't wait for this to be over. Compared to other weakly plotted mysteries that are carried by their introspective investigators who become interested in their subjects and draw in the reader, this story seems merely reported and rather thin. Possibly this book is written to appeal to working mothers. The narrator goes on and on about the language barrier, missing her children, the vagaries of life after divorce. Maybe she is typically Icelandic in the mind of the author. My problem is I didn't much care. I did finish the book to see how it came out, despite the annoying narration, but this isn't Rome, or even Three Pines. She's not Jane Eyre or the Nanny in the Turn of the Screw.


Would you be willing to try another book from Yrsa Sigurdardottir? Why or why not?

I would try another book because she writes well, despite the fact that I cannot pronounce her name.


What aspect of Elizabeth Wiley’s performance would you have changed?

The broken English dialogue drove me crazy. I found it took enormous effort to remain attentive, which was partly the narration and partly because the character had things to do at home.


Do you think Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I wouldn't listen to the second book because Thora is not appealing.


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- C. MACMAHON

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-14-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio