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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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By Cynthia Curran on 08-13-16


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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By barbara on 09-09-16


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

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