Book Review: The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir @MinotaurBooks @YrsaSig #TheReckoning #bookreview #bookblog #bookreviewer #bookblogger


PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: February 12th, 2019


Thank you to the Publisher for gifting me a copy of this book to read and share my review.


Vaka sits, regretting her choice of coat, 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. Grownups, she decides, are useless.

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, on the other side of a high fence, and Vaka asks to call her father from the girl’s house. That afternoon is the last time anyone sees Vaka.

Detective Huldar and child psychologist Freyja are called in. Soon, they find themselves at the heart of another shocking case.

From the international number one-bestselling author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel Yrsa Sigurdardottir returns with the follow-up to The Legacy.



Although this book is the second book in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous book but I found it easy to follow along, although I am now curious to read the first book in the series after reading this book.

I found the beginning of the book to be such an addictive read. A young child left at her school, seemingly forgotten to be picked up and no where to go. When she goes home with a school friend to call her father about picking her up, something seems off and strange about the house. Not just the house, but her school friend also seems a bit off and creepy. I found this sucked me right into the book and kept me turning the pages. I wanted to find out what this creepy feeling was and to see what would happen next.

After the uncovering of a strange list in a buried time capsule, more questions are raised. It is revealed that the list is in fact a list of names of people. Who wrote this list of names, and why would a student years ago place the list of names in a time capsule. What does it mean?

Without giving too much away you must read this novel. It was such an intense, gripping, addictive read that I didn’t want to end. There was so much going on that you cannot help but find yourself deeply immersed in the story, and it leaves you wanting answers.

A great novel!



4/5 stars

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