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My Soul to Take

by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

I was just as fascinated by the Icelandic background as I was enthralled by the convoluted plot - both excellent. Will appeal to anyone looking for an edge-of-your-seat read and a convincing setting. I will definitely be looking for another title by Sigurdardottir.

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Thora stared at Jonas, deep in thought. 'Tell me one thing. Since you didn't kill her, who could have done it? You described her as a wonderful person, someone nobody disliked. I can't imagine many people would have a motive for killing a fairly run-of-the-mill architect.'
Jonas looked from her to Matthew. 'Ahem. Maybe I didn't quite tell the whole truth. She was actually a total cow. None of my staff could stand her. She talked down to them, took the piss out of them .... So there's a long list of people who hated her.'
Translated by Bernard Scudder

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