Tuesday Intro: The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading The Legacy  by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an Icelandic author I discovered last year and am slowly reading my way through. The Legacy is her latest offering. Here’s what it’s about…

The murder was meant as a punishment – but what sin could justify the method?

The only person who might have answers is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking.

Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children’s House for their expertise with traumatised young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn’t best pleased. But she’s determined to keep little Margret safe.

It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He’s telling a dark and secret story – but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

And here’s how it starts…



They sat on the bench as if arranged in order of size; the girl, who was the youngest, at one end, her two brothers next to her. One, three and four years old. Their thin legs dangled from the hard seat, but unlike normal children they didn’t swing them or wriggle about, and their new shoes hung motionless over the shiny linoleum. There was no curiosity, boredom or impatience in their faces. All three stared at the blank white wall in front of them as if watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Viewed through the glass, the scene resembled a photograph –a study of three children on a bench.

What do you think. Would you keep reading?


27 thoughts on “Tuesday Intro: The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

  1. I discovered Yrsa last year too, as she was at Bloody Scotland – so incredibly glamorous and attractive! I had two of hers I’d picked up at the charity shop, so devoured them and am working my way through her others. She’s fast become a favourite author of mine, so I’d definitely read on – in fact I intend to read this soon!


    • I like to think I too am glamorous…then I look in the mirror and think maybe not 🙂 I agree on the becoming a favourite author…I feel I have missed out by not reading her years ago.


  2. This is a new to me author, but I like the sound of the book and the setting. Yep, I’d keep reading … or I’d look for the first in the series.


    • Good news is this is the first in a series. I have read one of her standalones too – Why Did You Lie which was one of my favourites of last year. I do hope you enjoy if you giver her a go.


  3. The opening lines drew me in…I felt sadness for the children, and I wondered what had turned them into little robots. Fear? I definitely want to read more. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  4. I’ve got several books by this author and keep meaning to start them. This one was mentioned on another blog – Cleo’s maybe? Anyway, I have it marked to watch for. Love the beginning – sad – those little children. Wonder if this will be a new series for her?


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