Monday, March 25, 2019

The Reckoning (Children’s House #2) by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Publication: February 12, 2019

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Source: Purchased My Own Copy


The Reckoning is the stunning follow-up to The Legacy, which was the start of a thrilling new series that Booklist (starred) recommends for fans of Tana French. 

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.


This was the first time that I dipped my toe into the international crime novel world and I have to say I'm not even a little bit disappointed. Well I am disappointed that I didn't try this sooner than I did.

The Reckoning was a very well done crime novel. This is the second book in The Children’s House series. I did not read the first book, The Legacy before reading The Reckoning though. There were events that took place in The Legacy that were referenced a few times in this book and even though I didn't know exactly what happened previously, it didn't hinder my experience while reading The Reckoning.

The story starts in the past, where a horrible crime was committed and then we fast forward several years later where we get to see the further effects that that crime has had on several people in this story. We also become entangled in another crime that may or may not be connected. One that might be predicting future murders….

It was hard for me to keep the names straight at first, but after a few chapters I got it down. I really enjoyed getting to know the two main characters Huldar and Freyja. They have very different personalities. They are flawed, but they’re also both smart and determined people. Not to mention, they work well together. The author, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir does a great job of creating a solid mystery and weaving clues throughout the story while connecting all of these characters and their situations. One thing I was super excited about was that I never guessed who the killer was. This mystery kept me guessing all the way to the end. Even after I thought I knew what was going to happen and how things were going to play out...That ending threw me for yet another loop! Well done.

RATING: 4½ out of 5.


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