A creepy, compelling thriller, Someone to Watch Over Me is the fifth Thora Gudmundsdottir novel from Yrsa Sigurdardottir, the internationally bestselling author of Last Rituals and Ashes to Dust.
'Berglind hurried to her son and pulled him forcefully from the window. She held him close and tried at the same time to wipe the windowpane. But the haze couldn't be wiped away. It was on the outside of the glass. 'Magga's outside. She can't get in. She wants to look after me.' He pointed at the window and frowned. 'She's a little bit angry.'
A young man with Down's Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thora to prove Jakob is innocent.
If he didn't do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of Magga, killed in a hit-and-run accident on her way to babysit?
Yrsa Sigurdardottir is ensconced at or near the summit of Nordic crime writing, and the lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir is an appealing heroine full of real-life problems. Someone to Watch Over Me is Sigurdardottir's most ambitious, deepest novel, less reliant on the Icelandic landscape, more concerned with damaged minds. - The Times
Iceland's answer to Stieg Larsson. - Daily Telegraph on Ashes to Dust
Put simply, it's terrifying. And brilliant. - Stylist on The Day is Dark
Publishers and blurb writers are competing to hail the new monarch of Nordic crime fiction... I would be tempted to offer a name not from the obvious crime soil of Sweden or Norway, but from bleak and moody Iceland... - Marcel Berlins, The Times
Stands comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world. - TLS on Ashes to Dust
Superbly atmospheric. - Heat on The Day is Dark
The twists and turns are as chilling as the weather . . . [a] pageturner. - Bella on The Day is Dark
Author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series and several stand-alone thrillers, Yrsa Sigurdardottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1963 and works as a civil engineer. She made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with LAST RITUALS, the first instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Her work stands 'comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world' according to the Times Literary Supplement. The second instalment in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series, MY SOUL TO TAKE, was shortlisted for the 2010 Shamus Award. In 2011 her stand-alone horror novel I REMEMBER YOU was awarded the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key, and has been made intoa film starring Johannes Haukur by ZikZak Filmworks. In 2015 THE SILENCE OF THE SEA won the Petrona Award for the year's best Scandinavian crime novel, and THE LEGACY, the first novel in the Freyja and Huldar series, was nominated for The Glass Key and won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award. All of her books have been European bestsellers.