My Soul to Take

My Soul to Take Cover

My Soul to Take

A Novel of Iceland

By Yrsa Sigurdardottir; Bernard Scudder (Translator); Anna Yates (Translator)

Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061143397, 346pp.

Publication Date: April 20, 2010


In the mystical Snaefellsnes region on Iceland's west coast at a New Age health resort in a renovated farmhouse the body of a young woman is discovered, savagely beaten, with pins inserted into her feet. Thora Gudmundsdottir, lawyer and single mother of two, has been retained to represent the resort's owner and prime suspect. But a fresh corpse is not the only abomination Thora encounters here for local legend says this place is haunted . . . and a bizarre series of inexplicable occurrences soon suggests it is so.

As Thora digs deeply into the farm's past, she unearths a shocking history of evil and depravity and her once-solid view of reality begins to waver. But a second murder, shockingly similar to the first, pulls Thora back to earth by making two inescapable truths abundantly clear: the killer she seeks is very real . . . and is not finished yet.

About the Author
YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR (pronounced ?R-suh SIG-ur-dar-daughter) lives with her family in Reykjavik; she is also a director of one of Iceland's largest engineering firms. Her work is found on bestseller lists all over the world, and films are currently in production for several of her books. Her previous titles include, "The Day is Dark" and "Ashes to Dust".

Bernard Scudder lives in Reykjavk as a full-time translator. His translations encompass sagas, ancient and modern poetry, and leading contemporary novels and plays.

Svanhildur Oscarsdttir has a research post at the rni Magnsson Institute in Reykjavk, Iceland.