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.
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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 Sigurdardóttir 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.
I've read many of her mysteries and this is one of her best - I was totally engrossed in it. The phrase "edge of the seat tension" really fits here. (Another of her best is not really a mystery, more like horror - "I Remember You"; there is also a movie version.)
I have developed a liking for police thrillers. And I have an interest in these type of books set in other countries. So when I saw The Reckoning is set in Iceland, I needed to read it. I am glad that I did. I got insight into how the Icelandic criminal system worked as well as their version of CPS. The Reckoning is book 2 in the Children’s House series. When I saw that, I was immediately put alert. In my experience, the second book in any series lacks. It is usually a filler between the 1st book and the 3rd book. But not in this case. The Reckoning is a stand-alone book. There were a few references to book 1 but they did not take over this book. That alone made me like the book. I wasn’t sure if I liked Huldar or not, at first. He didn’t exactly fit into the image I had of an Icelandic police officer. His appearance, for one. Whenever I picture a police officer (especially ones in a foreign country) has clean cut and neat. Huldar was not that. I also had doubts about his professionalism. At one point in the book, he was sleeping with his boss. But, I did come to like him. He was a good police officer who was dedicated to tracking down the threats that were in the time capsule. He treated the suspects (and victims) with respect. I thought that Freyja was a mess in this book. She was in a codependent relationship with her incarcerated brother. She had suffered a demotion at work because of Huldar. And, to top it off, she was back to working with Huldar, who was also trying to pursue a relationship with him. I also did wonder why she was in the plot during the first half of the book. But, as the book went on and more of the main plotline was revealed, I started to understand why. She also played a pivotal role at the end of the book. I thought that main plotline was heartbreaking. I loved how the author kept who the killers were until the end of the book. I loved how she tied everything together. I will say that the identity of the killers were surprising. I didn’t see it coming. As for the writer of the threat, I did call that one. But, the reason behind the threat, I didn’t. What did surprise me in this book was the twist that the author threw in at the end of the book. All I have to say about it is “Whoa“. I did not see that coming. I could understand why those people did what they did.