Gallows Rock

Gallows Rock : A Nail-Biting Icelandic Thriller With Twists You Won't See Coming

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'Iceland's outstanding crime novelist' Daily Express

On a jagged, bleak lava field just outside Reykjavik stands the Gallows Rock. Once a place of execution, it is now a tourist attraction. Until this morning, when a man was found hanging from it...

The nail embedded in his chest proves it wasn't suicide. But when the police go to his flat, a further puzzle awaits: a four-year-old boy has been left there. He doesn't seem to have any link with the victim, his parents cannot be found, and his drawings show he witnessed something terrible.

As detective Huldar hunts the killer, and child psychologist Freyja looks for the boy's parents, the mystery unfolds: a story of violence, entitlement, and revenge.

Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir

'Iceland's outstanding crime novelist' Daily Express

'A magnificent writer' Karin Slaughter

'The undisputed queen of Icelandic Noir' Simon Kernick

'Believe all the hype - this is crime at its best' Heat

NetGalley Reader Reviews

'Just as compelling as the previous books in the series. All of Yrsa Sigurdardottir's books are extremely well written and a joy to read. There is plenty of suspense and twists in this story (. . .) I read this book in one sitting, I was unable to put it down. Highly recommended'

'There is such a skill to the author's writing, the way in which she creates tension and atmosphere and uses setting to bring and edge to the story, that it is difficult to put down. And she brings such a range of emotions out in me as a reader that I feel slightly battered myself when I finish reading . . . Truly powerful storytelling and characters I have come to love'

'I was hooked from the very first page and enthralled and completely drawn in throughout the book. (. . .) This is a story which builds and weaves perfectly. It's so twisty'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 36mm | 464g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473693403
  • 9781473693401
  • 203,655

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Praise for Gallows Rock * : * Nail-biting... Iceland's long dark nights are at their most minatory in Sigurdardottir's atmospheric thrillers * Financial Times * Sigurdardottir is as confident a writer as ever * The Sunday Times * The multi-award winning Icelandic writer has a growing UK fan base. The fourth thriller featuring child psychologist Freyja and detective Hulder, is as chilling as Scandi noir should be * Peterborough Telegraph * Sigurdardottir hooks her readers very quickly... Eventually, justice is done and the loose ends are satisfactorily tied up * Literary Review * Pacey dealing out of the plot twists amid uniquely Icelandic characters and circumstances * The Sunday Times Crime Club * You'll devour it with fascination and you'll be head over heels with Sigurdardottir's writing * Daily Record * Packs an all too timely punch - 5 Stars * Heat * Well-paced police procedural with a twist you may not see coming * Choice Magazine * A dark story by a brilliant author. A densely plotted, multifaceted and compelling book. Exceeds most novels in the thriller genre. -- Eric Axl Sund It's addictive, bleak, and will give you thrills and chills in equal measures. * Cosmopolitan Magazine * There's no waffle in The Reckoning: it is brutal, baroque and ends with a brilliant last-minute twist. * Evening Standard * Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers. * Guardian * If you like your crime fiction dark and engaging, look no further. THE LEGACY is as brutal as it gets. A cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. -- Mari Hannah, author of the DCI Kate Daniels series Yrsa Sigurdardottir has with her large-scale and genuinely intelligent stories attempted to find the core of Iceland's distinctive society, and thus pushed the Icelandic crime novel tradition many steps forward. -- Arne Dahl Iceland's outstanding crime novelist * Daily Express * THE RECKONING is another chilling, atmospheric tale from the undisputed Queen of Icelandic Noir. I loved it. -- Simon Kernick One of the best books I've read for a long time: dark, creepy, and gripping from beginning to end. -- Stuart MacBride, author of the Logan McRae series Yrsa is a magnificent writer. -- Karin Slaughter Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir's Freyja and Huldar series * . * Yrsa Sigurdardottir gets better and better with each book. The relationships and the humour lighten the darkest plot. -- Liz Nugent, author of Skin Deep Freyja and Huldar are one of the most intriguing crime detecting partnerships around and THE ABSOLUTION is a gripping, fascinating insight into the dark side of social media and children at risk. THE ABSOLUTION confirms Yrsa as a master storyteller with a satisfyingly slanted view of the world she recreates. -- William Ryan, author of A House of Ghosts
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About Yrsa Sigurdardottir

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.
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Rating details

1,599 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 22% (347)
4 48% (768)
3 27% (427)
2 3% (50)
1 0% (7)
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