The Girl Who Died

The Girl Who Died : The chilling Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year

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THE NAIL-BITING SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

A TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR

'Is this the best crime writer in the world today?' The Times

'A world-class crime writer . . . One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction' Sunday Times

'It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction' The Times
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'TEACHER WANTED ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD . . .'

After her father's sudden, tragic suicide, Una spends her nights drinking alone in Reykjavik, stricken with thoughts that she might one day follow in his footsteps.

So when she sees an advert seeking a teacher for two girls in the tiny village of Skalar - population of ten - on the storm-battered north coast of the island, she sees it as a chance to escape.

But once she arrives, Una quickly realises nothing in city life has prepared her for this. The villagers are unfriendly. The weather is bleak. And, from the creaky attic bedroom of the old house where she's living, she's convinced she hears the ghostly sound of singing.

Una worries that she's losing her mind.

And then, just before midwinter, a young girl from the village is found dead. Now there are only nine villagers left.

And Una fears that one of them has blood on their hands . . .
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**WINNER OF THE CRIME FICTION LOVER BEST IN TRANSLATION AWARD**

'An intensely gripping mystery, Ragnar Jonasson is a poet of the "dark, wet and cold", of the "gloom, cold and rain". The climactic revelations are credible and moving' The Times

'Invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic Noir' Daily Mail

'With his trademark elegant prose and atmospheric sense of place, Jonasson weaves a slow-burning, haunting tale with a chilling ending' Daily Record

'A mist-shrouded blend of horror and psychological thriller . . . works in every way' Booklist

Praise for Ragnar Jonasson

'This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jonasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page' Daily Mail

'Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin

'This is such a tense, gripping read' Anthony Horowitz

'Brilliantly effective. Each book enraptures us' The Times Literary Supplement

'Superb . . . chilling . . . one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended' Lee Child

'Chilling - a must-read' Peter James

'A stunningly atmospheric story. Pitch-perfect, beautifully paced. Ragnar Jonasson is at the top of his game, and a master of the genre' Will Dean

'Darkly claustrophobic . . . Perfect mid-winter reading' Ann Cleeves
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 35mm | 611g
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241400120
  • 9780241400128
  • 215,687

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It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction
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Intriguing . . . This spooky novel draws on Icelandic sagas to create an atmosphere of growing menace. * The Times, CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR * An intensely gripping mystery, Ragnar Jonasson is a poet of the "dark, wet and cold", of the "gloom, cold and rain". The climactic revelations are credible and moving * The Times, BOOK OF THE MONTH * A creepy tale * The Times * A master of the Icelandic thriller * New York Post * With the bleakest of landscapes and some supernatural undertones, this is one creepy thriller that'll have you leaving ALL the lights on * Vogue Scandinavia * Spooky, sophisticated. Jonasson is strong on atmosphere * Sunday Times * Invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic Noir * Daily Mail * With his trademark elegant prose and atmospheric sense of place, Jonasson weaves a slow-burning, haunting tale with a chilling ending * Daily Record * A chilling psychological thriller with an unexpected ending that will haunt the reader * The Canberra Times * Haunting psychological novel tinged with the supernatural * Daily Record * With his trademark elegant prose and atmospheric sense of place, Jonasson weaves a slow-burning, haunting tale with a chilling ending * Sunday Express * Lean, compulsive. Great stories that combine traditional puzzle-solving of the golden age crime fiction with a moody expansive psychology * The Times * Fiendishy clever trilogy * Financial Times * A mist-shrouded blend of horror and psychological thriller . . . works in every way. The isolated village and the pre-smartphone 1980s setting create a sense of claustrophobia that combines with the villagers' secrecy and the hint of supernatural elements to infuse strong foreboding throughout what is ultimately revealed to be a story about trust * Booklist * The Icelandic king of crime * Goeteborgsposten * A deeply atmospheric mystery * Choice Magazine * Few among the country's authors match Jonasson in conveying insular abandonment . . . excellent * Toronto Star * Ragnar Jonasson's impeccable plotting is really a wonder of the crime genre . . . a masterfully conceived horror novel * Dayton Daily News * Perfect for anyone who loves Nordic crime noir, the colder the better. The writing really brings alive a bleak, cold environment in which Una is struggling to survive and maintain her sanity * CADs Magazine * A demonic piece of horror * Dayton Daily News * Praise for Ragnar Jonasson * - * Triumphant . . . Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense * Ian Rankin * Triumphant conclusion to the trilogy. Only Ragnar Jonasson has rendered hindsight so heartbreaking. * Sunday Times (on the Hidden Iceland trilogy) * Is this the best crime writer in the world today? . . . He's truly a master of his genre * The Times Online * Jonasson is an automatic must-read for me . . . possibly the best Scandi writer working today It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction * The Times * A world-class crime writer. One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction. A triumphant conclusion to the trilogy [that] makes Iceland's pre-eminence in the crime genre even more marked * The Sunday Times * The red hot crime writer from the frozen north . . . One of the most important voices on the international crime scene * The Times *
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About Ragnar Jónasson

Ragnar Jonasson is an international number one bestselling author who has sold over two million books in thirty-two countries worldwide. He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he also works as an investment banker and teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University. He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen, has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie's novels. His critically acclaimed international bestseller The Darkness is soon to be a major TV series.
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3,498 ratings
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4 36% (1,250)
3 38% (1,327)
2 12% (409)
1 2% (77)
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