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. Her novel THE SILENCE OF THE SEA won the Petrona Award in 2015.
The Legacy takes us into a world where secrets are buried deep, only to reappear decades later and inflict harm on people who have no idea that they're connected by past horrors. Yrsa is a magnificent writer who envelops her stories with atmosphere so thick that only care and a bit of luck can see through it. Her characters spring vividly to life as they try their best to do just that, knowing that any mistake could be deadly for another innocent person. Impossible to put down. -- Karin Slaughter Solid characters and great complex plot...If you haven't already met the Queen of Icelandic Crime fiction start here, because this is her best novel to date * Globe and Mail * The deeper Sigurdardottir delves into the dark corners of her imagination, the more her creative talents thrive. This is a compelling read for anyone with an appetite for the macabre and the cryptic. * Daily Express * A tale of elegant twists and turns, which surprised me at least three times in the last fifty pages -- Michael Ridpath, author of the Fire and Ice series The connecting thread in all the writer's work is her astuteness in observing human relations, the everyday mixed with the dark and devious. * The ArtsDesk on THE LEGACY * The conclusion is even more astounding, thanks to her white-hot plotting. * CrimeFiction Lover on THE LEGACY * Another tour de force from Sigurdardottir that cements her reputation as the queen of Nordic noir * i Paper in THE LEGACY * 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 5*s - Believe all the hype - this is crime at its best. * Heat Magazine on THE LEGACY * Yrsa remains the queen of Icelandic thriller writers * Guardian on THE LEGACY * We have always been able to rely on Yrsa Sigurdardottir for a good story well told, and The Legacy is no exception. A strong sense of place, interesting characters and a chilling plot make The Legacy a novel to savour. -- Peter Robinson The Legacy is the start of an exciting new direction for Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The horror of a decades-old family separation provides the catalyst for dark crimes and a complex investigation. The Children's House promises to be an outstanding series. -- Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill Iceland's outstanding crime novelist * Daily Express *