‘The Silence of the Sea’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Silence of the SeastarstarA luxury yacht smashes unmanned into Reykjavik harbour with no sign of the crew or the young family who were on board when the ship left Lisbon. Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by the father’s parents to investigate. Was there something sinister going on or was it true that the vessel was cursed?

The chapters alternate between Thora’s investigative discoveries and what was actually happening on the boat. I did enjoy this style for awhile but despite the intriguing premise, it was not enough to keep me engaged. There’s actually very little action–just discoveries of dead bodies and things gone missing. And there wasn’t much creepy atmosphere created either–perhaps it was lost in translation.

I had hoped that this would be a great new Nordic crime thriller series in the vein of the Dragon Tattoo, but even though I tried to like it, in the end I felt it was too long-winded and the ending really not worth the effort.

3 responses to “‘The Silence of the Sea’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

  1. Too bad this wasn’t better. The title made me think, because in fact, the sea is probably never silent

  2. I’m getting quite fascinated by the books, music, political activism etc. coming from Iceland these days!

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