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It took a long time to read, started to drag with long chapters, and there's a lot of names to remember and how they connect to each other.
Just in time for Halloween I was fortunate enough to read Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s genuinely chilling “I Remember You: A Ghost Story.” Sigurdardottir is a pitiless writer, unwilling to spare either her characters or her readers. In this book we follow two plots, seemingly unrelated, which unfold in alternate chapters. In the first, three woefully unprepared Icelandic yuppies find themselves stranded in a deserted rural vacation community with a malevolent spirit. In the second, a psychologist helps the police investigate an act of vandalism and a suicide while also confronting the unsolved disappearance of his son. Sigurdardottir ratchets up the tension so high with her plot about the haunted yuppies that her second plot comes as a welcome relief. Eventually the two plots converge as they must, and there’s no escaping the horror.
I finished this book just before midnight and then lay awake until almost 1:00 a.m., mulling over the story and just plain being freaked out. I love a good ghost story, and Sigurdardøttir does a great job of building up the tension in two brilliantly crafted, and seemingly unrelated stories. It kept me guessing all the way to the scary finish, when all the interconnecting pieces snap together. Like other Scandinavian mysteries, the bleak isolated landscape of the remote Hesteyri island is almost like another character.
Read with the lights on.
I really, really liked this book! It had all of the necessary elements of a good story - relationship dynamics, scary, suspense, love, revenge, business dynamics, etc. You name it - it was included!
The chapters alternated back and forth between characters whose stories eventually merged in the end. And each chapter ended with a cliff-hanger of action, that you’d want to read on to find out what happened in the successive alternating chapter.
It was very well written, suspenseful, and outside of ghosts, it wasn’t too far-fetched. The only reason I gave it 4.5 stars vs. 5 is because the author would write chapters that would begin with quotations, but it wouldn’t mention who was saying it. A person’s name might be included somewhere in the paragraph, but it didn’t necessarily identify them as the speaker. The name would mention some action they’d taken. This made me have to go back and re-read the paragraph to figure out who was speaking.
I personally loved the ending. It shows how small our world sometimes is.
I'm not that crazy about ghost stories but this book definitely had a creepy atmospheric setting that worked for the plot. I thought it was well-written. Worth the read.
This is an original page turner! The book starts out lighthearted and gradually feels heavier. You develop empathy for the characters and get to know the characters well. The book is intense and exciting. So this is not the best choice if you are looking for a relaxing bedtime read. The book listed as "Suspense" seems to fall under several genres including horror, paranormal/ghosts, mystery suspense crime fiction....
Probably one of the eeriest books I've ever read. A page-turner.
A scary fun read. The author built suspense by switching between two story lines at key points. Can't wait to check out her other titles.
Two parallel stories that come together in the end. A very scary and riveting book.
VERY spooky story - atmosphere builds slowly, maybe a tiny bit too slowly. The end is ambiguous - leaving much to the reader's imagination. Really good writing. I'll be checking out more of Sigurdsdottir's stuff
Although a fan of Ms. Sigurðardóttir's mysteries [with attorney-detective Thora G., main character], I couldn't really get into this novel. Good ending, though.
her books are so good you won't be able to stop reading them, just wish there were more by this author.
I rarely read "ghost" stories but I am very glad that I read this one. Along the lines of Henry James' Turn of the Screw, this marvelous book is suspenseful, intriguing and remains with you for days afterwards.
I have read 5 of this author's books and have enjoyed them all. Most have some element of the supernatural related to Icelandic myths which is actually based on natural phenomenon. This book is a change in that her usual characters are not involved. This book also involves the supernatural, but this time it involves ghosts. I do not generally read ghost stories and kept waiting for a physical explanation. For this reason I did not enjoy the novel. There was a lot of tension and suspence which did make it an interesting read.