The Reckoning: Children’s House Book 2 (Freyja and Huldar) – Yrsa Sigurdardottir


The Reckoning was published by Hodder and Stoughton on 3 May 2018 and is available to purchase here

Yrsa Sigurdardottir, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel, delivers another tour de force in her second novel in the Freyja and Huldar series.

A chilling note predicting the deaths of six people is found in a school’s time capsule, ten years after it was buried. But surely, if a thirteen-year-old wrote it, it can’t be a real threat…

Detective Huldar suspects he’s been given the investigation simply to keep him away from real police work. He turns to psychologist Freyja to help understand the child who hid the message. Soon, however, they find themselves at the heart of another shocking case.

For the discovery of the letter coincides with a string of macabre events: body parts found in a garden, followed by the murder of the man who owned the house. His initials are BT, one of the names on the note.

Huldar and Freyja must race to identify the writer, the victims and the murderer, before the rest of the targets are killed…

Also in the series

The Legacy: Children’s House Book 1 (Freyja and Huldar) – Yrsa Sigurdardottir

My thoughts

I discovered the Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir, last year. I read the first story in the Children’s House series, The Legacy this week. I was very impressed. I simply had to get my hands on The Reckoning and see what else Sigurdardottir has in store for us. This is such a fantastic series. I guarantee you will do the same.

In The Legacy, we got to know two key figures. Freyja is a child psychologist, whose job it is to work with traumatised and damaged children and young people. She was formerly the director of The Children’s House. She has recently been demoted, following events in The Legacy. Huldar is a police detective, whose last case led him into direct contact with Freya. This also had a detrimental effect on his career.

In The Reckoning, we get a brand new story to mull over. Someone has left in a time capsule, at a school, a deadly list. This is a list of people who will die in 2016. This is the case that Huldar, our disgraced detective, is forced to work on. Low level. His punishment. No one seems to take this list seriously. There are soon body parts being discovered in peculiar places. Severed hands. Severed feet. Something dark and devilish is happening. Soon Huldar has roped in Freyja, to support him. The question is who is demanding a reckoning?

Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a force to be reckoned with. This was superb. We see development in the Huldar/Freyja potential romantic relationship. Huldar completely wrecks his chances with Freyja. We have a story which strongly resonates, with themes of historic child abuse. The writing is flowing and exciting. It is hard to believe that this is a translated work from Icelandic. I am now itching to read the next book in the series. Unfortunately I do not know when it will be published. This is a must read author for fans of dark crime.

Strongly recommended.


About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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