There were several things I liked about "The Undesired", by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The setting was really neat. I've never lived, or even visited, a place where it is cold a good deal of the year. I enjoy books about groups of people living together and this boy's home was unique. The characters definitely come alive and Aldis enchanted me from the beginning. It was hard to get used to the time hops and in the beginning I didn't understand what was going on until several chapters in. Odinn was quite a boring character at first. With his new assignment at work came a little more interest in his life. It took almost the entire book for these two characters to come together into one story. I loved the character building of Run, his daughter. She was the most interesting character by far. The suspense and horror of this story are more of a back story which doesn't play out until the very end. This one will definitely make readers think, hmm, long after the words have ended.
Aldis hates her job working in a juvenile detention center in rural Iceland. The boys are difficult, the owners are unpleasant, and there are mysterious noises at night. And then two of the boys go astray . . .
Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the center. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister?
Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a huge European bestseller both with her crime and horror novels. You might want to sleep with the light on after reading The Undesired. . .