I Remember You

I Remember You

A Ghost Story

Book - 2014
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"International superstar Yrsa Sigurdardottir has captivated the attention of readers around the world with her mystery series featuring attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir. Now, Yrsa will stun readers once again with this out-of-this-world ghost story that will leave you shivering. In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends set to work renovating a rundown house. But soon, they realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave, and it's making its presence felt. Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son. When the two stories collide, the terrifying truth is uncovered. In the vein of John Ajvide Lindqvist, this horrifying thriller, partly based on a true story, is the scariest novel yet from Yrsa Sigurdardottir, who has taken the international crime fiction world by storm"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2014
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781250045621
1250045622
9781250019004
1250019001
Branch Call Number: Mystery Yrs
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 22 cm

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SkokieStaff_Steven Oct 31, 2018

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.

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msteinhusen
Jul 31, 2018

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.

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Alpha_zzz
Feb 14, 2018

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.

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MintyFreeze
Nov 28, 2017

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.

kat_miller Jul 16, 2017

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....

CRRL_VirginiaJ Jun 08, 2017

Probably one of the eeriest books I've ever read. A page-turner.

cmlibrary_lmansfield Aug 05, 2016

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.

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Jeanneknits2
Jun 14, 2016

Two parallel stories that come together in the end. A very scary and riveting book.

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Rubicat
Apr 03, 2015

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

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StarGladiator
Mar 16, 2015

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.

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