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The Undesired

The Undesired

A Thriller

Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Minotaur Books


Trade Paperback

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. . .


Praise for The Undesired

"I can see why so many people are enthusiastic about Yrsa's work. It's very engaging, fresh and exciting." --James Patterson

"Two narratives converge on an exciting climax that testifies to Sigurdardóttir’s command of psychological nuance and bitter irony."--Kirkus (starred) on The Undesired

"A particularly propulsive...pleasurably creepy read, but beware: It may make you lose your sea legs for quite some time." --the Boston Globe on Silence of the Sea

"Someone to Watch Over Me seductively weaves together two seemingly disparate stories." --Cleveland Plain Dealer (Grade: A)

"An involving, dark tale." --Booklist on Someone to Watch Over Me

"I Remember You combines an intricate mystery with a very frightening ghost story, and Sigurdardottir pulls it off well." --RT Book Reviews

"Drives to a shattering climax that honors the traditions of both detective fiction and ghost stories." --Kirkus Reviews on I Remember You

"I Remember You ranks among the scariest, right up there with the best of Stephen King and Peter Straub. It's that good. And that scary. And, ultimately, that moving." --EarlyWord on I Remember You

“A series that goes from strength to strength.” —Crimepieces

"A solid bet for fans of Scandinavian mysteries." —Library Journal

"Someone To Watch Over Me, just out, has already seen Yrsa Sigurdardóttir inevitably labeled 'Iceland's answer to Stieg Larsson." —The Independent (UK)

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About the author

Yrsa Sigurdardottir

YRSA SIGURDARDÓTTIR (pronounced UR-suh SIG-ur-dar-daughter) lives with her family in Reykjavík. She is a director of one of Iceland's largest engineering firms. Her work is climbing bestseller lists all over the world, and films are currently in production for several of her books. Her titles include The Day is Dark and Ashes to Dust.

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