The Girl Who Died: A Novel

May 4, 2021
The Girl Who Died: A Novel

"Is this the best crime writer in the world today?If you're looking for a mystery to get lost induring lockdown..." —The Times,UK"A world-class crime writer...One of the mostastonishing plots of modern crime fiction"—Sunday Times, UK"It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crimefiction." —The Times,UKFrom Ragnar Jónasson, the award-winning author of theinternational bestselling Ari Thór series, The Girl WhoDied is a standalone thriller about a young woman seeking anew start in a secluded village where a small community isdesperate to protect its secrets.Teacher Wanted At the Edge of the WorldUna wants nothing more than to teach, but she has been unable tosecure steady employment in Reykjavík. Her savings are depleted,her love life is nonexistent, and she cannot face another winterstaring at the four walls of her shabby apartment. CelebratingChristmas and ringing in 1986 in the remote fishing hamlet ofSkálar seems like a small price to pay for a chance to earn someteaching credentials and get her life back on track.But Skálar isn't just one of Iceland's most isolated villages,it is home to less than a dozen people. Una's only students are twogirls aged seven and nine. Teaching them only occupies so manyhours in a day and the few adults she interacts with are civil butdistant. She only seems to connect with Thór, a man she shares anattraction with but who is determined to keep her at arm'slength.As darkness descends throughout the bleak winter, Una findsherself more often than not in her rented attic space—the site of alocal legendary haunting—drinking her loneliness away. She isplagued by nightmares of a little girl in a white dress singing alullaby. And when a sudden tragedy echoes an event long buried inSkálar's past, the villagers become even more guarded, leaving asuspicious Una seeking to uncover a shocking truth that's been keptsecret for generations.