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. . .
Two tales of personal and familial anguish, decades apart, drive this chilling standalone from Icelandic author Sigurdard ttir (Someone to Watch over Me). In the present, single father dinn Hafsteinsson, who works for the State Supervisory Agency, investigates abuses that may have occurred during the 1970s at the Kr kur care home for delinquent boys, located on a former farm in a remote part of Iceland. Those who were mistreated could be entitled to damages. Meanwhile, dinn fears that he caused his ex-wife's death and that he has thus done irreparable psychic damage to his 11-year-old daughter, R n, who suffers from nightmares involving her late mother. Flash back to 1974. Ald s, a teenage girl who's estranged from her mother and performs grueling domestic duties at Kr kur, becomes infatuated with Einar, a boy at the home with a terrible secret in his past. When Einar and another boy disappear, Ald s pays a terrible price. The two narratives converge on an exciting climax that testifies to Sigurdard ttir's command of psychological nuance and bitter irony.