Ashes to Dust, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The third crime novel from international bestseller Yrsa Sigurdardottir, ASHES TO DUST is tense, taut and terrifying - not to be missed for fans of Nordic Noir.

Thora peered at the floor, but couldn't see anything that could have frightened Markus that much, only three mounds of dust.

She moved the light of her torch over them. It took her some time to realize what she was seeing-- and then it was all she could do not to let the torch slip from her hand. 'Good God,' she said. She ran the light over the three faces, one after another.

Sunken cheeks, empty eye-sockets, gaping mouths; they reminded her of photographs of mummies she'd once seen in National Geographic. 'Who are these people?' 'I don't know,' said Markus ...Bodies are discovered in one of the excavated houses at a volcanic tourist attraction dubbed 'The Pompeii of the North'. Markus Magnusson, who was only a teenager when the volcano erupted, falls under suspicion and hires attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir to defend him - but when his childhood sweetheart is murdered his case starts to look more difficult, and the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444700060



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The premise of <i>Ashes to Dust</i> has a lot of potential, but execution is lacking. Thora, the lawyer investigating the case on behalf of her client, is very slow in putting together the clues--in fact, the various people involved end up telling her what's going on rather than Thora making any great deductive leaps. This is pretty frustrating, because some things seem pretty obvious.The painfully obvious symbolism of the "Cuckoo" as the name of a ship, another thing Thora doesn't pick up on, made me cringe.Finally, this book has the worst twist ending ever. Since it comes about five pages before the end of the book, it seems really tacked-on. The only character I really enjoyed was the Goth secretary, Bella, who at least seemed to have a bit of a brain and enjoyed herself.

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