They were only going to be there a week on the deserted Icelandic island. It sounded like it could be a great adventure, even without electricity. The three of them, husband and wife Garðar and Katrin along with beautiful, spoiled Lif, had decided to renovate an old cottage. The place in summer was amazing, teeming with tourists so the house is a potential rental gold mine. Yet in the winter, not a living soul is to be found. I Remember You, by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, begins with only a hint of the chilling disasters to follow.
Meanwhile in a small city across the sometimes impassable waters, Freyr, a easy-going general medical practitioner who is also the town’s only psychologist, is trying to help a sexy yet remote police inspector solve a disturbing case of vandalism at a local elementary school. The violence and anger displayed are truly alarming in what should be a place of safety, and he hopes to help her unravel it. But soon a more disturbing case takes center stage. An elderly woman has committed suicide under extremely strange circumstances. From her diaries, she seems to have been fixated on Freyr’s son, who had gone missing and has been presumed dead for years.
I Remember You is a frightening, intelligently-written page-turner. Its alternating chapters and seemingly separate plot lines become increasing suspenseful as the distance between them narrows and as it plunges relentlessly to its horrific conclusion. Even so, just enough threads are left dangling to make a reader wonder what more might come. Highly recommended for those who enjoy their mysteries touched by supernatural elements.