Why Did You Lie?

Why Did You Lie?[Download] ➼ Why Did You Lie? ➻ Yrsa Sigurðardóttir – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A chilling thriller from the author of THE SILENCE OF THE SEA, winner of the Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide An ordinary coup A chilling thriller from the author of THE SILENCE OF THE SEA, winner of thePetrona Award for best Why Did ePUB ✓ Scandinavian Crime Novel A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing Four strangers struggle to find shelter on a windswept spike of rock in the middle of a raging sea They have one thing in common they all liedAnd someone is determined to punish themWHY DID YOU LIE is a terrifying tale of long delayed retribution from Iceland s Queen of Suspense. Yrsa Sigur ard ttir is a civil engineer as well as an author So, she knows better than most that you cannot create energy from nothing Yet give her a blank page and ask her to think of a story set in her beloved Iceland and from the words she writes when I read her prose, some strange current passes through my body I get the shakes, I need a light left on and company as I am scared The same phenomenon then rids my body of any residual heat and I start shivering in fear And I love it Why Did Yrsa Sigur ard ttir is a civil engineer as well as an author So, she knows better than most that you cannot create energy from nothing Yet give her a blank page and ask her to think of a story set in her beloved Iceland and from the words she writes when I read her prose, some strange current passes through my body I get the shakes, I need a light left on and company as I am scared The same phenomenon then rids my body of any residual heat and I start shivering in fear And I love it Why Did You Lie is an amazing piece of fiction that looks at the effect of suicide on families looks at the impact of incomplete police investigations, tackles sexism and through light on the historic child abuse cases that seem to now be brought to light.This novel is a wonderfully constructed piece where a few events in three separate situations are described in short chapters alternating between each story in January 2014.These three strands dangle like dropped stitches that you worry about touching but over time begin to pull and find where they lead.Unsurprisingly, each thread is difficult to separate from the three competing stories where the only link seems to be a sense of fear and foreboding That something has changed and something malevolent is hanging around, brooding like a heavy mist all pervading like a bad smell Yet as each unravels like each situation gets further out of control Yrsa somehow brings each together to form a tapestry that is both beautiful and perverse Creating a story that will thrill, shock and leave you troubled even after you have closed the book.Sometimes to answer a question you findexplanations than you need,detail than just the simple facts Sometimes in trying to find closure you unearththan you wish to discover and once revealed can no longer remain a secret Yrsa Sigur ard ttir is a rare talent, her books on deep and menacing at times but her stories ring true because the characters she forms could be me or you A victim or a killer This is my first book from this author MY BOOK HALO IS SLIPPING how could I have missed them But it certainly won t be my last, Why Did You Lie was superb Working on every level, plotting, characters and insane amounts of creepy haunting prose that led to me peering out from under my duvet like a kid checking for monsters under the bed Monsters of the human kind Why Did You Lie follows several strands a family returning from a holiday, a small group of people in a confined space awaitin This is my first book from this author MY BOOK HALO IS SLIPPING how could I have missed them But it certainly won t be my last, Why Did You Lie was superb Working on every level, plotting, characters and insane amounts of creepy haunting prose that led to me peering out from under my duvet like a kid checking for monsters under the bed Monsters of the human kind Why Did You Lie follows several strands a family returning from a holiday, a small group of people in a confined space awaiting rescue and a police officer whose husband has recently attempted suicide All of these slowly but surely edge us towards the link between them all and the truth behind a lie told many years before It is really quite beautifully layered and utterly compelling throughout, Yrsa Sigurdardottir building the tension through a series of events that are dotted about over a short period of time.I was freaked out a lot by this novel in the best possible way The atmospheric sense of it is really involving, a pervading sense of menace with the source just out of reach, glimpses caught from the corner of an eye and some classic scene setting that just really engages you into each and every moment For me the intricacy in this cleverly woven web was highly addictive, despite it making me jump at every shadow including my own, it was eerily beautifully fascinating and explores the depths of human nature, especially the darker side of that, with a fine eye and a character driven narrative.It is chilly And claustrophobic And intensely disturbing And the ending means I will DEFINITELY be looking for those monsters under the bed for a good while to come So that there was a damn good read Loved it.Highly Recommended And kudos to the translator Why Did You Lie contains three plot strands In the first, four people strangers to each other are dropped off at a lighthouse atop the inhospitable rocky outcrop of Thr drangar, three of them to perform maintenance, the fourth to take photographs of this harsh environment It s supposed to take one night, but they soon discover their stay is likely to be prolonged In the second, a policewoman, N na, is struggling to cope in the aftermath of her husband s attempted suicide Having been ost Why Did You Lie contains three plot strands In the first, four people strangers to each other are dropped off at a lighthouse atop the inhospitable rocky outcrop of Thr drangar, three of them to perform maintenance, the fourth to take photographs of this harsh environment It s supposed to take one night, but they soon discover their stay is likely to be prolonged In the second, a policewoman, N na, is struggling to cope in the aftermath of her husband s attempted suicide Having been ostracised after a dispute with a colleague, she s ordered to clear out old files from the basement, only to find a statement that suggests a connection between her husband and a suicide case from decades ago In the third, N i, Vala and their son Tumi have just returned from a family holiday in Florida They re dismayed to find the American couple they house swapped with have left their home in a state of disarray, but that isn t the end of their troubles The connections between these three scenarios unfolds in non chronological order, the action taking place over the course of one week For some time the nature of the story the type of climax it s building to is ambiguous Is it a crime thriller, or are there hints of something darker, even something supernatural, lurking beneath the surface Sigur ard ttir excels at this seamless interweaving of genres it never seems ridiculous that there might be a malevolent ghost stalking the characters Indeed, in settings like the unparalleled bleakness of Thr drangar, it seemsthan plausible.Like The Undesired, Why Did You Lie has a bleak and brutal ending that made me long to reach into the story and shuffle things around No specific spoilers, but don t expect all of these characters to make it to the final chapters in one piece Given that over the weekend I read another Icelandic novel that also spared its characters no mercy, I m beginning to think this is just a feature of Icelandic fiction I didn t particularly like the first Sigur ard ttir I read The Day is Dark, the fourth Th ra Gu mundsd ttir novel but since then, I ve enjoyed her bookswith every one I ve tried Which just goes to show that sometimes it pays to give authors a second chance I liked this so much I ve even been inspired to give the Th ra Gu mundsd ttir series another go TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr Prior to starting this book I tried two others at 50 pages each, neither made it on to goodreads I was complaining I have NOTHING to read at my shelves with at least 100 unread books while my husband rolled his eyes at me So without much hoped I grabbed the last book I had bought this one and started reading After about 15 pages I realized that this was one I would finish Three stories are intertwined and how they are connected is highly opaque until the very end One is that of Nina, Prior to starting this book I tried two others at 50 pages each, neither made it on to goodreads I was complaining I have NOTHING to read at my shelves with at least 100 unread books while my husband rolled his eyes at me So without much hoped I grabbed the last book I had bought this one and started reading After about 15 pages I realized that this was one I would finish Three stories are intertwined and how they are connected is highly opaque until the very end One is that of Nina, whose journalist husband is in a coma after an attempted suicide attempt She has been ostracized at work after having complained about a coworker Then there is the family that comes home after a house swap holiday in the United States and finds that there is something off about the house A strange smell, the things of the Americans still lying about Last but not least there are four people stuck on a rock in the Atlantic to check some equipment and finding that their ride out by helicopter has been delayed.The sense of place Iceland, bleak and cold in winter is fantastic I was a bit worried there would be paranormal aspects, but there weren t I spent most of this book in confusion The characters were great though There was a building sense of doom throughout and I was not even close in figuring out the connection, or the culprit In that sense this was highly satisfying, because few authors have the sleight of hand of this one Oh my goodness, this book was a great read very suspenseful, atmospheric, a tight and varied plot and a range of interesting and also creepy characters thrown in the mix Absolutely brilliant I also thought the author made a bold move right at the end but, of course, I won t mention it here it s for you to find out I highly recommend this one for all avid thriller readers A few years ago I read a couple of the Th ra Gu mundsd ttir mysteries but I wasn t particularly impressed so I never continued with the series After a recent visit to Iceland, I decided to give Sigur ard ttir another try and chose this standalone novel I m afraid my impressions of the author have not improved.There are three stories which are eventually tied together Four people are taken by helicopter to the remote Thr drangar lighthouse perched on A few years ago I read a couple of the Th ra Gu mundsd ttir mysteries but I wasn t particularly impressed so I never continued with the series After a recent visit to Iceland, I decided to give Sigur ard ttir another try and chose this standalone novel I m afraid my impressions of the author have not improved.There are three stories which are eventually tied together Four people are taken by helicopter to the remote Thr drangar lighthouse perched on a rock in the Atlantic A storm and a delayed pickup because of mechanical problems increase the tension amongst the stranded A family returns from a house swap holiday and finds things in disarray in their home with no sign of the American family who had stayed there A police officer is given a job clearing out old files while her husband Thr stur lies on the verge of death after a suicide attempt she discovers files about a case in which Thr stur, as a child, was a witness She decides to investigate whether this old case might have impacted her husband in the present.There are so many plot holes and coincidences that the plot is not credible Sinister messages appear in the most isolated places A man manages to be very stealthy despite the fact that repeated descriptions of his physical appearance suggest he would not likely be capable of stealth Would a reputable journalist stage a photo for an article he is writing A person would purchase a home in a neighbourhood without recognizing it from his childhood The trip to Thr drangar is so poorly planned that little food and water is provided and the weather forecast is not checked beforehand Also, withholding and distorting so much information when narrating from the perspective of a character is a form of cheap trickery Weariness wins out in the end, though, so he is oblivious to the commotion up on the gallery later that night And why would an innocent person imagine something that makes him look guilty Without his knowing where the words came from, a brief greeting sprang into his mind Welcome back, liar I dislike narratives that rely on police incompetence There are several examples of incomplete police investigations and a senior police officer actually gives files to a civilian And the police are especially stupid in designating their chief suspect at the end this suspect has no reason to ask the titular question in the menacing messages since he has always known the answer The plot is rather predictable The title clearly suggests that people have lied Who has lied is obvious because the author emphasizes the signs of lying All the signs of a liar rolled into one By the end of Chapter 15, less than half way through the book, any careful reader will identify the most dangerous person at the lighthouse because of the lack of a reaction.Sigur ard ttir is often praised for her ability to create atmosphere There is indeed a pervading sense of menace throughout, but the same technique is repeatedly used Something is always just out sight It felt as if someone were watching him and An icy chill runs down his spine when he spots a dark shadowThe fog closes in again and the shadow disappearsNothing can explain the shape he thought he saw and If she let herself, she would start tuning into the noises she thought she could hear at the back of the storeroomAs if someone was standing there, breathing heavily The scattered chronology can be confusing A reader would be advised to make notes on what happens when in each of the three plots each chapter begins with a date but the reader must remember these dates to realize that events in the three plots do not occur simultaneously Yrsa Sigur ard ttir is often called the Queen of Icelandic Crime Fiction, but she hasn t impressed me I shall have to read something by S lveig P lsd ttir and Lilja Sigur ard ttir a relative , two other female Icelandic crime writers of note, to decide if Yrsa has competition for the title Please check out my reader s blog and follow me on Twitter DCYakabuski Trigger warnings suicide, murder, death of a cat.This book is really three mysteries in one One is the story of a policewoman whose husband is braindead following an attempted suicide She s trying to decide whether to shut off his life support while also finding herself caught up in a 25 year old mystery One is about a photographer who s found himself stranded at a lighthouse awaiting rescue by the coast guard when his fellow strandees start to be murdered And one is of a couple who ve just Trigger warnings suicide, murder, death of a cat.This book is really three mysteries in one One is the story of a policewoman whose husband is braindead following an attempted suicide She s trying to decide whether to shut off his life support while also finding herself caught up in a 25 year old mystery One is about a photographer who s found himself stranded at a lighthouse awaiting rescue by the coast guard when his fellow strandees start to be murdered And one is of a couple who ve just returned from a house exchange with an American couple only to find that their house is filthy and there s stuff everywhere and they can t get in touch with the Americans Obviously, the three mysteries turn out to be related This definitely kept me guessing I had no idea how the threads were going to tie together into one big mystery The characters were interesting and felt believable And the story flowed nicely, which is often not the case in translated novels So basically This turned out to be a pleasantly creepy surprise This was an eerie read Review to follow. Yrsa S has done it again I just can t get enough of her books Why Did You Lie delivered exactly the right balance of mystery, suspense and spooky vibes, with an irresistible cast of engaging characters I think what makes these people so relatable are the small details Sigurdardottir includes in the narrative habits, gestures or actions of daily living that make them really leap from the pages, without slowing down the story A very fine art indeed, and one that not many writers can pull off Yrsa S has done it again I just can t get enough of her books Why Did You Lie delivered exactly the right balance of mystery, suspense and spooky vibes, with an irresistible cast of engaging characters I think what makes these people so relatable are the small details Sigurdardottir includes in the narrative habits, gestures or actions of daily living that make them really leap from the pages, without slowing down the story A very fine art indeed, and one that not many writers can pull off.Why Did You Lie consists of three separate storylines, which at first seem completely unrelated There are the four people who are stranded on a small island in the sea repairing lighthouse equipment, who come into strive when inclement weather prevents their evacuation from this hostile place Then we learn of the ordinary couple who have just come back from a holiday in the US only to discover that their house swap may have had some unpleasant repercussions as their American houseguests seem to have vanished into thin air And last but not least we get to know Nina, a policewoman who comes across some old case files whilst banished to tidy up the police headquarters basement I was utterly engaged with each and every storyline, even though for ages I had no idea whatsoever how the author would bring them all together But she did and she did it masterfully.Fans of Sigurdardottir s writing will appreciate her eye for detail and her skill of recreating the cold, hostile atmosphere of an Icelandic winter that lends itself so perfectly as the setting for a mystery Whilst there is no supernatural element as such in this book, the eerie setting was enough to raise some goosebumps for me, and the characters fears provide an ever present air of menace and danger It was the perfect book to chill out to on my commute in a dark car, making my dash to the front door a bit hastier than normal, which is always a good sign that the story has gotten under my skin.I can sum up my review by saying that apart from the title I loved everything about this book Hmm, yes, the title not very catchy I thought, and one that plagues the translation only, as in Icelandic it seems to consist of just one mysterious word mysterious considering I don t speak Icelandic lol To be honest, I probably wouldn t have picked up the title if I hadn t known that the author always delivers a great story If you have thought the same, I must urge you to reconsider and pick this book up today It is one of the finest examples of Iceland Noir, and one I thoroughly enjoyed I am especially saddened to farewell Nina, whose character I felt very close to, and whose fate I felt particularly invested in As usual, Sigurdardottir doesn t shy away from including dark and serious themes into her novel, such as suicide, sexual discrimination, child abuse, bereavement and , which gives the story a very contemporary feel and a depth lacking in many other books in the genre Anyone looking for an intelligent, well written and utterly addictive psychological thriller with an atmospheric setting, then this is the perfect book for you blog facebook instagram After captivating me with its three compelling narratives, each starting slightly out of sync with each other, Why Did You Lieultimately disappointed me with an unnecessary twist ending which is ultimately implausible, riddled with holes and deeply dissatisfying.I read the book over the course of a few days at the end of 2017 after receiving it as a Christmas Eve present from my partner, inspired by social media posts about the Icelandic tradition of J lab kafl i I went in without any exper After captivating me with its three compelling narratives, each starting slightly out of sync with each other, Why Did You Lieultimately disappointed me with an unnecessary twist ending which is ultimately implausible, riddled with holes and deeply dissatisfying.I read the book over the course of a few days at the end of 2017 after receiving it as a Christmas Eve present from my partner, inspired by social media posts about the Icelandic tradition of J lab kafl i I went in without any experience of Yrsa Sigur ard ttir s other novels, which meant I couldn t predict if, for instance, a supernatural explanation to the book s events was possible.The three narratives are broadly as follows a policewoman investigating the unlikely suicide of her husband, a journalist a husband and father investigating the apparent disappearance of an American couple with whom his family organised a house swap and a photographer stuck in a lighthouse on a rock in the sea with three others, one of whom is mysteriously murdered in the night.They come together relatively neatly in the novel s closing chapters and then a sort of epilogue throws an entirely different account of events into the mix.Frustratingly, this alternative account relies on there being a heavily unreliable narrator throughout the book, and is explained through pages of continuous dialogue, with no effort to help the reader join the dots by themself Worse, it introduces a series of major plot holes which are unaddressed by the end of the book, retroactively spoiling some of the book s most compelling sequences.The consequence of this is that despite its brilliant cast of likeable, realistic characters and its well footed social commentary, the book falls down at the last hurdle and can t be salvaged