REVIEW: The Girl who Died

I’ve been to Iceland twice and I love their literature, I will read anything set in the unique environment, especially if it takes place off the beaten path like this one. Una’s life is plodding along at a mediocre pace with no real success or joy. When she sees an add for a teacher in a remote fishing village, she responds looking for a bit of a change. When she arrives and realizes the village only boasts ten people with two students for her to teach, she begins to wonder just what she signed up for. 

Jónasson does a fabulous job of bringing that stark, insular nature of Iceland to the page. The villagers are wary of her invading their small hamlet and keep her at an arm’s length. As she desperately tries to integrate she begins to learn more about the village and its inhabitants, a story about a young girl who died 60 years ago begins to haunt her. She begins to see the girl and hear her singing a lullaby which has her drinking a little more and becoming more and more suspicious of her fellow villagers. The story is slow and expertly builds an eerie atmosphere that has you wondering about these villagers too.

The ending was not what I was expecting, I was really hoping for the two main mysteries to come together in a related way but it didn’t. The author does answer all of your questions but I had just hoped that there was a different explanation of it all. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.

Have you ever been to Iceland? If not, is it on your bucket list?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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