Tuesday, November 04, 2014

I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Have you ever had the urge to buy an old house on a remote island and renovate it yourself? Well, don’t do it! This book is one of the creepiest I've read in a long time. Katrin and Gadar, a married couple, head to an old abandoned house on a remote Icelandic island accompanied by Lif, the recent widow of Gadar’s best friend. The four had bought the house as a fixer upper in spite of the fact that they knew next to nothing about house renovation. They may have abandoned the plan later, once they came to their senses; but after the death of Lif’s husband, the remaining three decide to press on in his honor. When they get settled at the house, which has no electricity and no heat, they begin to experience terrifying phenomena including sightings of what appears to be an abandoned child.

In the meantime, on the mainland, Freyr, a divorced psychiatrist who is working with the police on an incident of eerie graffiti in a school building, begins to see similarities between this case and another outbreak of vandalism that took place more than half a century before. And somehow all of it seems to be connected to the case of Freyr’s young son, who disappeared one day without a trace and has been missing for three years.

If you’re in the mood for an intense, poignant novel that offers a good scare, check out I Remember You.  Be sure to read it alone on a stormy night. Afterward, if you still have any nerve left, try Ghost Story by Peter Straub or So Cold the River by Michael Koryta, two more spooky tales that will chill you to the bone.

1 comment:

Diane said...

Very eerie sounding, indeed!