Book Review: I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Philip Roughton (Translator)

How was everybody’s Christmas?

Mine was pretty good 🙂 After my mother’s stroke it took awhile for me to want to celebrate the holidays but after having my daughter the joy and need to celebrate was ignited once again.

She had such a blast.

She didn’t ask for much but she did receive what she wished for. Her prized gift? A hoodie from the game Undertale worn by the character Sans. She hasn’t taken it off yet. Yes, Christmas was great. I’m glad my baby enjoyed it. I also got some pretty great gifts from both family and boyfriend. I’m blessed.

I’m still on my winter horror kick and thought I would re-read another favorite of mine. I Remember You is a book that I actually featured on my October Featured Series: Women in Horror. You can read the three part blog posts here:

Icelandic horror has never been on my radar so I feel quite lucky to have stumbled upon this gem of a book. It’s actually thanks to another writer that I did find out about this. I was lurking Simone St. James’s author page on Goodreads when I saw she had great praise for I Remember You and immediately knew this was for me. I recommend that by the way. Goodreads is such a great vessel and looking at your favorite authors’ reads can uncover some awesome reads.

Three friends travel to a remote and rundown town to renovate a house that they wish to rent out. It should be a fairly simple task and it also gives them time to get away from the harsh realities of their current lives. Unemployment, monotony, death…

It’s only when they get to the house and the sun sets that they realize what a grave mistake this all was. The village isn’t as abandoned as they thought, no, somebody is lurking in cold shadows. Something malevolent and watchful. Dangerous.

Nearby, a doctor who has recently lost his young son investigates the suicide of an elderly woman who seemingly had whereabouts of his vanished son.

The stories collide and when they do, you’ll be breathless and frigid and it won’t be from the cold.

Right away I can tell you, I would never ever go to an isolated village in the middle of nowhere to renovate a house lmao. Not in a million years. Kudos to our main characters Katrin, Gaorar, and Lif but hellll no.

Would I book an Airbnb there? Hmmmmmm. POSSIBLY. I mean a haunted Icelandic escapism sounds pretty good to be honest, DOES IT NOT? But I would only do so if the entire town wasn’t completely abandoned that’s a big big sign that something is very wrong and yeah, I’m not with that.

This book is so well written. We shift back and forth between two perspectives. The doctor whose young son vanished and our trio of course. It can be confusing at first but you do get the hang of it.

It is also genuinely creepy. The atmosphere is heavy and icy, the feeling of being completely isolated and having no help at all. There is a ton of foreshadowing which I didn’t pick up on my first read but god love it smirked on my second. The twist genuinely shocked me and to this day still angers me. If you want to know how a malevolent spirit is made?? This book is the blue print. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir has a mastery of words, plot, and enticing you until the very end.

I recently saw that the movie version of this IS available on Netflix if you would like to watch! It’s called I Remember You. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet but be sure I will after my Christmas Disney marathon is over.

It’s not snowing here yet but best believe I’ll be avoiding any tiny footprints when it does…

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💜💜💜💜💜 5/5

3 thoughts on “Book Review: I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Philip Roughton (Translator)

  1. Well, that right there is a name I will never be able to pronounce, and I love it. xD

    A haunted Icelandic escape sounds absolutely PERFECT. Can I add my name to this Airbnb list? We’ll get a group together and go. xD This book sounds so freaking good that I can’t help but add it to my TBR. Darn you. 😛


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