The Undesired begins with Odinn and his daughter trapped in a running automobile slowly being overcome with the fumes leaving a reader to wonder just who this pair is and what brought them to that moment. Going back to find out those answers we learn that Odinn had lost his wife and has been left to raise his young daughter alone.
At that point Odinn takes a new job to look into a former residential home for boys to see if there had possibly been any kind of abuse. As Odinn is looking into the past of the home and the allegations the story alternates even farther back into the past with Aldis, a young woman who was working at the home in the 70s and had befriended one of the boys in question.
The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir for me was simply a case of this one being way too much of a slow building read for my taste. I’m sure some people will enjoy the story but I found myself very quick to losing interest as the story was being built switching timelines and points of view. We know that things happened in the past simply from the investigation so as things were slowly being explained I just wanted to hurry to the answers.
In the end even though this wasn’t a favorite of mine I would still urge others to give it a try if it sounded like something they might enjoy as the writing was fine just a bit too slow for my taste in a thriller type read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.