My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am reading the novels of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir back to back and this is my third in a row. This time our heroine is a called to the site of a devastating earthquake in 1973. The buried buildings are being unearthed as part of an archeological project. Thora?s client is trying to prevent his parents home being excavated until he has been there first.
The setting are some remote islands and highlights the insular nature of such places. Everybody knows something but nobody wants to talk. Thora chips away all the time being frustrated by the police and her own client.
The friendly German is not a feature of this novel maybe next time. Thora’s family don’t feature as strongly as they did in the last book.
The conclusion is a fantastic twist. There is however lots of pain and suffering for many people along the way. Ashes to dust is an apt title!