The Girl Who Died: Goldsboro Exclusive

by Ragnar Jonasson

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The Girl Who Died: Goldsboro Exclusive

by Ragnar Jonasson

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Una knows she is struggling to deal with her father's sudden, tragic suicide. She spends her nights drinking alone in Reykjavik, stricken with thoughts that she might one day follow in his footsteps.

So when she sees an advert seeking a teacher for two girls in the tiny village of Skálar - population of ten - on the storm-battered north coast of the island, she sees it as a chance to escape.

But once she arrives, Una quickly realises nothing in city life has prepared her for this. The villagers are unfriendly. The weather is bleak. And, from the creaky attic bedroom of the old house where she's living, she's convinced she hears the ghostly sound of singing.

Una worries that she's losing her mind. 

And then, just before Christmas, there's an unexplained death and Una's life goes from bad to worse . . .

Praise for Ragnar Jónasson

'This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jonasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page' Daily Mail

'Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin

'This is such a tense, gripping read' Anthony Horowitz

'Brilliantly effective. Each book enraptures us' The Times Literary Supplement

'Superb . . . chilling . . . one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended' Lee Child

'Chilling - a must-read' Peter James

'A stunningly atmospheric story. Pitch-perfect, beautifully paced. Ragnar Jónasson is at the top of his game, and a master of the genre' Will Dean

'Darkly claustrophobic . . . Perfect mid-winter reading' Ann Cleeves

Goldsboro PREM1ER June 2021 pick. Signed, numbered, with stencilled edges.

  • Publish Date 3 June 2021 (first published 4 May 2021)
  • Publish Status Forthcoming
  • Publish Country GB
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint Michael Joseph Ltd