Yrsa Sigurðardóttir 

One of my favorite crime novelists. Five of her books so far have the lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir solving cases and three are separate tales.

I made the mistake of starting her latest novel (Seelen im Eis in German - has not been translated into English yet as far as I can tell) late at night while at home alone.

It's creepy. Odinn is responsible for his 11-year old daughter ever since his ex-wife accidentally fell out of the window to her death. He also has a new job which involves researching a former home for delinquent boys located in a remote part of Iceland and the story alternates between Odinn's life in the present and what happened at the home more than thirty years ago.

I have read all of her novels and seeing that there was a new release from her, I ordered it without even bothering to read a description of it first.

The first novel in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series is called Last Rituals in English.