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Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson
The Dark Iceland Series of crime novels is one of the best series I have enjoyed. Now the master of Icelandic Crime Noir returns for the fifth instalment with Whiteout. I have praised the writing of Ragnar Jónasson in my previous reviews and now I am just word blind except to say if you have not yet read any of the series then you must have been locked in a freezer because Whiteout is just chilling to the bone. This is pure classic crime fiction.
Do not worry if you have not read any of the previous four in the series as they can be read as standalone books. But if you want to binge read over the festive period then I cannot recommend highly enough the writing of Jónasson, he manages to reach out to the reader in a way that I have not discovered in any other series of books.
Ari Thór is looking forward to spending Christmas with his pregnant girlfriend Kristin, but then the body of a young woman has been found at the foot of cliffs near a desolate village. Ari has been called in to assist with the case. Was this a case of suicide or something more sinister.
This is winter on Iceland so it bleak and the conditions are harsh and unforgiving. But This is an unexplained death and it needs to be investigated. Do not expect a thunderous pace to Whiteout as Jónasson has crafted this to be an old school detective novel and there is real pleasure to be had in reading, prepare for a few false leads along the way. Then it becomes apparent that this woman died in exactly the same place as her mother and sister. What made these three women from the same family take their own lives here. Or did they.
The desolation and isolation of this part of Iceland become apparent and add to this just who does Ari Thór trust in this case? So what are the characters involved hiding. You just know there are secrets being hidden away. Christmas is fast approaching and this a sad case and they want answers quickly and a resolution to the case. There is something about the village and its inhabitants, creepy and odd spring to mind yet they intrigued me. This is a book that will bring the reader in and hold them until you have reached the very final sentence. This is what makes this such a great read. Delivers on every level.
This is a crime novel par excellence it needs to be savoured like fine wine such is the brilliant writing of Ragnar Jónasson. This is a book that heralds winter reading a real fireside treat. Get comfortable with your favourite drink and prepare for a classic. Yes, I am an unashamed fan of Ragnar Jónasson’s writing and already looking forward to seeing what comes next. Whiteout is one of the best crime books of 2017. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Thank you to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for the advanced review copy of Whiteout and to Anne Cater for arranging the blog tour.
Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson is published by and was published on 3rd August 2017 and is available through Waterstones, Amazon and all good bookshops.
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Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson
One of the most anticipated books of January is the fourth in the Dark Iceland series with Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson and it sold out on Amazon on publication day proving that the series based in Iceland has really caught the imagination of the crime novel reader. Having read the previous three the fourth in the series is just simply gripping and atmospheric and by far the best yet and a mention for Quentin Bates for another excellent translation.
It is a welcome return for the local policeman Ari Thór and now he is investigating the mysterious death of a young woman in the isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður but this happened many years before in 1955 and the case was never solved and now some evidence has come to light via an old photograph which now sheds new light on the case. Just was did happen when two young couples arrived. Now Ari Thór has recruited the help of a local news reporter Ísrún as they try to piece together what really happened the death was put down to an accident but the new evidence suggests that the couples many not have been alone after all. The beauty of Ragnar Jónasson’s novels is that he packs a lot into the storyline and in Rupture this is no exception and it all adds up to a cracking story.
For Ari and Ísrún there is more going on with them both add to this investigation the town of Siglufjörður is in complete lockdown after a deadly infection breaks out and no-one ventures beyond their front door add into this a heady mix of political scandal that could rock the heart of the government and the abduction of a young boy and you have a recipe for one suspense packed novel that adds multiple layers of intrigue that will keep the reader guessing. After the previous three books in the series you have come to know the characters really well and the personalities written into the storyline are just as important the main thread at times as bone chilling as an Icelandic winter.
Ragnar Jónasson’s writing is a real joy to read, flowing as smoothly as an Icelandic fjord and the setting he has chosen carefully to add to the mystery he has well and truly put Iceland on the Crime and thriller location and put the country on the tourist destination map. A must read if you are a lover of crime and thriller genre.
Thank you to Karen at Orenda Books for the advanced review copy.
Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson is published by Orenda Books and is available through Waterstones, Amazon and all good bookshops.
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