Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Series: Dark Iceland, #4
Published: January 2017, Orenda Books
Format: Paperback, 244 pages
Source: Personal copy
1955. Two young couples
move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay
ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious
circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old
photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not
have been alone on the fjord after all…
In nearby Siglufjörður,
young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened
that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets
are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik,
who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things
take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a
stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the
past might just come back to haunt them.
My thoughts: This is the fourth book in Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series and I absolutely love these books. I read this book in one afternoon – that’s how involved I become in these books. Once I start reading them, I just cannot put them down! But take note – these are not fast-paced books…I just become so captivated that I don’t want to do anything but read them.
This particular installment was quite interesting to read right now, as we are in the midst of our own pandemic, having recently come out of lockdown. It was quite chilling to see a book written well before our current time dealing with a deadly virus and having a small-town be shut-down in order to control the spread.
That was just one thread running through this book. There were others that were easily followed and I loved how they all came together to bring us a thrilling conclusion. What was even more of a surprise was seeing the appearance of Isrun again, the reporter who was involved in a previous case.
I love how we get a good balance of the police investigations as well as updates on the lives of the main characters. For me, that is always such a draw when reading series – the continued character development and I like that in this particular installment, we are not only getting that development on Ari Thor, but on Isrun as well. I will be curious to see if we will see Isrun again.
I think this one might be my favorite in the series so far. It was just so brilliantly crafted and wonderfully written. I cannot recommend this series enough!
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