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Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness – blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose.


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Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness – blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose.

30 review for Snowblind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    ”She lay in the middle of the garden, like a snow angel. From a distance she appeared peaceful. Her arms splayed from her sides. She wore a faded pair of jeans and was naked from the waist up, her long hair around her like a coronet in the snow; snow that shouldn’t be that shade of red. A pool of blood had formed around her. Her skin seemed to be paling alarmingly fast, taking on the colour of marble, as if in response to the striking crimson that surrounded her. Her lips were blue. Her shallow breat ”She lay in the middle of the garden, like a snow angel. From a distance she appeared peaceful. Her arms splayed from her sides. She wore a faded pair of jeans and was naked from the waist up, her long hair around her like a coronet in the snow; snow that shouldn’t be that shade of red. A pool of blood had formed around her. Her skin seemed to be paling alarmingly fast, taking on the colour of marble, as if in response to the striking crimson that surrounded her. Her lips were blue. Her shallow breath came fast. She seemed to be looking up into the dark heavens. Then her eyes snapped shut.” One of the more intriguing exchanges in a movie full of great lines is the interaction between Griffin Mills, played by Tim Robbins, and June Gudmundsdottir, played by Greta Scacchi, in one of my favorite movies, The Player. ”’It's very green, actually.’ ‘Really?’ ‘I thought that was Greenland.’ ‘No, Greenland's very icy. Iceland's very green. They switched names to fool the Vikings who tried to steal their women.’” I’m always perking up my ears about anything regarding Iceland. There is something so compelling about an island with so much snow and so much volcanic heat beneath. The first Icelandic author I found was Arnaldur Indriðason and have enjoyed his books immensely. Where Indriðason is more gritty and hardboiled, Ragnar Jonasson is definitely more in the classic British mystery vein that Dame Agatha Christie dominated for most of her career. Jonasson has translated 14 Christie books into Icelandic, and he was certainly doing more than just translating. He was learning the craft. Ari Thor quit his studies in theology and philosophy to take up the study of law enforcement. An odd move that was baffling to most of his friends. He has a girlfriend named Kristin who is studying to become a doctor. She has just moved into his flat in Reykjavik when he gets an offer of a job in Siglufjordur, which is clear on the opposite side of the island in the northern part of the country. A town that frequently becomes snowed in for the winter. He takes the job without talking to his pretty, committed, soon to be a doctor making lots of money girlfriend. It seems hasty, as if he really does want to escape to some remote area to get away from…. Siglufjordur, Iceland Siglufjordur is like most small towns all over the world. He will never be accepted as one of them. The best he can hope for is that they learn to like him and tolerate him. It snows so much that it becomes oppressive. He can’t stop thinking about the snow, even when he is sleeping. He needs reassurance from Kristin even more, but she has become more distant and evasive as the pressure of her classes takes more and more of her time. Ari is not happy, but really there is no one to blame but himself. And then the national treasure of Iceland, Hrolfur Kristjansson, the writer of the masterpiece North of the Hills, falls down a flight of stairs and dies. He was old. He had been drinking. He was agitated by an argument with one of his friends. A tragic accident for sure. Well, maybe. Then a young woman is brutally attacked and left in the snow to die. Suddenly, this small community has become very interesting. Ari sifts through the convoluted truths and, in the process, learns more about all the people surrounding the events than he really wants to know. The victims prove the most intriguing of all. What really happened to that woman and why? And who really is Hrolfur? As the layers are peeled back, the new information creates more questions than answers. Now Ari is no Hercule Poirot. The little gray cells are not fully developed. Nor is he a Miss Marple, but he makes up for his lack of experience with determination and a tenacious desire to learn the truth, no matter how many broken threads of inquiry he encounters along the way. To make things more complicated for him, he is starting to have feelings for a girl there in Siglufjordur named Ugla. My brain instantly translates that to Ugly, but she is far from that. Not only is she pretty, but she is also hyper intelligent, and most importantly of all, she is there. As a final nod to Christie, Ari brings all the suspects together at the end of the novel for the grand reveal. I enjoyed the small town in the North of Iceland. It seems like the perfect place to get a lot of reading done. The weather keeps people buttoned up, and the frequent avalanches seal off the town from the rest of the world. Nature imposed isolation is sometimes the only way for people to find any peace anymore. I’m rating the book 3.5 stars, but I’ll give Jonasson a bump to 4 instead of rounding down to 3. Call it half a star on account. I’m looking forward to reading his next foray because I really want to see this earnest young man grow into the detective I know he can be. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.com I also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Oh boy, I officially have a major book boyfriend crush on Ari Thor (along with a large gaggle of other women no doubt). What started out as a slow burning noir suddenly turned into a twisty, fast-paced mystery around the half way point. This is technically listed as book #2 in the Dark Iceland series, but for those of us who are reading in english rather than icelandic, this is our beginning. The first third of the book does a nice job setting up our story; we get a good amount of the current st Oh boy, I officially have a major book boyfriend crush on Ari Thor (along with a large gaggle of other women no doubt). What started out as a slow burning noir suddenly turned into a twisty, fast-paced mystery around the half way point. This is technically listed as book #2 in the Dark Iceland series, but for those of us who are reading in english rather than icelandic, this is our beginning. The first third of the book does a nice job setting up our story; we get a good amount of the current state of affairs in our lead character’s life while also getting a bit of his history. We’re given just enough to keep us hooked on Ari Thor but left wanting more that will hopefully be revealed in further books. Again, I think we all became a little obsessed with Ari Thor from the beginning. He’s so down to earth and cute in that clueless young man way. I did feel the pacing was a bit steady until we are introduced to the crimes described in the summary, but quickly picked up after that. What I had assumed would be a cozy murder mystery soon turned into so much more! I wasn’t expecting the major twists, and I think that is what catapulted this into such a great read. I love how the book is structured; we have chapters alternating from present time to a crime that has or will happen at some point, and as the reader we are left in the dark until that beautiful moment with Ragnar brings all the pieces together and connects every detail to a perfect T. I cannot express enough how fantastic it felt to be blown away by so many twists in a single book; as a reader of many mysteries and suspenseful thrillers, it’s getting harder to find stories that feel unique and fresh. I can see this being considered a classic police procedural that is talked about for many years to come. Overall, this was a well-written crime novel that is equal parts thorough mystery and breathtaking suspense. The fact that this book is such a compelling, character driven read only adds to the appeal, and the setting itself is like another main character adding massive amounts of intrigue and darkness. This book has only fueled my desire to visit Iceland more, and I’m sure the remainder of the series will increase this passion as well. If you are a fan of nordic noir that is an excellent example of the crime fiction genre, look no further. This series needs to go on your must read list for 2017. While I received my arc from Minotaur Books (thank you so much!), I have to also thank Karen Sullivan over at Orenda for putting this one on my radar (and also offering to send me a few others in the series to keep me appetite satiated); without her I’d be missing out on so many fantastic books that I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on otherwise!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    It is so incredibly cold here, near zero or below for several days. The perfect time to settle in with this story. Although here we are without snow. When newly commissioned police officer, Ari Thor grabs the job in Siglufjorour, the only offer on the table, his live in girlfriend refuses to leave Reykjavik. He sets out alone hoping to maintain a long distance relationship until she changes her mind. He arrives in the small town, a town enclosed by mountains, people who all know each other, finds It is so incredibly cold here, near zero or below for several days. The perfect time to settle in with this story. Although here we are without snow. When newly commissioned police officer, Ari Thor grabs the job in Siglufjorour, the only offer on the table, his live in girlfriend refuses to leave Reykjavik. He sets out alone hoping to maintain a long distance relationship until she changes her mind. He arrives in the small town, a town enclosed by mountains, people who all know each other, finds himself very much and outsider. At first it looks like this will be nothing more than a community service posting, but this will change when an elderly, somewhat famous past author is found dead at the foot of the stairs at the drama society. This is a very slow paced, atmospheric story, but we get to really know the characters, the flavor of the town. Feel the claustrophobia of the cold, the snow, see into others lives, their secrets and fears.Not a thrill ride but a slow unraveling that keeps pave with the unraveling weather. Once I got used to the slower pace, I settled in nicely with this well written novel, enjoyed the multifaceted characters and was constantly surprised by the revelations. A good solid read. ARC from Netgalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    An incredible mix of Scandi-noir and classic detective fiction. The young policeman, Ari Thor, is a wonderful creation: intelligent, earnest, impulsive, unsure, self-reflective, troubled. So human in his thinking and behaviour. Jonasson's decision to make Ari Thor a newbie, both as a detective and member of the town, gives the character a fresh perspective, quite unlike most of the main protagonists in contemporary crime fiction. He is in charge of nothing and is frequently overruled in his opini An incredible mix of Scandi-noir and classic detective fiction. The young policeman, Ari Thor, is a wonderful creation: intelligent, earnest, impulsive, unsure, self-reflective, troubled. So human in his thinking and behaviour. Jonasson's decision to make Ari Thor a newbie, both as a detective and member of the town, gives the character a fresh perspective, quite unlike most of the main protagonists in contemporary crime fiction. He is in charge of nothing and is frequently overruled in his opinions by the more experienced Thomas, not always to good effect. His role as 'outsider' is both an asset and a curse; his lack of knowledge about the inhabitants of Siglufjordur allows him to see them more clearly, without the lens of past experience, yet that same status accords him less authority, further exacerbated by being newly qualified and youthful. He makes mistakes. His idealism is frustrated. He must come to understand that they are not always happy-ever-afters. Ari Thor is just one example of the exemplary characterisation employed by Jonasson. Each and every one of the people the author reveals to the reader is fully realised, their backstories utilised to provide a basis for the choices they are making in the present day. They become more than caricatures of 'the cheating partner' or 'the man with a troubled past' to people with messy lives, real motivations and flaws, each living their own private, internal lives within the small town atmosphere of Siglufjordur. They show the truth in the idea that you never really know the people around you, that we all hold secrets. Of course, the depth given to each individual also makes it harder to guess whodunnit... The weather plays one of the most significant character roles in the novel. The storm of snow and cold underlies every scene of the book, either hovering in the background or repeatedly forming part of the character (and reader) experience. Alongside the remote setting of the town, it deepens the sense of isolation from the rest of society. The town, and the people in it, are apart, by accident or by design. It is no wonder that the avalanche that blocks the only road back to 'elsewhere' only increases the sense of claustrophobia in Ari Thor, unsettling even the long-termers when things in the town seem to be taking a sinsister turn. The close knit community undergoes a transformation when it is trapped together, and when someone within their ranks could well be a killer... All in all, I loved it and am very much looking forward to the next in the series Nightblind. Thankfully, I have very little time to wait. Anything else on my TBR will be shoved aside for this, it's a perfect winter read. The howling wind outside, the wintery storm within the pages, and a nice cup of tea to finish it all off. Heaven.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Selene

    Genre: Mystery Pace: Relaxed to slow The first 70% of this story was so relaxed and slow that I kept falling asleep less than an hour into reading this story each time. I also lost count after ten of how many POVs there were. I didn't mind the relaxed pace of the story but some areas felt too draggy and that's probably why this story acted more like a sleep aid as opposed to a more thrilling crime novel. The upside? There wasn't a million flashback scenes and the story was told from the beginning- Genre: Mystery Pace: Relaxed to slow The first 70% of this story was so relaxed and slow that I kept falling asleep less than an hour into reading this story each time. I also lost count after ten of how many POVs there were. I didn't mind the relaxed pace of the story but some areas felt too draggy and that's probably why this story acted more like a sleep aid as opposed to a more thrilling crime novel. The upside? There wasn't a million flashback scenes and the story was told from the beginning--none of that fancy stuff where the story starts from the middle or end and works itself back towards the beginning. ▣ Overall, an okay read but it's the final 30% of this story that had me on high alert and was the most enjoyable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    I enjoyed this mystery very much, I read it in 2 days and I usually don't read that fast unless its really engaging. The atmosphere of northern Iceland, the cold, the darkness, the continuous snow, is recreated completely and you feel the main character's claustrophobia and isolation so strongly., that I wish I could give it 4 stars, but the writing is a bit like Hemingway's short choppy sentences, but unlike in Hemingway there is not any depth revealed. We never really get inside the young poli I enjoyed this mystery very much, I read it in 2 days and I usually don't read that fast unless its really engaging. The atmosphere of northern Iceland, the cold, the darkness, the continuous snow, is recreated completely and you feel the main character's claustrophobia and isolation so strongly., that I wish I could give it 4 stars, but the writing is a bit like Hemingway's short choppy sentences, but unlike in Hemingway there is not any depth revealed. We never really get inside the young policeman's head, except in the most simplistic manner, he misses his fiance and is confused about a crush he develops on a girl from the town. He is also supposedly deeply touched and molded by the loss of his parents when he was a teenager, but this too is not filled in by the author. How has this made him who he is? Maybe it will be revealed in the next book in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Snowblind is one of the most beautifully written crime novels I have ever come across – the depth of character, the truly gorgeous descriptive prose that puts you right on the spot – despite the claustrophobic quality of the world that Ari finds himself in I fell utterly in love with Iceland simply through the words on the page. Story is everything though really, no matter the book you are reading – and Ragnar Jonasson has written one hell of a story – dark, unrelenting in places, magically const Snowblind is one of the most beautifully written crime novels I have ever come across – the depth of character, the truly gorgeous descriptive prose that puts you right on the spot – despite the claustrophobic quality of the world that Ari finds himself in I fell utterly in love with Iceland simply through the words on the page. Story is everything though really, no matter the book you are reading – and Ragnar Jonasson has written one hell of a story – dark, unrelenting in places, magically constructed to ramp up the tension, all the while keeping it completely character driven and authentic. I adored Ari as a character. He is so beautifully normal yet full of depth, depicted in a way that just keeps you with him all the way. I loved how he was dropped into this small tightly knit community, leaving his girlfriend behind (that relationship was very compelling) and slowly realised how isolated it and he could be. The author gives a perfect sense of a place where everyone knows everyone else and yet somehow secrets are still buried just beneath the surface, it was endlessly fascinating. I think I would have been fascinated even without the crime element. The mystery is the icing on the cake really – and I don’t want to give anything away but it is truly compelling, very unexpected at times and cleverly done. Overall this was a marvel of a read. I adored it with the true passion of a reader – it has everything you could possibly want if you want to be engaged, slightly haunted, completely entertained and I really cannot recommend it highly enough. 5 big shiny stars and some puppies for this one. Heavenly writing, stonking good story and characters that will stay with you long after putting it aside.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Here is a scandi-nordic crime series worth reading! Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson is the first novel in his Dark Iceland series. The setting is fantastic. The novel takes place in Northern Iceland in an old fishing village that only has one mountain pass to get into. During the winter avalanches happen on a regular basis and nobody can get in or out of the town, causing panic for some of it’s inhabitants, mostly those newly arrived. What’s really interesting is that everyone lives in complete dar Here is a scandi-nordic crime series worth reading! Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson is the first novel in his Dark Iceland series. The setting is fantastic. The novel takes place in Northern Iceland in an old fishing village that only has one mountain pass to get into. During the winter avalanches happen on a regular basis and nobody can get in or out of the town, causing panic for some of it’s inhabitants, mostly those newly arrived. What’s really interesting is that everyone lives in complete darkness 24 hours of the day due to the mountains hiding the sun until summer approaches and then the scene is heavenly. Ari Thor, newly graduated from police academy, takes a job on a whim in this isolated village after the retirement of one of their officers. Jónasson really digs in giving us a terrific background for Ari Thor both past and present. Snowblind starts out slow, but builds up pace as the book progresses and then it explodes! For a supposed town where nothing happens Ari Thor uncovers a recent murder as well as one that happened years ago. Lots of interesting twists! If you are on the lookout for a new crime series Dark Iceland won’t disappoint. It’s a fast read that I finished in 2 days. Thanks to Miriam for recommending the series after reading #5. 4 out of 5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This book is the author's first to be translated into English. It was interesting, although mostly plodding along slowly. Much was made of the darkness, the snowy weather, and claustrophobia created by the surrounding mountains, but I didn't really feel it. I looked up Siglufjördur, Iceland on Apple Maps and it is a very isolated, small village near the Arctic Circle. That helped the atmosphere of the book. The crimes can be found in any old crime novel, but how they are handled in this book are This book is the author's first to be translated into English. It was interesting, although mostly plodding along slowly. Much was made of the darkness, the snowy weather, and claustrophobia created by the surrounding mountains, but I didn't really feel it. I looked up Siglufjördur, Iceland on Apple Maps and it is a very isolated, small village near the Arctic Circle. That helped the atmosphere of the book. The crimes can be found in any old crime novel, but how they are handled in this book are kind of lackadaisical. It's mostly the rookie cop doing the investigating and putting all the pieces together, both current and from the past. A second book, Nightblind, is due this summer and I will eventually read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    I will preface this by saying that I adore Nordic/Scandinavian mysteries. I like that they are slow, methodical, exacting and every single detail is important. I love that when I'm finished reading them I have learned something that I didn't know before either about the location, the people, an ethnicity, something. They aren't just another "I killed a woman with a gun, I'm a sick bastard," book. That said, this is the American debut of the international bestselling author Ragnar Jonasson's myste I will preface this by saying that I adore Nordic/Scandinavian mysteries. I like that they are slow, methodical, exacting and every single detail is important. I love that when I'm finished reading them I have learned something that I didn't know before either about the location, the people, an ethnicity, something. They aren't just another "I killed a woman with a gun, I'm a sick bastard," book. That said, this is the American debut of the international bestselling author Ragnar Jonasson's mystery. I've waited forever to read it and it did not disappoint. It started out slowly as we learned who everyone was and the ending could have been wrapped up more quickly but from what I understand his books only get better from here. It was great to read a real police procedural once again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helga

    Darkness and snow… Darkness and snow… I cannot pinpoint the reason for my 5 star rating for this book. Was it the atmosphere? Was it the imagery described so beautifully? Was it the writing style? The characters? The mystery? Was it all the above? All I know is that when I picked up the book it was mid-morning and by night time I had read more than half of it. “Nothing ever happens here.” That is what Ari Thór is told upon arriving to Siglufjörður, a small, peaceful village in Northern Iceland to beg Darkness and snow… Darkness and snow… I cannot pinpoint the reason for my 5 star rating for this book. Was it the atmosphere? Was it the imagery described so beautifully? Was it the writing style? The characters? The mystery? Was it all the above? All I know is that when I picked up the book it was mid-morning and by night time I had read more than half of it. “Nothing ever happens here.” That is what Ari Thór is told upon arriving to Siglufjörður, a small, peaceful village in Northern Iceland to begin his new job as a policeman. Nothing ever happens in remote villages buried in snow. Or so we think… Because secrets have the habit of coming to the surface in small towns.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Inken

    Superficial, thin, lame ending that you could see a mile off. Scandi-noir can be very dark and depressing but this doesn't even come close. Other reviewers state you can really sense the claustrophobic atmosphere in this book but that's probably because the writer keeps going on and on about the main character constantly feeling (you guessed it) claustrophobic! Too many other characters in a very short novel make the storyline confusing and hard to follow despite its simplistic plot. And the epi Superficial, thin, lame ending that you could see a mile off. Scandi-noir can be very dark and depressing but this doesn't even come close. Other reviewers state you can really sense the claustrophobic atmosphere in this book but that's probably because the writer keeps going on and on about the main character constantly feeling (you guessed it) claustrophobic! Too many other characters in a very short novel make the storyline confusing and hard to follow despite its simplistic plot. And the epilogue seems totally detached from the rest of the story. Very disappointing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    After reading Blackout, the second of the Dark Iceland series published in the U.S., courtesy of NetGalley, I felt compelled to read Snowblind, the book that introduces us to Ari Thor Aranson as he he first comes to begin his police career in the northern Iceland village of Siglufjordur. In this small town, where fish used to be the way of life, the winter snow is a living, breathing presence that impacts function, emotion and even crime and solution. The centerpiece of the story and the town is After reading Blackout, the second of the Dark Iceland series published in the U.S., courtesy of NetGalley, I felt compelled to read Snowblind, the book that introduces us to Ari Thor Aranson as he he first comes to begin his police career in the northern Iceland village of Siglufjordur. In this small town, where fish used to be the way of life, the winter snow is a living, breathing presence that impacts function, emotion and even crime and solution. The centerpiece of the story and the town is a play about to be performed by the local Dramatic Society. There are personalities galore at the rehearsals leading up to opening night but shortly before that night there is a fatal accident. A well known community member dies in an accidental fall. But Ari Thor questions--was it an accident? Then there is another suspicious death. This one ratchets up the tension in the town and the story. There are many twists and turns as Ari Thor and Tomas, his boss, work to unravel what has and is happening in the village. Ari Thor has to battle his impulsive nature which can lead to "rookie" errors or miscalculations and his sense of claustrophobia and being overwhelmed by the closely surrounding mountains and constant snow. Using the geography and an interesting mix of characters, who all seem to have something unexpected beneath the surface, Jonasson has created a captivating story. Recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zuky the BookBum

    This review is a long time coming, considering I read it during my trip to Norway. Luckily, it was such a memorable read that I was able to still write a pretty decent review… I hope. I was extremely excited about this. It’s the beginning of a well-loved Nordic Noir series which I thought would be great for me, however, I found the whole book infuriating, for many, many reasons. My main irritation with the book, and you will probably already know if you follow my rants on Instagram, was the main c This review is a long time coming, considering I read it during my trip to Norway. Luckily, it was such a memorable read that I was able to still write a pretty decent review… I hope. I was extremely excited about this. It’s the beginning of a well-loved Nordic Noir series which I thought would be great for me, however, I found the whole book infuriating, for many, many reasons. My main irritation with the book, and you will probably already know if you follow my rants on Instagram, was the main character, Ari Thor. I should have given an award in my 2018 reading wrap-up for “least favourite character” because Ari Thor would have definitely won it! What an absolute tosser! I am about to swim into spoiler territory here, but it’s not essential to the crime element of the story. The biggest thing that annoyed me about Ari Thor is that he blames the entire demise of his relationship with his girlfriend on her, even though he’s the one who moved hundreds of miles away without pre-warning her. There are so many times in the novel where I just wanted to hit him. He thinks about how “ungrateful” and “rude” his girlfriend is several times because she can’t take the time out of her busy schedule (of studying for university and working in a hospital) even though if it really mattered to him, he could go visit her instead. Then everything just gets worse when he goes and cheats on her with barely a second thought. UGH. So many reviewers are calling Ari Thor their book crush but for me, he was a self-centred, obnoxious arse… sounds like my worst nightmare in a man! My next problem with this was simply that I found the story extremely dull and slow. It wasn’t until around 100 pages in when anything even remotely exciting happened. Before that, the story is just Ari Thor complaining about his girlfriend. After this first ‘event’ happens, the book then slows its pace again for another good chunk of pages before anything more “exciting” happens. Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes absolutely love a slow paced novel, but there was nothing atmospheric about this book, the slow parts were simply just boring and didn’t bring anything to the story. At just under 300 pages, this isn’t a long novel (although it sure felt like it) so you’d think that Jonasson would want to do a quick but efficient job of introducing us to the characters. Instead, we get a mini-memoir of each one that drags on for way too long. It also felt like he only had a couple of ideas for how a characters life was lived as there were a couple of deja-vu moments with the backstory of one character to the next. As for the conclusion, I was bored by it. Sometimes a bad book can bring it back with a whopper of an ending but this one couldn’t even provide that. I sometimes think I must be excessively picky because I find lots of translated books really difficult to get on with. This one felt especially clunky. Does Quentin Blakes speak English himself? There were numerous grammatical and spelling errors. Not to mention an abundance of terribly structured sentences (almost as bad as that one)! Overall, I found nothing about this novel enjoyable and I’m amazed I even finished it. There was no atmosphere, the main character was really unlikable and the other characters added very little to make up for the bad MC, and the story was boring. It’s safe to say that I will not be continuing with the rest of this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I was seeing Snowblind everywhere. All over social media it was being talked about and I was kindly given an actual copy by the publisher which totally made my day .... so a huge thanks for that. The book reads like an old fashioned whodunnit with great characterisations, twisty plotting that doesn't give much away and great place settings. It tells the story of Ari Thor, a newly qualified police officer, who accepts a position of work in a remote part of Iceland, Siglufjordur. A small fishing to I was seeing Snowblind everywhere. All over social media it was being talked about and I was kindly given an actual copy by the publisher which totally made my day .... so a huge thanks for that. The book reads like an old fashioned whodunnit with great characterisations, twisty plotting that doesn't give much away and great place settings. It tells the story of Ari Thor, a newly qualified police officer, who accepts a position of work in a remote part of Iceland, Siglufjordur. A small fishing town with inhabitants that have been there for generations so everyone pretty much knows everyone. Ari comes along and is immediately known as the outsider, joining what is a very small police presence within the town. A woman's body is found in the snow. A halo of red blood seeping through the cold whiteness she looks as if she's been carefully positioned there. An elderly and highly successful author is also found dead at a local amateur dramatic society theatre. Are these murders linked? What follows is a fairly slow paced telling of discovery as the story is spun out. Almost all characters present are given a backstory which gives the story real depth and the town itself takes centre stage as we get a real feel of the cold, remoteness and sheer beauty of Siglufjordur. I was really intrigued by the place and found myself looking up the town on the internet to be able to actually visualise the mountains and lakes. Stunning. The book is slow in parts but overall it works really well and the last portion of the book had my heart beating so fast I thought it was going to beat itself out of my chest! The ending I didn't see coming at all and thought that was very well done. In short, I really enjoyed Snowblind, mostly for the character development and placement but I also developed a soft spot for Ari Thor so was pleased to hear there will be more from this young officer. Recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I really enjoyed the protagonist's introduction as a new police officer in a tiny town in the arctic circle. I caught the feeling of claustrophobia in the heavy snowfall and isolation....and ended up finishing the book outside in the sunshine this afternoon. I liked the characters and the setting and I'd love to read the follow-up set in this town during Spring. Hopefully it will be released in the U.S. soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Snowblind has been widely acclaimed this year. As soon as I started reading, I could see why so many readers had fallen in love with it. Snowblind is the first in a series of books by Icelandic author Ragnar Jonnason. It has been translated into English by Quentin Bates. Snowblind takes us into a small isolated community in the north of Iceland, a place where everyone knows everyone and it takes forever for newcomers to integrate. Into this peaceful and dull environment, we follow Ari Thor a youn Snowblind has been widely acclaimed this year. As soon as I started reading, I could see why so many readers had fallen in love with it. Snowblind is the first in a series of books by Icelandic author Ragnar Jonnason. It has been translated into English by Quentin Bates. Snowblind takes us into a small isolated community in the north of Iceland, a place where everyone knows everyone and it takes forever for newcomers to integrate. Into this peaceful and dull environment, we follow Ari Thor a young police officer in his first post. This is a quiet town, where the police have very little to do. A woman is found half naked and bleeding out in the snow. An elderly esteemed author is discovered dead at the local amateur dramatics society. The peace is shattered. Can Ari Thor track down a killer? One of the things that hits you about this book is the beautiful chilly and increasingly close atmosphere. There is an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia. Ari Thor feels it and it eats away at him. As the Winter season becomes harsher and the tiny town is cut off from civilisation by snow, this only grows. We know that evil lurks, within this small community; linked to the amateur dramatics society. The tension escalates, as we fall under its spell. There is a lovely cast of diverse characters, as well as the shining lead in young Ari Thor. From Palmi, the playwright to Tomas, the chief of police to the Anna, the young future teacher, we soon start to get a handle on this community and who is who. There are plenty of suspects in this Icelandic whodunnit. It is a place of hidden secrets, jealousies and reasons for a spot of murder. I am utterly relieved to learn that this is the start of a series. We need to know what happens next to Ari Thor, our intrepid young police officer. There is really something special about Snowblind, with its mix of classic crime and Scandinavian quirkiness. It is easy to get into, highly atmospheric and incredibly exciting. It is an exceptional translation, without any clunky English. Look out for this one!!! Recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    Starting the new year off with a 2 star book...again. I added this one before it was published and waited forever for my library system to obtain it. It seemed odd to me that Boston Public didn't have this for years, but ultimately this story left me disappointed on all levels. Pedestrian writing that felt YA, drab characters, and sentences that didn't flow in English left me feeling bored. 2.5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    Honestly I had hoped this book would live up to all the hype & it certainly did and then some! Written so fluidly you can turn the pages quickly & get immersed into Iceland within a few pages. A twist on a good old fashioned hometown mystery that was highly entertaining. I'm kind of glad I'm late to the game on this series bc now I can binge read them all at once! Thanks to Minotaur books for this copy in exchange for review! Honestly I had hoped this book would live up to all the hype & it certainly did and then some! Written so fluidly you can turn the pages quickly & get immersed into Iceland within a few pages. A twist on a good old fashioned hometown mystery that was highly entertaining. I'm kind of glad I'm late to the game on this series bc now I can binge read them all at once! Thanks to Minotaur books for this copy in exchange for review!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Snow Blind by Ragnar Jonasson. I confess that I was hopeful in beginning this first in a series by Icelandic author since I had read all the Inspector Erlendur books also by an Icelandic author. My hopes were fulfilled. Ari Thor has been sharing living quarters with his girl friend during their college years. Kristin and Ari Thor were more than compatible. They had serious thoughts of a future together. Then ari Thor receives an offer of a job with the police in a not so near area further north. K Snow Blind by Ragnar Jonasson. I confess that I was hopeful in beginning this first in a series by Icelandic author since I had read all the Inspector Erlendur books also by an Icelandic author. My hopes were fulfilled. Ari Thor has been sharing living quarters with his girl friend during their college years. Kristin and Ari Thor were more than compatible. They had serious thoughts of a future together. Then ari Thor receives an offer of a job with the police in a not so near area further north. Kristin is none too happy about his acceptance of the job without a discussion with her first. Ari Thor arrives and meets with the Chief of Police, Tomas. Almost from the start he feels closed in and doesn't settle in to his surroundings easily. Then a woman's body is found on the snow in freezing temperatures. The author does a background on every character and the story evolves slowly but with interesting developments that held my attention. I recommend this book and this author to any readers interested in a skillfully written mystery well planned out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Blair

    Ari Thór Arason is a young police officer so keen to start his career that he accepts the first post he's offered – in Siglufjörður, a past-its-prime fishing village in a northern fjord. Leaving his girlfriend Kristín in Reykjavik, Ari Thór travels hundreds of miles north and finds himself in an intimate, old-fashioned community, accessible only by an ominous-looking tunnel and cut off from the outside world when it snows heavily (which it often does). His boss cheerfully announces 'nothing ever Ari Thór Arason is a young police officer so keen to start his career that he accepts the first post he's offered – in Siglufjörður, a past-its-prime fishing village in a northern fjord. Leaving his girlfriend Kristín in Reykjavik, Ari Thór travels hundreds of miles north and finds himself in an intimate, old-fashioned community, accessible only by an ominous-looking tunnel and cut off from the outside world when it snows heavily (which it often does). His boss cheerfully announces 'nothing ever happens here', so you know what's coming next. With a small-town vibe reminiscent of classic crime (Jónasson has translated numerous Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic), a mystery soon presents itself: the death of an elderly author during rehearsals for a play, and a seemingly unconnected attack on a young woman in her own garden. It adds something, I think, that Siglufjörður is a real place. Jónasson describes it beautifully, and being able to augment the book's portrayal of this picturesque, snow-dusted town with real images makes it even more captivating. I'm sure I'm far from the only reader to find Siglufjörður wonderfully beguiling, despite Ari Thór's conviction that it's claustrophobic. For me, Snowblind was carried by its atmosphere and sense of place; that's why I kept reading. The mystery is okay, if not exactly edge-of-your-seat stuff. Ari Thór is a bit of a wet blanket and not much of a compelling hero – I suppose it's refreshing that he's a naive rookie rather than the more standard dysfunctional loner, but I kept getting annoyed with his attitude. The 'love triangle' storyline really tested my patience too. It's totally irrelevant to the plot; as this is a series, I have to assume it's a setup for something that will happen in a future installment, but that doesn't make it any more palatable in this case, and it doesn't make me feel particularly inclined to read the rest of the series either. TinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the first book in a series, which is set in an isolated, rural community in Iceland. Our main character is Ari Thor, a young man who has given up studying for a theology degree and joined the police college. He lives in Reykjavik, with his girlfriend, Kristen, a medical student. However, jobs are scarce and, when he is offered a job in Siglufjordur, in the North of Iceland, he eagerly accepts. Kristen, understandably (although, Ari Thor seems unsympathetic to her point of view) is less p This is the first book in a series, which is set in an isolated, rural community in Iceland. Our main character is Ari Thor, a young man who has given up studying for a theology degree and joined the police college. He lives in Reykjavik, with his girlfriend, Kristen, a medical student. However, jobs are scarce and, when he is offered a job in Siglufjordur, in the North of Iceland, he eagerly accepts. Kristen, understandably (although, Ari Thor seems unsympathetic to her point of view) is less pleased at her boyfriend haring off across the country, when she is still studying in the city. Ari Thor is an odd mix of an empathetic young man and yet a little petulant at times. He is, at first, somewhat lost in his new environment. The small community all view him with eager interest and he is unused to being so visible. The house he is given to live in, feels cold and unfriendly and he misses Kirsten, while feeling resentful that she has not joined him. The small community of Siglufjordur is very much a character in this crime novel. Dark, snowed in and, ultimately, cut off, you feel cold just reading this. Having visited Scandinavia, I could imagine the dark, freezing cold, all too well and sympathised with Ari Thor’s struggle with his new workplace. This is very much a traditional mystery, even though it has elements of Nordic Noir. In a very classic crime setting, there is a death at the local dramatic society. Ari Thor’s boss seems to think that there is nothing suspicious about the death. However, as the book progresses, it seems that the small community has more than its fair share of secrets to uncover. This was a good first novel, in what looks to be a promising series. This is a book that I have meant to read for some time and I am glad that I finally gave it a try and look forward to reading on. If you are considering seeing what Scandinavian crime fiction is all about, but prefer something a little less violent, then this might be an excellent series for you to try.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've written this review for Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! Check out my video book review! https://youtu.be/TYw7pgVZjvI I first saw this book from Abby’s Crime by the Book Instagram account & tried to get my hands on it about a year ago & I couldn’t find it, so I moved on. This book is categorized as Nordic Noir & I believe Abby is a resident expert on the subject. I kept thinking about Snowblind & thankfully it was released in th I've written this review for Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! Check out my video book review! https://youtu.be/TYw7pgVZjvI I first saw this book from Abby’s Crime by the Book Instagram account & tried to get my hands on it about a year ago & I couldn’t find it, so I moved on. This book is categorized as Nordic Noir & I believe Abby is a resident expert on the subject. I kept thinking about Snowblind & thankfully it was released in the US this year. The first thing I was Really Into with this book is Ragnar’s ability to make me feel cold & that I’m in Iceland experiencing this story firsthand. It was incredibly easy to get lost in the town of Siglufjörður. Think of it like a dark & gritty Stars Hollow with a cast of characters with intertwined relationships & secrets. Another think I’m Really Into is that this is book is first in a series of 5 books, known as The Dark Iceland Series. There is also a prequel of sorts focusing on the main character, Ari Thor. This story reads very well & it has a slow simmer rather than a rapid boil. Ragnar take readers through the story using the outsider, Ari, so we are able to learn about this isolated Icelandic village along with the new detective. If you’re Really Into crime, thrillers, police procedurals or mystery novels, then this is for you. One more thing I’m Really Into is that this series is being developed by the British production company, On the Corner. Now, I had to use this link on my phone, but it’s a clip of an interview with the producer (in English) about their goals for the series. More to come on this! I feel like I’ve fallen in an Icelandic rabbit hole & I might never leave. Special thanks to Ragnar Jónasson, St. Martin's Press & Netgalley for providing my copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    A slow start as different dates come at you with different characters & it takes a while for all the diffo parts/characters/timelines to sink in & you get in rhythm with the book. Even if the timelines aren’t that far apart & in sequence its a little choppy at the start as you try & pick folk & story threads out. Come 25 pages in i’m hooked & its a steady flow to the story as you explore the lives & landscape of Northern Snowy Iceland which seems a world away from Reykjavik which in turn (for me A slow start as different dates come at you with different characters & it takes a while for all the diffo parts/characters/timelines to sink in & you get in rhythm with the book. Even if the timelines aren’t that far apart & in sequence its a little choppy at the start as you try & pick folk & story threads out. Come 25 pages in i’m hooked & its a steady flow to the story as you explore the lives & landscape of Northern Snowy Iceland which seems a world away from Reykjavik which in turn (for me) seems a world away from the rest of us in its barren landscape. The bleakness & monotony of the harsh climate does come through as does the lifestyle of a small tight knit community where everyone knows each other’s business (or at least wants too!) It does take a while before an “incident” occurs, in fact you almost have to double take when it does, xxx is dead! How, why, When? Did I miss that...... reading onwards its maybe a little disjointed at times and not quite the polished article which is perhaps expected for a debut novel? Deffo overtures of Indridason’s style except this protagonist is a young policeman jus starting his career & a good fit for those liking his style of writing/character. Certainly a new author to follow if you like Erlendur. All in all an enjoyable mystery and if ever you needed a half-mark scoring system this was it! Clearly 3.5 stars for me having to mark it a 3 as cant quite round it up. A series I’ll be continuing with.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    First of Jonasson's books to be published in English. Ari Thor can't find his calling until he joins the police academy, and finds a position in a remote village on Iceland's northern coast, estranging him from his girlfriend. A celebrity dies and Ari suspects foul play. The beauty of this book is the author's portrayal of this small town's desolation, and the depth of the characters. Looking forward to the next one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    Snowblind is the first of his Dark Iceland quintet, with a pitch perfect translation by Jonasson’s fellow Scandibrit crime author, Quentin Bates, for the UK market. Snowblind has given rise to one of the biggest buzzes in the crime fiction world, and refreshingly usurps the cast iron grip of the present obsession with domestic noir. Introducing Ari Thor, a young police officer from Reykjavik, who takes up a posting in the small northern community of Siglufjordur, leaving behind not only the city Snowblind is the first of his Dark Iceland quintet, with a pitch perfect translation by Jonasson’s fellow Scandibrit crime author, Quentin Bates, for the UK market. Snowblind has given rise to one of the biggest buzzes in the crime fiction world, and refreshingly usurps the cast iron grip of the present obsession with domestic noir. Introducing Ari Thor, a young police officer from Reykjavik, who takes up a posting in the small northern community of Siglufjordur, leaving behind not only the city, but his girlfriend too, and immersing him in a complex and perplexing case, in a claustrophobic and chilling setting… Having recently had the delight of seeing Jonasson at CrimeFest, an international crime convention in Bristol UK, it was very interesting to hear that outside of his career as a lawyer, he has previously translated a clutch of Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. The shadow of Christie looms large, and it’s no exaggeration to say that her reputation for sublime plotting is flawlessly mirrored by Jonasson in his exceptionally well-executed novel. By using the claustrophobic confines of this small community in Siglufjordur, and its relative inaccessibility due to location and inclement weather, Jonasson cleverly manipulates the compressed cast of characters. The book takes on the real feel of a locked room mystery, with a finite group of possible perpetrators of the violent crimes, in this case a severe physical assault and a suspicious death, and giving the reader a puzzling conundrum as we attempt to identify the guilty party or parties ourselves. Speaking as a crime reader, this is always one of the essential thrills of this nature of crime book, playing detective and navigating the red herrings along the way. Jonasson provides this in spades, and due to a series of tricks in the narrative, all is not as it appears, confusing not only Ari Thor, but also the humble reader along the way. A whodunnit that really hits the spot, whilst also cleverly concealing the how and the why… With the author being so familiar with the isolated setting of this book (Jonasson’s relatives hailed from the town) the overarching cold and sinister darkened atmosphere in the grip of a harsh winter is powerfully wrought throughout. Indeed, I felt that I should have been reading this neatly tucked up in a blanket in front of a roaring fire, such is the pervading nature of cold and bleakness within its pages. Equally, the situation and closed feel to the community seen through Thor’s eyes is tangible throughout, as he encounters for the first time some of the more eccentric inhabitants, the trust of being able to leave your door unlocked, and the more laidback style of policing by his fellow officers. I particularly enjoyed the way they were propelled into a situation they had rarely encountered as if they were saying- “A murder in Siglufjordur? Impossible!” and being reluctantly spurred on by our rookie police officer’s enthusiastic theories, that did at times fall on fallow ground. The characterisation is well-realised, with an intriguing blend of the eccentric, the straight-laced and the emotionally damaged, working beautifully in tandem as the plot progresses. With the wide-eyed, and sometimes baffled incomer, Ari Thor, steadily encountering and interacting with them, again the Christie connection comes into play, as their dark secrets and murderous intentions come to light. This is truly a community where not everyone is as they at first appear, including Thor himself, heightening the sense of intrigue, and in some ways displaying all the well loved familiarity of a good old murder mystery, underscored with all the dark psychology of contemporary crime fiction. So, all in all, as you will probably gather, I rather enjoyed this debut with its intriguing cast, terrific use of location, confident plotting and lively translation.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    “Nothing ever happens here.” That should have been Ari Thor’s first clue that something out of the ordinary was about to transpire. Eventually. I say “eventually” because Ragnar Jonasson’s Snowblind is not a fast-paced, action-packed thriller. I would hardly call it a thriller at all. It has been labeled “Nordic Noir,” and although I’m no expert, that is probably a better description. This slowly developing story is set in Siglufjordur, a sleepy fishing village on the northern coast of Iceland. I “Nothing ever happens here.” That should have been Ari Thor’s first clue that something out of the ordinary was about to transpire. Eventually. I say “eventually” because Ragnar Jonasson’s Snowblind is not a fast-paced, action-packed thriller. I would hardly call it a thriller at all. It has been labeled “Nordic Noir,” and although I’m no expert, that is probably a better description. This slowly developing story is set in Siglufjordur, a sleepy fishing village on the northern coast of Iceland. I like to be able to pronounce all the words in the books I read, so this book gave me some problems with many foreign names. But that’s just me! Ari Thor is an unemployed theology university dropout living with his med student girlfriend in Reykjavik when he gets an offer to work as a police officer in Siglufjordur. Without consulting Kristin, he accepts and heads off alone to become the third member of the police force in this small town where everyone knows everyone. If you like a book with character development, you may very well enjoy this novel. We get to know Ari Thor’s thoughts, his fears, and his doubts. In Siglufjordur, he is an outsider. He misses Kristin and regrets having taken the job without discussing it with her, but he seems too proud to apologize. He is miffed when she doesn’t call him. He is lonely. The endless snow and isolation make him feel claustrophobic. I have spent sixty winters in Minnesota, a cold northern state near the Canadian border, so I know what a long, cold, snowy winter feels like. By the end of February, one gets rather stir-crazy. Ari Thor’s co-workers and neighbors told him he would get used to it. Come summer, they told him, you’ll see the beauty of this place and you’ll never want to leave. The location and the bleak, oppressive weather becomes a character too. Much has been made of the claustrophobia as the overall mood of this book, but I didn’t feel it so much. Despite all the information I had about Ari Thor, I didn’t develop strong feelings toward him one way or another. There were several secondary characters who seemed just as complex, if not more. Ugla, the piano teacher. Karl. Hrolfur. Some of the names were a challenge to keep straight, and I had difficulty determining the age of some of them, which mattered to me because once “something” happened, I wanted to be able to rule out certain characters. What happens? You can read that in the blurb. I didn’t feel the tension as intensely as that summary implies, but as a rookie policeman, Ari Thor has some good instincts. He’s impulsive and hasty at times, but he has a sharp mind. The author teases the reader with brief chapters describing an intruder with a knife confronting a woman, threatening her. These are interspersed with the slow grind of Ari Thor’s daily life as a police officer. It wasn’t until I passed the halfway mark that I started to feel more invested in the story, and it’s in the last third that the mystery unfolds and I began to enjoy the book more. My rating, therefore, is an average of my impression of the book. The first two-thirds reads mostly like fiction, which struck me as average. The conclusion picked up the pace, which bumps that part to four stars, so overall, I rate Snowblind 3.5 stars. 3.5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Student Ari Thor is living in Reykjavik (Iceland) with his fiance. He has studied philosophy and theology but neither has helped him come to terms with his feelings of being alone in an indifferent universe following the death of his parents when he was a young boy. Now he is in the police academy and seems to have found his place. Much to the dismay of his fiance, he has been offered a job in a remote town, practically in the arctic circle. He goes, finding himself very much an outsider in this Student Ari Thor is living in Reykjavik (Iceland) with his fiance. He has studied philosophy and theology but neither has helped him come to terms with his feelings of being alone in an indifferent universe following the death of his parents when he was a young boy. Now he is in the police academy and seems to have found his place. Much to the dismay of his fiance, he has been offered a job in a remote town, practically in the arctic circle. He goes, finding himself very much an outsider in this place where everybody knows everybody and there are no secrets. Or are there? Jonasson's Snowblind is a wonderful read. We are drawn into the claustrophobic village, cut off from the constant winter snow. Sealed off from the rest of the world by an avalanche, there is great fear when an old man dies mysteriously and a young woman hovers on the edge of death. I was on the edge of my seat, reading this. Jonasson uses the weather well, contributing to the feeling of anxiety and dread in the book. This book is a terrific mystery and a great contribution to the genre of "Nordic Noir." Jonasson writes a story that pulls the reader in immediately. I read the book in two sittings (it would have been one, if life had permitted). Bates' translation is extremely readable and Jonasson creates characters that are highly engaging. I especially fell in love with Ari Thor! I strongly recommend this book to mystery lovers. I am particularly fascinated by the Icelandic locale and this book more than lived up to expectations. I hope the other books in this series appear in English soon-I can hardly wait to read them. I am grateful to NetGalley for giving me this copy in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Judith E

    This majestic Icelandic setting is isolated and raw, which makes it perfect for a murder mystery. ‘Wet behind the ears’ policeman, Ari Thor, has good instincts and slowly unravels two murders. Surprising relationships between residents in this near Arctic small town are exposed amidst twists and turns. The portrayal of small town life is accurate and the Icelandic political scene and financial troubles are very interesting. The ending leaves plenty of room for the next novel to resolve some dang This majestic Icelandic setting is isolated and raw, which makes it perfect for a murder mystery. ‘Wet behind the ears’ policeman, Ari Thor, has good instincts and slowly unravels two murders. Surprising relationships between residents in this near Arctic small town are exposed amidst twists and turns. The portrayal of small town life is accurate and the Icelandic political scene and financial troubles are very interesting. The ending leaves plenty of room for the next novel to resolve some dangling questions. An easy and light weight mystery.

  30. 4 out of 5

    BookwormDH

    Ragner Jonasson. Some brilliant writing. A very mild crime novel. I loved the feeling of the town, and I would love to visit. Cleverly plotted think you have more potential to be honest. The storyline was too weak in my opinion. Constructive criticism, Ragner. I’m certainly looking forward to your next. Your writing is exceptional. Characters got confused at some point, and it was hard to keep up with it. I would recommend this book to anyone. The dialog is brilliant.

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