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Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.


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Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.

30 review for Nightblind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    ”At last they gave me a pencil and a notebook. It’s an old yellow pencil, badly sharpened, and an old notebook that someone has already used, the first few pages untidily ripped out. Had someone else already tried to put into words their difficulties and their helplessness, just as I’m doing? Maybe there were some pretty doodles there, the unchanging view of the back garden rendered in artistic form, if that could be done. Somethings are so grey and cold that no amount of colour on a page could ”At last they gave me a pencil and a notebook. It’s an old yellow pencil, badly sharpened, and an old notebook that someone has already used, the first few pages untidily ripped out. Had someone else already tried to put into words their difficulties and their helplessness, just as I’m doing? Maybe there were some pretty doodles there, the unchanging view of the back garden rendered in artistic form, if that could be done. Somethings are so grey and cold that no amount of colour on a page could ever bring them to life.” We are back in Siglufjordur, Iceland, with Ari Thor. The events of Nightblind are five years after the events in Snowblind. A lot has changed. There is a book in between Snowblind and Nightblind called Blackout, which is due out August 28th, 2018. The American publisher must have liked the association between the book titles and decided to publish them out of order. I’m sure it all seemed perfectly logical at the time, whatever the reasoning was for having us read Nightblind before Blackout. I will do my best to dance around the issues, especially for those who are waiting to read Blackout before Nightblind. Publishers just never think about the hardships they put reviewers through. I don’t know how many more books Ragnar Jonasson intends to write based in Siglufjordur, but frankly, if I were the people of that city, I might think about frog marching him out of town before he kills off a significant portion of this small town’s residents (1,206). It is well on its way to becoming the Cabot Cove, Maine, of Iceland. I’d be avoiding him like he was Typhoid Mary, for fear he would size me up to be his next victim in his upcoming book. Speaking of Typhoid Mary. Ari Thor is sick with the flu. When Ari gets a concerned call from the wife of his fellow and rival police officer Herjolfur, he has to go out even though he feels like he has been stampeded over by a herd of reindeer. Fear has pierced the fever fog of his ailment, giving him strength to continue looking for his collegue. He finds him. In a pool of blood. Faint pulse. This is Iceland, not America. People aren’t supposed to get shot here. The police aren’t even armed. This shooting is so unusual that it raises a national debate about whether there are too many registered guns in Iceland. People aren’t buying AR-15s in Iceland. They buy legitimate rifles/shotguns for hunting, not a weapon that is designed and made to kill people. I don’t want to get caught up in a gun debate. I just wanted to make the point that one police officer gets shot in Iceland, and it is a call for change. It is puzzling, really. Who would want to shoot Herjolfur? He hasn’t been in town a long time. In fact, he gets the job that Ari Thor applied for, and he wins the job not on merit as much as for his high level connections in the police force. As Ari sifts through the sparse evidence, trying to make sense out of volunteered information from a local drug dealer and eliminate irrelevant information, which seems to be most of what he is discovering, he is also fighting all kinds of issues beyond the scope of his job. ”Ari Thor’s patience was starting to wear thin, his tolerance levels eroded by long days, inadequate rest, an increasingly complex investigation, and the tension at home.” The stress increases when he establishes a connection between the mayor’s office and certain aspects of his investigation. Why did Herjolfur call the mayor moments before he was gunned down? Sprinkled between chapters, there are excerpts, like the one I started this review with, from the diary of a mental patient which adds a new wrinkle to the reader’s investigation that Ari Thor does not have access to until very late in the case. Ragnar Jonasson has translated numerous Agatha Christie’s, and his time rendering the Dame into Icelandic has served him well. I’m on board for Blackout, when the opaque time between Snowblind and Nightblind will be made clear. 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

    Nightblind is a tricky book to review; if you chose to read this after Blackout then none of the spoilers ruined any plot twists and you are continuing in somewhat of a chronological order. This was the shortest book in the series so far; at only 206 pages I can’t give away much in terms of plot, but once again Jonasson has reeled us in and grabbed us from the very first chapter. I was pleased to learn of how the personal lives of our main characters had developed, and once again found myself Nightblind is a tricky book to review; if you chose to read this after Blackout then none of the spoilers ruined any plot twists and you are continuing in somewhat of a chronological order. This was the shortest book in the series so far; at only 206 pages I can’t give away much in terms of plot, but once again Jonasson has reeled us in and grabbed us from the very first chapter. I was pleased to learn of how the personal lives of our main characters had developed, and once again found myself intrigued by the twisty story. There’s always a grabbing reveal near the end and this one was as breathtaking as the first two. I found myself especially intrigued by the journal entries of the psych ward patient and thought they were a profound touch to add an extra layer of eery atmosphere to the story. It seems the more I read this series the faster I have to pick up the next book to continue on; I highly recommend the Dark Iceland books to fans of vivd nordic noir. *Many thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for providing my copies; it always feels like she’s doing me a favor by allowing me to review these books!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    It has been five years since Ari Thor has come to Siglufjordur, and he now feels more comfortable in the village and his job as a policeman. His personal life has changed as well, but lately that has been a bit bumpy. He is out with the flu, when his superior is shot at the site of an old house, that has a storied past. Crime happens rarely in this small fishing village and Ari is well aware of the fact that had he not been out sick, the man fighting for his life, could well have been him. I love It has been five years since Ari Thor has come to Siglufjordur, and he now feels more comfortable in the village and his job as a policeman. His personal life has changed as well, but lately that has been a bit bumpy. He is out with the flu, when his superior is shot at the site of an old house, that has a storied past. Crime happens rarely in this small fishing village and Ari is well aware of the fact that had he not been out sick, the man fighting for his life, could well have been him. I love the atmosphere in this series. The Arctic winter is closing in, the extreme cold, and since it has been below zero with single digits here, I can relate, surrounds one. One gets a very good sense of this village, and the people that live within. It is a slower paced procedural with many different avenues investigated before the truth is known. Ari Thor, is a pondering sort of man, he is always thinking, trying to make connections, working things out in his own mind. Doesn't just accept another's word for something, even Tomas, who brought Ari to this village. He is tenacious, and follows every lead, talks to everyone involved, even those who may not lead him to an answer. Eventually he will get there. In between chapters, there are writings from a journal, penned by someone who is in as psychiatric ward in Reykjavik. Who this is and what it has to do with shooting is not revealed to near the end. Added to the overall mystery and the atmosphere as well. A very good , solid story, with an interesting, well described setting. I enjoy this series, but I know there are five books so far, this the second the only other one at my library so far. Hopefully, as they are translated we will acquire them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is the second offering in Jónasson’s Icelandic noir series featuring Ari Thór Arason. Ari Thór and Herjólfur are the only two police officers working in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town on the Iceland mainland. So when Herjólfur is shot at point-blank range, it stuns the 1300 residents. Who could have done such a thing? Ari Thór and Tómas (recalled to conduct the investigation) follow every lead—even when it involves the new mayor. Jónasson has translated several of Agatha Christie's This is the second offering in Jónasson’s Icelandic noir series featuring Ari Thór Arason. Ari Thór and Herjólfur are the only two police officers working in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town on the Iceland mainland. So when Herjólfur is shot at point-blank range, it stuns the 1300 residents. Who could have done such a thing? Ari Thór and Tómas (recalled to conduct the investigation) follow every lead—even when it involves the new mayor. Jónasson has translated several of Agatha Christie's novels into Icelandic, so the master crime novelist heavily influenced Jónasson’s own plot development. Recommend this Icelandic police procedural.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    4 stars Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this ebook. It takes place during the bleak, dark winter of Siglufjordur, in northern Iceland. I read this book because I spent 3 nights in Siglufordur as part of a Iceland land tour last summer. It is a lovely little town that had a thriving fishing industry for hundreds of years until the herrings disappeared about forty years ago. Tourism has now replaced the fishing industry. This book starts with the murder of 1 of the 2 police 4 stars Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this ebook. It takes place during the bleak, dark winter of Siglufjordur, in northern Iceland. I read this book because I spent 3 nights in Siglufordur as part of a Iceland land tour last summer. It is a lovely little town that had a thriving fishing industry for hundreds of years until the herrings disappeared about forty years ago. Tourism has now replaced the fishing industry. This book starts with the murder of 1 of the 2 police officers in Siglufordur, Herjolfur. His wife Helena calls Ari Thor, the other police officer asking him if he has seen her husband. Ari finds Herjolfur, who has been shot and is near death. The author switches back and forth between the investigation and a diary of a man in a psychiatric hospital. The two narratives do tie together in a bittersweet ending. There is some domestic violence in the story if that bothers you. One quote: "He had come to appreciate the summer in Siglufordur, with its dazzling bright days. He enjoyed the winter as well, with its all-enveloping darkness that curled itself around you like a giant cat."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    For some strange reason the English publication order differs from the original, I’d assumed that this was the second in the series (as listed on Goodreads) but in actual fact it’s the fifth! It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone adventure but the fact that it’s set 5 years after the events of Snowblind and the main protagonist of the series Ari Thór and girlfriend Kristin now have a ten-month-old son, I feel like I’ve missed a lot of character progression throughout the series. The story itself it For some strange reason the English publication order differs from the original, I’d assumed that this was the second in the series (as listed on Goodreads) but in actual fact it’s the fifth! It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone adventure but the fact that it’s set 5 years after the events of Snowblind and the main protagonist of the series Ari Thór and girlfriend Kristin now have a ten-month-old son, I feel like I’ve missed a lot of character progression throughout the series. The story itself it quite good as the small tranquil fishing village of Siglufjörður is rocked by the death of a policeman. A shooting in the quaint close-knit community feels unthinkable, this is the type of place where no one locks their doors... The mystery was interesting and the solution was perfect, but again it’s the location and a feel for the Icelandic way of life that really sells this series. I’d anyone who’s interested in a good mystery novel with a difference to start this series, but use the original publication order instead!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    The entire country of Iceland is shocked by the shooting of Inspector Herjólfur in the small town of Siglufjörður. The inspector has been shot down outside an abandoned house with a violent history. Ari Thór Arason , the policeman, who missed out on the promotion to inspector that went to Herjólfur, is home sick with the flu when he gets the call-out by the inspector's wife who has not been able to contact him. It comes as a great shock when Ari Thór realzes if it hadn't been for the flu he might The entire country of Iceland is shocked by the shooting of Inspector Herjólfur in the small town of Siglufjörður. The inspector has been shot down outside an abandoned house with a violent history. Ari Thór Arason , the policeman, who missed out on the promotion to inspector that went to Herjólfur, is home sick with the flu when he gets the call-out by the inspector's wife who has not been able to contact him. It comes as a great shock when Ari Thór realzes if it hadn't been for the flu he might have been the one shot since Herjólfur was covering his shift. Ari Thór old boss, Tómas, is brought back to head the investigation into the shooting. They quickly fall into their old rhythm, although Ari Thór finds thinking more independently, a surprising change for him. As with any book set in Iceland, the landscape becomes a major player in the story, setting a dark atmosphere of claustrophobia and isolation in this small northern town. The pace is slow as the investigators slowly build their case despite the red herrings, one of which has consequences to Ari Thór's home life where he is settled into a happy life with his girlfriend and new son. The story is interwoven with the journal of a new patient in a psychiatric ward. It's not until the end that we are given the the patient's name and the main reason he has been committed. The story follows the lines of a classic mystery. Other than our access to the journal we know no more than the detectives. We are swept up in their investigation as they methodically investigate all leads, even those that lead to powerful politicians. Plot and story is key with Ragnar Jónasson. His characters are well delineated, but don't take center stage, nor do their personal stories, but neither are they ignored. As mentioned, setting is important, but not overwhelming. A very satisfying read, with fans hoping for translations of the other books in the series. Thanks to NetGalley for and ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Iceland is a country known for its arts and culture, liberal social attitudes, education, natural wonders, and low crime rate. It is also has the fifteenth highest level of gun ownership in the world per capita. When a police officer is shot one night in Siglufjörður, exactly one-half of the police force of this small town is injured while on duty. Ari Thór Arason is alarmed that his superior officer has been critically wounded but at the same time, he is aware that he could have been the one Iceland is a country known for its arts and culture, liberal social attitudes, education, natural wonders, and low crime rate. It is also has the fifteenth highest level of gun ownership in the world per capita. When a police officer is shot one night in Siglufjörður, exactly one-half of the police force of this small town is injured while on duty. Ari Thór Arason is alarmed that his superior officer has been critically wounded but at the same time, he is aware that he could have been the one rushed to the hospital, since he was supposed to have been on duty that night, except that he was home sick with the flu. There is also the underlying regret about the cool relationship he has had with his new boss. Why, he wonders, was Herjólfur at an abandoned home late that night? The more obvious question: Who shot him? We first met Ari Thór in Ragnar Jónasson’s Snowblind. Now, in Nightblind, the local officer has settled in with girlfriend Kristín and their infant son. When his boss moved to Reykjavik, Ari Thór had hoped to be promoted, but Herjólfur was hired instead. Tómas is called in from the capital to command the investigation. He seems more self-assured (and even a tad pushy) now than before, and his fellow officer both welcomes his experience and is a bit bothered, because he, too, has gained confidence in his own abilities and has his own ideas about how to proceed. Nevertheless, the two men get along well enough. They roll up their sleeves and get to work questioning witnesses. Interspersed between the dark scenes in Siglufjörður are strange, puzzling messages from another voice. This was disconcerting at first until I realized that these were journal entries written by a patient at a mental hospital. A mystery within the mystery! Who is this person? How does he – or she – figure into the events in Siglufjörður? Was this patient writing in the present, or perhaps decades earlier? Each successive note revealed a bit more but not quite enough... Jónasson moves the plot along slowly but surely, setting up conflicts, questions, clues, and red herrings. A few suspects emerge, but the tone is mostly low key, except when two police officers burn the midnight oil to solve the crime, because shootings, especially of law enforcement personnel, are so rare in Iceland. We do get to know Ari Thór better in this second book of the Dark Iceland series. That’s not an easy task, because he is a quiet man with a secret that he doesn’t share, not even with Kristín. It has to do with his father, and his lack of sharing is partly responsible for the tension in their relationship. He feels the tension, yet he is afraid to ask...But as we know, relationships are a two-way street, and the author shows us Kristín’s discomfort as well. Yet, Ari Thór does not strike me as someone who is totally comfortable in his own skin. His manner of questioning civilians and suspects in the shooting inquiry seems forced and awkward. I look forward to seeing how this character develops in future novels. There are other characters who strike me as uniquely Icelandic, at least, as people I would imagine to be individuals who put up with the cold, the darkness, and the isolation of a fishing village. They are strong, stoic, and efficient. It really did not surprise me that there are some who succumb to the darkness, the damp, and the cold of this northern land. More than one resident of this tightly knit community has a secret. But which of them is desperate enough to kill a policeman? Perhaps the journal holds the key? I found myself enjoying Nightblind much more than Snowblind, and I will probably continue reading the series. I wish to thank NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and the author for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 4 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jess (Primrose)

    I sincerely wish I spoke Icelandic so I could read this series in its proper order. This one is a fast forward into the future. We miss a series of events that left off in book one with Ari Thor's personal life. His professional life is also slightly different; Tomas is gone and Ari was passed up on promotion for the inspector position. That being said.... Ari is still the quiet, methodical, watchful police officer that always solves the case. Another brilliant mystery by Jonasson. I didn't I sincerely wish I spoke Icelandic so I could read this series in its proper order. This one is a fast forward into the future. We miss a series of events that left off in book one with Ari Thor's personal life. His professional life is also slightly different; Tomas is gone and Ari was passed up on promotion for the inspector position. That being said.... Ari is still the quiet, methodical, watchful police officer that always solves the case. Another brilliant mystery by Jonasson. I didn't guess the killer until Ari had pieced it together. I love a mystery that paces you along with the sleuth. Masterful storytelling.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    As in Snowblind, the once quiet streets of Siglufjörður are bloodied by murder, this time of Inspector Herjólfur, who is responding to the tip off of a drug deal in a spooky house at the far edge of town. Recovering from flu and in the midst of some serious relationship problems, Ari Thor gets outside help in the form of his old boss to investigate the killing. This lacked the punch of the first novel, with both the writing and the plotting feeling much weaker. There was a stiltedness to either As in Snowblind, the once quiet streets of Siglufjörður are bloodied by murder, this time of Inspector Herjólfur, who is responding to the tip off of a drug deal in a spooky house at the far edge of town. Recovering from flu and in the midst of some serious relationship problems, Ari Thor gets outside help in the form of his old boss to investigate the killing. This lacked the punch of the first novel, with both the writing and the plotting feeling much weaker. There was a stiltedness to either the words or the translation that did not match the beauty and claustrophobia of the first book, though once again the bitterly cold and wet weather effectively permeated every scene. There were strands of investigation, such as what happened to a man who died in the same house years ago, that seemed entirely irrelevant to the main storyline, fed into the narrative only for the possibility that it might offer an alternative explanation but in reality failing to provide anything of the sort. Another storyline focusing on the mayor and his deputy was unconvincing, especially when that too turned bloodier. I quickly guessed whodunnit, the diary entries which are interspersed throughout could only have been written by one of two people, adding to a series of very clear clues. Nevertheless, Ari Thor is the kind of character you get a thing for, his troubled relationships and personal flaws are endearing and somewhat amusing- I'll have to follow him for that alone.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Nightblind is the second of Jonasson's Dark Iceland series (though there are three books, written after Nightblind, that take place chronologically between Snowblind and Nightblind). The setting is Siglufjörður, a village on the northern tip of Iceland, a place where mid-winter is a time of total darkness, with only the barest hint of a sun glow at noon. The time is November. The people of the village are finishing up tasks for the coming holidays and those things that need daylight, before the Nightblind is the second of Jonasson's Dark Iceland series (though there are three books, written after Nightblind, that take place chronologically between Snowblind and Nightblind). The setting is Siglufjörður, a village on the northern tip of Iceland, a place where mid-winter is a time of total darkness, with only the barest hint of a sun glow at noon. The time is November. The people of the village are finishing up tasks for the coming holidays and those things that need daylight, before the darkness sets in. Ari Thór Arason, a village policeman out with the flu, is called in from his sickbed because his boss is missing. In a two-man department, each is indispensable. In a country with few guns and few murders, Ari Thor is about to find that a policeman has been shot. This will send shock waves through the village and the country. On top of this major event there are others that make Nightblind a very interesting and complex tale. In many ways relationships are key to the primary mystery and all of the other mysteries and events that occur around it. There are so many difficult, if not fractured, relationships involving major and minor characters. This seems a reflection of the darkness descending on the area with the midwinter. I really don't want to give away more plot than this as it is good to have it roll out for you in reading the book. I do recommend this book to mystery readers. I also will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book even without having read Snowblind, though I intend to read it in the future. There was enough explanation of past events to keep me up to date with the current events. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Siglufjördur, Iceland, is an extremely atmospheric setting. It’s located less than 25 miles south of the Arctic Circle. There is a ring of mountains surrounding the village, and for seventy-four days starting in mid-November, there is no sunshine. If the police talk to you in Siglufjördur, everyone will know and believe you are guilty of whatever the crime was. And you will be instantly in fear of being arrested. Policeman Ari Thór Arason appears to be a meek fellow, but he’s smarter than you Siglufjördur, Iceland, is an extremely atmospheric setting. It’s located less than 25 miles south of the Arctic Circle. There is a ring of mountains surrounding the village, and for seventy-four days starting in mid-November, there is no sunshine. If the police talk to you in Siglufjördur, everyone will know and believe you are guilty of whatever the crime was. And you will be instantly in fear of being arrested. Policeman Ari Thór Arason appears to be a meek fellow, but he’s smarter than you think. He’s now a father, but has a rocky relationship with Kristin. The shooting of Herjólfur cuts the police force in half, so Ari Thór's old boss returns from Reykjavik to help investigate. I honestly think Ari Thór could have handled it by himself, except he was getting over the flu. I enjoyed this book, even though it was slowly paced without any tension. Having pages from a diary written by an unknown person interspersed throughout the book held my interest. The book is relatively short and a quick read. The publication order of the translated books is not the same as the original publication order, but I’m not sure it matters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The setting for this book is stunning. I even went to Google maps and checked the setting out. It took me a couple of false starts to get into this book. I think I read 2 other books just trying to get through the first 25% of this one. I'm glad I kept reading though because it was a heck of a mystery. I didn't care much for Ari Thor, but he grew on me, and I began to understand his thinking more. I'd definitely read more from this author. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    After several years of upheaval, Ari Thór Arason has finally settled down. He & girlfriend Kristín have reunited & set up house with their baby son. The residents of Siglufjördur have accepted him & he’s content being a small town cop. When his previous boss moved to Reykjavik, Ari hoped to fill his shoes. Instead the job went to Herjólfur, a seasoned cop from down south. He & Ari have forged a professional albeit cool relationship. But it’s early days & they have time to get After several years of upheaval, Ari Thór Arason has finally settled down. He & girlfriend Kristín have reunited & set up house with their baby son. The residents of Siglufjördur have accepted him & he’s content being a small town cop.   When his previous boss moved to Reykjavik, Ari hoped to fill his shoes. Instead the job went to Herjólfur, a seasoned cop from down south. He & Ari have forged a professional albeit cool relationship. But it’s early days & they have time to get to know each other.   Actually, they don’t. Late one night, Ari gets a life changing call. Officer down. He finds Herjólfur fatally shot outside an abandoned house where another mysterious death occurred decades ago.   All of Iceland is reeling after the news trickles south. This is a place where annual murders can be counted on one hand & the whole country is in shock (as evidenced by response to the recent real life murder of a young woman in Reykjavik). The tiny police department is hardly equipped for the case let alone the glare of national media attention. So when Tómas returns to head up the investigation, Ari is grateful to see his old friend & mentor.   In alternate chapters we meet an anonymous patient in a psychiatric hospital. As they scribble their thoughts in a daily diary, we slowly learn about their life & why they ended up being committed. As time passes, the entries become increasingly ominous & this is heightened by not knowing their identity or even when the events occurred.   The 2 main story lines run parallel until we get a glimmer of how they might intersect. There are plenty of shiny red herrings dancing around the murder investigation to make you pause & rethink what you thought you knew. Political intrigue & drug dealing complicate the search for a killer & add to the mysteries Ari & Tómas must solve before the shocking truth is revealed.   We also get more insight into Ari’s character. Herjólfur’s death rocks his world & makes him question his priorities. He & Kristín are going through a rough patch & for the first time, he begins to understand how his own behaviour affects those around him. It just might be time to come to terms with his past & finally share the secrets he’s been carrying since childhood.   If (like me) you’ve been reading these in chronological order, this is the most recent in the series. Every time I pick up one of these books, I get transported to this small piece of Iceland & the residents who have become so familiar to me. I feel like I could travel there & immediately find my way. The setting is starkly atmospheric & the persistent rain & gloom mirror the mood of the characters.   For Siglufjördur, like the characters, is changing. Its innocence has always been protected by isolation but the new tunnel provides access for tourists & those sniffing out new territory for criminal activity. The influx of new faces adds to the general unease in the aftermath of Herjólfur’s death. Some would call it progress but there’s great irony in people travelling to the same place to get away from it all.   Nightblind is another immersive & satisfying read in this great series. And now that I’m back in my own little corner of the world, it’s going to feel like a loooong wait for the next one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    BookwormDH

    What a pleasure to go back to Siglufjordur with Night Blind and the sublime writing of Ragnar Jónasson. Following on from the brilliant Snow Blind, Detective Ari Thór Arason is faced with a unique case. One of their own has been shot. This doesn't happen in Siglufjordur! Detective Ari Thór is now faced with a challenge unheard of and is steadfast to find the assailant. The way that Ragnar Jónasson writes is quite poetic. The descriptions of the town and it's surroundings and claustrophobic What a pleasure to go back to Siglufjordur with Night Blind and the sublime writing of Ragnar Jónasson. Following on from the brilliant Snow Blind, Detective Ari Thór Arason is faced with a unique case. One of their own has been shot. This doesn't happen in Siglufjordur! Detective Ari Thór is now faced with a challenge unheard of and is steadfast to find the assailant. The way that Ragnar Jónasson writes is quite poetic. The descriptions of the town and it's surroundings and claustrophobic atmosphere gives you a sense that you are really there. The characters are very strong with great dialogue. Put this all together and you get a sense of true realism and a classic police procedural. I enjoyed Snow Blind, but this has stepped up a level. Ragnar is an outstanding crime writer and I am very much looking forward to the next encounter. Highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Oh Ari Thor! I love you! I fell in love with Ari Thor and Icelandic noir in Snow Blind. Now Ari Thor is back and we have another superb mystery drama, from Ragnar Jonasson. This is Night Blind, set a good five years after book one. We get more cold dark winter days and a classic whodunnit. Hooray! Ari Thor is still in the police force and has missed out on a promotion. His old boss has left. He is stuck with Herjolfur, a man he cannot be bothered to befriend. He is now a father to Stefnir and his Oh Ari Thor! I love you! I fell in love with Ari Thor and Icelandic noir in Snow Blind. Now Ari Thor is back and we have another superb mystery drama, from Ragnar Jonasson. This is Night Blind, set a good five years after book one. We get more cold dark winter days and a classic whodunnit. Hooray! Ari Thor is still in the police force and has missed out on a promotion. His old boss has left. He is stuck with Herjolfur, a man he cannot be bothered to befriend. He is now a father to Stefnir and his relationship with Kristin is on, if not that settled. Ari Thor is sick with the flu, when Herjolfur is called to investigate something at a remote location. Herjolfur is shot and left to bleed out in the snow. His old boss Tomas returns to help Ari Thor investigate. It is a rare occurrence in Iceland, for the police to be attacked in this way. The community is in shock. The police come under political pressure to solve the case. Will Tomas and Ari Thor find the truth? We simultaneously follow the investigation into the attack on Herjolfur and see the detention of a young mental health patient in a psychiatric ward. We hear his words and try to follow his thought processes. How is he connected to the crime? Who is he? I love nothing more than crime in small communities, with lovely slow reveals and a smattering of clues. Everyone is a suspect in this harsh winter environment and everyone has secrets to hide. It is cold, claustrophobic and the reader feels it all. Ragnar Jonasson makes me believe in this place and want to be a part of it. Although this is set a good five years after the first book, it all feels familiar. Ari Thor is familiar and such a lovely bloke. I cannot help but be completely and utterly charmed by this series. It will have mass appeal and will speak to people on issues such as gun control. I really don’t know how Ragnar Jonasson and his translator, Quentin Bates have done it. It is beautifully crafted and just terribly addictive. I will be begging them both for more. The only thing that irks me is the missing years in between the two books. I am not a fan of reading things in the wrong order. An unmissable drama. This is a series that everyone is raving about and quite rightly so. I want more Ragnar Jonasson.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    I always wonder when an author you love writes a spectacular book, can they continue to write books that you know you will love even before opening the first page... In Ragnar Jónasson's case, ABSOLUTELY!!! I have been eagerly waiting for Nightblind for weeks, and have not stopped singing its predecessors (Snowblind) praises on Twitter and Facebook for months. Nightblind begins a few years after Snowblind, with Ari Thór still working as the police in Siglufjörðor, passed over for promotion to I always wonder when an author you love writes a spectacular book, can they continue to write books that you know you will love even before opening the first page... In Ragnar Jónasson's case, ABSOLUTELY!!! I have been eagerly waiting for Nightblind for weeks, and have not stopped singing its predecessors (Snowblind) praises on Twitter and Facebook for months. Nightblind begins a few years after Snowblind, with Ari Thór still working as the police in Siglufjörðor, passed over for promotion to Inspector, but back with Kristín and a father to baby Stefnir. The book opens with the murder of the other policeman, Herjólfur, at a desolate and dilapidated house near the edge of the town. Ari Thór is tasked with finding out what happened, and he calls in his old work colleague Tomás to help with the investigation. Small towns and tight communities make for difficult work when it comes to finding out what has happened and sometimes people aren't always what they seem. Nightblind is a beautifully written mystery. It echoes days gone by, bringing past and present day secrets together in a quietly chilling way. The subdued nature of the story is offset by Jónasson's superb writing style, bringing alive characters who see each suffering in their own way. Nightblind is also a stunning lesson in Icelandic geography. Jónasson has a wonderful way of painting pictures with words and each sentence adds an extra dimension to scenery. This book has been worth the wait, without a doubt. The Dark Iceland series are fast earning a place on my favourites of all time list. The elegant prose, coupled with the chilling, almost sleepy location, make for an utterly enthralling read. An easy 5 stars for me, all the stars, always. ❤️

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson. Dark Iceland #2. Ari Thor, a local policeman in his village, finds a colleague gunned down near death in the cold winter night. Herjolfur was a police officer of long standing and of good report as was his father. It seems apparent he was tracking down a possible drug dealer at an old deserted house just outside their town. I fell quickly into step with this author's style of writing. It's different than most any other book I've read and refreshingly so. The Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson. Dark Iceland #2. Ari Thor, a local policeman in his village, finds a colleague gunned down near death in the cold winter night. Herjolfur was a police officer of long standing and of good report as was his father. It seems apparent he was tracking down a possible drug dealer at an old deserted house just outside their town. I fell quickly into step with this author's style of writing. It's different than most any other book I've read and refreshingly so. The underlining motives behind this killing doesn't become apparent until near the half way mark in this story. It's, in my opinion, a motive that isn't dealt with on this level often. Highly recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Night Blind – Addictive Icelandic Noir The Crown Prince of Icelandic Noir is back with his follow up to his excellent debut book Snowblind with his latest breath taking thriller Nightblind. Ragnar Jónasson brings together in Nightblind the best of Scandinavian noir with the tradition of good old fashioned murder mystery, with the twists of a Christie whodunit. Jónasson’s writing brings in the suffocating closeness of the local community not far from the Arctic Circle, and the darkness of the Night Blind – Addictive Icelandic Noir The Crown Prince of Icelandic Noir is back with his follow up to his excellent debut book Snowblind with his latest breath taking thriller Nightblind. Ragnar Jónasson brings together in Nightblind the best of Scandinavian noir with the tradition of good old fashioned murder mystery, with the twists of a Christie whodunit. Jónasson’s writing brings in the suffocating closeness of the local community not far from the Arctic Circle, and the darkness of the winter, it all works itself in to a thrilling read. Nightblind is five years on from where Snowblind leaves off, Ari Thór Arason is still a police officer in Siglufjördur, he missed out on promotion when Tómas was promoted and moved to Reykjavik. Ari Thór does not really know anything about the new inspector, Herjólfur other than he is married with 2 children one in a local college and the other down south somewhere. His relationship with Kristin is back on and they share their life with their baby son Stefnir. Ari Thór is off ill in bed with the flu and Herjólfur is on night duty when he is called with a tip off that there is a drug deal happening on the edge of town. While investigating the call Herjólfur is blasted with a shotgun and Ari Thór receives the call and has to break the news to his wife and son. Herjólfur is clinging to life and is flown down to Reykjavik with his family. Tómas is sent to assist Ari Thór in the investigation as the news of the shooting breaks over Iceland and the shock of a Police Officer being shot on duty brings its own pressures. At the same time winter is closing rapidly on Siglufjördur when things will become even harder for the local population. With a murderer on the loose everyone in town is looking to Ari Thór to crack the case and keep them all safe in their small town. At the same time of the Police Investigation, Ari Thór comes under pressure from the new out of town mayor as well as a local politician all interfering in the investigation. Ari Thór also realises there is something odd about the new mayor’s deputy, who is also an out of towner and there is a darker side that she is avoiding which could drag them all down. As we read our way through Siglufjördur and the unfortunate death of Herjólfur we are also treated to segments of a diary written by a patient on a secure psychiatric ward in Reykjavik which gives some depth to whoever the person is. It gives us a chilling insight in to a person’s mind when they are being pumped full of drugs and ignored. This all adds up to a tense and compelling thriller within the closed society of Siglufjördur which builds the claustrophobia the read feels throughout this excellent thriller. The darkness and coldness of winter in Siglufjördur adds to the claustrophobia and that there is no such thing as a secret in this town. Ragnar Jónasson writing cuts through the darkness like a hot knife through butter, while like a lady of the night he shows us a bit of leg with the clues, and wonderful misdirection. Nightblind is tense wonderful and highly addictive and now the wait for the next in the series begins.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura/Mystery in Minutes

    Please visit https://www.mysteryinminutes.com/revi... to read the complete MINM review. Richly evocative of the hauntingly beautiful, yet bleak, Northern Icelandic autumn and early winter, Nightblind is a slow-burning, character-focused Nordic Noir, with a resolution that may very well surprise readers. Nightblind is the second book in Ragnar Jonasson's Dark Iceland series, but it may be read as a standalone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David Reviews

    Ari Thor is back in Nightblind another superb Icelandic crime thriller. Having read and enjoyed Ragnar Jonasson’s Snowblind, the debut in his bestselling Dark Iceland series, I was looking forward to reading this and wasn’t disappointed. Again set in the isolated northern Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, the feeling of shock and surprise at violent crime is tangible in such an idyllic and usually quiet peaceful community. When Ari Thor’s superior officer is shot at point blank range he Ari Thor is back in Nightblind another superb Icelandic crime thriller. Having read and enjoyed Ragnar Jonasson’s Snowblind, the debut in his bestselling Dark Iceland series, I was looking forward to reading this and wasn’t disappointed. Again set in the isolated northern Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, the feeling of shock and surprise at violent crime is tangible in such an idyllic and usually quiet peaceful community. When Ari Thor’s superior officer is shot at point blank range he appreciates that it could just as easily have been him instead. Heavily involved in the hunt for the gunman, policeman Ari Thor is determined to solve the crime and the reader is treated to a dark and twisty whodunit. Local police inspector Herjolfur is investigating an abandoned old house just outside Siglufjörður. It’s the middle of the night and he’s finding it a bit unsettling. Without warning he is shot and seriously hurt. He is Ari Thor’s colleague and he realises that although he’s been working with Herjolfur for while he knows little about him and he’s feeling guilty. As the investigation widens it becomes a tangled web of local politics, questionable relationships and events from the past that leave Ari Thor with broken pieces of a puzzle. Our story is made more sinister by a voice from a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik which is entwined with the narrative, providing another part of the mystery for the reader to consider. Overall this is a very readable and enjoyable book with plenty of intrigue and twists to keep us turning the pages. Ari Thor continues to be written as a solid, interesting and likeable character with his own worries and issues. The setting creates an unusual and harsh but in many ways beautiful background to the Dark Iceland stories. I am happy to recommend the excellent Nightblind and hope you find it a great read too. (ARC Received)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    4.5* Snowblind is the first in the Dark Iceland series, with Nightblind being the fifth and set some 5 years after the end of Snowblind (the intervening years will be covered by the next three books, the next one being called ‘Blackout’. In my opinion, Nightblind can easily be read as a standalone, and I didn’t feel that I missed out by reading out of sequence. Ari Thór Arason, a local policeman in the small town of Siglufjörður lives with his girlfriend Kirstin and young son. He has been passed 4.5* Snowblind is the first in the Dark Iceland series, with Nightblind being the fifth and set some 5 years after the end of Snowblind (the intervening years will be covered by the next three books, the next one being called ‘Blackout’. In my opinion, Nightblind can easily be read as a standalone, and I didn’t feel that I missed out by reading out of sequence. Ari Thór Arason, a local policeman in the small town of Siglufjörður lives with his girlfriend Kirstin and young son. He has been passed over for promotion and his feelings of disappointment have done little to improve relations between him and his new inspector. His new superior officer, Herjólfur takes over a shift that Ari Thor should have done if he hadn’t been suffering with the flu. Herjólfur is critically injured whilst attending a call out to a deserted property. His shooting sends shockwaves around the town, violent crime being so rare in Siglufjörður. Ari Thor doesn’t get to investigate this case on his own, his old boss Tómas is bought in from Reykjavík. Both men are put under pressure and have to try and retain their integrity as local politicians wanting to protect their own careers try to interfere. The story spreads out in different directions - I don’t want to give too much away but for both Ari Thor and Tómas this complex case certainly stretches them. There are many people who have their own secrets to protect and the question of conflicted loyalties arise. The wintry cold and isolated setting of Siglufjörður, on the northernmost tip of Iceland, is well described, as is the character of Ari Thor. Although he has a ‘quietness’ about him he is a complex character. He is still affected by events of his childhood and has his moments of jealousy and bad temper, none of which help his relationship with Kirstin. Throughout the story are separate chapters narrated in the form of diary entries, written by a patient in a psychiatric hospital, this adds an extra element of intrigue and mystery to the story. Nightblind is a quietly chilling crime thriller, relying on description and atmosphere rather than hard core action to drive the story forward. However don’t be misled, Nightblind has enough twists and intrigue to keep you turning the pages. This may be a fairly short(ish) novel of just over 200 pages but there is so much quality both in terms of writing and the plot contained within. I must give a mention to the excellent translation by Quentin Bates. His skill ensures that the story and dialogue both flow seamlessly without the clunky turn of phrase that so can often affect translated novels. Ragnar Jonasson has a superb talent and this is a series that I will certainly be keeping up with.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Thriller set in Siglufjörour, Iceland Nightblind is the second book to appear in the Dark Iceland series by Ragnar Jónasson. The first was the much acclaimed Snowblind, published last year. Actually, and perhaps a little confusingly, it is the last book of five in the series – books two, three, and four are yet to be written / published (although number two, Blackout, is due out this summer…). Below you will find our review of Nightblind plus an interview with Ragnar… Nightblind is an extremely Thriller set in Siglufjörour, Iceland Nightblind is the second book to appear in the Dark Iceland series by Ragnar Jónasson. The first was the much acclaimed Snowblind, published last year. Actually, and perhaps a little confusingly, it is the last book of five in the series – books two, three, and four are yet to be written / published (although number two, Blackout, is due out this summer…). Below you will find our review of Nightblind plus an interview with Ragnar… Nightblind is an extremely well written / translated work featuring the return of detectives Ari Thór and Tómas. As with Snowblind, to describe the book as ‘Icelandic Noir’ (as the publicists do) is perhaps a little over the top and, dare one say it, jumping on a band wagon. Yes, it has dark moments and violence (including domestic violence) – but not to anything like the extent of a Stieg Larsen or a Jo Nesbø. It is a lot cosier and more confined – perhaps best described as an updated and somewhat harder Agatha Christie…but absolutely none the worse for that. It is a good story, well told. In Nightblind, Tómas returns from Reykjavík (to where he has been promoted) to work alongside Ari Thór in solving the shooting and murder of Herjólfur, his successor as the police inspector in Siglufjörŏur. There are several prime suspects among the community, and identifying the murderer is not an easy task. Various ‘dark goings on’ are discovered that impinge on the investigation. One of the joys of the book is the relationship between the two detectives as they work on the case. They are excellent foils for each other. A device that Ragnar employs works well in both Snowblind and Nightblind. He write alternate short chapters in italics. These chapters tell a parallel story that is ultimately interwoven into the main plot. All in all Nightblind is an excellent mystery. I look forward very much to Blackout and the other two books to complete the series. This review first appeared on our blog, along with an author interview: http://www.tripfiction.com/thriller-s...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    Siglufjörður is a quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, just south of the Arctic Circle, and the setting for Jonasson's iconic policeman, Ari Thor Arason. While presented as Book 2 in the Dark Iceland series, there are three books that take place between Snowblind and Nightblind, during which time five years have passed. Ari Thor's new boss is called out to an abandoned house, where he is gunned down in the opening scene. Ari's old boss is called north to lead the investigation, reuniting Siglufjörður is a quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, just south of the Arctic Circle, and the setting for Jonasson's iconic policeman, Ari Thor Arason. While presented as Book 2 in the Dark Iceland series, there are three books that take place between Snowblind and Nightblind, during which time five years have passed. Ari Thor's new boss is called out to an abandoned house, where he is gunned down in the opening scene. Ari's old boss is called north to lead the investigation, reuniting Ari Thor with his mentor. The story is well told, and the reader is treated to a slice of small-town life, replete with politics and personalities; Jonasson can certainly write: "He enjoyed the winter as well, with its all-enveloping darkness that curled itself around you like a giant cat." However, the chapters with excerpts from a diary were distracting and nine pages of accolades for his previous book is excessive.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)

    Night Blind is the second book in the Dark Iceland series. Five years ago, Ari Thor Aragon, a young policeman moved to a small town on the outer fringes of Northern Iceland, Siglufjordur. Ari is still developing a tolerable relationship with the villagers of the small town. When the new police chief is shot and killed, Ari Thor sets out to figure out who murdered the chief. To assist in the investigation the former chief of police, Tomas, returns to Siglufjordur, together Ari Thor and Tomas begin Night Blind is the second book in the Dark Iceland series. Five years ago, Ari Thor Aragon, a young policeman moved to a small town on the outer fringes of Northern Iceland, Siglufjordur. Ari is still developing a tolerable relationship with the villagers of the small town. When the new police chief is shot and killed, Ari Thor sets out to figure out who murdered the chief. To assist in the investigation the former chief of police, Tomas, returns to Siglufjordur, together Ari Thor and Tomas begin to unravel the mystery of who murdered Hefjolfur. Ari Thor and his girlfriend, Kristin, have a ten-month-old son and are having difficulties in their relationship stemming from some unresolved issues in Ari Thor's past additionally Ari Thor is resentful that he was not made police chief when Tomas moved south and is now coping with Tomas taking over the investigation. Things are not as they seem and despite the outside distractions that life has placed in front of Ari Thor he is able to puzzle out the mystery. I enjoyed the book, if you are interested in Nordic Noir this is a fine book for you. [image error] This review was originally posted on The Pfaeffle Journal

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This is a tough story around domestic violence that has the author feeling he shouldn't be writing it. The pain of the victims abuse is evident and hurtful. This story will not lift your spirits. 4 of 10 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jill Mackin

    Quite the mystery! Felt like I was freezing cold as I read Nightblind! LOL

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Nightblind is the second novel in the series following policeman Ari Thor Arason which is set in a small village in stunning surroundings. I really enjoyed the first book Snowblind so couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of Nightblind. In the second novel, five years have passed and to be honest things don't seem much better for Ari, if anything they seem to have got worse. He is ill with flu, his relationship with his girlfriend doesn't seem to be going to well and then to top it all off, the Nightblind is the second novel in the series following policeman Ari Thor Arason which is set in a small village in stunning surroundings. I really enjoyed the first book Snowblind so couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of Nightblind. In the second novel, five years have passed and to be honest things don't seem much better for Ari, if anything they seem to have got worse. He is ill with flu, his relationship with his girlfriend doesn't seem to be going to well and then to top it all off, the policeman who is above him dies after being shot. I did feel quite sorry for Ari Thor, even though he is unwell after getting a phone call from his colleagues wife, he has to get out of his sick bed and get back to work. Tomas, his previous boss had gone onto pastures new but is back to over see the investigation. I never really warmed to Tomas in Snowblind but he certainly seems to have mellowed since then and you can tell that him and Ari Thor now have a good relationship even bordering on friends. The story alternates between present day and entries in a diary. The diary entries had me totally thrown as was trying to work out all the way through whose diary it was, unfortunately I am no Miss Marple, so had to wait until the author divulged that bit of information. Nightblind is a dark read which had me gripped through out. The story certainly has a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming. For a small village, the residents certainly seem to have some pretty big secrets lurking in their closets and it certainly makes for some surprising reading. Many thanks to Karen at Orenda for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cphe

    When I read this I didn't realize that this novel is part of an ongoing series but there is enough back story supplied to gain an insight into the characters and their ties to one another. The mystery component of this police procedural is strong and well executed and there are some twists and turns, developments that weren't evident when starting the novel. I would have rated the novel higher except for the translation, it was quite stilted in place and just didn't flow. Overall I enjoyed it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    NIGHTBLIND launches 5 years since the events of SNOWBLIND. Ari Thor Arason is continuing to serve as a policeman in the peaceful town of Siglufjordur. The calm that normally graces this fishing village and close-knit community has come to a screeching halt after the murder of another policeman occurs. This man was shot a point-blank range in the dead of night while inspecting an abandoned house. Ari Thor is left with a difficult mystery on his hands as there are few clues and no known motives to NIGHTBLIND launches 5 years since the events of SNOWBLIND. Ari Thor Arason is continuing to serve as a policeman in the peaceful town of Siglufjordur. The calm that normally graces this fishing village and close-knit community has come to a screeching halt after the murder of another policeman occurs. This man was shot a point-blank range in the dead of night while inspecting an abandoned house. Ari Thor is left with a difficult mystery on his hands as there are few clues and no known motives to help him solve the case. As the winter closes in around him, Ari Thor must put together a complicated timeline of events that involves local politics, the new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik. When a new young woman moves into town the connection between her past and her mysterious appearance brings another layer of danger to the small village. In order to protect those of Siglufjordur, Ari Thor must race against a rapidly ticking clock. Ragnar Jonasson has mastered the atmospheric thriller and this could not be more apparent than when reading NIGHTBLIND. The town of Siglufjordur plays just as much of a role in the mysteries filling the pages of this book, as the characters involved. The days are becoming darker and darker, as the weather threatens intense snowy conditions at any moment. Couple that with a town full of people who don’t want to talk to the out-of-towner cop and a tangled political situation looming overhead, Jonasson delivers a standout slow-burn thriller. My favorite thing about reading a book from the Dark Iceland series has easily become Ari Thor. Of course any main character headlining a series is meant to draw the reader into reading the books simply for the sake of knowing what will happen with them. There is something so incredibly human about Ari Thor, that I think readers will develop genuine concerns for his present life, his past, and his future. Just like all of us, Ari Thor has his faults, but they lend him to be a better policeman instead of hindering his work. He is constantly trying to help those in need and doesn’t mind the gossipy town of Siglufjordur talking about him behind his back if it means that at the end of the day he saved a life. Adding to these fantastic elements, NIGHTBLIND also includes diary passages from a person who has been sent to a psychiatric ward, seemingly against their wishes. The reader knows that these passages play a role in the case Ari Thor is working on, but the author behind them remains hidden until the final few chapters. I found myself hoping each chapter would have a passage at the end and perhaps staying up too late just to get to those where they were included. I love these kinds of elements in crime fictions books, as I always feel they add another layer to the already present mystery. They also serve to put the reader into the mind of one of the characters in a much more intimate way than we get from standard narration. NIGHTBLIND is an excellent follow-up novel to SNOWBLIND and truly served to solidify the connection I built with Ari Thor in the first novel, ultimately making my decision to carry on with reading one of these book a month, an easy choice.

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