Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for WHITEOUT– the lastest novel in the Dark Iceland series from the rather excellent Ragnar Jonasson.
I would like to say that I am blown away to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and of course Rangar Jonasson who gifted me an early copy of WHITEOUT. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the old house on the remote rocky outcrop?
With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and the secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place.
Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.
So, you want to know what I think?
After reading RUPTURE I was ready for the next story Ari Thor. I was excited to read what was next for him.
Once again, what Ragnar is able to do is build up a tension of the location for the reader that takes us to that dark, cold setting he is writing about. As a reader, you feel the same cold and sense of unease as the characters in the book. This skill is something that many authors can only DREAM of!
Don’t let that this is the fifth book in the series put you off reading WHITEOUT. Of course you don’t get the full history and development of the characters from the previous offerings, but you certainly don’t miss anything in this book. This is a credit to Jonasson’s writing.
The ending of the book frustrated me – but in a good ‘holy shit I need to know more’ way! We get a glimpse into Ari’s history and although he is quick to brush this detail off, it gives us that hook for the next book as to just how much detail we will be privvy to.
All in all, another cracking read from Jonasson. Not a crazy faced paced crime story, but a dramatic, intense slow burner. I love these types of crime reads as, I say this ALL the time now, I read so many fast paced ‘where the chuff did that come from?!’ books and it can become a little tiresome and ‘same, same’. It’s nice to be able to get cosy and snuggled up…..it gives me all the Agatha Christie feels!
About Ragnar Jónasson;
Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 18 countries and for TV.
Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.
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