#BlogTour| #BookReview | WHITEOUT by Ragnar Jonasson @ragnarjo (November 1st 2017, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

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.

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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;

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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.

You can buy WHITEOUT from the following booksellers (but obvs you can get it at other awesome booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

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#BlogTour – #RUPTURE by Ragnar Jónasson (Orenda Books)

Book Four in a series that can easily be enjoyed as a standalone novel? RUPTURE by Ragnar Jónasson is exactly that book.

A rather large ‘Thank You’ to Karen @ ORENDA BOOKS for an early copy of this book and allowing me on this amazing blog tour!

Off we go! Firstly, we have “the blurb” for the book:

“1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.”

So, you want to know what I think?

I hate nothing more than starting a book knowing that it isn’t the first in a series as it already throws up too many questions about the principle characters (Who are they? What is their back story?), the location (is there anything significant about the town?) and any history involving supporting characters that could be important in reading this book.

Thankfully, after getting stuck in to RUPTURE, I have come to the conclusion that this book can also be enjoyed as a standalone (this isn’t going to deter me from running to the bookstore and buying the previous books in the series though!).

RUPTURE is Book Four in the ‘DARK ICELAND’ series by Jónasson and is perfect for fans of slow burning crime fiction; particularly if you are fans of Anne Cleaves or Agatha Christie. We can see Jónasson draws influence from Agatha Christie in his ability to create a dark mystery and take us on a journey before laying out the theories and answers to “whodunit”

There are three separate crimes within this book; a cold-case, a hit and run and a missing child. All three crimes are investigated separately, but as the story progresses, we learn that each case is tied to the other. Investigating the cold case is Ari Thor (the series leading man) and he works with reporter Isrun who is in turn investigating both a hit and run and a missing child.

What Jónasson captures beautifully in this book is the dark, isolating and rather eery feeling of the empty fjords. As readers, we are able to imagine the scenery clearly and start to develop the same feelings as our characters. Feelings of isolation and despair, but also those of redemption. This is a truly thought provoking book that considers how our actions early in life can shape the people we grow up to be.

My only thoughts now are how fast I can get to the bookstore and pick up the first three books in the series; SNOW BLIND, NIGHT BLIND and BLACK OUT.

ABOUT RAGNAR JONASSON:

What Jónasson captures beautifully in this book is the dark, isolating and rather eery feeling of the empty fjords. As readers, we are able to imagine the scenery clearly and start to develop the same feelings as our characters.

Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavik in 1976, and currently works as a lawyer, while teaching copyright law at the Reykjavik University Law School. In the past, he’s worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. Ragnar set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) in Reykjavik, and is co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir, selected by the Guardian as one of the ‘best crime-writing festivals around the world’. Ragnar Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, and he is currently working on his sixth. He lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters. Nightblind will be published by Orenda Books in 2016.

RUPTURE is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK); http://amzn.to/2kxXbVB

Waterstones; http://bit.ly/2kxNYga

-S.

 

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#BlogTour; RUPTURE by Ragnar Jonasson

I am delighted to be a part of the RUPTURE book blog tour as arranged by the fabulous team over at ORENDA BOOKS.

On JANUARY 31st I will be sharing with you my full review on this book and more!

The Blurb

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.

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‘Traditional and beautifully finessed… morally more equivocal than most traditional whodunnits, and it offers alluring glimpses of darker, and infinitely more threatening horizons’ Independent 

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Jonasson’s books have breathed new life into Nordic noir’ Sunday Express

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‘Bitingly contemporary in setting and tone’ Express 

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A modern take on an Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom…’ Ian Rankin

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‘A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens … first rate and highly recommended’ Lee Child

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‘Chilling, poetic beauty… a must read!’ Peter James 

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‘British aficionados of Nordic Noir are familiar with two excellent Icelandic writers, Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Here’s a third: Ragnar Jónasson … the darkness and cold are palpable’ Marcel Berlins, The Times

2017 is going to be a great year for crime fiction!

-S.

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