‘Snowblind’ by Ragnar Jónasson
‘Snowblind’ was published by Orenda Books last year. Translated by Quentin Bates, this is the first book in the Dark Iceland series. I was sent a copy to review.
Ari Thór Arason, a rookie policeman, gets his very first posting in Siglufjörður, far away from his girlfriend who stays behind in Reykjavik. Siglufjörður is a small and quiet village in northern Iceland where crime rarely happens, a place so safe in fact that people tend to leave their front doors unlocked. Everyone seems to know each other and nothing is secret for long.
Soon after Ari Thór’s arrival things start to happen. First, the Chairman of the Dramatic Society falls to his death in the local theatre and then a few days later a woman is discovered lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious. Naturally people are shocked and scared. Ari Thór finds himself being dragged into the heart of a community and along the way discovers that he can’t trust anyone and that secrets and lies are a way of life. To top it all an avalanche and endless snowstorms close the mountain pass, the constant darkness threatening to push Ari Thór over the edge. Is there a killer on the loose or is there some other explanation? That’s for you to find out.
I read ‘Snowblind’ last weekend and absolutely loved it. Fast-paced, exciting and very gripping, it was a bit of a struggle to put the book down. I think Quentin Bates has done an absolutely amazing job of translating this story.
There were a number of characters in ‘Snowblind’, most seeming to have a secret or a painful past. I liked Ari Thór and felt bad for what he had been through. He proved himself to be a good policeman even if he didn’t always go about things the right way. Whilst helping to investigate both incidents he went that bit further and made some shocking discoveries along the way. A smart cookie for sure.
Ragnar Jónasson certainly knows how to write a good thriller. I could picture what the weather in Siglufjörður was like and could actually feel Ari Thór’s claustrophobia. It must have felt like it would snow forever. I don’t think I could put up with that for long.
‘Snowblind’ is brilliant! An absolute blinder in fact. If you don’t believe me get yourself a copy now to see for yourself.
I am so looking forward to reading ‘Nightblind’.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
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