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  • Dull book riding on the back of the 'Scandi-Noir'

    This was a very disappointing read. It was dull and trivial, and the characters were uninteresting. You don't care about Ari Thór (that's his first name, by the way and he is referred to it on every occasion, which sounds clunky to English ears.) and whether he fits in with the moody denizens of Siglufjörður or whether he can patch things up with his girlfriend in Reykjavik or whether he solves the mystery. A lot of praise has been heaped on the sense of 'claustrophobia' in the book but it simply did not work for me. Constantly telling us how deep the snow is and having the main character walkabout brooding about his problems and feeling sorry for himself doesn't really amount to claustrophobia or tension. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie 'cosy' type mysteries, you might enjoy the technical aspects of the mystery; but people more interested in grittier, more modern style murder-mysteries will find it has little to offer. It is also beset by one of the distinct flaws of modern murder stories - it is clearly meant to be the first book in a series, which makes it more about establishing the brand - introducing characters, narrative arcs and setting - rather than telling a good story or presenting us with an intriguing mystery.

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  • Great read

    Excellent story, well told with a great location. Thoroughly recommend

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  • Good story with plenty of twists

    I got really immersed in the claustrophobia of the small town cut off by the snow and mountains of Northern Iceland. At times the character introductions were a little clumsy, but I feel Jónasson will only get better. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Snow blind

    Excellent well paced. Great characters and I loved the detail of ordinary lives in such an isolated place

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  • Glad to get to the end of a very boring book

    Perhaps it lost something in the translation but I thought the book was amateurish and uncompelling. The plot line was very average, the thoughts of the protagonist tiresome and hard to have any sympathy for, and the ending was just plain daft. John Sanford it isn't.

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