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  • A little disappointing.....

    "The Darkness" by Ragnar Jonasson is the first in the 'Hidden Iceland' series which sadly I found quite flat and with a rather bland and whingeing female protagonist, Hulda Hermannsdóttir. Considering the author is an already an established best selling writer of the excellent "Dark Iceland" series featuring policeman Ari Thor, I thought that this was a very poor relation to them. The story was generally uninspiring, although as the book went on I did get into it slightly more and I was curious enough to want to see it through to the end. The interspersed chapters featuring Hulda's childhood years and the events leading up to what happened with Elena, did make it a little more interesting and the ending was very unexpected. The subject matter however was not to my liking. Having read one of the author's previous novels, which I thought was fantastic, atmospheric and haunting it immediately gave me the desire to visit Iceland immediately. However, I felt the descriptions of Iceland in this book were drab, dreary, bleak and very unattractive and gave me no interest to visit at all. The premise of the planned trilogy told backwards with the last story published first does make for an interesting scenario, however, sadly it's a series I may not be keen to pursue. I will though read more by this author but it will be his previous more intriguing and better written series. 2.5 stars

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  • Good solid fiction writing

    Scandi noir is very different but is no less enjoyable because of that. Good characters, well thought out plot and a twist in the ending. What's not to like?

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  • Unputdownable

    Unconventional, intriguing and utterly fascinating. A masterclass in suspence writing. Ragnar captures the atmosphere of the Icelandic landscape and weather brilliantly.

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