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  • A little bland

    When a woman is found dead on a getaway with her friends, it sparks an investigation which delves deep into the past – what secrets are her friends hiding? I love the idea of a trilogy being released backwards, it’s a really refreshing convention. Unfortunately, I think I have ruined this for myself by reading the second one first! It’s perfectly fine to do that though, the story itself is a standalone police procedural story. You perhaps have more of an insight or would get more out of it if you knew the fate of some of the characters I guess but I didn’t really feel like I was missing anything major from not having read the first one. I did however, feel that the story was a little bland in places – despite the truly great setting of Iceland. It’s a fairly bog standard ‘whodunnit’ murder mystery. The book does play around with the idea of time a lot, you are introduced to the main characters and then the narrative shifts to 10 years later which felt a little jarring. It did mean you got all the exposition you needed for the murder without the need for flash-backs interrupting the flow though. I liked how sinister everything felt particularly the first quarter of the book where the chapters almost felt they were edging towards the horror genre in places. I liked the main character of DI Hulda and found her personal development and storyline to be interesting. Overall I like the idea of a trilogy told in reverse but found this instalment a little bland for me. I would probably give it three and a half stars, rounded up to four. Thank you to Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Nice

    A quick easy read featuring Hula an Icelandic Detective, probably read her next mission

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  • Icelandic Noir

    Once again, Ragnar Jonasson delivers. His unusual style of telling the story in snapshot chapters then finally tying it all together is effective and keeps your interest building. His brooding descriptions of Iceland add texture to his books.

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  • Good solid detective novel

    The story unfolded an interesting trail that was enjoyable to follow throughout. I really enjoyed the book

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  • First rate

    A very good read, the story developes nicely as you turn the pages, the killer or killers very surprising.

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