Book Review for SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
Dark Iceland Series, Book 1
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A classic crime novel with a smart and compelling plot that uses the setting to enhance the suspense and atmosphere in the novel.
Simply stated, I love this book. I have been looking for a story that can revive my interest in Nordic Noir and Jónasson’s prose did just that. Taking a cast of small town characters and putting them into a mystery has been done countless times before. However, with this book, I felt that the secluded setting of a Icelandic town and the way in which the author developed the story gave new life to the concept. It was done in a way that was smart and refreshing. Add to that the character of Ari Thor and I was hooked. It has to be said that there is a definite influence from the Agatha Christie model of writing, but I truly feel that the author modernized the style and brought his characters to life just as well as she did.
If you are looking for a solid and pure crime story filled with intrigue that will peel back each layer of the whodunit, SNOWBLIND is the book for you. This book reminded me of what good crime fiction can be. I cannot wait to read the other books in the series.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Where: A quiet fishing village in northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors. It is accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Who: Ari Thor is a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik. He has a past that he's unable to leave behind.
What: A young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death. Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness—blinded by snow and with a killer on the loose.
Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent.
About the Author: RAGNAR JONASSON was born in Iceland and works as an Attorney at Law and writer in Reykjavik. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. He has appeared on panels at various crime fiction festivals, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime in the US. Ragnar lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters.
Series Reading Order
Hardcover: 320 pages
Series: Dark Iceland, Book 1
Publisher: Minotaur Books (January 31, 2017)
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