Book Review for THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jonasson

THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jonasson
Hidden Iceland Series, Book 1
Minotaur Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A multilayered police procedural that is downright addictive
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THE DARKNESS is an Icelandic crime novel lover's dream. Having read a few books by the author, I can honestly say this one is my favorite of his so far. The plot, the characters, and the constant feeling something is yet to be uncovered truly make it a perfect read.

Book Review for THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jonasson

There are so many things I loved about this book, but the unique idea of having a female detective on the cusp of retirement as the lead was fascinating to me. Throughout the pages of this novel, I was drawn to Hulda's determination as well as her insight into the precinct she is being forced out from. She is not a character I will soon forget.

Jonasson carefully weaves into the story so many elements that I thought it couldn't all work. Boy, was I wrong! With each layer and bit of information revealed, the closer the reader is to see a fuller picture of what is going on. The author somehow masterfully brings together refugees seeking asylum, a cold case which was pushed aside as nothing more than a suicide, and Hulda's own backstory seamlessly. Then you add the backdrop of Reykjavík as the cherry on top.

From beginning to end, this book grabbed me. I was right there in the investigation and couldn't turn away from it. For fans of Nordic noir, this is a must-read.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from Ragnar Jonasson, one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir.

The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed.

Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking.

Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger.

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About the Author: Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and has translated 14 of Agatha Christie's novels.


Book Details:

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reissue edition (October 16, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781250171030
ISBN-13: 978-1250171030

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