What the blurb says:
Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.
My review: 5/5
As a relatively new recruit to #IcelandicNoir I’m so glad that Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books and all those lovely #Bloggers out there encouraged me to #PopMyCherry with Ragnar Jonasson’s Ari Thor series….I think I might be slightly ever so in love ❤ with this silent but so very strong Icelandic detective!
Nightblind is the second in the Dark Iceland series and OMG what a plot! When Ari Thor first moved to Siglufjörður (p.s I REALLY want to know how to pronounce all these delicious names…they are dying to just roll off my tongue!) to take up his post as Detective in one of the most northerly and remote communities in Iceland he was told “nothing really happens here” Well what an understatement that was! Thankfully for us readers, lots does happen here and it kicks off with a bang in Nightblind with the shooting of Ari Thor’s colleague and superior. It quickly becomes apparent that there is something dark and underhand going on in this little sleepy town; something that links the local politics, a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik and a young woman on the run from her violent past. The plot drags the reader unwittingly into a dark vortex of mystery and suspense!
Like Snowblind, Nightblind isn’t a fast paced wham bam kind of read, rather it is a slow burning yet chilling tale that had me shiver as I read. Towards the resolution the pace picks up and gathers the reader along with the flow held in an icy grip unable to put the book down. Abuse behind closed doors is a theme throughout the novel and highlights that not everyone is as they may appear.
In Nightblind Ari Thor’s girlfriend Kristin and their son Stefnir have moved in together but it is not an easy relationship. Ari Thor senses that all is not well in their world but feels powerless to confront it and Kristin is struggling to work out whether this is the lifelong relationship that she wants. Ari Thor appears to continue to struggle with all his relationships; he has made no real friends in the town and communication with Kirstin has almost broken down; his only real friend is Tomas (who was his superior in Snowblind) who has been called back to assist in the investigation into the shooting. I feel for Ari Thor, he may come across as a cold character but I sense a real hidden depth to him as well as a yearning for the family that he never had. I just want to wrap my arms around him and make it all better (and I’m sure that I’m not the only female reader who feels this way!) Ragnar has created a character that keeps his distance yet one the reader wants to engage and connect with; definitely the tall, silent strong type!
Reading Nightblind made me shiver with the cold, Ragnar Jonasson has an incredible gift, he uses his words to paint us a beautiful, yet chilling landscape. I can almost picture the small town of Siglufjörður, I can feel the bitter chill seep down into my bones as murder spoils the picture perfect scenery. Atmospheric, enthralling and addictive have got to be the three words I’d use to describe this series – but don’t just take my word for it…go read the books now, click below to go to Amazon!