Delighted to be sharing my review, today, of Rupture, the 4th in the brilliant #DarkIceland series from Ragnar Jonasson, published by Orenda Books
What the blurb says:
1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…
In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.
Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.
It may not be the heat wave up here in Glasgow with 68 degrees as compared to temperatures in the high 80s down South but once again Ragnar Jonasson has sent my temperature plummeting with his chilling and captivating tales of Ari Thor!
With Siglufjorour in quarantine, Ari Thor focuses his investigative skills on a mysterious death in the isolated fjord of Hedinsfjorour from the 1950s. Secrets are spilt and pasts unravelled as Ari Thor pieces together what really happened on that fateful night back in 1955. As always Ragnar manages to weave together seemingly unconnected threads in his novel and bring them back neatly together producing a tightly knitted and intelligent plot for the readers to relish.
Oh Ari Thor, be still my beating heart, a deeply complex and brooding character with a certain sullenness about him who manages to make my temperature rise every time I pick up one of Ragnar’s books! Irsun, the TV journalist joins us again in Rupture and again I enjoyed learning more about her character, her personal and professional struggles. Each character in the book is effortlessly brought to life and steps out the page into the reader’s head. I get a real sense of familiarity when I read this series and almost feel as though I have come to Siglufjorour to meet up with some old friends.
What always strikes me most about this series is the incredible ability Ragnar has in painting the reader a landscape so chilling, so bleak and so terribly realistic that it is impossible not to experience that sense of place inside your head. I defy anyone to read this series without feeling the need to wrap themselves up against the elements. I have a real yearning to visit Iceland now after devouring this series.
Rupture is the 4th book in the Dark Iceland series and I’d highly recommend that you read the first three to immerse yourself fully in the experience. It is not a fast-paced wham bam thank you, mam, read; it is a delightfully dark and chilling exploration of a life in one of the most isolated communities in Iceland. Do not miss it!
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About the author:
Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the Kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 15 countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as 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. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and set up its first overseas chapter in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.