Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson is the first book in the Dark Iceland crime fiction series and is set in the small town of Siglufjordur in northern Iceland; a town where nothing ever happens, or at least not until our hero Ari Thor Arason arrives!

Ari is a rookie cop. A young man, pretty much directionless having dropped out of college, he decides to give a career in the police a try, and agrees to take a job in Siglufjordur in northern Iceland. This means he will be leaving the capital Reykjavik and most importantly, his live-in girlfriend, Katrina, behind.

Not long after Ari arrives, a naked woman is found lying in the snow in a pool of her own blood, and Siglufjordur’s most famous citizen dies in mysterious circumstances. So begins Ari’s career as a cop in a town where nothing ever happens.

I loved this book. Although a big fan of crime novels I haven’t read many Nordic thrillers, but now I am hooked. I loved the setting, a small Icelandic town where everyone knows everyone else – or do they? And a landscape of snow, ice and biting cold adds to the atmosphere of this book. Add a dab of romance, and a group of supposedly harmless characters, a scattering of twists I did not see coming and you have a real page turner of a novel. Meanwhile, back in Reykjavik the financial crash is beginning and life as people knew it is beginning to unravel. Fantastic.

Always delighted to find a new author and an exciting new series to follow I am going straight away to order my copy of Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson, the second book in this thrilling new series.

And of course I have to mention Quentin Bates, the English born author of a series of Icelandic thrillers, who translated this book from Icelandic into English and who has done a faultless job.

I read this book with a couple of friends on an online book group and we all enjoyed it and it provided us with plenty to discuss.

Teresa O’Halloran
Personal 5
Group 5

Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
9781910633038|Orenda Books pbk June 2015

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