Hi, welcome to my spot on the Blog Tour for Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson. I’m thrilled to be included in this Tour. Rupture is the fourth book in the Dark Iceland series.
The first thing I would like to say about the Dark Iceland series is they are absolutely spell-binding – if you haven’t read any of the books yet, I thoroughly recommend doing so. They are the sort of books you give pride of place on your bookshelves, returning more often than not to marvel at particular descriptions, randomly flick pages, or just – in my case – forget about the day’s plans and reread them front to back, utterly immersed. These books are very special and no amount of rereading reduces their ability to engross you.
First it was Snowblind, then Nightblind, Blackout and now … Rupture. And what a book it is! I thought this series couldn’t get any better but it has. In fact, the high expectations I had prior to reading have been far, far exceeded by this marvellous book. That’s how good it is. Tense, thrilling and at times quite dark, Rupture delivers a GARGANTUAN five-star read!
When Ari Thór, is asked to look into the death of a woman who lived in the isolated region of Hedinsfjörður, we are sucked into a mystery that has spanned five decades, since the fateful day on which she committed suicide. And when an old photograph surfaces, it appears that not everything is as it seems. With Siglufjörður in quarantine with a deadly infection, Ari Thór delves into the woman’s past and tries to piece together clues that grow darker with each passing moment.
With an Icelandic backdrop, this atmospheric plot unravels beautifully, driven by engaging character and an engrossing, evocative narrative. And the added facet of the quarantine adds another intriguing dimension to this plot.
These books have made me want to hop on a plane and fly over to Iceland, especially to Siglufjörður in particular. The stunning descriptions of the local scenery whet your appetite for more. I found myself Googling Siglufjörður and being absolutely amazed. It’s so beautiful.
We have multiple viewpoints in this book – one belonging to Ísrún, who makes a triumphant return – and in its chapters we have different themes running throughout – mystery, darkness, intrigue, romance juxtaposed in this outstandingly masterful creation from very, very, very talented author.
Dark. Chilling. Intriguing. Outstanding.
Quite simply a masterpiece!
Beautifully translated by Quentin Bates.
Enormous thanks to Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for including me on the Blog Tour and for my review copy – which I will no doubt be rereading in a few days time!
If you would like to buy Rupture, this is the link