Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today, alongside lovely Eva over on Novel Deelights!! I’m delighted to post my review for this wonderful book by Ragnar Jonasson!
Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop? With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and its secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place. Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.
As Whiteout is the last in the Dark Iceland series by Ragnar Jonasson, this is quite a bittersweet moment. I hate it when a series you absolutely love comes to an end but what an ending Whiteout delivers! I don’t think you could have asked for a more chilling, compulsive and utterly thrilling finale to what has been a fantastic series!
When Ari Thór Arason receives a call from old colleague Tomas, he is surprised to be offered the opportunity to investigate the sinister death of Asta Karadottir, a young woman whose body was found at the bottom of a cliff, the exact same place her mother and sister died years ago. Suicide or murder? Accident or deliberate? Ari Thór , once again on the hunt for the truth must part the fact from the fiction and delve into the mystery.
But with his girlfriend, Kristin, heavily pregnant and Christmas just around the corner, the investigation proves much harder to solve as the handful of suspects each try to shift the suspicion onto the other and what seems the obvious conclusion isn’t always the right one.
Something I love about the Dark Iceland series is the fact that each book is a slow-burner, the clues subtly shown the reader, then hidden amid a sea of red herrings. I love the emotion Ragnar Jonasson instills in the reader, how he transports us to an isolated, harsh yet incredibly beautiful landscape and gives a mystery that isn’t about the quantity of thrills you can pack onto a page but is an enthralling, engaging novel that really connects with the deep-rooted desire to solve a puzzle.
In Whiteout Ari Thór feels an affinity to Asta, similarities that make him think of his childhood and with his baby due soon, of his father. So there is a very emotional string to this book, especially as Ari Thór is about to embark on parenthood.
If you like your Nordic Noir dark and chilling, this is the perfect gift for a bookworm at Christmas! You could adopt the old Icelandic Christmas tradition and read this book well into the night, snuggled up under a blanket with a hot chocolate. I don’t think I could ever tire of reading Ragnar Jonasson’s books! They are wonderful!
Clever. Chilling. Dark.
If you would like to read Whiteout, here is the link!
About the author:
Ragnar Jonasson 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 20 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.
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Huge thanks to Karen and Anne for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!!