Killer Review: Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson

First Line: ‘Unsettling. Yes, that’s the word. There was something unsettling about that ancient, broken-down house.’

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.

This is a brilliant novel in the Dark Iceland series which sees the return of Ari Thor, a local policeman, in the small town of Siglufjörður, with his girlfriend and ten-month old son which is set five years after Snowblind – the first book in the series.

When the new inspector, Herjólfur, is killed – the first time a policeman has ever been murdered in Iceland, Ari Thor is faced with the impossible task of finding out what really happened. But as Ari Thor delves deeper into the investigation he is drawn into local politics and long buried family secrets where nothing is as it seems as he struggles to keep his own personal life at bay long enough to uncover the killer.

It was so easy to be sucked into this novel; with the brooding character of Ari Thor fraught with insecurities about his own abilities as a policeman, the dark and surprising twists in the investigation and set within the stunning but creepy atmosphere of Iceland makes for a very exciting read.

This is a classic murder mystery infused with dark undertones which really brings the beautiful and eerie setting of Iceland to life.

I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series out, Blackout, which is out later this year.

With thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my copy of Nightblind.

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To find out more about Ragnar Jónasson follow him on Twitter @ragnarjo or visit his website here


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