I am very pleased to have been asked to appear on the Blog Tour for Ragnar Jónasson new book Whiteout. Thanks to Anne Cater (@annecater) and Orenda Books (@Orendabooks) for asking me to appear on the tour and to Ragnar Jonasson @ragnarjo) for writing the book.
About the Book
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.
This is Book 5 of Ragnar’s Dark Iceland series, translated by Quentin Blake into English. I have previously listened to book 4 of the series, Rupture, on audiobook and reviewed it here – Rupture Audio Review. You don;t need to have read any of the previous Dark Iceland Series of books beforehand as it does work very well as a standalone book.
I think listening to the audio book of Rupture helped me to read this one as some of the people’s names and place names are hard to pronounce due to them being Icelandic. I still struggled with new people’s names but guessed how they were pronounced in my head and stuck with that.
The story follows Ari Thor as he investigates a murder just before Christmas in an unpronounceable Icelandic village. Whilst investigating this he discovers that two of the victim’s family had also died in exactly the same spot 25 years ago.
Ari Thor and his pregnant partner were looking forward to spending a nice quiet Christmas together but with this murder they now have to investigate it along with some more deaths along the way.
This book is a brilliant read and I thoroughly enjoyed getting back to know Ari Thor and his partner again. The book is very atmospheric and I could easily imagine being there in Iceland whilst reading the book. The book is not a typical fast paced thriller with hundreds of twists and turns throughout, more a slow paced read with a small list of suspects. Even with the small list you are still left guessing right through to the end.
This is the last in the Dark Iceland Series, which is a shame as it is a brilliant series which I have come to love after reading the last two books in the series and got to really know Ari Thor and Kristen throughout this book.
Overall this is a brilliant read, perfect for reading over the Christmas period and wishing you were in Iceland yourself. 5 star read.
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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 18
countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he
continues to work as a lawyer. 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.