A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns - for the last time
A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge.
Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers.
Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.
A chance meeting on the moors with a garrulous old farmer rekindles Insp. Erlendur Sveinsson's interest in a decades-old missing-person case in Indridason's moody novel featuring the Reykjav k policeman, the ninth to be published in the U.S. (after 2013's Black Skies). A young woman named Matthildur appears to have vanished while trying to cross the Hraevarsk rd Pass during a sudden whiteout, similar to one that swallowed up Erlendur's younger brother, Bergur, when they were boys. Erlendur finds a surprising number of leads and even evidence at this late date, increasingly suggesting that Matthildur was murdered. But the brooding loner can't help circling back to his brother while he camps out in the ruins of their family's home, especially as the frigid nights transport him into an almost hallucinatory state. Solid procedural combines with Icelandic ghost story for a chilling tale of the extremes to which people can be pushed in an unforgiving place.