The newest superstar on the Icelandic crime fiction scene has arrived with a superb followup to The Darkness.
Shortlisted for the Crime Novel of the Year Award in Iceland
Third Place, Novel of the Year Award 2016 in Iceland, selected by booksellers
One of the bestselling novels in Iceland in 2016
Autumn of 1987 takes a young couple on a romantic trip in the Westfjords holiday—a trip that gets an unexpected ending and has catastrophic consequences.
Ten years later a small group of friends go for a weekend in an old hunting lodge in Elliðaey. A place completely cut off from the outside world, to reconnect. But one of them isn't going to make it out alive. And Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir is determined to find the truth in the darkness.
Ragnar Jónasson burst onto the American scene with Snowblind and Nightblind, the first two novels in the Ari Thor thriller series, and the praise was overwhelming. With The Darkness, he launched a new series featuring a completely new sleuth, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police department. The Island is the second book in this series.
J nasson's masterly sequel to 2018's The Darkness opens with a cryptic prologue set in a town just south of Reykjav k in 1988. A seven-year-old girl puzzles her parents after they return home one night by saying that both of her babysitters were kind, though only one babysitter had been with her. Flash back to a year earlier, when an unnamed 20-year-old woman takes her boyfriend, Benedikt, to her family's summer home on the island of Ellidaey down the coast from Reykjav k, where she tells him stories about Iceland's history of witch-burning in the 17th century. That outing ends in murder, and corruption mars the subsequent police inquiry. A decade later, Insp. Hulda Hermannsd ttir, who was passed over for promotion at the time of that flawed investigation, takes charge when another dead body turns up on Ellidaey with a connection to the previous murder. The link between the babysitter's mysterious companion and the murders gradually becomes clear as the plot builds to a shiver-inducing conclusion. J nasson delivers a mind-bending look into human darkness that earns its twists.
Wonderful Story Writing
Just a very well written mystery with all sorts of twists and turns. It was pealing an onion, layers of relationships, until the very end which revealed an ending that made total sense.