First off, massive thank you to Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for my copy of Nightblind. I’m delighted to have gotten to read it and now write my review. Ooh, and thanks for the chocolate too! I’m saving that! 😉
Secondly, in case you don’t follow me on social media, I AM QUOTED in this book!!! *pinch me moment*
(Check out my talons! 😉 )
About the book: (via Goodreads)
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. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.
I always wonder when an author you love writes a spectacular book, can they continue to write books that you know you will love even before opening the first page…
In Ragnar Jónasson’s case, ABSOLUTELY!!!
I have been eagerly waiting for Nightblind for weeks, and have not stopped singing its predecessors (Snowblind) praises on Twitter and Facebook for months.
Nightblind begins a few years after Snowblind, with Ari Thór still working as the police in Siglufjörðor, passed over for promotion to Inspector, but back with Kristín and a father to baby Stefnir.
The book opens with the murder of the other policeman, Herjólfur, at a desolate and dilapidated house near the edge of the town.
Ari Thór is tasked with finding out what happened, and he calls in his old work colleague Tomás to help with the investigation.
Small towns and tight communities make for difficult work when it comes to finding out what has happened and sometimes people aren’t always what they seem.
Nightblind is a beautifully written mystery. It echoes days gone by, bringing past and present day secrets together in a quietly chilling way.
The subdued nature of the story is offset by Jónasson’s superb writing style, bringing alive characters who see each suffering in their own way.
Nightblind is also a stunning lesson in Icelandic geography. Jónasson has a wonderful way of painting pictures with words and each sentence adds an extra dimension to scenery.
This book has been worth the wait, without a doubt. The Dark Iceland series are fast earning a place on my favourites of all time list.
The elegant prose, coupled with the chilling, almost sleepy location, make for an utterly enthralling read.
An easy 5 stars for me, all the stars, always. ❤️