Today is my stop on the blog tour for Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson. Regular readers of my blog will know that I have a soft spot for these books, so I’m delighted to be able to share my review again as part of the tour.
About the book:
On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies… Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.
About the author:
Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.
His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia.
Snowblind was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK.
Books in the Dark Iceland series have been published in the UK, Germany, Poland and Iceland, and rights have also been sold to the USA, France and Italy.
Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik.
He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.
From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.
Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine.
He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.
Couldn’t love Ragnar’s books any more if I tried. Let’s be honest, I’m an unapologetic fangirl for the Dark Iceland series and Blackout is no different.
Set after Snowblind, but before Nightblind, the events of Blackout are different to anything so far.
An old fashioned whodunnit, and a lot of whydunnit makes it a very interesting read.
There is murder, intrigue, and more than a little suspense as the story unfolds piece by piece and page by page. There are many characters to follow throughout Blackout, but this book is character-rich, and with the introduction of Isrún I think the author has a wonderful addition to the series. An adept reporter, with a past coming back to haunt her makes for an excellent story running alongside the events in Blackout.
With Blackout being set in the midst of a volcanic ash cloud, this makes the atmosphere much more menacing and dark. I’ve always sung Ragnar’s praises with regards to his use of location and descriptive atmospheric passages in setting the scene for his novels, and this one is no different.
I read this book slower than the previous two, partly because life got in the way, but partly because I wanted to immerse myself in the cold dark wilds of Iceland and transport myself there alongside the characters. I also now want to go and re-read Snowblind and Nightblind again because my mind is still in Siglufjörður.
Reading these books, catching up with Ari Thor and returning to Iceland feels like catching up with an old friend. Though the subject matter is dark, VERY dark in Blackout, it’s still comforting to get lost between the pages of a Ragnar Jónasson novel.
I cannot recommend these books highly enough! I loved Blackout, got thoroughly immersed in the story, and I didn’t want it to end.
All the stars. Always.
Blackout is out in ebook now and you can purchase your copy by clicking the link below:
You can read my reviews for Snowblind and Nightblind by clicking these links: