*My thanks, as always, to the ever-wonderful Karen Sullivan from Orenda Books for my review copy*
About the book:
1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…
In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.
Rupture is brilliantly translated by Quentin Bates.
Rupture will be released on Christmas Eve on time to coincide with the Icelandic Jólabókaflóðið tradition and you can order your copy HERE.
About the author:
Ragnar Jonasson 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.
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but you know when you’ve been waiting for the next book by an author whose work you love? Well that was me, until yesterday evening. I had been waiting patiently, biding my time until Rupture’s release on Christmas Eve. Imagine my utter joy and excitement when I got an email last night and Rupture was attached. Needless to say, I dropped EVERYTHING to start reading, and I finished it this afternoon.
There’s always that’s tiny bit of fear when reading a book by an author you enjoy, will it be good? Will it be as good as their last book? Well it’s safe to say I was in no way disappointed upon reading the final page of Rupture, it made me smile 😊
Rupture is a chillingly beautiful book. Atmospheric, subtle and utterly enthralling. Opening the book felt like coming home, catching up with friends and seeing what’s been going on in their lives. A gentle and easy prose lends itself perfectly to the story, creating tension at the right times, while keeping the reader completely gripped.
There is more than one thread running through Rupture in terms of stories, yet they all weave together seamlessly as you progress through the pages. With Siglufjörður in the grips of a deadly virus, Ari Thor is tasked with rehashing an old case to see if anything can be gleaned in relation to a suspicious death from many years ago. Running parallel to his investigation, news reporter Ísrún is investigating a case of her own. We have met Ísrún before, and it was great to see her in Rupture as well. She’s a very interesting character and I really enjoyed reading more about her.
I don’t want to get too much into the plot for fear of giving anything away. What I will say though, is I wasn’t expecting Rupture to go in the direction that it did. The past is a funny thing, and it can resurface at any time and in some very unexpected ways. Rupture is testament to that fact, the past can definitely return to haunt people.
Honestly, I think these books just keep getting better. With every new book, I find that Ragnar Jónasson is tackling some very interesting and hard-hitting issues, and always with sensitivity. There is nothing gratuitous in these books, every word serves a purpose. Like flakes of snow falling from the sky, his words fall gently on the reader and have the ability to chill.
Rupture was everything I had been hoping for, and so much more. Stunning. Gripping. So completely worth the wait.
All the stars. Always.
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