It feels like a lifetime since I’ve posted a review on here, but I’m back today with a review for Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson. Its a bit early considering that the book isn’t out until December, but I’ll add in a pre-order link because you’ll definitely want to read this one!
Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer and teaches copyright law at Reykjavík University. He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen, has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie’s novels. He is an international Number One bestseller.
When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjörður, Police Inspector Ari Thór battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer … The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.
Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes.
Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air.
Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes ‘She was murdered’ again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of her death…
As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access to Siglufjörður, Ari Thór must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible truth … one that will leave no one unscathed.
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Winterkill is a bittersweet book in the Dark Iceland series. Knowing it is the last book makes it all the more emotive because we’re saying goodbye to a character that we’ve been with for six books now. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve read and loved every one of these books, and Winterkill is no different.
Winterkill is a sophisticated narrative, more so than previous books. It is dealing with relevant issues in today’s society which makes it all the more emotive for the reader. It is very current, while also maintaining that Christie-esque old time feeling that you pick up on in the other books in the series so far.
I found Winterkill to be quite a sad read in terms of the subject matter. You, as a reader, really feel for some of the characters as they are going through this horrible time. Jónasson really captures the emotionally fragile states of grief and trauma in Winterkill.
The sense of isolation in both the location and the way the characters are experiencing their own versions of isolation in their lives was very well captured. It does seem like loneliness and/or isolation are almost tangible characters themselves in Winterkill such is their prevalence throughout the narrative.
Emotional, atmospheric and deeply unsettling, Winterkill is a poignant and fitting end to a series that has held me captivated from the opening lines of Snowblind.