It goes without saying that I am over the moon to be joining #Rupture Blog Tour today with my review for this latest addition to the Dark Iceland series (which I simply adore!). Thanks so much for stopping by 😀
Publisher: Orenda Books
24th December 2016 [Kindle]
15th January 2017 [Paperback]
Ragnar Jónasson is the most excellent wordsmith, committed to painting the most perfectly atmospheric scenes with a quiet composure. I have developed a fondness for this unassuming style, where a rare and tragic event is the only thing on earth that can taint the purity of the location.
Nestled in the most wondrous and often challenging of landscapes, what can the isolated beauty of a fjord hide? How can an old family photograph shed light on a mystery that was forgotten along with the people that passed on? A peaceful solitude can be shattered as the truth emerges. And Ari Thór Arason? He remains a human puzzle where all of the pieces are still trying to fit together, much like the underlying sequence of events we run into in Rupture.
Feeling restless, yet still emanating an air of calm, Ari Thór is struggling to police the streets as there is no one on them! During Siglufjörður’s quarantine period from a particularly nasty strain of virus everyone has isolated themselves indoors hoping to avoid infection leaving him with more time on his hands than he’s used to. Still, it gives him time to pursue an archived investigation that has a curious question mark hanging over it.
With the long distance assistance of the instantly recognisable reporter Ísrún from Reykjavik, bravely concealing her own health and parental concerns while chasing several delicious scoops, Ari Thor looks into a local historical case of alleged poisoning recorded as accidental according to police reports.
As he unravels this flawlessly crafted mystery, a kidnapping, a hit-and-run incident, and political scandal brews – plus Ari Thór’s summing up speech would rival any master detective’s performance.
What truly gives Dark Iceland its exceptional charisma is the respect that applies not only to the volatile environment and times of hardship, but for maintaining particular customs and a common courtesy missing from most fiction. The reliably cryptic intrigue, coupled with the characters’ subtle peculiarities and life developments, never ceases to enthral.
I hereby declare THIS my favourite in the series so far!
(I received a copy of this title from the publisher with my thanks and it is my pleasure to provide an unbiased review.)
My other reviews for books in the Dark Iceland series:
(Courtesy of Amazon UK)
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.
Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.
(Courtesy of Amazon UK. Author photograph courtesy of Publisher)
Ragnar Jónasson (www.ragnarjonasson.com) is the Icelandic writer of the Dark Iceland crime series set in Northern Iceland. Snowblind (2015) is the first book in the Dark Iceland series.
Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, and works as a lawyer in Reykjavik. He is also a teacher at Reykjavik University Law School and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen of Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.
Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir and has appeared on panels at Crimefest in Bristol, Left Coast Crime in the USA, Bloody Scotland in Stirling and Iceland Noir in Iceland. Ragnar’s short story Death of a Sunflower was published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine January 2014 issue, the first story in the magazine by an Icelandic author. His second Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine story, A Letter to Santa, was published in the January 2015 issue. Ragnar’s short story Party of Two was published in the Crime Writers’ Association 2014 anthology Guilty Parties, edited by Martin Edwards.
Ragnar lives in Reykjavik with his wife and daughters.
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