The Darkness

The Darkness

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"Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavík, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from Ragnar Jónasson, one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir. The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed. Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking. Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger" --
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250171030
Branch Call Number: MYS RAG
Characteristics: 317 pages : map ; 25 cm

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htliang
Mar 27, 2019

This is my favorite Ragnar Jónasson book I've read so far. I really connected with Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir and would like to read more books with her as the main character. Since this is the first in the Hidden Iceland series, I expect I'll get my wish. Interesting ending!

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dfischler1
Mar 18, 2019

Darkness is exactly what it promises, mean dysfunctional people, incompetent heartless bureaucrats, the bad guys get away with murder and the good people including the investigating officer suffer (she gets buried alive) and die .There is no redemption in this heartless narrative taking place in Iceland a country that comes across as a very cold god forsaken place. I have read many Icelandic thrillers from different authors with interest but this one is as bleak as it can get and according to the author none of the characters have any redeeming value.

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dsw3914
Feb 05, 2019

Decent enough I guess but it seemed very shallow. The writing was sort of stiff at times but I am guessing that had to do with the translation to English. I did enjoy the descriptions of the Icelandic landscape. I will probably read the next 2 of the trilogy assuming it shows up right in front of me but I am not going to exert much effort to find them. It's fine if you can't find anything else on your list.

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geordie18
Jan 26, 2019

The Darkness (Hidden Iceland) by Ragnar Jonasson was a fabulous read. I think it's the book I've enjoyed the most this year. I understand it is part of a Trilogy that has already been published in Iceland and is gradually being translated into English. I have read Ragnar Jonasson previous series, ( Dark Iceland) - that starts with Snowblind, but this new series makes it appear that Ragnar Jonasson was just cutting his teeth with his previous series.

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik police is being forced into a early retirement. Her boss allows her to chose one last cold case prior to her retirement. Hulda digs through the files and finds one in which a young Russian woman washed up on a remote Icelandic beach. The police investigation was quickly and poorly done, and the death was deemed a suicide . As Hulda begins to investigate, she finds that she has stumbled upon so much more. Hulda's personal story is fascinating. The book is billed as a thriller, but I would tend to call it a page turning mystery. It certainly grabbed me and I could barely put it down. Hulda is a complex character, and is well fleshed out. Initially the story is told from three points of view, but those all mesh together as the story progresses. The ending shocked me and I cannot wait for the next installment , due in 2019.

Highly recommended!

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 04, 2019

Well, that was a little odd and disturbing, particularly the ending. But that being said, I'll try another of his novels sometime soon.

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dubonnet
Nov 14, 2018

Hulda, a competent and very human policewoman, is being forced to retire at age 64, against her wishes. She is given a few days to solve a year old cold case.
She comes up with new information, but an act of kindness towards another suspect lands her in big trouble.
I thought the writing was terrific almost to the end, and I couldn't put it down. However, I found the ending was disturbing, horrifying, and a punch in the gut. His best book...so far!
If you are retiring soon or already retired, you can likely sympathize with Hulda.
Can't wait for the next one!

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maipenrai
Jan 31, 2018

(The first book in the Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir series)

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