Published in the US on January 31, 2017
Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors–accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik–with a past that he’s unable to leave behind.
When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness–blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose. Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent.
I first saw this book from Abby’s Crime by the Book Instagram account & tried to get my hands on it about a year ago & I couldn’t find it, so I moved on. This book is categorized as Nordic Noir & I believe Abby is a resident expert on the subject. I kept thinking about Snowblind & thankfully it was released in the US this year.
The first thing I was Really Into with this book is Ragnar’s ability to make me feel cold & that I’m in Iceland experiencing this story firsthand. It was incredibly easy to get lost in the town of Siglufjörður. Think of it like a dark & gritty Stars Hollow with a cast of characters with intertwined relationships & secrets. Another think I’m Really Into is that this is book is first in a series of 5 books, known as The Dark Iceland Series. There is also a prequel of sorts focusing on the main character, Ari Thor.
This story reads very well & it has a slow simmer rather than a rapid boil. Ragnar take readers through the story using the outsider, Ari, so we are able to learn about this isolated Icelandic village along with the new detective. If you’re Really Into crime, thrillers, police procedurals or mystery novels, then this is for you.
One more thing I’m Really Into is that this series is being developed by the British production company, On the Corner. Now, I had to use this link on my phone, but it’s a clip of an interview with the producer (in English) about their goals for the series. More to come on this!
I feel like I’ve fallen in an Icelandic rabbit hole & I might never leave.
Special thanks to Ragnar Jónasson, St. Martin’s Press & Netgalley for providing my copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.