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Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson
About The Book
A blizzard is approaching Siglufjörður, and that can only mean one thing…
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.
Snow can be beautiful but it can be scary too; in the countries where snow is like a miracle you can never think of it as something dangerous and chilling, but for the countries where you can be isolated for weeks/months after a blizzard, they really know that the beautiful snowflakes can be dangerous weapons.
Keep in mind that this is a crime book based in Iceland, a blizzard is approaching Siglufjörður and it can be tricky to uncover a killer or to move around the places to investigate a crime; it can isolate anyone within just a few hours… so be prepared for an atmospheric read, claustrophobic and addictive.
It’s always easy to get inside one of Ragnar Jonasson stories; the cases are never easy to discern, fully layered and twisted, they are perfect to pass the hours without noticing how time flies, you simply enjoy a good read.
This book will not be an exception, even if this is the 6th book (and last one) of the Dark Iceland series, you’ll feel totally connected with the characters and intrigued by the plot. A mystery girl who died and is not clear if she committed suicide or was killed. No one around him wants to talk; neither friends or family… Since the beginning the situation feels weird, so, what are they hiding? Who could want her dead? Why?
I’ve been following this series from the beginning, so I would highly recommend you to start from the first book, but this is a personal choice, you can read it as standalone if you prefer.
This is a sad book; about love and lies, slow paced but full of tension and is the best way to say goodbye to Ari Thór. We will miss him!
Ready for the “Winterkill”?
About The Author
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.
The Darkness is the first novel in his Hidden Iceland series, to be followed by The Island and The Mist.