Welcome to my stop on the Rupture blog tour!
I”m thrilled to be sharing my review as part of this tour, Wendy from Little Bookness Lane is also hosting today so please make sure you stop by her blog too 🙂
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
Firstly I need to share some love for that cover – it is fabulous and so representative of both the story line and the setting. That red roof on the house on the edge of that tranquil but remote fjord is just brilliant.
Rupture is Jónasson’s 4th novel to be seamlessly translated (by Quentin Bates) into English following Snowblind, Nightblind and Blackout – although the books have not been translated in chronological order. Rupture is my favourite one of the series yet as I loved both the intriguing investigations and the relationship between the characters.
Siglufjörður is under quarantine following the mysterious death of a visitor to the town and no one is leaving their houses for fear of catching the mystery illness and being its next victim. As such, there isn’t much for Ari Thór and Tomas to do policing wise other than cover the shifts at the station so Ari Thór starts looking into the death of a woman in Hedinsfjörður back in the 1950’s. At the time it was documented as an accidental poisoning but there are suspicions as to whether it was suicide, or something more sinister.
It is great to see that Ísrún is back, I really like her character and her relationship with Ari Thór. This time she is helping Ari Thór get information regarding a photo which shows a mystery visitor in Hedinsfjörður by using her journalism to get it out to a wider audience. As is now synonymous with Jónasson’s writing, there is also a second story line running in parallel set during the present day, Ísrún gets deeply involved when a child goes missing in broad daylight and is desperate for the scoop. Once again, these 2 story lines are seamlessly woven together in an extremely tight plot, using the wonderful backdrop of Iceland. Iceland is as much of a character as the people themselves, I love the descriptions of the landscape and after each book I want to visit Iceland more and more!
Another wonderful example of Icelandic noir from Jónasson which is brilliantly atmospheric and claustrophobic – a series that I love and recommend to anyone who will listen!
About Ragnar Jónasson
Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia. Snowblind was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK. Books in the Dark Iceland series have been published in the UK, Germany, Poland and Iceland, and rights have also been sold to the USA, France and Italy.
Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.