Published: 1st November 2017
Final book in the Dark Iceland series, sequel to Snowblind, Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture. Ari Thór returns!
Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop?
With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and its secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place.
Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.
Many thanks to Orenda Books for having me on the blog tour and providing me with my copy of the book for this review.
Ari Thór Arason is back in the final instalment of the Dark Iceland series – whilst I’m pleased that there is another story to read, I’m very disappointed to be saying goodbye!
In Whiteout, Ari Thór is reunited with Tómas to investigate the death of a young woman in a remote area of Iceland just before Christmas. Ari Thór is preparing for Christmas with his girlfriend Kristin who is 8 months pregnant with their first child when he receives a call out of the blue from his old boss Tómas asking for his assistance. Given the time of year and the impending birth of his child, Ari Thór agrees to help as long as Kristin can join them….so off they all head to Kalfshamarsvik to commence their investigation into the death of Asta.
Whiteout is broken down into distinct parts and what I particularly enjoyed was learning about Asta from her own perspective, for the first few chapters we are privy to Asta’s thoughts and feelings about being back in the place where her mother and sister died when she was a young girl. We are also introduced to the main characters through Asta’s interactions with them. We are only then in the company of Ari Thór and Tómas once Asta has died.
As is synonymous with Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series, this is a gentle investigation to begin with. Please don’t misunderstand me, by gentle I do not mean in anyway boring! Jónasson has a wonderful writing style that slowly draws you in bit by bit until you are completely immersed into the investigation – then, only when he is ready, do the strands start to unravel and the pace ramp up creating bags of tension to find out the reality of the circumstances, a classic whodunnit Icelandic style – just fantastic!!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series; I’m so pleased that this final instalment reunites Ari Thór and Tómas as I really like their dynamic and how they work together – it’s like they have never been apart! I look forward to where Jónasson’s writing takes us next!
If you’ve not read any of this series then you must – I highly recommend all of the books!
Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 15 countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as 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 set up its first overseas chapter in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.