Island: A Thriller Hardcover – 21 May 2019
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- Publisher : Minotaur Books (21 May 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250193370
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250193377
- Dimensions : 16.21 x 3.02 x 24.49 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 329,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ragnar Jonasson hailed as one of the heirs to the Agatha Christie crown by The Daily Telegraph (UK)."Jonasson is an automatic must-read for me ... possibly the best Scandi writer working today." --Lee Child, internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers One of the author's best plots, layered with that dour Scandinavian atmosphere we love. --New York Times Book Review [Will] snatch you up by surprise and carry you along in unrelenting suspense....If you relish seeing how ordinary people of good heart and intentions can get twisted off the right path, and sink deeper into serious trouble while they wrestle with their consciences, then The Island will satisfy your desire to think, feel, and shudder to its logical and somewhat surprising resolution. --New York Journal of Books Masterly...Jónasson delivers a mind-bending look into human darkness that earns its twists. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Jónasson, who could give lessons on how to sustain a chilly atmosphere, sprinkles just enough hints of ghostly agents to make you wonder if he's going to fall back on a paranormal resolution to the mystery. Don't worry: The solution is both uncanny and all-too-human. --Kirkus Reviews Brilliantly plotted. --Dayton Daily News The Island was short-listed for Crime Novel of the Year Award in Iceland. Read it, and you will see why.
--BookPage (Top Pick for June) Full of atmospheric suspense, this Scandanavian noir novel will send chills down your spine on even the hottest summer day. --Franklin Lifestyle "Dark, chilling and utterly gripping, The Island is Nordic noir at its best, and is destined to become a classic of the genre. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the Hulda series!" --Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of An Unwanted Guest "Ragnar Jonasson writes fire-and-ice novels: white-hot suspense stories set in the magnificent, forbidding terrain of his native Iceland. Few writers at work today conjure atmosphere with such power, or plot their mysteries with such craft. And The Island is his best book yet, an unflinching thriller that braids past and present, good and evil, love and loss. I can't wait for Hulda Hermannsdóttir's next case." --A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window Praise for The Darkness: Jónasson pulls no punches as this grim tale builds to its stunning conclusion, one of the more remarkable in recent crime fiction. Fans of uncompromising plotting will be satisfied. --Publishers Weekly (starred review and book of the week) The Darkness melds an insightful character study with a solid plot for an outstanding novel. --Washington Post A complex, fascinating mix of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jónasson's latest series is another must-read for crime fans who follow the work of Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir. --Booklist (starred review) As an older female detective, Hulda is a refreshing addition to the genre. This intricate and timely work explores the dehumanization of refugees, sexism in the police force, aging, and more without overwhelming the core mystery. VERDICT: This heart-pounding tale will appeal to fans of Camilla Lackberg and those looking for a darker, more modern Agatha Christie-type mystery. --Library Journal If you think you know how frigid Iceland can be, this blistering stand-alone from Jónasson has news for you: It's much, much colder than you've ever imagined. Warmly recommended for hot summer nights. --Kirkus Reviews The Darkness is a bullet train of a novel, at once blazingly contemporary and Agatha-Christie old-fashioned. With prose as pure and crisp as Reykjavik snowcrust, Ragnar Jónasson navigates the treacherous narrative with a veteran's hand. I reached the end with adrenalized anticipation, the final twist hitting me in the face. I dare you not to be shocked. --Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author I'm absolutely LOVING Ragnar Jonasson's The Darkness. In all honesty, I might even be loving this new series more than I loved the launch of Ragnar's Dark Iceland series, Snowblind--and that's saying a lot.... If you love atmospheric, slow-burning yet totally addictive police procedurals, you have to add this book to your TBR. The Darkness is downright fantastic. --Crime by the Book blog I thoroughly enjoyed this author's writing style and emphasis on the atmosphere of the storyline and its characters. He is quite the master of creating such a vivid setting in which you as a reader almost feel like you are transported into the story. I am definitely looking forward to Ragnar's next book in this series! I highly recommend this read to fans of suspense and thrillers... --The Reading Beauty Blog [I] was gripped from the start of this brilliantly told story. And left wide-eyed with shock at the ending --FIONA BARTON, bestselling author of The Widow ... magnificently dark and twisted! That ending - blimey! --C.J. TUDOR, bestselling author of The Chalk Man The Darkness is a true masterpiece of a crime novel, introducing an original protagonist, a plot full of twists and turns and an ending that leaves you gasping for air. --Yrsa Sigurdardottir, bestselling Icelandic crime writer The Darkness is Ragnar Jonasson at the top of his game - deft plotting, a great central character and a story as chilling as the Icelandic winter. I couldn't put it down. --William Ryan, bestselling author of The Holy Thief Just finished The Darkness ... oh WOW! --Helen Callaghan, bestselling author of Dear Amy
About the Author
RAGNAR JONASSON is an internationally number-one bestselling author who has sold more than two million books in thirty-two countries worldwide. He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he also works as an investment banker and teaches copyright law at Reykjavik 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. His critically acclaimed international bestseller The Darkness is soon to be a major TV series.Visit his website at www.ragnarjonasson.com and find him on Twitter @ragnarjo.
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I would recommend all three.
I liked the first book in the new Hidden Iceland series. Here we met 64-year-old detective, Hulda, just before her retirement. She is a dedicated policewoman and her work fills her life. She has no hobbies and few outside interests and is worried about a lonely and impoverished future upon retirement. Despite the misogyny of her workplace, she is relentless in closing a couple of related cases.
The Island is the second book in the Hidden Iceland series and goes back some 15 years in time when Hulda is nearing 50 years of age. Her mother has recently died, and she previously lost her young daughter and husband and is without family, alone in the world. Her father was an American GI stationed in Reykjavik and her mother never talked about him. She goes to the USA in a futile attempt to connect with him. She is stressed about her retirement 15 years in the future and resents how less experienced and dedicated younger men have been promoted to higher positions over her. She feels her competence has never been recognized nor rewarded in this all-male workforce. One is now her ambitious boss who gained the position through deceit and blackmail.
The crime she is investigating doesn’t occur until halfway through the book. Four young adults, ages 29 to 30 years in age, visit a desolate island on the 10th anniversary of a friend’s death. Attending are 2 men and 2 women who had been friends with a girl who had been killed 10 years previously in another remote spot. Her father was charged with her murder and died in prison. Her mother never recovered from the mental anguish, and her brother, now a stockbroker was filled with anger, never believing his father guilty. The brother is now one of the group of 4.
On the morning following their first night on the island the body of one of the two women attending is found at the bottom of a steep cliff. As only 3 individuals remain on the island they all become suspects. It is up to Hulda to determine if the young woman’s death was an accident, suicide or murder. As she interviews them she realizes that they are not telling everything which occurred the previous night, and that have long kept secrets.
I found the characters not well developed, and the names of the two dead women were so similar that it was confusing. One would understand Hulda’s gruff but withdrawn lifestyle and her effectiveness as an interviewer but found it difficult to elicit much empathy. I did come to admire her work ethic.
There were great descriptions of the remote, bleak landscapes, fjords, hot springs, volcanic fields, jutting cliffs facing the sea, puffins and other birds, treeless fields, volcanic soil. I often paused in reading to google photos of the places mentioned.
I regret that I did not find this as interesting as previous mysteries by Ragnar Jonasson, but will still read the 3rd book in the Hidden Iceland series.