Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Translator: Quentin Bates
Genre: Crime, Suspense, Mystery
Date of Publication: 20th April 2015
Publisher: Orenda Books
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 theatre, 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. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. 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.
If you want to read a serene yet a spine-chilling novel, then this novel is for you. The most significant part of the novel is not the plot or the characters but the atmosphere around which the story is woven. The cut-off and snowed-in village not only depicts the weather of the place but also the thoughts and feelings of the people living there. Every character has something stored deep within their hearts. And most of them also have some reason to hurt someone else. The whole novel had a feeling of entrapment, a feeling of being stuck in a coffin alive. The novel is claustrophobic and chilling yet it is as beautiful as a sunrise. Another major plus point of this novel is the strong Agatha Christie vibes. So if you are a Christie fan you might enjoy this novel too.
The only point I didn’t like about the novel was that though there was an undercurrent tension going on, it didn’t feel like something bad is going to happen again.
Snowblind is the first book of the Dark Iceland series, so I am looking forward to continuing reading the other books in the series.
Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson gets a 4 out 5 stars from me.