#BlogTour #Review ~ White Out by Ragnar Jónasson @ragnarjo @OrendaBooks @annecater

Author : Ragnar Jónasson
Title : Whiteout
Series : Dark Iceland #5
Pages : 276
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : November 1, 2017

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.

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About the Author

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 18 countries and for TV.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer. 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.

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My Review

The thing I like most about Ragnar’s books is the utter absorption into the chilling atmospheric world he lures you into. Always great for a dark, suspenseful novel. 

I will say if you haven’t read any in this series be prepared to put your concentration cap on, they are not the easiest of stories to get into purely because of the names of people/places. Once you accept in your mind what all of them mean it does fall into place, maybe my poor ability to retain knowledge at the moment due to illness possibly skewed my opinion but overall I knew being an Orenda book in this style I would grow to love it.

Allow yourself time to enjoy the slow build case, yet again another fascinating glimpse into Nordic crime fiction. It is purely coincidence that this book is set just prior to Christmas it certainly wasn’t my intention to read ‘another’ festive book. Nothing sweet about this story as death is investigated, is it suicide or more sinister? Nice to see Ari Thór and Tómas back as the investigative duo.

Check out the others in the series before embarking on Whiteout for full understanding and enjoyment.

Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

 

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