Today I’m thrilled to be a part of the Blog Tour for Ragnar Jónasson’s latest novel, “Whiteout”, which was released last month.
About the book:
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 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 the 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.
*Thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour, and Karen Sullivan from Orenda Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*
I would like to start by saying it’s been a pleasure to read my first Christmassy themed book at the beginning of December! The book is set two days before Christmas, snow is falling and there is a lot of talk of Iceland Christmas traditions, which I loved!
The first part of the storyline involves Asta Karadottir returning to her childhood home after many years away. She was sent away by her father after both her mother and sister took their lives on the rocks near a lighthouse. She returns to stay with old family friends, and within days is found dead in the same spot. The second part is the investigation – was it a coincidence or is something more sinister happening?
Ari Thór Arason is called by his old boss to help investigate, as there are no local detectives, and with it being so close to Christmas, not many people are willing to go to the middle of nowhere!
Whilst it is not the first book with Ari Thór, it is one that can most definitely be read as a standalone. I have not yet read his other cases, but am now looking forward to them.
This is written in very much a “golden age” style of novel – there is no gore and with only a handful of potential killers, it is like a locked room mystery. I felt the plot moved at a good pace, and it was a page turner, although I’m not sure I would call it a thriller as such. It’s kind of difficult to explain, but it felt more like a quiet, thoughtful crime novel – more like an Agatha Christie than what you normally get from the Nordic genre!
I very much enjoyed it and gave it 4*.
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.