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Genre: Crime, thriller

Stars: 4

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US


The Blurb:

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.


My Review:

Dark and chilling does not even begin to describe this Nordic thriller…

If you haven’t read any of this series before (errr – why not?), then all you need to know is that Christmas is coming, there’s a dead body that could have been a suicide (or not) that needs investigating, there’s some history uncovered at the same location, and there’s a lot more intrigue to come…

Twisty, atmospheric, and cooooooooold, this is dark but oh-so-beautiful writing (and translating). There is a wonderful complexity to this book that added to the tension and suspense. Slower than some of my recent reads, but the pacing worked. One to read by the fire, as I found myself chilled just turning the pages. Recommended!

*Thank you to the publisher for my free review copy.