• Publication date: 15 Mar 2018

• Publisher: Penguin

• Language: English

With huge thanks to the publisher and author for my NetGalley copy of this book.

Praise for The Darkness

Magnificently dark and twisted! That ending – blimey! (C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man)

A sympathetic yet entirely unsentimental portrait of a flawed but decent detective seeking justice for a murdered Russian asylum seeker (Sunday Times Crime Club)

It will get your pulse racing and keep you hooked to the last page

(Simon Kernick of The Bone Field series)

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 Sunday Times bestselling author of Orphan X)

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)

The Darkness is Ragnar Jónasson 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 author of The Holy Thief)

Page-turning stuff with an unexpected ending! (James Swallow)

Another masterpiece from the King of Icelandic Noir (Thomas Enger bestselling author of the Henning Juul series)

Unbearably sinister (Helen Callaghan, bestselling author of Dear Amy)

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 Sigurðardóttir author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series)

The Darkness: Hidden Iceland Series, Book One

Wow! I really enjoyed this book. The master of Icelandic Noir Ragnar Jónasson writes another stunning crime fiction read.

This time with more than a nod to the issue of age diversity, his heroine, the protagonist Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police, is in her sixties and at retirement age.

With less than a week to go before retirement Hulda is told that she can retire then and there, no need to complete her final week by her superior officer, largely because he has a younger replacement lined up and is anxious to move on. He didn’t count on Hulda’s dedication to the job and the lack of any family life or reason why she would jump at the chance to retire a week early. Hulda is given a choice, to work on a cold case of her choice or pack up her stuff and finish there and then. Hulda chooses the cold case of a young Russian immigrant who had been found dead in mysterious circumstances and uses her years of experience and still very active investigative skills to work on the case.

It must be difficult enough for a male author to write a book with a female protagonist but the author Ragnar Jónasson has taken this to a new level by writing a series about a female detective of this age.

Obviously, as a woman of a certain age (cough) I’m delighted!

This one has the feel of a classic whodunnit, slowly unravelling the story with little tantalising snippets into Hulda’s past, giving us a choice of suspects and keeping us all gripped until the final denouement.

Atmospheric, dripping with tension and Icelandic chill, I read this book in one sitting.

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish and that ending! My lips are firmly sealed but I really can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

About The author

Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer and teaches copyright law at Reykjavík University. He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and he has, from the age of seventeen onwards, translated fourteen of Agatha Christie’s novels. He is an international number one bestselling author.

The Darkness is the first novel in his Hidden Iceland series, to be followed by The Island and The Mist.

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