Book Review: The Darkness (Hidden Iceland #1) by Ragnar Jónasson

PUBLISHER: St Martins Press, Minotaur

PUBLISHED: October 16th, 2018

Thank you to St Martins Press and Minotaur for sending me a free ARC copy of this book to read and share my review with my followers.

This was the first book I have read by Ragnar Jónasson and I was not disappointed. I will definitely be looking for his other novels. I loved his style of writing and the way he pulls you into the storyline in the first first page.

The Darkness takes place in Iceland, and follows the work of Police Detective Hulda Hermannsdottir. She is being forced into an early retirement and being replaced by a young man in a few shorts weeks. Hulda is told if she likes she can read up on some old cold cases that were never solved. Hulda decides to do this and goes further by investigating an old case that was never quite solved.

The case she takes on is of a young woman that was found dead on a beach in Iceland. She was an asylum-seeker from Russia and came to Iceland looking for safety. The cold case determines that this young Russian woman died of a suicide but Hulda isn’t convinced this is necessarily true and decides to delve further into this on her own in her last days before her impending retirement.

What she finds shocks her. Many questions arise to the death of this young Russian woman that makes Hulda believe it most certainly wasn’t suicide… maybe a murder? Maybe an accident? Hulda is determined to find out the truth, even if she has to put her own life in danger to do so.

The Darkness was so cleverly written that I breezed through the book in no time. Before I knew it I was at the end of the book and I was left wanting to read more, especially after such a gripping ending! Wow. A great book from beginning to end, with lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.

I really enjoyed reading about the different characters in the book. We are introduced to a lot of characters both in the past and in the present. We get a glimpse into what Hulda’s life was like early on as a young child and read about what her upbringing was like and her family life that makes her into the person she is today.

We also get to learn about her family life as an adult, with her marriage and what that was like. Hulda is certainly an interesting and likeable character. She is determined, works hard and plays hard, and is quite good at her job as a police detective.

Overall I really quite enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! I will definitely be on the lookout for past and future titles by Ragnar Jónasson. All the stars for this cleverly written novel.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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