Book Review: The Island by Ragnar Jonasson @MinotaurBooks @StMartinsPress @ragnarjo #TheIsland #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf


PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 21st, 2019


Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a paperback copy of this book to read and share my review.



Elliðaey is an isolated island off the coast of Iceland. It is has a beautiful, unforgiving terrain and is an easy place to vanish.

The Island is the second thrilling book in Ragnar Jonasson’s Hidden Iceland trilogy. This time Hulda is at the peak of her career and is sent to investigate what happened on Elliðaey after a group of friends visited but one failed to return.

Could this have links to the disappearance of a couple ten years previously out on the Westfjords? Is there a killer stalking these barren outposts?



This is the 2nd novel in the Hidden Iceland trilogy. I have previously read Jonasson’s first novel in the series titled The Darkness and absolutely love it! 

I love the main character, Detective Hulda Hermannsdottir. She is a badass detective and knows how to get what she wants. It is nice to read a novel with such a strong female lead character and this book does just that. It is interesting to read about Hulda and you learn so much about her personal growth as a detective and I loved her character development as you read through the books.

I enjoyed getting pieces of Hulda’s life in this novel, as we learn little tidbits of what her life was like, her experiences, her losses and her struggles. It was definitely interesting to learn more about her as a person, and I quite enjoyed this aspect of the book.

This trilogy is written in reverse order. The first novel is written near the end of her career before she retires and this novel is set in the middle of her career. If you love a good police type novel with a twist of darkness then this series is definitely for you. You will not be disappointed.

I look forward to reading the next novel in the series and reading more about Hulda and learning more about her complex and intriguing character. 


MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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