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Dunkel (2020, btb)

Taschenbuch, 377 pages

Published Sept. 8, 2020 by btb.


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4 stars (5 reviews)

"Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from Ragnar Jonasson, one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir. The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed. Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and …

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Review of 'Dunkel' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Bei diesem Thriller hatte ich zunächst Probleme, in die Handlung hineinzukommen, die Figuren blieben mir zunächst recht fremd und ich habe sie eher als eindimensional und klischeebeladen empfunden. Das legt sich in der zweiten Hälfte des Buches ein wenig, als die Handlung Fahrt aufnimmt, zumindest, was die Hauptperson angeht.

Ich habe mich gut unterhalten gefühlt, ob ich die Folgebände ebenfalls lesen werde, weiß ich noch nicht so genau. Irgendwie hatte ich mir nach zahlreichen Empfehlungen mehr von dieser Reihe versprochen.

Review of 'The darkness' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Read it in one day, so ya gotta think I kinda liked it.

It must be hard to set a detective series in a place like Iceland, which, Jónasson tells us, only has 1 or 2 murders a year. But the main character in The Darkness is looking over a cold case and she suspects (surprise!) it is something more than just a suicide by drowning. So Hulda investigates, leading her to the shadowy world of the people waiting for asylum in Iceland.

I liked the character, a unique 64 year old female investigator. Hard to tell if she really was as snubbed as she says she was or perhaps was just looking for reasons to explain why she didn't get along with others. Iceland itself is a main character and the descriptions of the place are fascinating.

And there is a very interesting twist at the end, setting up …

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