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  • Snjóblinda
  • Ragnar Jónasson
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  • 15 September 2017
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  1. says:

    ”She lay in the middle of the garden like a snow angelFrom a distance she appeared peacefulHer arms splayed from her sides She wore a faded pair of jeans and was naked from the waist up her long hair around her like a coronet in the snow; snow that shouldn’t be that shade of redA pool of blood had formed around herHer skin seemed to be paling alarmingly fast taking on the colour of marble as if in response to the striking crimson that surrounded herHer lips were blue Her shallow breath came fastShe seemed to be looking up into the dark heavensThen her eyes snapped shut” One of the intriguing exchanges in a movie full of great lines is the interaction between Griffin Mills played by Tim Robbins and June Gudmundsdottir played by Greta Scacchi in one of my favorite movies The Player”’It's very green actually’‘Really?’‘I thought that was Greenland’ ‘No Greenland's very icy Iceland's very green They switched names to fool the Vikings who tried to steal their women’” I’m always perking up my ears about anything regarding Iceland There is something so compelling about an island with so much snow and so much volcanic heat beneath The first Icelandic author I found was Arnaldur Indriðason and have enjoyed his books immensely Where Indriðason is gritty and hardboiled Ragnar Jonasson is definitely in the classic British mystery vein that Dame Agatha Christie dominated for most of her career Jonasson has translated 14 Christie books into Icelandic and he was certainly doing than just translating He was learning the craft Ari Thor uit his studies in theology and philosophy to take up the study of law enforcement An odd move that was baffling to most of his friends He has a girlfriend named Kristin who is studying to become a doctor She has just moved into his flat in Reykjavik when he gets an offer of a job in Siglufjordur which is clear on the opposite side of the island in the northern part of the country A town that freuently becomes snowed in for the winter He takes the job without talking to his pretty committed soon to be a doctor making lots of money girlfriend It seems hasty as if he really does want to escape to some remote area to get away from Siglufjordur IcelandSiglufjordur is like most small towns all over the world He will never be accepted as one of them The best he can hope for is that they learn to like him and tolerate him It snows so much that it becomes oppressive He can’t stop thinking about the snow even when he is sleeping He needs reassurance from Kristin even but she has become distant and evasive as the pressure of her classes takes and of her time Ari is not happy but really there is no one to blame but himself And then the national treasure of Iceland Hrolfur Kristjansson the writer of the masterpiece North of the Hills falls down a flight of stairs and dies He was old He had been drinking He was agitated by an argument with one of his friends A tragic accident for sure Well maybe Then a young woman is brutally attacked and left in the snow to die Suddenly this small community has become very interesting Ari sifts through the convoluted truths and in the process learns about all the people surrounding the events than he really wants to know The victims prove the most intriguing of all What really happened to that woman and why? And who really is Hrolfur? As the layers are peeled back the new information creates uestions than answers Now Ari is no Hercule Poirot The little gray cells are not fully developed Nor is he a Miss Marple but he makes up for his lack of experience with determination and a tenacious desire to learn the truth no matter how many broken threads of inuiry he encounters along the way To make things complicated for him he is starting to have feelings for a girl there in Siglufjordur named Ugla My brain instantly translates that to Ugly but she is far from that Not only is she pretty but she is also hyper intelligent and most importantly of all she is there As a final nod to Christie Ari brings all the suspects together at the end of the novel for the grand reveal I enjoyed the small town in the North of Iceland It seems like the perfect place to get a lot of reading done The weather keeps people buttoned up and the freuent avalanches seal off the town from the rest of the world Nature imposed isolation is sometimes the only way for people to find any peace any I’m rating the book 35 stars but I’ll give Jonasson a bump to 4 instead of rounding down to 3 Call it half a star on account I’m looking forward to reading his next foray because I really want to see this earnest young man grow into the detective I know he can be If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. says:

    Oh boy I officially have a major book boyfriend crush on Ari Thor along with a large gaggle of other women no doubt What started out as a slow burning noir suddenly turned into a twisty fast paced mystery around the half way point This is technically listed as book #2 in the Dark Iceland series but for those of us who are reading in english rather than icelandic this is our beginning The first third of the book does a nice job setting up our story; we get a good amount of the current state of affairs in our lead character’s life while also getting a bit of his history We’re given just enough to keep us hooked on Ari Thor but left wanting that will hopefully be revealed in further booksAgain I think we all became a little obsessed with Ari Thor from the beginning He’s so down to earth and cute in that clueless young man way I did feel the pacing was a bit steady until we are introduced to the crimes described in the summary but uickly picked up after that What I had assumed would be a cozy murder mystery soon turned into so much I wasn’t expecting the major twists and I think that is what catapulted this into such a great read I love how the book is structured; we have chapters alternating from present time to a crime that has or will happen at some point and as the reader we are left in the dark until that beautiful moment with Ragnar brings all the pieces together and connects every detail to a perfect T I cannot express enough how fantastic it felt to be blown away by so many twists in a single book; as a reader of many mysteries and suspenseful thrillers it’s getting harder to find stories that feel uniue and fresh I can see this being considered a classic police procedural that is talked about for many years to comeOverall this was a well written crime novel that is eual parts thorough mystery and breathtaking suspense The fact that this book is such a compelling character driven read only adds to the appeal and the setting itself is like another main character adding massive amounts of intrigue and darkness This book has only fueled my desire to visit Iceland and I’m sure the remainder of the series will increase this passion as well If you are a fan of nordic noir that is an excellent example of the crime fiction genre look no further This series needs to go on your must read list for 2017 While I received my arc from Minotaur Books thank you so much I have to also thank Karen Sullivan over at Orenda for putting this one on my radar and also offering to send me a few others in the series to keep me appetite satiated; without her I’d be missing out on so many fantastic books that I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on otherwise


  3. says:

    It is so incredibly cold here near zero or below for several days The perfect time to settle in with this story Although here we are without snow When newly commissioned police officer Ari Thor grabs the job in Siglufjorour the only offer on the table his live in girlfriend refuses to leave Reykjavik He sets out alone hoping to maintain a long distance relationship until she changes her mindHe arrives in the small town a town enclosed by mountains people who all know each other finds himself very much and outsider At first it looks like this will be nothing than a community service posting but this will change when an elderly somewhat famous past author is found dead at the foot of the stairs at the drama society This is a very slow paced atmospheric story but we get to really know the characters the flavor of the town Feel the claustrophobia of the cold the snow see into others lives their secrets and fearsNot a thrill ride but a slow unraveling that keeps pave with the unraveling weather Once I got used to the slower pace I settled in nicely with this well written novel enjoyed the multifaceted characters and was constantly surprised by the revelations A good solid read ARC from Netgalley


  4. says:

    An incredible mix of Scandi noir and classic detective fictionThe young policeman Ari Thor is a wonderful creation intelligent earnest impulsive unsure self reflective troubled So human in his thinking and behaviour Jonasson's decision to make Ari Thor a newbie both as a detective and member of the town gives the character a fresh perspective uite unlike most of the main protagonists in contemporary crime fiction He is in charge of nothing and is freuently overruled in his opinions by the experienced Thomas not always to good effect His role as 'outsider' is both an asset and a curse; his lack of knowledge about the inhabitants of Siglufjordur allows him to see them clearly without the lens of past experience yet that same status accords him less authority further exacerbated by being newly ualified and youthful He makes mistakes His idealism is frustrated He must come to understand that they are not always happy ever afters Ari Thor is just one example of the exemplary characterisation employed by Jonasson Each and every one of the people the author reveals to the reader is fully realised their backstories utilised to provide a basis for the choices they are making in the present day They become than caricatures of 'the cheating partner' or 'the man with a troubled past' to people with messy lives real motivations and flaws each living their own private internal lives within the small town atmosphere of Siglufjordur They show the truth in the idea that you never really know the people around you that we all hold secrets Of course the depth given to each individual also makes it harder to guess whodunnitThe weather plays one of the most significant character roles in the novel The storm of snow and cold underlies every scene of the book either hovering in the background or repeatedly forming part of the character and reader experience Alongside the remote setting of the town it deepens the sense of isolation from the rest of society The town and the people in it are apart by accident or by design It is no wonder that the avalanche that blocks the only road back to 'elsewhere' only increases the sense of claustrophobia in Ari Thor unsettling even the long termers when things in the town seem to be taking a sinsister turn The close knit community undergoes a transformation when it is trapped together and when someone within their ranks could well be a killer All in all I loved it and am very much looking forward to the next in the series Nightblind Thankfully I have very little time to wait Anything else on my TBR will be shoved aside for this it's a perfect winter read The howling wind outside the wintery storm within the pages and a nice cup of tea to finish it all off Heaven


  5. says:

    I enjoyed this mystery very much I read it in 2 days and I usually don't read that fast unless its really engaging The atmosphere of northern Iceland the cold the darkness the continuous snow is recreated completely and you feel the main character's claustrophobia and isolation so strongly that I wish I could give it 4 stars but the writing is a bit like Hemingway's short choppy sentences but unlike in Hemingway there is not any depth revealed We never really get inside the young policeman's head except in the most simplistic manner he misses his fiance and is confused about a crush he develops on a girl from the town He is also supposedly deeply touched and molded by the loss of his parents when he was a teenager but this too is not filled in by the author How has this made him who he is? Maybe it will be revealed in the next book in the series


  6. says:

    Genre MysteryPace Relaxed to slowThe first 70% of this story was so relaxed and slow that I kept falling asleep less than an hour into reading this story each time I also lost count after ten of how many POVs there were I didn't mind the relaxed pace of the story but some areas felt too draggy and that's probably why this story acted like a sleep aid as opposed to a thrilling crime novel The upside? There wasn't a million flashback scenes and the story was told from the beginning none of that fancy stuff where the story starts from the middle or end and works itself back towards the beginning ▣ Overall an okay read but it's the final 30% of this story that had me on high alert and was the most enjoyable


  7. says:

    Snowblind is one of the most beautifully written crime novels I have ever come across – the depth of character the truly gorgeous descriptive prose that puts you right on the spot – despite the claustrophobic uality of the world that Ari finds himself in I fell utterly in love with Iceland simply through the words on the pageStory is everything though really no matter the book you are reading – and Ragnar Jonasson has written one hell of a story – dark unrelenting in places magically constructed to ramp up the tension all the while keeping it completely character driven and authenticI adored Ari as a character He is so beautifully normal yet full of depth depicted in a way that just keeps you with him all the way I loved how he was dropped into this small tightly knit community leaving his girlfriend behind that relationship was very compelling and slowly realised how isolated it and he could be The author gives a perfect sense of a place where everyone knows everyone else and yet somehow secrets are still buried just beneath the surface it was endlessly fascinating I think I would have been fascinated even without the crime elementThe mystery is the icing on the cake really – and I don’t want to give anything away but it is truly compelling very unexpected at times and cleverly doneOverall this was a marvel of a read I adored it with the true passion of a reader – it has everything you could possibly want if you want to be engaged slightly haunted completely entertained and I really cannot recommend it highly enough 5 big shiny stars and some puppies for this one Heavenly writing stonking good story and characters that will stay with you long after putting it aside


  8. says:

    Here is a scandi nordic crime series worth reading Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson is the first novel in his Dark Iceland series The setting is fantastic The novel takes place in Northern Iceland in an old fishing village that only has one mountain pass to get into During the winter avalanches happen on a regular basis and nobody can get in or out of the town causing panic for some of it’s inhabitants mostly those newly arrived What’s really interesting is that everyone lives in complete darkness 24 hours of the day due to the mountains hiding the sun until summer approaches and then the scene is heavenlyAri Thor newly graduated from police academy takes a job on a whim in this isolated village after the retirement of one of their officers Jónasson really digs in giving us a terrific background for Ari Thor both past and present Snowblind starts out slow but builds up pace as the book progresses and then it explodes For a supposed town where nothing happens Ari Thor uncovers a recent murder as well as one that happened years ago Lots of interesting twistsIf you are on the lookout for a new crime series Dark Iceland won’t disappoint It’s a fast read that I finished in 2 daysThanks to Miriam for recommending the series after reading #54 out of 5 stars


  9. says:

    This book is the author's first to be translated into English It was interesting although mostly plodding along slowly Much was made of the darkness the snowy weather and claustrophobia created by the surrounding mountains but I didn't really feel it I looked up Siglufjördur Iceland on Apple Maps and it is a very isolated small village near the Arctic Circle That helped the atmosphere of the book The crimes can be found in any old crime novel but how they are handled in this book are kind of lackadaisical It's mostly the rookie cop doing the investigating and putting all the pieces together both current and from the past A second book Nightblind is due this summer and I will eventually read it


  10. says:

    I will preface this by saying that I adore NordicScandinavian mysteries I like that they are slow methodical exacting and every single detail is important I love that when I'm finished reading them I have learned something that I didn't know before either about the location the people an ethnicity something They aren't just another I killed a woman with a gun I'm a sick bastard bookThat said this is the American debut of the international bestselling author Ragnar Jonasson's mystery I've waited forever to read it and it did not disappoint It started out slowly as we learned who everyone was and the ending could have been wrapped up uickly but from what I understand his books only get better from here It was great to read a real police procedural once again


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Snjóblinda

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Hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge as curtains begin to twitch and his investigation becomes increasingly complex chilling and personal Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness – blinded by snow and with a killer on the loos. Snowblind is one of the most beautifully written crime novels I have ever come across – the depth of character the truly gorgeous descriptive prose that puts you right on the spot – despite the claustrophobic uality of the world that Ari finds himself in I fell utterly in love with Iceland simply through the words on the pageStory is everything though really no matter the book you are reading – and Ragnar Jonasson has written one hell of a story – dark unrelenting in places magically constructed to ramp up the tension all the while keeping it completely character driven and authenticI adored Ari as a character He is so beautifully normal yet full of depth depicted in a way that just keeps you with him all the way I loved how he was dropped into this small tightly knit community leaving his girlfriend behind that relationship was very compelling and slowly realised how isolated it and he could be The author gives a perfect sense of a place where everyone knows everyone else and yet somehow secrets are still buried just beneath the surface it was endlessly fascinating I think I would have been fascinated even without the crime elementThe mystery is the icing on the cake really – and I don’t want to give anything away but it is truly compelling very unexpected at times and cleverly doneOverall this was a marvel of a read I adored it with the true passion of a reader – it has everything you could possibly want if you want to be engaged slightly haunted completely entertained and I really cannot recommend it highly enough 5 big shiny stars and some puppies for this one Heavenly writing stonking good story and characters that will stay with you long after putting it aside

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Siglufjörður an idyllically uiet fishing village in Northern Iceland where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel Ari Thór Arason a rookie policeman on his first posting far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind When a young woman is found l. ”She lay in the middle of the garden like a snow angelFrom a distance she appeared peacefulHer arms splayed from her sides She wore a faded pair of jeans and was naked from the waist up her long hair around her like a coronet in the snow; snow that shouldn’t be that shade of redA pool of blood had formed around herHer skin seemed to be paling alarmingly fast taking on the colour of marble as if in response to the striking crimson that surrounded herHer lips were blue Her shallow breath came fastShe seemed to be looking up into the dark heavensThen her eyes snapped shut” One of the intriguing exchanges in a movie full of great lines is the interaction between Griffin Mills played by Tim Robbins and June Gudmundsdottir played by Greta Scacchi in one of my favorite movies The Player”’It's very green actually’‘Really’‘I thought that was Greenland’ ‘No Greenland's very icy Iceland's very green They switched names to fool the Vikings who tried to steal their women’” I’m always perking up my ears about anything regarding Iceland There is something so compelling about an island with so much snow and so much volcanic heat beneath The first Icelandic author I found was Arnaldur Indriðason and have enjoyed his books immensely Where Indriðason is gritty and hardboiled Ragnar Jonasson is definitely in the classic British mystery vein that Dame Agatha Christie dominated for most of her career Jonasson has translated 14 Christie books into Icelandic and he was certainly doing than just translating He was learning the craft Ari Thor uit his studies in theology and philosophy to take up the study of law enforcement An odd move that was baffling to most of his friends He has a girlfriend named Kristin who is studying to become a doctor She has just moved into his flat in Reykjavik when he gets an offer of a job in Siglufjordur which is clear on the opposite side of the island in the northern part of the country A town that freuently becomes snowed in for the winter He takes the job without talking to his pretty committed soon to be a doctor making lots of money girlfriend It seems hasty as if he really does want to escape to some remote area to get away from Siglufjordur IcelandSiglufjordur is like most small towns all over the world He will never be accepted as one of them The best he can hope for is that they learn to like him and tolerate him It snows so much that it becomes oppressive He can’t stop thinking about the snow even when he is sleeping He needs reassurance from Kristin even but she has become distant and evasive as the pressure of her classes takes and of her time Ari is not happy but really there is no one to blame but himself And then the national treasure of Iceland Hrolfur Kristjansson the writer of the masterpiece North of the Hills falls down a flight of stairs and dies He was old He had been drinking He was agitated by an argument with one of his friends A tragic accident for sure Well maybe Then a young woman is brutally attacked and left in the snow to die Suddenly this small community has become very interesting Ari sifts through the convoluted truths and in the process learns about all the people surrounding the events than he really wants to know The victims prove the most intriguing of all What really happened to that woman and why And who really is Hrolfur As the layers are peeled back the new information creates uestions than answers Now Ari is no Hercule Poirot The little gray cells are not fully developed Nor is he a Miss Marple but he makes up for his lack of experience with determination and a tenacious desire to learn the truth no matter how many broken threads of inuiry he encounters along the way To make things complicated for him he is starting to have feelings for a girl there in Siglufjordur named Ugla My brain instantly translates that to Ugly but she is far from that Not only is she pretty but she is also hyper intelligent and most importantly of all she is there As a final nod to Christie Ari brings all the suspects together at the end of the novel for the grand reveal I enjoyed the small town in the North of Iceland It seems like the perfect place to get a lot of reading done The weather keeps people buttoned up and the freuent avalanches seal off the town from the rest of the world Nature imposed isolation is sometimes the only way for people to find any peace any I’m rating the book 35 stars but I’ll give Jonasson a bump to 4 instead of rounding down to 3 Call it half a star on account I’m looking forward to reading his next foray because I really want to see this earnest young man grow into the detective I know he can be If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

Summary Snjóblinda

Ying half naked in the snow bleeding and unconscious and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one and secrets and lies are a way of life An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass and the 24. I enjoyed this mystery very much I read it in 2 days and I usually don't read that fast unless its really engaging The atmosphere of northern Iceland the cold the darkness the continuous snow is recreated completely and you feel the main character's claustrophobia and isolation so strongly that I wish I could give it 4 stars but the writing is a bit like Hemingway's short choppy sentences but unlike in Hemingway there is not any depth revealed We never really get inside the young policeman's head except in the most simplistic manner he misses his fiance and is confused about a crush he develops on a girl from the town He is also supposedly deeply touched and molded by the loss of his parents when he was a teenager but this too is not filled in by the author How has this made him who he is Maybe it will be revealed in the next book in the series


About the Author: Ragnar Jónasson

Ragnar Jonasson is author of the award winning and international bestselling Dark Iceland seriesHis debut Snowblind first in the Dark Iceland series went to number one in the Kindle charts shortly after publication The book was also a no 1 Kindle bestseller in Australia Snowblind has been a paperback bestseller in France Nightblind won the Dead Good Reader Award 2016 for Most