Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet 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 lying 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-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 loose. Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent, taking Nordic Noir to soaring new heights. ‘Is King Arnaldur looking to his laurels? There is a young pretender beavering away, his eye on the crown: Ragnar Jónasson’ Barry Forshaw
I have to start by saying a massive thank you to Kate at Bibliophile Book Club for raving on about this authors books and making me take a chance on it.
Even though I have heard quite a lot of good things about this novel I was very dubious to try it for myself as I have to admit to not being a fan of novels that have been translated as find they don’t always tend to flow very well. I had nothing to worry about though with this book as it flowed wonderfully.
The story itself is wonderfully atmospheric and beautifully written. The description of the small Icelandic village that Ari Thor ends up finding himself was very much brought to life by the author.
The whole storyline felt a bit like something out of Midsummer Murders apart from it being set in a small idyllic village in Iceland. It didn’t have the feel of the gritty crime novels that I am used to reading but do you know what, I didn’t mind. If anything it makes Snowblind very much stand out from other books in the same genre.
Ari Thor is fairly new to being a policeman and even though he is very much still ‘wet behind the ears’ I actually thought he did a pretty good job in his new role and out of all the the police officers in the village if anything was ever to happen to me it would certainly be Ari Thor I would want to be send to investigate.
Snowblind wasn’t my normal fast paced crime read but that made me appreciate the beauty of this novel even more. Will certainly be adding Nightblind to my reading list as can’t wait to see what is in store for Ari Thor.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Snowblind is available to purchase from Amazon.