Nightblind (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jonasson


Book Description:

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman – shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will. Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all. Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.

My Thoughts:

Nightblind is the second novel in the series following policeman Ari Thor Arason which is set in a small village in stunning surroundings.

I really enjoyed the first book Snowblind so couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Nightblind.

In the second novel, five years have passed and to be honest things don’t seem much better for Ari, if anything they seem to have got worse. He is ill with flu, his relationship with his girlfriend doesn’t seem to be going to well and then to top it all off, the policeman who is above him dies after being shot.

I did feel quite sorry for Ari Thor, even though he is unwell after getting a phone call from his colleagues wife, he has to get out of his sick bed and get back to work. Tomas, his previous boss had gone onto pastures new but is back to over see the investigation. I never really warmed to Tomas in Snowblind but he certainly seems to have mellowed since then and you can tell that him and Ari Thor now have a good relationship even bordering on friends.

The story alternates between present day and entries in a diary. The diary entries had me totally thrown as was trying to work out all the way through whose diary it was, unfortunately I am no Miss Marple, so had to wait until the author divulged that bit of information.

Nightblind is a dark read which had me gripped through out. The story certainly has a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. For a small village, the residents certainly seem to have some pretty big secrets lurking in their closets and it certainly makes for some surprising reading.

Many thanks to Karen at Orenda for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Nightblind is out now for kindle and on the 15th of January for paperback, you can get purchase a copy from Amazon.

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