It is my stop on the Blog Tour today for ‘The Darkness’ and I am so excited to tell you my thoughts on this book! I read it from start to finish last Sunday afternoon under a duvet on the sofa, when it was all cold and snowy outside. It was such an idyllic afternoon, and the book was just so damn good that I didn’t feed the kids until a lot later than usual (bad mum, I know, but needs must and all that!). Anyway…
‘Before Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is forced into early retirement she is told to investigate a cold case of her choice, and she knows just the one.
A young woman found dead on remote seaweed-covered rocks. A woman who was looking for asylum and found only a watery grave. Her death ruled a suicide after a cursory investigation.
But Hulda soon realizes that there was something far darker to this case. This was not the only young woman to disappear around that time. And no one is telling the whole story.
When her own force tries to put the brakes on the investigation Hulda has just days to discover the truth. Even if it means risking her own life…’
The cover is so chilling and as for the words on the inside, there is such mystery and astounding detective work going on that it kept me strapped to the sofa, unable to move, until I had devoured every last sentence.
Ragnar is a well-crafted storyteller, a master of his trade in Nordic noir, and an author that fails to disappoint. He takes a simple idea and twists it into a work of art that makes you hang off every written word. This new series is going to take the literary world by storm and I cannot wait to see the effect it has on readers.
‘The Darkness’ begins with us being thrown straight in, there are no introductions. What we have is DI Hulda questioning a very nervous woman which Hulda is using as the upper hand. I love her techniques of getting straight to the nitty gritty, she is a very captivating character and a great female lead.
Hulda is being pushed out of her job by the young guys even though she is a well respected DI. She is being forced into early retirement so some young whippersnappers can solve all of her cases. How rude! It made me like her even more though, and I couldn’t wait to see what use she made of her last few weeks investigating an exciting cold case.
Ragnar gets you reading at a lovely pace, not too fast, not too slow and he really envelops you into the story. He gets you right in the thick of it and leaves little clues lying around to help you try and second guess where the tale is going to lead, for it to take a completely different path.
The ending was horribly good and I am so looking forward to the next in the series which is told from decades earlier… how exciting!
Thank you so much to Laura Nicol for my copy in return for an honest review, it really is the perfect addition to any bookshelf.
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