The #Bookvent Calendar – Day 7

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my favourite reads of 2016.

Ok. So day seven of my #bookvent calendar and it’s time for a change of pace and a change of scenery. We’re heading north. Way north. This book is the third in a series featuring a relatively new police officer, although in terms of time-line, it actually bridges part of the gap between the first and second books.

Set in a very remote location, the claustrophobic nature of the landscape is made all the more oppressive by a thoroughly atmospheric natural disaster which affected the whole world (and it really happened – nearly stopping my trip to Vietnam no less). This book has many threads, each as dark as the sky under which our hero lives. Book 7 is:

Black Out

by Ragnar Jónasson

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This was another series of books that I listened to rather than read. In some ways I am glad as I still can’t pronounce Siglufjörður (I’m a whizz at cut and paste now though.) Our hero Ari Thór is distracted, his personal life in tatters, but not as distracted as Hlynur who is being haunted by his past. The imagery in this book is stunning as always, and Jónasson is so brilliant at creating the densely atmospheric feeling through his narrative, whilst still capturing the slower pace of the Icelandic life. And yet there is a truly dark undercurrent throughout, a hidden story that the reader is privy to but not the protagonists, adding a layer of jeopardy which keeps you on the edge of your seat. I am absolutely loving the Dark Iceland series and can’t wait for book 4 in January.

My full review can be found here. ‘Black Out’ is available to purchase from the following links:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Kobo

Happy reading all

JM