The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 18


#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

My eighteenth #bookvent2017 pick is part of a series which I happened upon while attending Crime Fest last year. I attended a panel on a kind of whim and heard about this police series set in the northern most reaches of Iceland. The premise intrigued me so I purchased the audio books and on a visit up to Scotland raced through the first three books in the series. I was officially hooked. Book four was quite a stark story, even more isolated and isolating than the protagonist’s home of Siglufjörður. Talked into investigating a fifty year old case, this story was full of mystery and the kind of crushing claustrophobia that can only come from the intense atmospheric pressure within the story. My day eighteen #bookvent pick is …



by Ragnar Jonasson


1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them. 
Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers. 

The one thing which has always struck me about this series has been the way in which Ragnar Jonasson has been able to bring Iceland to life. Although much slower in pace than most police procedurals you may read, it feels so in keeping with what you would expect of the setting. The whole oppressive nature of the remote Hedinsfjörður in this book, particularly in the scene where Ari Thór visits the ruined site and is overcome by it, really sums up how you feel while reading. There is so much to love about this book – the blend of the fifty year old cold case with the current day disappearance of a young child, plus the reconnection of Ari Thór with journalist Ísrún. There is a perfect blend of tense moments and those of quieter reflection. As I said in my review, this may not be the darkest of the novels, but it is still a story with a tainted and deepening shadow at its heart. Simply brilliant.

You can read my full of Rupture right here and purchase a copy of the book from the following links:

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Happy #bookvent reading all