Thursday, 22 March 2018

Snow Blind by Ragnar Jonasson

Reviewer : Gillian Hamer, author of The Charter, Closure, Complicit, Crimson Shore, False Lights & Sacred Lake. (

What we thought: As an avid crime reader, I have been meaning to read this author for some time, and I decided it would be best to start at the beginning of the series with book one, Snow Blind. Here we are introduced to rookie new recruit policeman Ari Thór Arason on his first posting to a bleak town in northern Iceland, forcing him to leave behind his girlfriend and comfortable life in Reykjavik.

When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and an elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, all in his first week, Ari is dragged straight into the middle of a town where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies appear to be a way of life.

After an avalanche closes the mountain pass and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, the locals become more hostile, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Who or what will break first – the conclusion of the case or Ari’s reputation?

The writing here is page turning and as in many Nordic Noir novels the locations add atmosphere to the story. I connected with the characters and already plan on downloading the next in the series. 

You’ll enjoy this if you like : Karin Slaughter, Peter James, David Hewson.

Avoid if you don’t like : Snow and secrets.

Ideal accompaniments: Fish pie with greens and mulled wine.

Genre : Crime.

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