"Enjoy this "cold" read on a tropical day because it will chill you to the bone!"
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted December 5, 2018
Ari Thor lives with his girlfriend in the Icelandic city of
Reykjavik when he receives the offer of his first post as a
policeman. When he receives the call, he is also not given
any time to think about it. As he has not had any other
offers, he accepts on the spot. This means that he must move
to a little fishing village in north Iceland. There is a
problem with this scenario, though. His girlfriend, Kristin,
is in the final stretch of reaching her goal as a doctor and
she is rather upset that he has accepted this post without
discussing it with her. She does not feel that she can just
uproot herself and go with him. Therefore, with some bad
feelings between the two of them, Ari Thor sets off to this
cold, tiny fisherman town to begin his job.
No sooner does he set foot in the village, that the death of
someone who is quite prominent in the area occurs. The
problem is that it may or may not be a murder. Ari Thor is
one of three policemen on the force and the other two are
willing to just wrap things up. That makes it difficult for
Ari Thor to speak his mind because he will not be taken
seriously. So he begins his own investigation and what he
finds in the process will change his life.
SNOWBLIND is book that is perfect reading when you are in a
hot location. While it is great to read no matter what
the climate may be; you will find that this plot will help you
keep those scalding temperatures at bay. This book is filled
with constant snow storms. As it is very descriptive
throughout the book, the chill from all of the snow made me
want to cover up with a soft, warm blanket. That is just how
good Ragnor Jonasson is at making you feel that you are right in
the middle of all the action.
Filled with older, quirky characters, SNOWBLIND is one of
the most entertaining books I have had the opportunity to read
this year. It held my interest and offers more than just a
who dun it. There are puzzles to be solved and that kept me
riveted to my seat. You do not have to take my word. Read it
Something you should know is that SNOWBLIND was actually
translated by into English by Quentin Bates. Ragnor Jonasson
wrote the book in his native language and Quentin Bates made
it possible for this novel to be shared in many places
around the world. I admit to having issues with some of the
translations until I realized that they were not necessary
for me to enjoy the book.
If you have not read SNOWBLIND, pick up a copy today. You
will not be disappointed.
Where: A quiet fishing village in northern Iceland, where no
one locks their doors. It is accessible only via a small
Who: Ari Thor is a rookie policeman on his first posting,
far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik. He has a past that
he's unable to leave behind.
What: A young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow,
bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed elderly
writer falls to his death. Ari is dragged straight into the
heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets
and lies are a way of life.
Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic
tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own
darkness—blinded by snow and with a killer on the loose.
Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut
from an extraordinary new talent.
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