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Snjóblinda review ô 100 Ying half naked in the snow bleeding and unconscious and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre 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 An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass and the 24. An incredible mix of Scandi noir and classic detective fictionThe young policeman Ari Thor is a wonderful creation intelligent earnest impulsive unsure self reflective troubled So human in his thinking and behaviour Jonasson s decision to make Ari Thor a newbie both as a detective and member of the town gives the character a fresh perspective uite unlike most of the main protagonists in contemporary crime fiction He is in charge of nothing and is freuently overruled in his opinions by the experienced Thomas not always to good effect His role as outsider is both an asset and a curse his lack of knowledge about the inhabitants of Siglufjordur allows him to see them clearly without the lens of past experience yet that same status accords him less authority further exacerbated by being newly ualified and youthful He makes mistakes His idealism is frustrated He must come to understand that they are not always happy ever afters Ari Thor is just one example of the exemplary characterisation employed by Jonasson Each and every one of the people the author reveals to the reader is fully realised their backstories utilised to provide a basis for the choices they are making in the present day They become than caricatures of the cheating partner or the man with a troubled past to people with messy lives real motivations and flaws each living their own private internal lives within the small town atmosphere of Siglufjordur They show the truth in the idea that you never really know the people around you that we all hold secrets Of course the depth given to each individual also makes it harder to guess whodunnitThe weather plays one of the most significant character roles in the novel The storm of snow and cold underlies every scene of the book either hovering in the background or repeatedly forming part of the character and reader experience Alongside the remote setting of the town it deepens the sense of isolation from the rest of society The town and the people in it are apart by accident or by design It is no wonder that the avalanche that blocks the only road back to elsewhere only increases the sense of claustrophobia in Ari Thor unsettling even the long termers when things in the town seem to be taking a sinsister turn The close knit community undergoes a transformation when it is trapped together and when someone within their ranks could well be a killer All in all I loved it and am very much looking forward to the next in the series Nightblind Thankfully I have very little time to wait Anything else on my TBR will be shoved aside for this it s a perfect winter read The howling wind outside the wintery storm within the pages and a nice cup of tea to finish it all off Heaven

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Snjóblinda review ô 100 Siglufjörður an idyllically uiet fishing village in Northern Iceland where no one locks their doors – accessible only via a small mountain tunnel Ari Thór Arason a rookie policeman on his first posting far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik – with a past that he’s unable to leave behind When a young woman is found l. It is so incredibly cold here near zero or below for several days The perfect time to settle in with this story Although here we are without snow When newly commissioned police officer Ari Thor grabs the job in Siglufjorour the only offer on the table his live in girlfriend refuses to leave Reykjavik He sets out alone hoping to maintain a long distance relationship until she changes her mindHe arrives in the small town a town enclosed by mountains people who all know each other finds himself very much and outsider At first it looks like this will be nothing than a community service posting but this will change when an elderly somewhat famous past author is found dead at the foot of the stairs at the drama society This is a very slow paced atmospheric story but we get to really know the characters the flavor of the town Feel the claustrophobia of the cold the snow see into others lives their secrets and fearsNot a thrill ride but a slow unraveling that keeps pave with the unraveling weather Once I got used to the slower pace I settled in nicely with this well written novel enjoyed the multifaceted characters and was constantly surprised by the revelations A good solid read ARC from Netgalley

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Snjóblinda review ô 100 Hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge as curtains begin to twitch and his investigation becomes increasingly complex chilling and personal 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 loos. This book is the author s first to be translated into English It was interesting although mostly plodding along slowly Much was made of the darkness the snowy weather and claustrophobia created by the surrounding mountains but I didn t really feel it I looked up Siglufj rdur Iceland on Apple Maps and it is a very isolated small village near the Arctic Circle That helped the atmosphere of the book The crimes can be found in any old crime novel but how they are handled in this book are kind of lackadaisical It s mostly the rookie cop doing the investigating and putting all the pieces together both current and from the past A second book Nightblind is due this summer and I will eventually read it