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Oh boy, I officially have a major book boyfriend crush on Ari Thor along with a large gaggle of other women no doubt What started out as a slow burning noir suddenly turned into a twisty, fast paced mystery around the half way point This is technically listed as book 2 in the Dark Iceland series, but for those of us who are reading in english rather than icelandic, this is our beginning The first third of the book does a nice job setting up our story we get a good amount of the current st Oh boy, I officially have a major book boyfriend crush on Ari Thor along with a large gaggle of other women no doubt What started out as a slow burning noir suddenly turned into a twisty, fast paced mystery around the half way point This is technically listed as book 2 in the Dark Iceland series, but for those of us who are reading in english rather than icelandic, this is our beginning The first third of the book does a nice job setting up our story we get a good amount of the current state of affairs in our lead character s life while also getting a bit of his history We re given just enough to keep us hooked on Ari Thor but left wantingthat will hopefully be revealed in further books.Again, I think we all became a little obsessed with Ari Thor from the beginning He s so down to earth and cute in that clueless young man way I did feel the pacing was a bit steady until we are introduced to the crimes described in the summary, but quickly picked up after that What I had assumed would be a cozy murder mystery soon turned into so muchI wasn t expecting the major twists, and I think that is what catapulted this into such a great read I love how the book is structured we have chapters alternating from present time to a crime that has or will happen at some point, and as the reader we are left in the dark until that beautiful moment with Ragnar brings all the pieces together and connects every detail to a perfect T I cannot express enough how fantastic it felt to be blown away by so many twists in a single book as a reader of many mysteries and suspenseful thrillers, it s getting harder to find stories that feel unique and fresh I can see this being considered a classic police procedural that is talked about for many years to come.Overall, this was a well written crime novel that is equal parts thorough mystery and breathtaking suspense The fact that this book is such a compelling, character driven read only adds to the appeal, and the setting itself is like another main character adding massive amounts of intrigue and darkness This book has only fueled my desire to visit Iceland , and I m sure the remainder of the series will increase this passion as well If you are a fan of nordic noir that is an excellent example of the crime fiction genre, look no further This series needs to go on your must read list for 2017 While I received my arc from Minotaur Books thank you so much , I have to also thank Karen Sullivan over at Orenda for putting this one on my radar and also offering to send me a few others in the series to keep me appetite satiated without her I d be missing out on so many fantastic books that I wouldn t be able to get my hands on otherwise [[ EBOOK ]] ↵ Snowblind ☊ Siglufj r ur an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors accessible only via a small mountain tunnel Ari Th r 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 lying 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 thehour 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 loose 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 mind.He arrives in the small town, a town enclosed by mountains, people who all know each other, finds 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 mind.He 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 nothingthan 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 fears.Not 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 An incredible mix of Scandi noir and classic detective fiction.The 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, quite unlike most of the main protagonists in contemporary crime fiction He is in charge of nothing and is frequently overruled in his opini An incredible mix of Scandi noir and classic detective fiction.The 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, quite unlike most of the main protagonists in contemporary crime fiction He is in charge of nothing and is frequently overruled in his opinions by theexperienced 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 themclearly, without the lens of past experience, yet that same status accords him less authority, further exacerbated by being newly qualified 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 becomethan 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 I enjoyed this mystery very much, I read it in 2 days and I usually don t read that fast unless its really engaging The atmosphere of northern Iceland, the cold, the darkness, the continuous snow, is recreated completely and you feel the main character s claustrophobia and isolation so strongly., that I wish I could give it 4 stars, but the writing is a bit like Hemingway s short choppy sentences, but unlike in Hemingway there is not any depth revealed We never really get inside the young poli I enjoyed this mystery very much, I read it in 2 days and I usually don t read that fast unless its really engaging The atmosphere of northern Iceland, the cold, the darkness, the continuous snow, is recreated completely and you feel the main character s claustrophobia and isolation so strongly., that I wish I could give it 4 stars, but the writing is a bit like Hemingway s short choppy sentences, but unlike in Hemingway there is not any depth revealed We never really get inside the young policeman s head, except in the most simplistic manner, he misses his fiance and is confused about a crush he develops on a girl from the town He is also supposedly deeply touched and molded by the loss of his parents when he was a teenager, but this too is not filled in by the author How has this made him who he is Maybe it will be revealed in the next book in the series Genre MysteryPace Relaxed to slowThe first 70% of this story was so relaxed and slow that I kept falling asleep less than an hour into reading this story each time I also lost count after ten of how many POVs there were I didn t mind the relaxed pace of the story but some areas felt too draggy and that s probably why this story actedlike a sleep aid as opposed to athrilling crime novel The upsideThere wasn t a million flashback scenes and the story was told from the beginning Genre MysteryPace Relaxed to slowThe first 70% of this story was so relaxed and slow that I kept falling asleep less than an hour into reading this story each time I also lost count after ten of how many POVs there were I didn t mind the relaxed pace of the story but some areas felt too draggy and that s probably why this story actedlike a sleep aid as opposed to athrilling crime novel The upsideThere wasn t a million flashback scenes and the story was told from the beginning none of that fancy stuff where the story starts from the middle or end and works itself back towards the beginning Overall, an okay read but it s the final 30% of this story that had me on high alert and was the most enjoyable Snowblind is one of the most beautifully written crime novels I have ever come across the depth of character, the truly gorgeous descriptive prose that puts you right on the spot despite the claustrophobic quality of the world that Ari finds himself in I fell utterly in love with Iceland simply through the words on the page.Story is everything though really, no matter the book you are reading and Ragnar Jonasson has written one hell of a story dark, unrelenting in places, magically const Snowblind is one of the most beautifully written crime novels I have ever come across the depth of character, the truly gorgeous descriptive prose that puts you right on the spot despite the claustrophobic quality of the world that Ari finds himself in I fell utterly in love with Iceland simply through the words on the page.Story is everything though really, no matter the book you are reading and Ragnar Jonasson has written one hell of a story dark, unrelenting in places, magically constructed to ramp up the tension, all the while keeping it completely character driven and authentic.I adored Ari as a character He is so beautifully normal yet full of depth, depicted in a way that just keeps you with him all the way I loved how he was dropped into this small tightly knit community, leaving his girlfriend behind that relationship was very compelling and slowly realised how isolated it and he could be The author gives a perfect sense of a place where everyone knows everyone else and yet somehow secrets are still buried just beneath the surface, it was endlessly fascinating I think I would have been fascinated even without the crime element.The mystery is the icing on the cake really and I don t want to give anything away but it is truly compelling, very unexpected at times and cleverly done.Overall this was a marvel of a read I adored it with the true passion of a reader it has everything you could possibly want if you want to be engaged, slightly haunted, completely entertained and I really cannot recommend it highly enough 5 big shiny stars and some puppies for this one Heavenly writing, stonking good story and characters that will stay with you long after putting it aside Here is a scandi nordic crime series worth reading Snowblind by Ragnar J nasson is the first novel in his Dark Iceland series The setting is fantastic The novel takes place in Northern Iceland in an old fishing village that only has one mountain pass to get into During the winter avalanches happen on a regular basis and nobody can get in or out of the town, causing panic for some of it s inhabitants, mostly those newly arrived What s really interesting is that everyone lives in complete dar Here is a scandi nordic crime series worth reading Snowblind by Ragnar J nasson is the first novel in his Dark Iceland series The setting is fantastic The novel takes place in Northern Iceland in an old fishing village that only has one mountain pass to get into During the winter avalanches happen on a regular basis and nobody can get in or out of the town, causing panic for some of it s inhabitants, mostly those newly arrived What s really interesting is that everyone lives in complete darkness 24 hours of the day due to the mountains hiding the sun until summer approaches and then the scene is heavenly.Ari Thor, newly graduated from police academy, takes a job on a whim in this isolated village after the retirement of one of their officers J nasson really digs in giving us a terrific background for Ari Thor both past and present Snowblind starts out slow, but builds up pace as the book progresses and then it explodes For a supposed town where nothing happens Ari Thor uncovers a recent murder as well as one that happened years ago Lots of interesting twists If you are on the lookout for a new crime series Dark Iceland won t disappoint It s a fast read that I finished in 2 days.Thanks to Miriam for recommending the series after reading 5.4 out of 5 stars 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 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 I will preface this by saying that I adore Nordic Scandinavian mysteries I like that they are slow, methodical, exacting and every single detail is important I love that when I m finished reading them I have learned something that I didn t know before either about the location, the people, an ethnicity, something They aren t just another I killed a woman with a gun, I m a sick bastard, book.That said, this is the American debut of the international bestselling author Ragnar Jonasson s myste I will preface this by saying that I adore Nordic Scandinavian mysteries I like that they are slow, methodical, exacting and every single detail is important I love that when I m finished reading them I have learned something that I didn t know before either about the location, the people, an ethnicity, something They aren t just another I killed a woman with a gun, I m a sick bastard, book.That said, this is the American debut of the international bestselling author Ragnar Jonasson s mystery I ve waited forever to read it and it did not disappoint It started out slowly as we learned who everyone was and the ending could have been wrapped upquickly but from what I understand his books only get better from here It was great to read a real police procedural once again