The Darkness – Ragnar Jonasson

A new thriller crime series, Hidden Iceland, and I can’t wait to see where it goes!

Thanks to Minotaur Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE DARKNESS – Ragnar Jonasson (out now!)

This was my introduction to Jonasson and I was not disappointed.


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

This is an incredibly unique start to a crime fiction series because, chronologically it is the last book in the series! So we get to see where the series ends with DI Hulda Hermannsdottir. I love this approach and I think it will be very interesting to see how Jonasson fleshes out the character to show how she got to where she currently is.

I’ve heard nothing but great things about Jonasson’s writing and I definitely see why his other series is so popular! I’m amazed at how well Jonasson sets the scene for the readers. You’re effortlessly transported into the cold and feel as if you are alongside Hulda as she tries to solve the case. When the body of a young Russian woman, Elena, is found in a more remote part of the country, DI Hulda is on the case. As she digs deeper into Elena’s life, we learn that she was an asylum seeker, but what Hulda can’t figure out is why people aren’t wanting her to solve the case. Will she be able to find the killer before it’s too late?

This one is more of a slow burn suspense as opposed to thriller. I can always appreciate a slow build and this one has the perfect balance where you’re pulled along just fast enough to keep you interested. I really enjoyed seeing the lead at a different point in her career than we usually see in crime fiction novels. This is a seasoned detective at the end of her successful career and she is coming to terms with the fact that she is soon retiring. I think Jonasson did a fantastic job developing DI Hulda’s story and we get a glimpse into the obstacles she faces – both as a woman and because of her age.

I’m very curious to see the cases that we’ll get to go on with the younger versions of DI Hulda in the upcoming books to the series. I’m mad it took me so long to finally pick up one of Ragnar Jonasson’s books, but I will be remedying that by grabbing some more of his past work! I would highly recommend this to those looking to start a new crime series that has a slower build suspense to it.



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