Rupture was published by Orenda on 24 December 2016 and is available to buy here
1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…
In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.
It’s always a pleasure to be asked to review a new Ragnar Jonasson novel. I am a big Ari Thor fan #arithorfanclub
Rupture is the latest from Ragnar Jonasson to hit our shelves. We are now at the fourth story, in this impressive series. Long may it continue!
I confess to having a very soft spot for Ari Thor and the Dark Iceland series. Ari Thor is maturing nicely. He is far too clever to be stuck in remote Iceland. I am slightly concerned that the town Siglufjörður might just be a hotbed of evil. Never mind how isolted and cold it is! I see Ari Thor’s town as a kind of Midsommer Murders region, where it is not safe to venture out alone …
Once again, Jonasson punishes the citizens of Siglufjörður. It’s bad enough that they have to contend with the cold, dark, bitter months. Now the town is put into quarantine, while a killer virus rampages. Everyone is in fear of getting the lurgy. Most people are stuck at home, waiting for it all to end. Ari Thor is one of the few people who dares to venture out. He is contacted by a man trying to solve a historical mystery. An old photo sparks Ari Thor looking into what happened to a tragic family fifty years ago. Isrun, the journalist we met previously in Blackout, is looking into the case of a missing child, as well as reporting on the killer virus in Siglufjörður. She gets in touch with Ari Thor. Will Ari Thor get to the truth about the mystery photo and solve the cold case?
This feels a little gentler, than some of the previous cases for Ari Thor. The balance of an old cold case, the terribly isolating virus sweeping the town and the current case of the missing child all seem very appropriate and chilling. There is something very special here. We have the return of so many characters we know and love. I was surprised to see Isrun again. Ari Thor seems to be happy with his girlfriend now, which is a relief. This is a crime series that feels very familiar and welcome.
Rupture keeps you on your toes, waiting for the final reveal from Ari Thor. It’s a cold winter wind of evil coming from Iceland. Turn up the heat! Wrap up warm. Indulge!
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