My name is Kate and I blog at Bibliophile Book Club. I mainly review crime/mystery/psychological thrillers but lately I’ve been trying to broaden my reading horizons. So you may find some fantasy and science-fiction reviews on there too.
I’m cheating a little for this and instead of recommending one book, I’m going to recommend a series instead.
I’ve chosen The Dark Iceland series by Icelandic author, Ragnar Jónasson. So far, there have been four of these translated into English. These are:
The fifth, Whiteout, is being published later this year. (I am SO EXCITED!!!!!!)
I’m recommending these books as summer reads. Why, I hear you ask? Because nothing makes you appreciate the warmth and sunshine better than reading these dark and atmospheric books, set in the freezing cold Icelandic landscape. The main character, Ari Thor, is one of my favourite characters in contemporary crime fiction, if not my favourite. Ask anyone that knows me. I rave about these books on a pretty-much weekly basis!
This is a very strong crime series. They are not your average thrillers. But there is a quiet, cold sense of foreboding that builds until the reader is so completely engrossed that nothing matters except the characters and the story.
Ragnar Jónasson has a superb, lyrical style of writing, and the location of these books really amps up the claustrophobia and tension. I’ve read and loved them all, and I would happily be marooned on a desert island for the rest of my life with just these books. I recommend them to anyone looking for an engrossing and captivating story.
If you want to read my thoughts, here’s the links to my reviews:
Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series can be purchased on Amazon here.