The Island (Hidden Iceland Series, Book Two) by Ragnar Jónasso

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The Island
Hidden Iceland Series, Book Two
Ragnar Jónasso
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Penguin UK
04 Apr 2019
297 (Hardcover)


Four friends visit the island.

But only three return . . .

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir is sent to the isolated island of Elliðaey to investigate and soon finds haunting similarities with a previous case - a young woman found murdered ten years ago in the equally desolate Westfjords.

Is there a patient killer stalking these barren outposts?

As Hulda navigates a sinister game constructed of smoke and mirrors she is convinced that no one is telling the truth, including those closest to her.

But who will crack first? And what secrets is the island hiding?

Haunting, suspenseful and as chilling as an Icelandic winter, The Island follows one woman's journey to find the truth hidden in the darkest shadows, and shine a light on her own dark past.

First of all: I did not read part 1! Would that have made a difference to my review? I don’t know, but for what I’ve understood this book is set 10 years before part 1, so logic would dictate I’d have a fresh start, right?
Let me start by the writing: it is well done, characters are created interesting.
The story itself: uhmmmmmmm… to me it feels like a typical Scandinavian book (the author is Icelandic so technically it isn’t), there’s a feeling of loneliness and introversion which gripped me by the throat and wouldn’t go away. If that was intended: it worked (y)

I can see why some people like it, guess it’s a matter of moment of reading. To me the timing was off, therefor 3 stars.


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