THE EXPLOSIVE NEW NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR - IF YOU LIKED AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, THE ABC MURDERS, AND NORDIC NOIR, YOU'LL LOVE THIS . . .
'Dark, chilling and utterly gripping, The Island is Nordic noir at its best, and is destined to become a classic of the genre. I couldn't put it down' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
Four friends visit the island.
But only three return . . .
Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir is sent to the isolated island of Ellidaey 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.
'His best book yet, an unflinching thriller that braids past and present, good and evil, love and loss. I can't wait for Hulda Hermannsdottir's next case' AJ Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
'[Hulda Hermannsdottir is] an excellent addition to the growing band of top-class women detectives' The Times
'Prepare to be swept away to the beautiful yet unforgiving island of Ellidaey in Jonasson's latest Icelandic noir. Atmospheric and creepy, Jonasson successfully keeps you guessing till the bittersweet end' Heat
'A chilling novel about people with dark secrets, protecting themselves without a thought for the consequences' SundayTimes
Praise for Ragnar Jonasson:
'The ending really took my breath away and that's hard for writers to do to me these days . . . I should have seen it coming' Ian Rankin
'One of the greatest tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times
'Magnificently dark and twisted' C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man
'Ragnar Jonasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty - a must-read addition to the growing canon of Iceland Noir' Peter James, bestselling author of Love You Dead
'A distinctive blend of Nordic noir and golden age detective fiction . . . atmospheric and evocative prose' Guardian
'Jonasson's books have breathed new life into Nordic noir . . . all the skilful plotting of an old-fashioned whodunit although it feels bitingly contemporary in setting and tone' Sunday Express
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 33 mm
Few writers at work today conjure atmosphere with such power, or plot their mysteries with such craft. The Island is his best book yet, an unflinching thriller that braids past and present, good and evil, love and loss. I can't wait for Hulda Hermannsdottir's next case * A. J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window *
No one does isolation better than Ragnar Jonasson, who is superb at portraying Iceland's stark landscape and savage beauty . . . [Hulda Hermannsdottir is] an excellent addition to the growing band of top-class women detectives * The Times *
Prepare to be swept away to the beautiful yet unforgiving island of Ellidaey in Jonasson's latest Icelandic noir. Atmospheric and creepy, Jonasson successfully keeps you guessing till the bittersweet end * Heat *
A chilling novel about people with dark secrets, protecting themselves without a thought for the consequences. * Sunday Times *
Riveting * Sunday Times *
We heart the melancholy Hulda * Sunday Times Crime Club *
A strikingly evoked picture of Iceland's forbidding beauty...Hulda Hermansdottir is a striking character - both gloomy and tenacious - and she is a key reason for the success of this atmospheric novel * Barry Forshaw *
This kept me guessing right up until the final pages. I loved the vivid landscapes, brilliant characterisation and intricate plotting. Bravo! * Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Skin Deep *
Consider this one of the author's best plots, layered with that dour Scandinavian atmosphere we love * New York Times *
Ragnar Jonasson is the Stephen King of Icelandic thrillers * Reader Review *
Ragnar's best written book, filled with psychological horror and underlying rage. Hulda Hermannsdottir is a welcome addition to the selection of Icelandic crime fiction protagonists . . . It is almost impossible to put the book down until the last word has been read * Frettabladid *
Ragnar's best book yet * Kiljan, literary TV show *
The threads lie in various places, the plot is well woven and the pieces in the puzzle come
together well in the end. The structure is good, the main characters are believable, the story flows
well, everyone is a suspect a la Agatha Christie and the solution unveils the mystery and leads the
readers to the truth. But not all the truth, as some things are better left hidden
Inventive and original, atmospheric and chilling . . . Fans of Christie's work will feel right at home; fans of Nordic Noir will similarly find the atmosphere right up their alley * 5 ***** Reader Review *
Praise for The Darkness * - *
It will get your pulse racing and keep you hooked to the last page* Simon Kernick of The Bone Field series *
Magnificently dark and twisted! That ending - blimey! * C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man *
Expertly plotted, with an ending that's a true shocker, The Darkness is the first book in a trilogy featuring this engaging investigator, which is good news * The Guardian *
I've ONLY recently discovered the extraordinary Icelandic writer who adds several shades of darkness to Nordic noir . . . it builds to a deeply shocking climax -- Daily Mail, Ten Thrillers to Die For * Anthony Horowitz *
Superb. . . chilling . . . This is the first volume in Jonasson's Hidden Iceland trilogy, which tells Hulda's story in reverse chronological order and establishes her as one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction * Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month *
Crime fiction has never seen a character quite like Hulda Hermannsdoittir; nor a series launch so entirely willing to take risks and obliterate long-standing tropes . . . There is no doubt that The Darkness will rank as one of the most popular and powerful reading experiences of the year. * BOLO Books Review *
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