The Island: Hidden Iceland Series, Book Two - Hidden Iceland (Paperback)
  • The Island: Hidden Iceland Series, Book Two - Hidden Iceland (Paperback)

The Island: Hidden Iceland Series, Book Two - Hidden Iceland (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 03/10/2019
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'The ending really took my breath away' IAN RANKIN

Discover The Island - Agatha Christie meets Nordic noir. . .

Four friends visited the island. But only three returned . . .

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir is sent to the isolated island of Ellidaey to investigate a disappearance.

But she finds haunting similarities to an old case - the murder of a young woman ten years ago.

Has a patient killer struck again?

Hulda is soon caught in a web of deceit, convinced everyone is lying, even those closest to her.

What secrets is the island hiding?

And what price will she pay for uncovering the truth?

'One of the greatest tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times

'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

'Riveting' 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' Peter James, bestselling author of Love You Dead

'Out of all of Ragnar's books this is the one I like the most . . . The book of his which reminds me most of Agatha Christie' Kilian

Praise for Ragnar Jonasson

'A distinctive blend of Nordic noir and golden age detective fiction . . . atmospheric and evocative prose' Guardian on Nightblind

'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

'His clues are traditional and beautifully finessed - and he keeps you turning the pages' Independent on Snowblind

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405930826
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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. I can't wait to read the rest of the Hulda series! * Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door *
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

* Morgunbladid *
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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“A Brilliant Book”

Wow what a brilliant read.This book grabs your attention from the beginning and carries on until the last .I have not read this series before but this is a good standalone book .It is set in the 90's but goes... More

Paperback edition
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“Mystery set on Ellidaey Island, Iceland - creepily good!”

A very remote Icelandic island…
Ragnar is an author who takes his readers to some of the coldest and most isolated places on earth. The tiny town in Iceland where the snow can cut off any outside communication?

Now,... More

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“Mystery set on Ellidaey Island, Iceland - and it's scarily remote....”

This is the second in the Hidden Iceland series and looks at the story of Hulga. The clever and rather unusual thing about this however, is the fact that this story lets you see why the events in The Darkness are the... More

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