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Siglufjördur é uma pacata terra de pescadores, perdida no norte da Islândia, onde todos se conhecem e nem é preciso trancar as portas. Ari Thór Arason, um jovem polícia em início de carreira, é obrigado a deixar a sua vida em Reiquiavique e a mudar-se para essa terra inóspita, onde nada parece acontecer.Inesperadamente, dois eventos que não parecem ter qualquer ligação entSiglufjördur é uma pacata terra de pescadores, perdida no norte da Islândia, onde todos se conhecem e nem é preciso trancar as portas. Ari Thór Arason, um jovem polícia em início de carreira, é obrigado a deixar a sua vida em Reiquiavique e a mudar-se para essa terra inóspita, onde nada parece acontecer.Inesperadamente, dois eventos que não parecem ter qualquer ligação entre si perturbam a paz da vila. Uma jovem é encontrada semidespida na neve, ferida e inconsciente, e um velho e acarinhado escritor sofre uma queda mortal. Estes acontecimentos abrem caminho a uma investigação liderada por Ari.As incessantes tempestades de neve, e a brutal avalanche posterior, acabam por isolar a vila e a investigação torna-se cada vez mais complexa, arrepiante e? pessoal. O polícia acaba traído por aqueles em quem confiou e, sobretudo, angustiado com o perigoso assassino que continua à solta. Quando o passado da vila é finalmente desenterrado, nada fica como antes nas vidas de Ari e dos habitantes de Siglufjördur....

Title : Neve Cega
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ISBN : 9789898800954
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Neve Cega Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-04-21 09:14

    Oh boy, I officially have a major book boyfriend crush on Ari Thor (along with a large gaggle of other women no doubt). What started out as a slow burning noir suddenly turned into a twisty, fast-paced mystery around the half way point. This is technically listed as book #2 in the Dark Iceland series, but for those of us who are reading in english rather than icelandic, this is our beginning. The first third of the book does a nice job setting up our story; we get a good amount of the current state of affairs in our lead character’s life while also getting a bit of his history. We’re given just enough to keep us hooked on Ari Thor but left wanting more that will hopefully be revealed in further books.Again, I think we all became a little obsessed with Ari Thor from the beginning. He’s so down to earth and cute in that clueless young man way. I did feel the pacing was a bit steady until we are introduced to the crimes described in the summary, but quickly picked up after that. What I had assumed would be a cozy murder mystery soon turned into so much more! I wasn’t expecting the major twists, and I think that is what catapulted this into such a great read. I love how the book is structured; we have chapters alternating from present time to a crime that has or will happen at some point, and as the reader we are left in the dark until that beautiful moment with Ragnar brings all the pieces together and connects every detail to a perfect T. I cannot express enough how fantastic it felt to be blown away by so many twists in a single book; as a reader of many mysteries and suspenseful thrillers, it’s getting harder to find stories that feel unique and fresh. I can see this being considered a classic police procedural that is talked about for many years to come.Overall, this was a well-written crime novel that is equal parts thorough mystery and breathtaking suspense. The fact that this book is such a compelling, character driven read only adds to the appeal, and the setting itself is like another main character adding massive amounts of intrigue and darkness. This book has only fueled my desire to visit Iceland more, and I’m sure the remainder of the series will increase this passion as well. If you are a fan of nordic noir that is an excellent example of the crime fiction genre, look no further. This series needs to go on your must read list for 2017.While I received my arc from Minotaur Books (thank you so much!), I have to also thank Karen Sullivan over at Orenda for putting this one on my radar (and also offering to send me a few others in the series to keep me appetite satiated); without her I’d be missing out on so many fantastic books that I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on otherwise!

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-04-24 08:01

    ”She lay in the middle of the garden, like a snow angel.From a distance she appeared peaceful.Her arms splayed from her sides. She wore a faded pair of jeans and was naked from the waist up, her long hair around her like a coronet in the snow; snow that shouldn’t be that shade of red.A pool of blood had formed around her.Her skin seemed to be paling alarmingly fast, taking on the colour of marble, as if in response to the striking crimson that surrounded her.Her lips were blue. Her shallow breath came fast.She seemed to be looking up into the dark heavens.Then her eyes snapped shut.”One of the more intriguing exchanges in a movie full of great lines is the interaction between Griffin Mills, played by Tim Robbins, and June Gudmundsdottir, played by Greta Scacchi, in one of my favorite movies, The Player.”’It's very green, actually.’‘Really?’‘I thought that was Greenland.’ ‘No, Greenland's very icy. Iceland's very green. They switched names to fool the Vikings who tried to steal their women.’” I’m always perking up my ears about anything regarding Iceland. There is something so compelling about an island with so much snow and so much volcanic heat beneath. The first Icelandic author I found was Arnaldur Indriðason and have enjoyed his books immensely. Where Indriðason is more gritty and hardboiled, Ragnar Jonasson is definitely more in the classic British mystery vein that Dame Agatha Christie dominated for most of her career. Jonasson has translated 14 Christie books into Icelandic, and he was certainly doing more than just translating. He was learning the craft. Ari Thor quit his studies in theology and philosophy to take up the study of law enforcement. An odd move that was baffling to most of his friends. He has a girlfriend named Kristin who is studying to become a doctor. She has just moved into his flat in Reykjavik when he gets an offer of a job in Siglufjordur, which is clear on the opposite side of the island in the northern part of the country. A town that frequently becomes snowed in for the winter. He takes the job without talking to his pretty, committed, soon to be a doctor making lots of money girlfriend. It seems hasty, as if he really does want to escape to some remote area to get away from….Siglufjordur, IcelandSiglufjordur is like most small towns all over the world. He will never be accepted as one of them. The best he can hope for is that they learn to like him and tolerate him. It snows so much that it becomes oppressive. He can’t stop thinking about the snow, even when he is sleeping. He needs reassurance from Kristin even more, but she has become more distant and evasive as the pressure of her classes takes more and more of her time. Ari is not happy, but really there is no one to blame but himself. And then the national treasure of Iceland, Hrolfur Kristjansson, the writer of the masterpiece North of the Hills, falls down a flight of stairs and dies. He was old. He had been drinking. He was agitated by an argument with one of his friends. A tragic accident for sure. Well, maybe. Then a young woman is brutally attacked and left in the snow to die. Suddenly, this small community has become very interesting. Ari sifts through the convoluted truths and, in the process, learns more about all the people surrounding the events than he really wants to know. The victims prove the most intriguing of all. What really happened to that woman and why? And who really is Hrolfur? As the layers are peeled back, the new information creates more questions than answers. Now Ari is no Hercule Poirot. The little gray cells are not fully developed. Nor is he a Miss Marple, but he makes up for his lack of experience with determination and a tenacious desire to learn the truth, no matter how many broken threads of inquiry he encounters along the way. To make things more complicated for him, he is starting to have feelings for a girl there in Siglufjordur named Ugla. My brain instantly translates that to Ugly, but she is far from that. Not only is she pretty, but she is also hyper intelligent, and most importantly of all, she is there. As a final nod to Christie, Ari brings all the suspects together at the end of the novel for the grand reveal. I enjoyed the small town in the North of Iceland. It seems like the perfect place to get a lot of reading done. The weather keeps people buttoned up, and the frequent avalanches seal off the town from the rest of the world. Nature imposed isolation is sometimes the only way for people to find any peace anymore. I’m rating the book 3.5 stars, but I’ll give Jonasson a bump to 4 instead of rounding down to 3. Call it half a star on account. I’m looking forward to reading his next foray because I really want to see this earnest young man grow into the detective I know he can be. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-04-11 05:12

    It is so incredibly cold here, near zero or below for several days. The perfect time to settle in with this story. Although here we are without snow. When newly commissioned police officer, Ari Thor grabs the job in Siglufjorour, the only offer on the table, his live in girlfriend refuses to leave Reykjavik. He sets out alone hoping to maintain a long distance relationship until she changes her mind.He arrives in the small town, a town enclosed by mountains, people who all know each other, finds himself very much and outsider. At first it looks like this will be nothing more than a community service posting, but this will change when an elderly, somewhat famous past author is found dead at the foot of the stairs at the drama society. This is a very slow paced, atmospheric story, but we get to really know the characters, the flavor of the town. Feel the claustrophobia of the cold, the snow, see into others lives, their secrets and fears.Not a thrill ride but a slow unraveling that keeps pave with the unraveling weather. Once I got used to the slower pace, I settled in nicely with this well written novel, enjoyed the multifaceted characters and was constantly surprised by the revelations. A good solid read. ARC from Netgalley.

  • Emma
    2019-04-02 03:08

    An incredible mix of Scandi-noir and classic detective fiction.The young policeman, Ari Thor, is a wonderful creation: intelligent, earnest, impulsive, unsure, self-reflective, troubled. So human in his thinking and behaviour. Jonasson's decision to make Ari Thor a newbie, both as a detective and member of the town, gives the character a fresh perspective, quite unlike most of the main protagonists in contemporary crime fiction. He is in charge of nothing and is frequently overruled in his opinions by the more experienced Thomas, not always to good effect. His role as 'outsider' is both an asset and a curse; his lack of knowledge about the inhabitants of Siglufjordur allows him to see them more clearly, without the lens of past experience, yet that same status accords him less authority, further exacerbated by being newly qualified and youthful. He makes mistakes. His idealism is frustrated. He must come to understand that they are not always happy-ever-afters. Ari Thor is just one example of the exemplary characterisation employed by Jonasson. Each and every one of the people the author reveals to the reader is fully realised, their backstories utilised to provide a basis for the choices they are making in the present day. They become more than caricatures of 'the cheating partner' or 'the man with a troubled past' to people with messy lives, real motivations and flaws, each living their own private, internal lives within the small town atmosphere of Siglufjordur. They show the truth in the idea that you never really know the people around you, that we all hold secrets. Of course, the depth given to each individual also makes it harder to guess whodunnit...The weather plays one of the most significant character roles in the novel. The storm of snow and cold underlies every scene of the book, either hovering in the background or repeatedly forming part of the character (and reader) experience. Alongside the remote setting of the town, it deepens the sense of isolation from the rest of society. The town, and the people in it, are apart, by accident or by design. It is no wonder that the avalanche that blocks the only road back to 'elsewhere' only increases the sense of claustrophobia in Ari Thor, unsettling even the long-termers when things in the town seem to be taking a sinsister turn. The close knit community undergoes a transformation when it is trapped together, and when someone within their ranks could well be a killer... All in all, I loved it and am very much looking forward to the next in the series Nightblind. Thankfully, I have very little time to wait. Anything else on my TBR will be shoved aside for this, it's a perfect winter read. The howling wind outside, the wintery storm within the pages, and a nice cup of tea to finish it all off. Heaven.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-04-01 09:20

    Snowblind is one of the most beautifully written crime novels I have ever come across – the depth of character, the truly gorgeous descriptive prose that puts you right on the spot – despite the claustrophobic quality of the world that Ari finds himself in I fell utterly in love with Iceland simply through the words on the page.Story is everything though really, no matter the book you are reading – and Ragnar Jonasson has written one hell of a story – dark, unrelenting in places, magically constructed to ramp up the tension, all the while keeping it completely character driven and authentic.I adored Ari as a character. He is so beautifully normal yet full of depth, depicted in a way that just keeps you with him all the way. I loved how he was dropped into this small tightly knit community, leaving his girlfriend behind (that relationship was very compelling) and slowly realised how isolated it and he could be. The author gives a perfect sense of a place where everyone knows everyone else and yet somehow secrets are still buried just beneath the surface, it was endlessly fascinating. I think I would have been fascinated even without the crime element.The mystery is the icing on the cake really – and I don’t want to give anything away but it is truly compelling, very unexpected at times and cleverly done.Overall this was a marvel of a read. I adored it with the true passion of a reader – it has everything you could possibly want if you want to be engaged, slightly haunted, completely entertained and I really cannot recommend it highly enough. 5 big shiny stars and some puppies for this one. Heavenly writing, stonking good story and characters that will stay with you long after putting it aside.

  • Selene
    2019-03-30 05:09

    Genre: MysteryPace: Relaxed to slowThe first 70% of this story was so relaxed and slow that I kept falling asleep less than an hour into reading this story each time. I also lost count after ten of how many POVs there were. I didn't mind the relaxed pace of the story but some areas felt too draggy and that's probably why this story acted more like a sleep aid as opposed to a more thrilling crime novel. The upside? There wasn't a million flashback scenes and the story was told from the beginning--none of that fancy stuff where the story starts from the middle or end and works itself back towards the beginning. ▣ Overall, an okay read but it's the final 30% of this story that had me on high alert and was the most enjoyable.

  • Paula Kalin
    2019-03-28 03:24

    Here is a scandi-nordic crime series worth reading! Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson is the first novel in his Dark Iceland series. The setting is fantastic. The novel takes place in Northern Iceland in an old fishing village that only has one mountain pass to get into. During the winter avalanches happen on a regular basis and nobody can get in or out of the town, causing panic for some of it’s inhabitants, mostly those newly arrived. What’s really interesting is that everyone lives in complete darkness 24 hours of the day due to the mountains hiding the sun until summer approaches and then the scene is heavenly.Ari Thor, newly graduated from police academy, takes a job on a whim in this isolated village after the retirement of one of their officers. Jónasson really digs in giving us a terrific background for Ari Thor both past and present. Snowblind starts out slow, but builds up pace as the book progresses and then it explodes! For a supposed town where nothing happens Ari Thor uncovers a recent murder as well as one that happened years ago. Lots of interesting twists!If you are on the lookout for a new crime series Dark Iceland won’t disappoint. It’s a fast read that I finished in 2 days.Thanks to Miriam for recommending the series after reading #5.4 out of 5 stars

  • Brenda
    2019-04-09 03:08

    This book is the author's first to be translated into English. It was interesting, although mostly plodding along slowly. Much was made of the darkness, the snowy weather, and claustrophobia created by the surrounding mountains, but I didn't really feel it. I looked up Siglufjördur, Iceland on Apple Maps and it is a very isolated, small village near the Arctic Circle. That helped the atmosphere of the book. The crimes can be found in any old crime novel, but how they are handled in this book are kind of lackadaisical. It's mostly the rookie cop doing the investigating and putting all the pieces together, both current and from the past. A second book, Nightblind, is due this summer and I will eventually read it.

  • Janet
    2019-03-28 11:11

    I was seeing Snowblind everywhere. All over social media it was being talked about and I was kindly given an actual copy by the publisher which totally made my day .... so a huge thanks for that.The book reads like an old fashioned whodunnit with great characterisations, twisty plotting that doesn't give much away and great place settings. It tells the story of Ari Thor, a newly qualified police officer, who accepts a position of work in a remote part of Iceland, Siglufjordur. A small fishing town with inhabitants that have been there for generations so everyone pretty much knows everyone. Ari comes along and is immediately known as the outsider, joining what is a very small police presence within the town. A woman's body is found in the snow. A halo of red blood seeping through the cold whiteness she looks as if she's been carefully positioned there. An elderly and highly successful author is also found dead at a local amateur dramatic society theatre. Are these murders linked? What follows is a fairly slow paced telling of discovery as the story is spun out. Almost all characters present are given a backstory which gives the story real depth and the town itself takes centre stage as we get a real feel of the cold, remoteness and sheer beauty of Siglufjordur. I was really intrigued by the place and found myself looking up the town on the internet to be able to actually visualise the mountains and lakes. Stunning.The book is slow in parts but overall it works really well and the last portion of the book had my heart beating so fast I thought it was going to beat itself out of my chest! The ending I didn't see coming at all and thought that was very well done.In short, I really enjoyed Snowblind, mostly for the character development and placement but I also developed a soft spot for Ari Thor so was pleased to hear there will be more from this young officer.Recommended.

  • Lynn
    2019-04-19 05:08

    I really enjoyed the protagonist's introduction as a new police officer in a tiny town in the arctic circle. I caught the feeling of claustrophobia in the heavy snowfall and isolation....and ended up finishing the book outside in the sunshine this afternoon. I liked the characters and the setting and I'd love to read the follow-up set in this town during Spring. Hopefully it will be released in the U.S. soon.

  • Christine
    2019-04-24 05:03

    Snowblind has been widely acclaimed this year. As soon as I started reading, I could see why so many readers had fallen in love with it. Snowblind is the first in a series of books by Icelandic author Ragnar Jonnason. It has been translated into English by Quentin Bates.Snowblind takes us into a small isolated community in the north of Iceland, a place where everyone knows everyone and it takes forever for newcomers to integrate. Into this peaceful and dull environment, we follow Ari Thor a young police officer in his first post. This is a quiet town, where the police have very little to do. A woman is found half naked and bleeding out in the snow. An elderly esteemed author is discovered dead at the local amateur dramatics society. The peace is shattered. Can Ari Thor track down a killer?One of the things that hits you about this book is the beautiful chilly and increasingly close atmosphere. There is an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia. Ari Thor feels it and it eats away at him. As the Winter season becomes harsher and the tiny town is cut off from civilisation by snow, this only grows. We know that evil lurks, within this small community; linked to the amateur dramatics society. The tension escalates, as we fall under its spell.There is a lovely cast of diverse characters, as well as the shining lead in young Ari Thor. From Palmi, the playwright to Tomas, the chief of police to the Anna, the young future teacher, we soon start to get a handle on this community and who is who. There are plenty of suspects in this Icelandic whodunnit. It is a place of hidden secrets, jealousies and reasons for a spot of murder.I am utterly relieved to learn that this is the start of a series. We need to know what happens next to Ari Thor, our intrepid young police officer. There is really something special about Snowblind, with its mix of classic crime and Scandinavian quirkiness. It is easy to get into, highly atmospheric and incredibly exciting. It is an exceptional translation, without any clunky English. Look out for this one!!! Recommended.

  • Laura Rash
    2019-03-29 08:22

    Honestly I had hoped this book would live up to all the hype & it certainly did and then some! Written so fluidly you can turn the pages quickly & get immersed into Iceland within a few pages. A twist on a good old fashioned hometown mystery that was highly entertaining. I'm kind of glad I'm late to the game on this series bc now I can binge read them all at once! Thanks to Minotaur books for this copy in exchange for review!

  • Mackey St
    2019-04-07 05:13

    I will preface this by saying that I adore Nordic/Scandinavian mysteries. I like that they are slow, methodical, exacting and every single detail is important. I love that when I'm finished reading them I have learned something that I didn't know before either about the location, the people, an ethnicity, something. They aren't just another "I killed a woman with a gun, I'm a sick bastard," book.That said, this is the American debut of the international bestselling author Ragnar Jonasson's mystery. I've waited forever to read it and it did not disappoint. It started out slowly as we learned who everyone was and the ending could have been wrapped up more quickly but from what I understand his books only get better from here. It was great to read a real police procedural once again.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-12 08:18

    Check out my video book review! this & other reviews at Happy Reading! I first saw this book from Abby’s Crime by the Book Instagram account & tried to get my hands on it about a year ago & I couldn’t find it, so I moved on. This book is categorized as Nordic Noir & I believe Abby is a resident expert on the subject. I kept thinking about Snowblind & thankfully it was released in the US this year.The first thing I was Really Into with this book is Ragnar’s ability to make me feel cold & that I’m in Iceland experiencing this story firsthand. It was incredibly easy to get lost in the town of Siglufjörður. Think of it like a dark & gritty Stars Hollow with a cast of characters with intertwined relationships & secrets. Another think I’m Really Into is that this is book is first in a series of 5 books, known as The Dark Iceland Series. There is also a prequel of sorts focusing on the main character, Ari Thor. This story reads very well & it has a slow simmer rather than a rapid boil. Ragnar take readers through the story using the outsider, Ari, so we are able to learn about this isolated Icelandic village along with the new detective. If you’re Really Into crime, thrillers, police procedurals or mystery novels, then this is for you.One more thing I’m Really Into is that this series is being developed by the British production company, On the Corner. Now, I had to use this link on my phone, but it’s a clip of an interview with the producer (in English) about their goals for the series. More to come on this!I feel like I’ve fallen in an Icelandic rabbit hole & I might never leave.Special thanks to Ragnar Jónasson, St. Martin's Press & Netgalley for providing my copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

  • Inken
    2019-04-17 11:13

    Superficial, thin, lame ending that you could see a mile off. Scandi-noir can be very dark and depressing but this doesn't even come close. Other reviewers state you can really sense the claustrophobic atmosphere in this book but that's probably because the writer keeps going on and on about the main character constantly feeling (you guessed it) claustrophobic! Too many other characters in a very short novel make the storyline confusing and hard to follow despite its simplistic plot. And the epilogue seems totally detached from the rest of the story. Very disappointing.

  • Skip
    2019-04-21 03:58

    First of Jonasson's books to be published in English. Ari Thor can't find his calling until he joins the police academy, and finds a position in a remote village on Iceland's northern coast, estranging him from his girlfriend. A celebrity dies and Ari suspects foul play. The beauty of this book is the author's portrayal of this small town's desolation, and the depth of the characters. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Blair
    2019-04-23 09:20

    Ari Thór Arason is a young police officer so keen to start his career that he accepts the first post he's offered – in Siglufjörður, a past-its-prime fishing village in a northern fjord. Leaving his girlfriend Kristín in Reykjavik, Ari Thór travels hundreds of miles north and finds himself in an intimate, old-fashioned community, accessible only by an ominous-looking tunnel and cut off from the outside world when it snows heavily (which it often does). His boss cheerfully announces 'nothing ever happens here', so you know what's coming next. With a small-town vibe reminiscent of classic crime (Jónasson has translated numerous Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic), a mystery soon presents itself: the death of an elderly author during rehearsals for a play, and a seemingly unconnected attack on a young woman in her own garden.It adds something, I think, that Siglufjörður is a real place. Jónasson describes it beautifully, and being able to augment the book's portrayal of this picturesque, snow-dusted town with real images makes it even more captivating. I'm sure I'm far from the only reader to find Siglufjörður wonderfully beguiling, despite Ari Thór's conviction that it's claustrophobic.For me, Snowblind was carried by its atmosphere and sense of place; that's why I kept reading. The mystery is okay, if not exactly edge-of-your-seat stuff. Ari Thór is a bit of a wet blanket and not much of a compelling hero – I suppose it's refreshing that he's a naive rookie rather than the more standard dysfunctional loner, but I kept getting annoyed with his attitude. The 'love triangle' storyline really tested my patience too. It's totally irrelevant to the plot; as this is a series, I have to assume it's a setup for something that will happen in a future installment, but that doesn't make it any more palatable in this case, and it doesn't make me feel particularly inclined to read the rest of the series either.TinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  • Raven
    2019-04-04 03:00

    Snowblind is the first of his Dark Iceland quintet, with a pitch perfect translation by Jonasson’s fellow Scandibrit crime author, Quentin Bates, for the UK market. Snowblind has given rise to one of the biggest buzzes in the crime fiction world, and refreshingly usurps the cast iron grip of the present obsession with domestic noir. Introducing Ari Thor, a young police officer from Reykjavik, who takes up a posting in the small northern community of Siglufjordur, leaving behind not only the city, but his girlfriend too, and immersing him in a complex and perplexing case, in a claustrophobic and chilling setting…Having recently had the delight of seeing Jonasson at CrimeFest, an international crime convention in Bristol UK, it was very interesting to hear that outside of his career as a lawyer, he has previously translated a clutch of Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. The shadow of Christie looms large, and it’s no exaggeration to say that her reputation for sublime plotting is flawlessly mirrored by Jonasson in his exceptionally well-executed novel. By using the claustrophobic confines of this small community in Siglufjordur, and its relative inaccessibility due to location and inclement weather, Jonasson cleverly manipulates the compressed cast of characters. The book takes on the real feel of a locked room mystery, with a finite group of possible perpetrators of the violent crimes, in this case a severe physical assault and a suspicious death, and giving the reader a puzzling conundrum as we attempt to identify the guilty party or parties ourselves. Speaking as a crime reader, this is always one of the essential thrills of this nature of crime book, playing detective and navigating the red herrings along the way. Jonasson provides this in spades, and due to a series of tricks in the narrative, all is not as it appears, confusing not only Ari Thor, but also the humble reader along the way. A whodunnit that really hits the spot, whilst also cleverly concealing the how and the why…With the author being so familiar with the isolated setting of this book (Jonasson’s relatives hailed from the town) the overarching cold and sinister darkened atmosphere in the grip of a harsh winter is powerfully wrought throughout. Indeed, I felt that I should have been reading this neatly tucked up in a blanket in front of a roaring fire, such is the pervading nature of cold and bleakness within its pages. Equally, the situation and closed feel to the community seen through Thor’s eyes is tangible throughout, as he encounters for the first time some of the more eccentric inhabitants, the trust of being able to leave your door unlocked, and the more laidback style of policing by his fellow officers. I particularly enjoyed the way they were propelled into a situation they had rarely encountered as if they were saying- “A murder in Siglufjordur? Impossible!” and being reluctantly spurred on by our rookie police officer’s enthusiastic theories, that did at times fall on fallow ground.The characterisation is well-realised, with an intriguing blend of the eccentric, the straight-laced and the emotionally damaged, working beautifully in tandem as the plot progresses. With the wide-eyed, and sometimes baffled incomer, Ari Thor, steadily encountering and interacting with them, again the Christie connection comes into play, as their dark secrets and murderous intentions come to light. This is truly a community where not everyone is as they at first appear, including Thor himself, heightening the sense of intrigue, and in some ways displaying all the well loved familiarity of a good old murder mystery, underscored with all the dark psychology of contemporary crime fiction.So, all in all, as you will probably gather, I rather enjoyed this debut with its intriguing cast, terrific use of location, confident plotting and lively translation.

  • Jean
    2019-04-20 04:21

    “Nothing ever happens here.” That should have been Ari Thor’s first clue that something out of the ordinary was about to transpire. Eventually. I say “eventually” because Ragnar Jonasson’s Snowblind is not a fast-paced, action-packed thriller. I would hardly call it a thriller at all. It has been labeled “Nordic Noir,” and although I’m no expert, that is probably a better description.This slowly developing story is set in Siglufjordur, a sleepy fishing village on the northern coast of Iceland. I like to be able to pronounce all the words in the books I read, so this book gave me some problems with many foreign names. But that’s just me! Ari Thor is an unemployed theology university dropout living with his med student girlfriend in Reykjavik when he gets an offer to work as a police officer in Siglufjordur. Without consulting Kristin, he accepts and heads off alone to become the third member of the police force in this small town where everyone knows everyone.If you like a book with character development, you may very well enjoy this novel. We get to know Ari Thor’s thoughts, his fears, and his doubts. In Siglufjordur, he is an outsider. He misses Kristin and regrets having taken the job without discussing it with her, but he seems too proud to apologize. He is miffed when she doesn’t call him. He is lonely. The endless snow and isolation make him feel claustrophobic. I have spent sixty winters in Minnesota, a cold northern state near the Canadian border, so I know what a long, cold, snowy winter feels like. By the end of February, one gets rather stir-crazy. Ari Thor’s co-workers and neighbors told him he would get used to it. Come summer, they told him, you’ll see the beauty of this place and you’ll never want to leave. The location and the bleak, oppressive weather becomes a character too. Much has been made of the claustrophobia as the overall mood of this book, but I didn’t feel it so much. Despite all the information I had about Ari Thor, I didn’t develop strong feelings toward him one way or another.There were several secondary characters who seemed just as complex, if not more. Ugla, the piano teacher. Karl. Hrolfur. Some of the names were a challenge to keep straight, and I had difficulty determining the age of some of them, which mattered to me because once “something” happened, I wanted to be able to rule out certain characters.What happens? You can read that in the blurb. I didn’t feel the tension as intensely as that summary implies, but as a rookie policeman, Ari Thor has some good instincts. He’s impulsive and hasty at times, but he has a sharp mind. The author teases the reader with brief chapters describing an intruder with a knife confronting a woman, threatening her. These are interspersed with the slow grind of Ari Thor’s daily life as a police officer. It wasn’t until I passed the halfway mark that I started to feel more invested in the story, and it’s in the last third that the mystery unfolds and I began to enjoy the book more. My rating, therefore, is an average of my impression of the book. The first two-thirds reads mostly like fiction, which struck me as average. The conclusion picked up the pace, which bumps that part to four stars, so overall, I rate Snowblind 3.5 stars.3.5 stars

  • Amy
    2019-03-29 07:00

    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.comAri Thor accepts his first job with a police force in a remote Iceland town leaving behind the big city and his girlfriend, Kristin. Almost immediately he second guesses his decision to relocate as Siglufjörður is a small town and he is made to feel like an outsider. As a rookie officer and the new face in town, he has many obstacles to overcome and when one resident dies and another is found badly injured he begins to realize that though the residents seem to know everything about each other, there are still many secrets being kept.I’m not sure I’ve ever read a more poetically written crime novel before. The descriptive prose Jonasson uses is gorgeous and even the actual crime scenes themselves are oddly beautiful sounding. There is a mature elegance to his writing style that really captivates the reader and makes you appreciate the rather slow pacing of the book. Even though things start off slow, by the latter half of the book it amps up and provides some fulfilling plot turns. I can’t review Snowblind without discussing the stunning atmosphere of Iceland. Jonasson’s imagery is just beautiful and the atmosphere plays such a large role here. Set in the winter months during very heavy snowfall, there is a constant sense of claustrophobia that affects not only the reader, but protagonist Ari Thor as well. You can absolutely feel the bone numbing chill in the air and the oppressive sense of dread it conjures. As the snow continues to pile up and the case unfolds I found myself feeling slightly suffocated and anxious for the season to change. This is not a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller but rather a classic murder mystery. It’s perfect for people that want a true, old school mystery with very little gory details and more focus on the characters and setting. But make no mistake, even if it doesn’t follow the newer trend of frantic pacing and twist after turn it still very much delivers on all levels and packs a powerful punch in the end.

  • Ellie
    2019-04-23 09:13

    Student Ari Thor is living in Reykjavik (Iceland) with his fiance. He has studied philosophy and theology but neither has helped him come to terms with his feelings of being alone in an indifferent universe following the death of his parents when he was a young boy. Now he is in the police academy and seems to have found his place. Much to the dismay of his fiance, he has been offered a job in a remote town, practically in the arctic circle. He goes, finding himself very much an outsider in this place where everybody knows everybody and there are no secrets.Or are there?Jonasson's Snowblind is a wonderful read. We are drawn into the claustrophobic village, cut off from the constant winter snow. Sealed off from the rest of the world by an avalanche, there is great fear when an old man dies mysteriously and a young woman hovers on the edge of death.I was on the edge of my seat, reading this. Jonasson uses the weather well, contributing to the feeling of anxiety and dread in the book. This book is a terrific mystery and a great contribution to the genre of "Nordic Noir." Jonasson writes a story that pulls the reader in immediately. I read the book in two sittings (it would have been one, if life had permitted). Bates' translation is extremely readable and Jonasson creates characters that are highly engaging. I especially fell in love with Ari Thor!I strongly recommend this book to mystery lovers. I am particularly fascinated by the Icelandic locale and this book more than lived up to expectations. I hope the other books in this series appear in English soon-I can hardly wait to read them.I am grateful to NetGalley for giving me this copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jen
    2019-04-24 03:15

    Ari Thór Arason is a rookie cop, offered his first posting in the remote fishing village of Siglufjörður in Northern Iceland. The town is so remote that it can only be reached by passing through a mountain tunnel. The residents have been there that long, most born and bred in town, that everyone knows everyone, and as the newcomer, Ari Thór has a job on his hands just to be accepted in the community. Daubed ‘The Reverend’ due to his theological studies at college, Ari Thór is told early on by his boss and mentor Tómas, that nothing ever happens in Siglufjörður, a town so safe that residents don’t even have to lock their doors.Isolated from the rest of the island by the relentless snow storms, the feeling of claustrophobia that prevails from this and the seemingly endless night, and suffering the pain of separation from his girlfriend Kristin, who chose to stay in Reykjavik, Ari Thór strikes up a friendship with the town’s second newest resident, Ugla. When a young woman is found lying in the snow in a pool of her own blood, and soon after, the town’s only celebrity, an acclaimed author and chairman of the dramatic society, Hrólfur, is found dead at the foot of steps within the theatre. Far from a town where nothing happens, Ari Thór is now plunged into the depths of two investigations, but are they accidents or something more sinister. The more questions Ari Thór asks, the more doubts he begins to have. As the darkness, the snowstorm and the claustrophobia plunge him further into a personal darkness, he begins to realise that there is a killer on the loose in Siglufjörður and the list of suspects is long…‘Snow Blind’ is the first novel in Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland Series. With protagonist, Ari Thór, we have a new kind of hero. Newly qualified and a little naïve and idealistic, he is too green to have the fully formed intuition of the more seasoned detectives, and too junior in his role to make much on an impact with his observations anyway. While, some of his conjectures have merit, his Inspector, Tómas, has reason to doubt his assertions as he has grown up in the town, knows the residents better than most, and is somewhat blinded by his assertion that none could be a killer. It adds a different aspect to the novel, one which is welcomed and highly believable. Iceland has a reputation for an extremely low, almost none existent crime rate, something played to good effect throughout this story.The remote nature of the location also adds a clever dimension to the story. Blocked off from the rest of civilisation, as it were, by the snowstorm and an unfortunate avalanche, it adds to the tension to know that even if they were inclined to run, the killers path is as blocked as that of the police. The feeling of suffocation felt by Ari Thór at the endless dark nights and the relentless bad weather comes across loud and clear on the page, as does the feeling of isolation, everything from his home to his solo shift at Christmas coming as it does to him alone. The slow build of his attraction to Ugla, something of a comfort blanket to Ari Thór, is just another symptom of his isolation and fear.Ari Thór is an intriguing hero. Pig-headed and stubborn at times, and defined by a difficult past, he has a strange kind of appeal to me. He is not your all action hero, although perhaps still younger and more idealistic than his colleagues in Siglufjörður. He still believes in justice and in trying to prove beyond all doubt the identity of a killer who has walked among them unknown for years, whose very presence confuses the investigation into the attack on the woman and Hrólfur’s death. This is a clever angle played by Jónasson, an unidentified female under attack in her home, whose story is interspersed among the ongoing story of Ari Thór and the residents of Siglufjörður, without revealing until nearly the end how it all ties in, a surprising and intriguing twist.If you are looking for a fast action, high octane thriller, then this won’t be the book for you. The pace and tone of the story are very effective reflections of the setting, perfectly balanced and with enough foreboding to still keep you hooked. I listened to, rather than read this book, and in some ways am thankful as I know I would have spent as long trying to work out how to pronounce Siglufjörður as actually enjoying the story which would have been a travesty. By the end, I was truly invested in Ari Thór and the rest of the residents, and intrigued to see where the characters would lead us in the future. Much more of a who-and-why-dunnit, there were enough interesting characters to keep suspicion moving from one to another, their back story so well explained that it really could have been any of them who did the ultimate deed. I certainly didn’t see the one twist coming, and it was clear from the ending that heartbreak is on the cards for our dear protagonist, bless him.This was my first dip into Icelandic fiction but after heading back for second (and third) helpings, I’m hooked and I can see me going back again and again.5 - super cool & wintry stars Version reviewed: Audible Audio Book.

  • Rachel Hall
    2019-04-16 10:59

    Welcome to Ragnar Jónasson's world of Dark Iceland and the village of Siglufjördur. Now prepare for things to get just a little uncomfortable..! When rookie cop Ari Thór Arason accepts his first posting to the remote northern fishing village of Siglufjördur, he has little or no idea of what he is undertaking. Cast adrift from girlfriend Kristín in Reykjavik and eager to begin his career in the force, Ari Thór is considered as something of a novelty by the locals. In a village where the clear expectation is that the rookie cop will spend a few years in this outpost before moving back to a larger city, the locals cast a sceptical eye over him. When Ari Thór learns that no one locks their doors, the daily newspapers do not arrive until midday and access and hence exit from the village is via a narrow tunnel carved into a mountain over forty years ago he begins to understand what this posting could mean. A life of issuing speeding tickets and always being considered as an outsider seems in store, after all, it is station sergeant Tómas who laughs off the idea of serious crime in the village and is keen to tell Ari Thór:"There's little juicier than a good morsel in a society where not a great deal of note happens."When a young woman is found lying half naked in the snow, bleeding and fighting for her life and a highly venerated elderly author falls to his death at the local theatre things start to get a little darker. The villagers are looking over their shoulders and from then on Ari Thór is dragged straight into the heart of the community and this novel reads like a glorious throwback to the heyday of golden-age crime fiction and the Agatha Christie era of which the lady herself would be proud.The claustrophobia of the setting begins to take its toll on Ari Thór and when an avalanche cuts off the only route out of Siglufjördur this does nothing to ease the tension. With the "endless snow becoming oppressive" and eventually giving way to a "palpable feeling of brooding uncertainty", Ragnar Jónasson gets the very best out of his location. The unremitting bleakness of the conditions feels ever present and the remoteness of the setting only adds to this. With each fresh flurry of snow the reader feels the landscape shifting underneath them and with blood on the snow covered so easily, Ari Thór seems like a man up against it in the hunt for the truth. At one point he even questions if it is within his power to investigate and unravel these events:"Was there any hope of getting to the bottom of this case in a place where everyone knew everyone else so intimately? Old schoolchums, former workmates, friends and relatives; everyone seemed bound together with innumerable links."Against the backdrop of a combustible Reyjvakik, with the effects of the financial crash being felt everywhere and a fractious community on a knife edge, the isolation of Siglufjördur is cleverly brought to the fore. With its economic dependency on herring and the fishing trade, hence the dislocation with the prevailing feeling in wider Iceland, Siglufjördur feels wonderfully remote.Ari Thór is an endearing and humane protagonist, a brilliant and realistic mix of the naive young man both keen to do his best and form a career and some significant roots. That he makes unwise decisions through this case, including becoming involved with a suspect, presents a man with faults. At last at cop who is fallible and we can identify with and reading every page of the novel I was with him all the way, championing his cause!With breathtaking prose, so simple yet so pitch-perfect in every way, this is an utter joy of a read. Snowblind epitomises everything that is so wonderful about the current crop of talented authors of the Nordic Noir genre.. A fantastically well-crafted story, with some clever and well thought out characterisation, which plays its setting to superb effect but never loses sight that the mystery holding it together is central. A phenomenal read and without a doubt one of the classiest crime fiction novels of 2015, I cannot recommend this book any more highly. With seamless translation from Quentin Bates adding the cherry on top this is simply dazzling.Ragnar Jónasson has tackled Dark Iceland head on and having read the opening pages of Nightblind I am on tenterhooks prior to the December 2015 launch. Snowblind was bought to readers by the independent publishing house Orenda Books who have published some of the most outstanding novels of 2015. With a catalogue for 2016 looking mighty impressive and a large focus on translated crime this bodes very well for crime fiction lovers. To read more about Snowblind, Nightblind and the rest of the Orenda Books catalogue take a look at

  • Wendy
    2019-04-23 04:16

    Snowblind is our introduction to the authentic and changeable atmosphere of the Dark Iceland series with chief characters you can’t help but warm to, despite the extreme weather conditions and their colossal indiscretions.So here we are. Siglufjörður, Iceland, in 2008. A single tunnel leading in and out may isolate the town but fails to protect it from the unseen jeopardies that lie ahead.Ari Thór Arason is a new police officer from Reykjavik who accepts a position at the small police station in Siglufjörður, much to the surprise of his long term girlfriend Kristin as he didn’t discuss the move with her first. She remains in the South, he moves north until the frostiness of their relationship feels right at home during the dark days and oppressive nights of an Icelandic winter that seeks to smother Ari Thór with despair. With both of them possessing frustrating stubborn streaks it threatens to cancel out rare opportunities to resolve matters between them.Ari Thór is convinced he has to take this rare career opportunity, as the current financial crisis doesn’t present that many. He is welcomed by the inspector, Tómas, and gets to know the locals, or rather the locals single out newcomers on sight and irritatingly refer to him as The Reverend, a reference to his abandoned theological studies before joining the police.“Ah, we don’t lock our doors here,” the inspector bellows at the new recruit. That throw away comment would seem rather quaint if a semi-naked woman hadn’t been discovered in a pool of blood, there was trouble at the local drama group where someone fell to their death, and a break-in threatens to undermine the close community feel Ari Thór was led to believe existed in these parts. It leaves him pondering what he’s let himself in for.As an outsider, Ari Thór has no previous connection to the victim or the witnesses and can remain impartial during his questioning. In stark contrast Tómas is either related to someone and knows everybody. Ari Thór doesn’t want to embark on character assassination but history is clouding the investigation but he has to watch his step with his boss. Tómas’s mantra of “try not to upset the locals, it’s a small town” doesn’t mean these people aren’t capable of being merciless and simply keep it under their thermal hats.The graceful word skill in Snowblind is exceptionally soothing, it’s as though you’re listening to an interesting stranger recounting a story of cosy Icelandic life that’s been tainted by some rather dreadful occurrences. Everyday realism is performed on a majestic stage with the most striking backdrop, allowing interludes of drama to disturb the tranquillity when the cast least expect it.

  • Paul
    2019-04-17 10:07

    Snowblind – Dazzled by the snowSnowblind by the Icelandic author Ragnar Jónasson is a dazzling debut and an absolute joy that we can now read this translation in English. None of the suffocating atmosphere of Siglufjördur in the north of Iceland in the dark cold winter is lost the frozen cold north oozes through the pages. The writing is clear and as crisp as virgin snow written in a wonderful style where you are grabbed by the throat this thriller does not let go until the end.Ari Thór Arasan is studying to be a police officer in Reykjavik living with his girlfriend a medical student when he is offered his first position in the north of the country in Siglufjördur and accepts. Before he knows it he has left his girlfriend in Reykjavik and is being driven in to the coastal town that will become his home. When Ari is being driven through a tunnel does it hit home how cut off Siglufjördur becomes in winter.Ari finds that everyone knows each other’s business in this small fishing town and how suffocating life can be here in winter and the near 24 hour darkness nearly sends Ari over the edge. What saves him is some real police work when what seemed an accidental death of a renowned writer dies in the local theatre and an attempted murder of a local nurse.Ari discovers that there is a dark heart in the midst of the community and for knowing everybody else’s business it is also a town stocked full of secrets. As rumours grow the community is on edge Ari and his colleagues are working flat out to find out the truth in this small community. Ari is fighting his own inner demons at the same time as searching for the demon or demons at the heart of his new community. Just about managing to hold things together he makes some interesting discoveries and also solves a 25 year old murder that nobody had ever known had happened at the time.Snowblind has such an excellently well crafted crime novel that the plot is intricate and woven together by a brilliant new crime fighter in Ari who reminds me of Poroit who puts everything together at the end of the book. The book has been translated wonderfully by Quentin Bates and I hope that between Ragnar, his translator and his publisher Orenda Books is the start of a beautiful partnership, because the reader will be the winner in the long run.

  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    2019-04-21 05:17

    Endless days of gray sky set and snow set the stage for me to sit down to read Snow Blind, we haven't seen the sun in days. Nestled in my comfortable chair in front of the fireplace, I settle into a small town close to the arctic circle were rookie Ari Thor has taken a his first position as a police officer. Shortly after his arrival, a local celebrity is found dead, Ari Thor is drawn to a woman who is not his girlfriend and a partially naked woman is found laying in the snow. While not an action packed thriller, the characters were well-developed holding my attention as the story slowing moved along, like the winter storm that had settled on Siglufjördur.This review was originally posted on The Pfaeffle Journal

  • Marina Sofia
    2019-04-07 04:24

    There is a delightfully sweet, old-fashioned feel to this story, with a limited cast of characters (and suspects) and a remote village cut off by a snowstorm. But it's also got that arctic Nordic chill sweeping through it, hugely atmospheric. Ari Thor as the main detective is not all-knowing, all-wise and all-courageous, but just a young rookie, full of ideas (some good, some not so good), unsure of himself and his future, trying to do a decent job. Very realistic and likeable.

  • BookwormDH
    2019-04-11 09:59

    Ragner Jonasson. Some brilliant writing. A very mild crime novel. I loved the feeling of the town, and I would love to visit. Cleverly put through. I think you have more potential to be honest. The storyline was too weak in my opinion. Constructive criticism, Ragner. I’m certainly looking forward to your next. Your writing is exceptional. Characters got confused at some point, and it was hard to keep up with it. I would recommend this book to anyone. The dialog is brilliant.

  • Rachael
    2019-03-29 07:22

    A fantastic mystery which really evokes the small town mindset and the implications of secrets amongst those who live close to you. You can feel the cold and the claustrophobic boredom of being trapped by snow into a small village.I really loved the character of young police officer Ari Thor and am looking forward to reading more from Siglufjörður.

  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    2019-03-30 10:12

    3.5 stars, pretty good!