The Island

The Island

A Thriller

eBook - 2019
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Autumn of 1987 takes a young couple on a romantic trip in the Westfjords holiday―a trip that gets an unexpected ending and has catastrophic consequences. Ten years later a small group of friends go for a weekend in an old hunting lodge in Elliðaey. A place completely cut off from the outside world, to reconnect. But one of them isn't going to make it out alive. And Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir is determined to find the truth in the darkness. Ragnar Jonasson burst onto the American scene with Snowblind and Nightblind, the first two novels in the Ari Thor thriller series, and the praise was overwhelming. With The Darkness, he launched a new series featuring a completely new sleuth, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police department. The Island is the second book in this series. --
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250193384
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rag
Description: 1 online resource (335 pages)
Additional Contributors: Cribb, Victoria
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ChristchurchLib Apr 22, 2020

When a group of four friends visit an isolated area of Iceland's Westfjords and only three return, Detective Hulda Hermanndottir is called in to investigate. Hulda must face her own dark past to discover the truth when she realises the disappearance may be linked to a chilling cold case that occurred years before on the same desolate island. This haunting, suspenseful Nordic-Noir thriller is the second book in Ragnor Jonasson's compelling Hidden Iceland series.

Feb 24, 2020

The Island starts slowly and builds intensively, I almost ceased reading. A local policeman finds a dead young woman, and the hunt begins for her killer. Police arrest the father and charge him with the murder. The story resumes with the four surviving friends of Katla, the dead young woman, ten years after the incident. Benedikt, Klara, Alexandra, and Dagur journey to an island to reminisce about Katla. Another member dies—is it suicide or murder. Detective Inspector Hulda jumps into the investigation and falls into the earlier death of Katla. Ragnar Jonasson presents a story seeped in the beauty and hardness of Iceland. Jonasson portrays each of the characters in vivid detail. The short chapters that bounce back and forth between characters give an easy reading. Plus Jonasson, inserts the problems of Hulda with her job, her mother, and a long-lost father. An enlightening story.

Nov 11, 2019

I agree that this book was shallow. It was missing something. The detective seemed to care a lot about getting promoted and solving the murder seemed secondary. Plus the first murder investigation missed too many clues that there was another person in the cabin besides her father. This is the first and last book I will read.

Oct 20, 2019

His books are amazing. I have read every one and am now waiting eagerly for the last one in this current trilogy. I love the descriptions and the land, the magical sounding names of the towns. The mysteries are great and the characters are interesting.

Oct 19, 2019

This one is fine I guess at least nothing is really wrong with it. It is kind of shallow and I think maybe it loses something in a translation possibly. It seems kind of stiff for lack of a better word. It is just not quite up to the standards of these type books from Britain, Sweden, or Norway. I happen to be reading this series in reverse order so my next one will be the first one of the series.

Oct 06, 2019

Not my favorite Ragnar Jónasson mystery, but still pretty good. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jun 26, 2019

I enjoyed all Ragnar Jónasson's Dark Iceland novels, and I now try to read any of his work that gets translated into English.
The Island (Elliðaey) is the second in Ragnar's Hidden Iceland series featuring Hulda Hermannsdottir. I already know of Hulda's eventual fate (having read The Darkness) but it doesn't really matter in which order you read the books.
The Island is not full of unnecessary words and this gives it a haunting quality that adds to the atmosphere. Great read!


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