The Darkness


The Darkness

Ragnar Jonasson

Snappy Review

Twisty crime, with all the clues available, should you be able to pick them up. A cold and dark tale for a warm summer read.


After being unceremoniously forced into early retirement at the age of 64, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsd├│ttir of the Reykjavik Police is refusing to go quietly.

Hulda is told to pick a cold case to investigate for two more weeks and she knows just the one. A young woman found dead on the seaweed-covered rocks of the Vatnsleysustr├Ând. A woman who had come to Iceland in search of refuge and found only a watery grave. Her death was ruled a suicide after a slapdash investigation.

But when Hulda starts to ask questions she soon realises that there was something far darker to this case. That this was not the only young woman to disappear from the hostel where the asylum seekers waited for their judgement and that no one is telling the whole story. And that if she uncovers something she shouldn’t her own life might be in danger.