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THE DARKNESS por RAGNAR JONASSON
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THE DARKNESS

por RAGNAR JONASSON

Séries: Hidden Iceland (book 1)

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"Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from Ragnar Jonasson, one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir. The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed. Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking. Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger" --… (mais)
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Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson has been receiving such high praise from high places recently, that I decided it was time for me to get ahold of one of his books to see for myself what all the talk is about. Because I’m a big fan of crime fiction series anyway, I decided to start with The Darkness, the first book in Jónasson’s three-book “Hulda Series.” And what a perfect way to get acquainted with Ragnar Jónasson’s crime writing, that turned out to be!Reykjavik Police Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir (now you know why the series is called simply the “Hulda” series) is one of the least obvious candidates to have a police series of her own I’ve ever run across - and that makes The Darkness memorable.

As The Darkness begins, 64-year-old Hulda is being forced into retirement a full six months earlier than she had planned to leave the Reykjavik police. Despite her shock at being pushed out the door this way, Hulda does manage to wrangle an additional two weeks on the clock during which she will be allowed to work on the cold case of her choice. Everyone knows that the odds against her solving any cold case singlehandedly in just two weeks are not good, but Hulda very badly wants to end her career with a win, so she takes the deal her boss offers.

One year earlier, the body of a young Russian woman who was seeking asylum in Iceland washed ashore. All indications are that the woman committed suicide, and the original investigative file indicates exactly that. But Hulda knows that the police failed the woman both while she was alive and again after her death, and she wants to rectify as much of that failure as she can before it is too late ever to learn the truth. Now, after learning that just days before her body was found, the woman had been notified that her application for asylum had been approved, Hulda knows that suicide is an unlikely answer as to what happened to her. And then, Hulda learns that a second young Russian woman, the dead woman’s best friend, has herself missing for months. She is certain that the fates of the two women are connected, but no one but her seems to care - and now she only has two weeks to figure it all out.

Hulda, though, is not exactly a by-the-book cop, and she never has been one. She steps on toes, keeps her boss so far out of the loop that he’s always frantically trying to get her on the phone, interviews whomever she pleases whenever she pleases, and bends the law beyond its breaking point whenever she thinks that’s the right thing to do. And that’s exactly why her two weeks suddenly turns into three days. If she is going to figure all of this out, Hulda is barely going to have time to sleep.

Bottom Line: Hulda Hermannsdóttir is a woman with secrets of her own, and it is great fun to watch Jónasson build the character layer-by-layer into one that eventually bares little resemblance to the Hulda I thought I was reading about at the beginning of The Darkness. And please - for your own good - DO NOT read the ending first. I know that some people still read novels that way, but this is absolutely not the time to do it. I’m telling you…don’t do it.

Amanda Redman’s audiobook narration is excellent, and it makes listening to her read The Darkness a real pleasure. ( )
  SamSattler | May 16, 2021 |
A stunning thriller and procedural all wrapped up barely 300 pages of quick-reading short chapters. The main character is Hulda, an almost-retired police detective hell-bent on proving herself going out the door by solving a year-old cold-case death of a Russian immigrant. It's hard to describe the many threads that carry the book to its stunning conclusion. At times it seems as if several book plots are competing for attention here, but no. They are all cleverly related and relevant to its outcome. I can't reveal the surprise ending, but justice is partially served, but in the saddest way. This is a book I will not forget. Bravo Ragnar Jonasson. Looking to start another of his books soon. ( )
  FYreads | Mar 21, 2021 |
I liked this book very much and enjoy Ragnar Jonasson's writing. However the ending ( which I will not reveal ) bothered me greatly because the book series goes in reverse chronology. Thus I can't read the last two books. I wonder if anyone else has similar feelings.
  degrootdan | Mar 20, 2021 |
On the cover is a quote from Greg Hurwitz that says "I dare you not to be shocked" and damn if he wasn't right! I was shocked, and a little mad, at the ending! Dark, but quick, read that kept me wondering from beginning to end.
  ChelleBearss | Mar 15, 2021 |
Continuing in the Nordic Noir genre, today I’d like to talk about The Darkness by Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson. It is the first book in the Hidden Iceland series. Jonasson is the author of two series, Dark Iceland featuring Ari Thor and Hidden Iceland featuring Hulda Hermannsdottir, as well as several standalone novels. Jonasson has a law degree and works as an investment banker by day and a crime writer by night, literally he writes during the evening. He has translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. He’s been shortlisted for Novel of the Year in Sweden, the Barry Award in the U.S. and the Petrona Award for the best Scandinavian crime novel. His books have received many starred reviews and have been translated into 27 languages in 40 countries and The Darkness is in the process of being adapted into an eight-part TV series. I’ve previously read two Ari Thor novels.
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Sixty-four-year-old Hulda Hermannsdottir knew she was going to have to retire in several months when she turned 65. However, it came as quite a shock when her supervisor told her that he had already filled her position with an up and coming male police officer, reallocated her cases and needed her office. She had two weeks to vacate. Throwing her a bone, he said since she had no cases for the next two weeks, she could pick a cold case of her choice to work on, feeling it would keep her out of his hair and expecting no new evidence to appear. But he was wrong.

Hulda picked the case of a young Russian immigrant, Elena, who was seeking asylum in Iceland. Her body was found floating in an isolated cove in a remote part of the coast, 18 miles from Reykjavik. The incompetent officer in charge of the case ruled it a suicide but Hulda felt there was more to the case than that. Nobody seemed to care about the poor girl.

As Hulda began to review the case and re-interview the witnesses, it became apparent that many leads were not followed up including the fact that another young Russian girl had disappeared several weeks prior to Elena’s body washing up on shore, that many of the witnesses had secrets of their own and it seemed that nobody really wanted her to pursue the case. Additionally, it came to light that Elena’s petition for asylum was soon to be approved, therefore giving her no reason to commit suicide. Hulda’s dogged pursuit of the truth could jeopardize other investigations, irritate her boss, possibly provide results but could also possibly put her life in danger as she got closer to the truth. But, the more she investigated, the more Hulda identified with Elena and the more she wanted to advocate for Elena.

The Darkness is told in several parts. There is Hulda’s police procedural. There is an italicized narrative told by an unknown party and there is the story of an infant put into care because her young unwed mother could not afford to care for her. All three stories converge to yield a riveting story and a “stunning conclusion”, as one reviewer put it. Another said, “If you think you know how frigid Iceland can be, this novel…has news for you: It’s much, much colder than you’ve ever imagined.” Another reviewer said “…The Darkness has vivid descriptions of beautiful yet treacherous landscapes, a simmering mystery and an endearing protagonist.” It is definitely NOT for the faint hearted.
The Darkness is a solid police procedural and reminiscent of Ann Cleeve’s Vera, an unmarried veteran police woman who did not fit in with her younger counterparts, who has demons of her own that periodically emerge to torment her, who might bend the law slightly, whose life is her work and who doggedly pursues the truth to the bitter end.

As well as the Vera series, The Darkness is recommended for readers of Icelandic mystery authors Arnuldur Indridason’s Detective Erlundur series and Yrsa Sigurdardottir. I’ve mentioned all these authors in previous reviews.

I really like this book and can't wait for the next installment. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Jan 26, 2021 |
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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.
 

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"Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from Ragnar Jonasson, one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir. The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed. Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking. Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger" --

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