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The Darkness: A Thriller (The Hulda Series, 1) (edição 2018)

por Ragnar Jonasson (Autor)

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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Título:The Darkness: A Thriller (The Hulda Series, 1)
Autores:Ragnar Jonasson (Autor)
Informação:Minotaur Books (2018), Edition: Reissue, 336 pages
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I picked this up because the central character -- 64 years old, and on the brink of reluctant retirement -- sounded, hmmm, familiar. However, about 100 pages in, I am giving up on it.

Jonasson's writing is flat and uninspired. Compared to another recent Icelandic-noir novel I read, there is little or no sense of place, or humor to leven the dark subject matter. (Or, indeed, to acknowledge that grouchy Scandinavian detectives with dark secrets are a bit of a cliche ...) Detective Hulda is very one-note: she doesn't want to retire, she feels that the glass ceiling, and the boys' club atmosphere she had to work in has blocked her career. We get it. But for a woman who considers herself a good detective, and who has had to struggle financially for over a decade after her husband dies, leaving her broke, she lacks any sort of spark, or self-motivation.

And life is too short ... ( )
  maura853 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Having enjoyed Jonasson's Dark Iceland series, I was excited to find more by this talented mystery writer, who is very atmospheric. As in the other series, his main character is complex, Hulda Hermanndottir is a successful, but lonely detective, who is forced into an earlier than expected retirement to create an opportunity for a new hire. She is given the opportunity to open a old case, and chooses the mysterious death of a Russian émigré, ruled a suicide by a lazy male colleague, even though she was just granted asylum. Hulda is also dealing with an unhappy childhood, and problems from her own marriage. Jonasson skillfully weaves in the backstories, which are revealing. Big surprise ending. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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 |
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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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