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Whiteout – tekijä: Ragnar Jónasson
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Whiteout (2013)

– tekijä: Ragnar Jónasson (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Dark Iceland (4)

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Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarsvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop? With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim's mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and its secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place. Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland's bestselling crime writers.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:alienne
Teoksen nimi:Whiteout
Kirjailijat:Ragnar Jónasson (Tekijä)
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Kokoelmat:Aion lukea, IPL, IPL-Ebook, Next in series, 0 Years TBR
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Avainsanoja:fiction, mystery, Icelandic author, 2010s fiction

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Whiteout (tekijä: Ragnar Jónasson) (2013)

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The 4th novel in the series (which was translated and published 5th in English) fills in the gap left in the English translations (and continues from the first 3 if you are reading them in the proper order).

Kristín and Ari Thór Arason are together again and are awaiting a child (knowing what happens in the 5th book makes you see where the story is leading...). Christmas is coming in the cold fjords of the north and everyone is looking forward at it. Except for one young woman in the village of Kálfshamarvík who appears to have jumped from the cliffs which crowd the villages.

Ari Thór goes to investigate (with Kristín traveling with him) after his old boss, Tomas, asks him to assist. What follows is essentially a locked room mystery - there is a very limited number of characters (it is a small village and with the snow coming down, most of them never leave their house).

It looks like a suicide and everyone wants it to be - so they can have Christmas if nothing else. Except that things do not add up and it is not the first woman from that family to die in the same way. So Ari Thór investigates - and almost gets in trouble (as usual).

The story works because we see it through Ari Thór's eyes - no omniscient narrator to clarify some connections - we learn about them when the detectives do. Past secrets end up being important for the solution of the case. And as much as one likes our detective, he is not always the fastest mind out there - which makes the series even better in some ways.

A solid entry in a solid series. It was supposed to be a 5 books series but in 2020 Jónasson returned to Ari Thór's story with a 6th book so there is one more left for me to read. ( )
1 ääni AnnieMod | Aug 18, 2021 |
A few days before Christmas, policeman Ari Thor and his former boss, Tomas, are asked to investigate the death of a young woman visiting the home in which she was raised in Kálfshamrvik, Iceland. Asta's dead body was discovered beneath the steep cliffs and the two must determine if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. Ari is bothered to learns that Asta’s mother and younger sister both lost their lives in a similar fashion while her father died in a mental institution. Besides the two policemen and the evidence team, there are only four characters: the wealthy owner of the home, the brother and sister who are the caretakers, and the neighbor, who takes care of the horses. The writing is crisp, the weather cold, the landscape stark but beautifully described, the atmosphere dark and threatening, and the secrets many. My only complaint was that the murderer was too obvious. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Just before Christmas, In an isolated coastal area in northern Iceland, a woman is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. Ari Thor Arason, police officer in another northern town, is asked to accompany his old boss to the area to investigate.

This is the fifth of a six book series. This particular installment is set up somewhat like a “locked room” mystery with its very limited number of suspects and its isolated location. Ari Thor is no longer the new cop he was back at the beginning of the series, he is experienced, even talented, but sometimes can lack confidence.

I have greatly enjoyed this series (am reading the last installment currently); Ari Thor is a realistically drawn character, the investigations are complex and interesting, the resolution is well done without excess, and one always comes away with an appreciation of all that Iceland has to offer. Personally, I would put this series 2nd only to Indridason’s “Erlunder” series of the Icelandic crime authors I’ve read. ( )
  avaland | Dec 21, 2020 |
Another fascinating novel by Ragnar. It's hard to wait for the next installment.

Very good translation by Quentin Bates ( )
  MarkusIrl | May 13, 2020 |
A new book from Ragnar Jónasson causes such excitement in the reading community as so many readers, myself included, eagerly await the next adventure of Ari Thór Arason. I was shivering in anticipation of the chilly temperatures and the chilling storyline I might find in this latest instalment of the Dark Iceland series. As with it's predecessors, Whiteout is set before the events of Nightblind but I wasn't confused at having read Nightblind much earlier, it just felt like it slotted in nicely to fill in a few blanks.

Whiteout has chills throughout from the snowy cover to the almost ghostly feel as 3 women from the same family are compelled to throw themselves over the cliffs at the same spot but several years apart. Ásta is the latest victim: her death appears to be suicide but the police think something more sinister could be at play when they find out that both her sister and her mother perished after falling from the very same cliffs.

Tómas is still settling into the Reykjavik police force and feels like he has something to prove so he calls on his ex-colleague, Ari Thór Arason, to help him with this case. Ari Thór has recently been reunited with his girlfriend, Kristín, and he won't make the same mistake twice about accepting a job without consulting her. Kristín, even in her current state and so close to Christmas, is surprisingly amenable and agrees to accompany Ari Thór to the eerie semi-deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. With few people still living there, the ones that remain all happen to have been there at the time of all three deaths. Certain that the killer is among them, Tómas and Ari Thór have no intention of declaring Ásta's death a suicide so they can get home in time for Christmas.

After feeling a little overwhelmed with characters and Icelandic place names in Blackout and Rupture, I felt that Whiteout brings us back to the old-fashioned whodunnit murder mystery style of Snowblind and Nightblind. There were just the right number of characters for me to keep track of and I loved the coastal location. I could just imagine the craggy headland with the lighthouse standing proud and aloof, seeing everything with its bright eye and holding all the village secrets in its locked tower.

Although I do love the main character of Ari Thór, I don't think he is the easiest guy to get along with; he doesn't seem to let people get too close to him. I'm sure there is a good reason for this and there is perhaps a hint of why this could be at the end of Whiteout which left us with a nice little teaser to keep us on tenterhooks until the next instalment...which I hope is in the not too distant future!

Whiteout is another superb instalment of what is turning out to be a majestic crime series and it's one of those series that is so atmospheric that, even though you know the ending, you could read it over again and enjoy it every bit as much as the first time.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
1 ääni Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
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Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarsvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop? With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim's mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and its secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place. Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland's bestselling crime writers.

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