Before Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is forced into early retirement she is told to investigate a cold case of her choice, and she knows just the one. A young woman found dead on remote seaweed-covered rocks. A woman who was looking for asylum and found only a watery grave. Her death ruled a suicide after a cursory investigation. But Hulda soon realizes that there was something far darker to this case. This was not the only young woman to disappear around that time. And no one is telling the whole story. When her own force tries to put the brakes on the investigation Hulda has just days to discover the truth. Even if it means risking her own life . . .
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Wowsers – I have just finished The Darkness and 😮 !
The Darkness is a short and intense cold-case mystery which takes place at an ever-increasing pace over three days. It is lean and easy to read with mostly quick, short chapters and few frills or filler.
It starts with a great first chapter and maintains this standard throughout. There are some vivid descriptions of Iceland’s unique and brutal landscape. The story is told from several different viewpoints – not all immediately identifiable – and there is always something happening to get you guessing or to start your heart pumping.
I really liked Hulda. She is pragmatic and fierce, with a strong sense of justice and I really admired her throughout the book, although she did start to feel a little too sorry for herself at one or two points. I did work out some of where her story was headed but I had no idea where the main storyline was going.
The conclusion to the mystery was a surprise and the ending was frantically exciting and completely shocking!
I was chuffed to see there is a second book in the series already on Goodreads, and I have had Snowblind on my TBR for ages so I need to get to it soon as!
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for the ARC of The Darkness.
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