Thank you to Minotaur Books for sending me a free review copy of The Darkness in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
When a young woman, an asylum seeker from Russia, is found murdered on the seaweed covered rocks of Iceland, Hulda Harmannsdottir of the Reykjavik police department starts to ask questions. But it isn’t long before she realizes that no one wants her to investigate this murder. She eventually must decide whether solving this case is worth losing her life.
This was my first Ragnar Jonasson novel and I was so excited to get lost in the Nordic noir setting and found it to be just what I was looking for. I would definitely call this a fast read, as it moves at a nice steady pace. I’m not sure, however, if I would classify The Darkness as a thriller. While it was a page turner, it did feel more like a standard mystery but I still enjoyed it.
Hulda’s character took me a little by surprise, she is a detective, older and single, who is about to retire. No one in her department seems to take her seriously. Not exactly what you would call an edgy character but I liked her all the same. Jonasson also did a nice job of weaving some of her personal backstory into the chapters at just the right moments.
The ending of the book really caught me by surprise and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. But knowing that another book in this new series comes out next year, and that it will take place 25 years prior to this one definitely has me intrigued. I plan to continue reading this series and I would also like to start his Snowblind series as well.
Overall, this is a solid mystery. Well done characters, well done plot, and a twist I did not see coming. Not much gore or violence either, just so you know, in case that isn’t something you go for. The Darkness is a fast fun read for anyone who likes a good mystery, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.