This is the first book in the Dark Iceland series and was the authors debut. The blurb on the back says
"Sigulfjorour: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Ari Thor Arason: a rooking policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik - with a past that he's unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatened to push Ari over the edge. As curtains begin to twitch, his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust even deeper into his own darkness - blinded by the snow, and with a killer on the loose Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent, taking Nordic Noir to soaring new heights".
I was specifically looking in the Icelandic section in Daunt books as I wanted to read more about the area following my journey there with Out of Thin Air, a recent true crime book I read and reviewed. Having had a poor experience with a British crime book, which frankly just aggravated me with its basic mistakes, I decided it was a good idea to try a crime story from another country. So here we are.
I absolutely loved this book. The pace was great and the story was interesting. I am terrible for trying to work out whodunnit and it often spoils the book for me because I’ve either worked it out or it’s all I think of. I got to the end of this book and realised I hadn’t done that! The author hadn’t tried to lead me down a path towards a suspect and so I don’t think I thought about it. We just went through a few days with a few important characters in this remote and cut off Icelandic town. I liked the main character, Ari Thor. He wasn’t a perfect guy, he didn’t try to be and yet he wasn’t a bad guy. He had issues but they weren’t annoyingly dramatic. Obviously his parents are dead. Obviously there’s a love triangle. But you know what, they didn’t spoil it. The snow is really important in this story and so it should be. But so are herring and so is the financial story of Iceland. And that makes it interesting. I love a bit of social history in the mix with a good old fashioned crime mystery. I think it is really interesting to read in the authors bio at the front of the book that prior to writing this, his first novel, he translated several Agatha Christie books into Icelandic. I think he definitely learned a lot from that experience.
If you like Agatha Christie books or stories then I think you’ll love this. A good old fashioned whodunnit. Enjoy the writing and the snow and immerse yourself in the small cut off community as its residents become more nervous with each passing day!