The Island by Ragnar Jonasson #HiddenIceland @MichaelJBooks #review

I am delighted to be sharing my review for The Island by Ragnar Jonasson. This is book #2 in The Hidden Iceland series. This is available from April 4th.

Autumn of 1987 takes a young couple on a romantic trip in the Westfjords holiday – a trip that gets an unexpected ending and has catastrophic consequences.

Ten years later a small group of friends go for a weekend in an old hunting lodge in Elliรฐaey. A place completely cut off from the outside world, to reconnect. But one of them isn’t going to make it make alive. And Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdรณttir is determined to find the truth in the darkness.

I read The Darkness and absolutely loved it, I adored it’s main character,
Hulda Hermannsdรณttir and as soon as I had finished it I immediately picked up this book. Read this series in order to benefit from the chance to get to know a great female lead character and also for the unusual timeline.

Hulda is called into assist and investigate a death , she draws on her experience and uses her instincts to realise that something is not right.

I will say right from the off that this book didn’t grab me in the same way the first one did, instead this book gradually drew me in. This author excels at atmospheric, eerie landscapes that provides a cold and stark backdrop to a plot that intrigues. The investigation is twisted and led me to think it could be anyone of the other characters that were guilty.

So from a slower start, this book also had a different feel that I can’t really put my finger on. It was one that gradually drew me into the plot, I learnt more about Hulda and got a little more insight into her character. I really enjoy the writing style of this author, he has the ability to create wonderful imagery with his words. The character of Hulda is wonderful in so many ways.

This is a series I would recommend reading in order, but I think it would work well as a stand alone. This is a book that readers of Noir Fiction, Crime, Mystery and Suspense novels would really enjoy. It gets a definitely recommended from me.

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or a share would be amaxing ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

5 thoughts on “The Island by Ragnar Jonasson #HiddenIceland @MichaelJBooks #review

  1. I read one of the author’s books, from a different series, but i instantly liked his style. For me these are kind of “slow mood” books, and possibly winter reads.
    Great review – i’m glad to hear you enjoyed it at the end, even if it started slower ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I loved The Darkness and just received my ARC of The Island in the mail yesterday, so exciting! I can’t wait to read it. Hulda is such an intriguing character. I do love the UK cover! It’s much more atmospheric than the US! Great review, Yvonne!

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