Ragnar Jónasson

The Island
  • The Island

  • Ragnar Jónasson

    'The ending really took my breath away and that's hard for writers to do to me these days . . . It was a complete surprise and I should have seen it coming and I didn't. [Hulda] is a fantastic, complex 3D character and I want to see more of her, so hurray, this is the first of a three book series' Ian Rankin on Simon Mayo

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    Elliðaey is an isolated island off the coast of Iceland. It is has a beautiful, unforgiving terrain and is an easy place to vanish.

    The Island is the second thrilling book in Ragnar Jonasson's Hidden Iceland trilogy. This time Hulda is at the peak of her career and is sent to investigate what happened on Elliðaey after a group of friends visited but one failed to return.

    Could this have links to the murder of a young woman ten years previously out on the Westfjords? Is there a killer stalking these barren outposts?

    Written in Ragnar's haunting, suspenseful prose, The Island follows Hulda's journey to uncover the island's chilling secrets. She must find the truth hidden in the darkest shadows, and shine a light on her own dark past.


    'Ragnar Jónasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty - a must-read addition to the growing canon of Iceland Noir' Peter James, The Number One bestselling author of Love You Dead

    'Dark, chilling and utterly gripping, The Island is Nordic noir at its best, and is destined to become a classic of the genre. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the Hulda series!' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

    Praise for Ragnar Jónasson

    Seductive ... an old-fashioned murder mystery with a strong central character and the fascinating background of a small Icelandic town cut off by snow. Ragnar does claustrophobia beautifully' Ann Cleeves

    'His clues are traditional and beautifully finessed - and he keeps you turning the pages' The Independent on Snowblind

    Distinctive blend of Nordic noir and golden age detective fiction...atmospheric...economical and evocative prose' The Guardian on Nightblind

    'Jonasson's books have breathed new life into Nordic noir ...all the skilful plotting of an old-fashioned whodunit although it feels bitingly contemporary in setting and tone' Sunday Express

    'The ending hits the reader like a kick in the stomach' Frettatiminn ****

    'Out of all of Ragnar's books, this is the one I like the most . . . The book of his which reminds me most of Agatha Christie' Kiljan, on The Island

Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer and teaches copyright law at Reykjavík University. He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie's novels. He is an international Number One bestseller.