Reviews

  • An intelligent, provocative whodunit with a killer twist

    Ian Rankin
  • Superb

    100 Best Crime Novels since 1945, The Times
  • Icelandic detective Hulda Hermannsdottir is the best tragic heroine our reviewer has read for years

    The Times, Must Read List
  • A superb thriller

    Summer Reads, The Sunday Times
  • A complex, fascinating mix of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jonasson's latest series is another must-read for crime fans who follow the work of Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir

    Booklist
  • I've ONLY recently discovered the extraordinary Icelandic writer who adds several shades of darkness to Nordic noir . . . it builds to a deeply shocking climax

    Anthony Horowitz, Daily Mail, Ten Thrillers to Die For
  • If you have ever doubted the appropriateness of the phrase 'Nordic noir', The Darkness will dispel any hesitation . . . in what way this happens (and how badly) is the strength of the book. There are ever-darker surprises, culminating in a finish that leaves one with a highly disturbing image.

    BOOK OF THE WEEK, The Press
  • The wait was worthwhile and The Darkness first in the new trilogy, is a very efficient piece of work. Jonasson has the full measure of the Nordic noir genre, and pushes all the requisite buttons

    Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
  • To read Ragnar Jonasson is to plunge into snowy Iceland . . . much of its atmosphere and subtle pacing to the traditional 'golden age' detective fiction as the mystery unfolds and builds to a startling climax, elegantly handled.

    The Witness
  • Superb . . . Chilling . . . and establishes her as a great tragic heroine of modern detective fiction

    Joan Smith, Crime Book of the Month, Sunday Times

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