Reviews

  • <b>Dark, chilling and utterly gripping, <i>The Island </i>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!</b>

    Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
  • <b>Few writers at work today conjure atmosphere with such power, or plot their mysteries with such craft. <i>The Island </i>is his best book yet, an unflinching thriller that braids past and present, good and evil, love and loss. I can't wait for Hulda Hermannsdóttir's next case</b>

    AJ Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
  • <b>No one does isolation better than Ragnar Jonasson, who is superb at portraying Iceland's stark landscape and savage beauty . . . [Hulda Hermannsdottir is] an excellent addition to the growing band of top-class women detectives</b>

    The Times
  • <b>Prepare to be swept away to the beautiful yet unforgiving island of Elliðaey in Jónasson's latest Icelandic noir. Atmospheric and creepy, </b><b>Jónasson</b><b> successfully keeps you guessing till the bittersweet end</b>

    Heat
  • <b>A chilling novel about people with dark secrets, protecting themselves without a thought for the consequences</b>.

    The Times
  • <b>We heart the melancholy Hulda</b>

    Sunday Times Crime Club
  • <b>Ragnar Jonasson is the Stephen King of Icelandic thrillers</b>

    Reader Review
  • Ragnar's best written book, filled with psychological horror and underlying rage. Hulda Hermannsdottir is a welcome addition to the selection of Icelandic crime fiction protagonists . . . It is almost impossible to put the book down until the last word has been read

    Fréttablaðið
  • Ragnar's best book yet

    Kiljan, literary TV show
  • <p>The threads lie in various places, the plot is well woven and the pieces in the puzzle come<br>together well in the end. The structure is good, the main characters are believable, the story flows<br>well, everyone is a suspect á la Agatha Christie and the solution unveils the mystery and leads the<br>readers to the truth. But not all the truth, as some things are better left hidden</p>

    Morgunbladid
  • <b>Praise for <i>The Darkness</i></b>

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  • <p>It will get your pulse racing and keep you hooked to the last page</p>

    Simon Kernick of The Bone Field series
  • Magnificently dark and twisted! That ending - blimey!

    C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man
  • Expertly plotted, with an ending that's a true shocker, <i>The Darkness</i> is the first book in a trilogy featuring this engaging investigator, which is good news

    The Guardian
  • I've ONLY recently discovered the extraordinary Icelandic writer who adds <b>several shades of darkness to Nordic noir . . .</b> <b>it builds to a deeply shocking climax</b>

    Anthony Horowitz
  • Superb. . . chilling . . . This is the first volume in Jonasson's Hidden Iceland trilogy, which tells Hulda's story in reverse chronological order and establishes her as one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction

    Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month
  • Crime fiction has never seen a character quite like Hulda Hermannsdóittir; nor a series launch so entirely willing to take risks and obliterate long-standing tropes . . . There is no doubt that <i>The Darkness</i> will rank as one of the most popular and powerful reading experiences of the year.

    BOLO Books Review