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Whiteout

Published Date: 25th April 2017

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EBook
9781910633908
£5.99
15 September 2017
Paperback
9781910633892
£8.99
1 November 2017
Audiobook
B0761YKLQZ
£14.99
1 November 2017

Description

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík.  Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop?

With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier. As the dark history and its secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjordur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place.

Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.

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‘I enjoyed Ragnar Jónasson’s Snowblind – a modern Icelandic take on an Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom…’ Ian Rankin

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‘A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens … first rate and highly recommended’ Lee Child

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‘Jónasson skillfully alternates points of view and shifts of time … The action builds to a shattering climax’ Publishers Weekly

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‘A tense and convincing thriller; Jónasson is a welcome addition to the roster of Scandi authors…’ Susan Moody

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‘…a chiller of a thriller … It’s good enough to share shelf space with the works of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Arnaldur Indriðason, Iceland’s crime novel royalty’ Washington Post

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‘Required reading’ New York Post

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‘Puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys’ Kirkus

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 ‘Economical and evocative prose, as well as some masterful prestidigitation’ Guardian

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‘ The best sort of gloomy storytelling’ Chicago Tribune

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‘Ragnar Jónasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty – a must- read addition to the growing canon of Iceland Noir’ Peter James

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‘A truly chilling debut, perfect for fans of Karin Fossum and Henning Mankell’ Eva Dolan

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‘A challenging investigation that uncovers local secrets … Scandi Noir meets old-fashioned murder mystery in an atmospheric whodunnit’ Daily Express

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‘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

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‘His first novel to be translated into English has all the skillful plotting of an old-fashioned whodunnit although it feels bitingly contemporary in setting and tone’ Sunday Express

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‘On the face of it, Snowblind is a gigantic locked-room mystery, an investigation into murder and other crimes within a closed society with a limited number of suspects … Jónasson plays fair with the reader – his clues are traditional and beautifully finessed – and he keeps you turning the pages. Snowblind is morally more equivocal than most traditional whodunnits, and it offers alluring glimpses of darker, and in nitely more threatening horizons’ Independent

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‘Ragnar Jónasson’s Snowblind is as dazzling a novel as its title implies and the wonderful Ari Thór is a welcome addition to the pantheon of Scandinavian detectives. I can’t wait until the sequel!’ William Ryan

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‘White Out is the latest top pick for Metro Book Chat. This is a gripping thriller full of sly misdirection and slow, drip-feed reveal but it’s also a subtle portrait of contemporary Iceland, rocked by financial instability and where, away from the big towns, tiny communities cling to life. Not much festive cheer, then, and certainly Jónasson is interested in what festers beneath in the pockets of unhappiness many of his characters live in. The prose is stark and minimal, the mood dank and frost-tipped. It’s also bleakly brilliant, although perhaps best read with a warming shot of whisky by your side’ Claire Allfree, Metro

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‘No country associated with the label Nordic noir is as bleak, cold, snowy and empty as Iceland. And no crime writer portrays those elements as evocatively and scarily as Ragnar Jonasson. Not for him the bright lights of Reykjavik. His first four books were set in a sad, gloomy fishing town in the north. In Whiteout he has gone even farther, sending his young detective Ari Thor Arason to an almost entirely abandoned village. It’s there that a woman appears to have jumped off a cliff into the sea by a lighthouse. Or was she pushed? Then it’s discovered that her mother and sister had died there in the same way, 25 years before.’ Whiteout is chosen as one of the Thrillers of the year by Marcel Berlins, The Times

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‘Reykjavík is delightful but startlingly ordinary by comparison with what Jónasson describes. His great strength is not only that he can evoke the beauty as well as bleak harshness of the Icelandic far north; but he so cleverly strips back the veneer of normality of his characters, whose lives are played out against this unique landscape, to reveal the simmering tensions in their lives, without ever needing to spell out exactly what those tensions are, until the moment is just right. Reading a Ragnar Jónasson thriller can be quite exhausting … though in the pleasantest possible way.’

Max Easterman, European Literature Network

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‘Ragnar Jonasson is the author of the acclaimed Dark Iceland series. Whiteout brings his inexperienced detective Ari Thor Arason to a deserted village where a young woman has apparently jumped to her death. Ari Thor learns that the woman’s mother and sister died on the same sport 25 years earlier, revealing a tortured history that recalls his painful upbringing. Jonasson has come up with a bleak plot and characters, but his evocation of Iceland’s chilly landscape is hard to put down.’ Times Crime Club

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Author

Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 15 countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV‐news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and set up its first overseas chapter in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

Translator

Quentin Bates escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance of a gap year working in Iceland. For a variety of reasons, the gap year stretched to become a gap decade, during which time he went native in the north of Iceland, acquiring a new language, a new profession as a seaman and a family before decamping en masse for England. He worked as a truck driver, teacher, netmaker and trawlerman at various times before falling into journalism largely by accident. He has been the technical editor of a nautical magazine for many years, all the while keeping a close eye on his second home in Iceland, before taking a sidestep into writing fiction. He is the author of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland (Frozen Out, Cold Steal, Chilled to the Bone, Winterlude, and Cold Comfort), which have been published in the UK, USA, Germany, Holland, Finland and Poland. He has translated a great deal of news and technical material into English from Icelandic, as well as one novel (Gudlaugur Arason’s Bowline). He’s currently working on translating the next title in Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series: Blackout.

Online Reviews

‘Another audiobook and another example of brilliant storytelling.  Whiteout sees the return of Jonasson’s popular Icelandic cop Ari Thor   What made Whiteout special for me was the way the author took the smallest cast of possible suspects and made a brilliant “whodunnit” murder mystery.  I have compared Ragnar Jonasson’s works to that of Agatha Christie in the past…Whiteout only reaffirms my assertion.’ Whiteout is selected as a book of 2017 at Grab This Book

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Whiteout is a fantastic read. Set in Iceland the novel is incredibly atmospheric and gives you a real impression of a dark, cold, isolated place. The story itself is interesting being a classic whodunit that had me trying and failing to guess the outcome throughout. The crime is set in an abandoned village with only a small number of characters and so you get a real sense of claustrophobia surrounding the story. You also know whilst you are reading it that if indeed it is foul play there is only a very small number of suspects … This is a fantastic novel for anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery. It is also a great example of the Icelandic traditional crime story, despite being bang up to date. I thoroughly recommend this to those of you who like your traditional crime stories with an added layer of ice and intrigue’ A Crime Readers Blog

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‘It’s Jónasson’s skill as a writer that makes the Dark Iceland series so addictive. With Whiteout he expertly weaves a deep and intricatly plotted mystery  that’s genuinely compelling with calm and deliberate pacing that slowly builds to a dramatic reveal. That he does this against the challenges of both the closed setting and ticking clock without making it feel rushed is even more impressive … In a way, the location and focus of Whiteout make it an unusual instalment in the Dark Iceland series though Ragnar Jónasson’s skill as a writer ensures it remains an essential one’ Mumbling About

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‘With vivid descriptions, a great central protagonist, an intriguing mystery, a bunch of possible perpetrators, twists, turns and shocking revelations, White Out is a brilliant, engrossing read and I highly recommend it. This was my first book by this author, but it certainly won’t be my last. In fact I’ve already downloaded the first one in the series, Snowblind as I want to start the series from the beginning’ Relax and Read Book Reviews

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‘Ragnar Jónasson brings us another part of the Dark Iceland series with Ari Thór Arason. It is a subtle combination of old school mystery and detective work, with the fresh breeze of Nordic Noir weaving itself through the story … Whiteout has a distinctive Christie flair to it, the whole questioning technique a la Poirot with red herrings, abrupt about turns and a solution buried in years of deception and mystery. The author combines his very unique Nordic flair with a vintage recipe for crime’

Cheryl MM’s Book Reviews

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‘For someone who counts themselves as a crime fan, I’ve – surprisingly – not read a scandinavian crime novel until now, and I’m delighted to say that after reading White Out. I will definitely be choosing more … The setting of the book in a rural, barely-populated village at a time of year when people are trying to wind down for the Christmas holidays gives the book a claustrophobic feel and a limited pool of suspects, but Ragnar Jónasson is a master of misdirection, pointing the finger at all those who knew the dead girl and keeping us guessing until the final few pages. In the age of CSI, it’s refreshing to read a novel where the skills of the personnel are valued more highly than DNA and fingerprints alone, and Ari Thór Arason’s instincts are definitely on show in this book – even if they are at odds with his superiors. Even without reading any other Dark Iceland books, I can sense that this is a theme!’ It Takes a Woman

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‘One of my favorite things about this book was how we get to learn more about Kristin and who she is. Previously, I felt that she was a little cold and judgmental, but after reading this installment I’ve come to really appreciate her character in an entirely new light. If you enjoy nordic crime fiction with slow building suspense, mystery, and characters who are easy to grow fond of, please give this series a try! Highly recommended!’ The Suspense is Thrilling Me

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‘These are all elements that Jonasson has mastered, so while WHITEOUT is not very long, it is still intensely satisfying … All of these elements combine to make WHITEOUT a masterful exercise in “classic” mystery writing. You should absolutely pick up WHITEOUT, and the rest of the Dark Iceland series, and get into the winter mood!’ The Crime Review

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‘I thought that the characters were brilliant, I loved the depths of the different people featured in the story and how well the writing makes them interact to carry the whole thing forward at a steady pace.  For me the whole book was completely gripping and I loved the descriptions of the setting of the book, they are very vivid and it does make you feel as though you know where they are and that you are part of their story.’ Donna’s Book Blog

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‘Ragnar I do love your books. They are subtle and understated and quietly confident … A bit of a locked room mystery this one as well with a limited cast of characters so very Agatha Christie -esque. The location more than shines in Ragnar’s novel and is almost lyrical and melodic … Ragnar’s writing is very visual and this more than carries the story along and casts a fog that you desperately want to see through in order to solve the crime.’ The Book Trail

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WHITEOUT is an excellent installment in an already fantastic series. There is something comforting about settling into a new Jonasson mystery, and WHITEOUT was no exception. I loved this book’s vivid descriptions of rural Iceland, and I found myself completely wrapped up in the “locked room mystery” this book delivers … Fans of the Dark Iceland series and fans of classic crime alike will find WHITEOUT a wonderful addition to their holiday reading list.’ Crime By The Book

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‘No one does imagery as beautifully as Jonasson and Whiteout was no exception. There is always a strong sense of claustrophobia in his books and the weather always plays a huge role in the story taking on a life of its own. The writing is gorgeous, it’s hauntingly poetic and I always pause a few times while reading to let the words really sink in. This is my favorite in the series (that I’ve read) and I cannot wait to read more!’ Novel Gossip

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‘The book put me in mind of an Agatha Christie novel. There were only a few characters. All had different personalities and had known each other for years … The area in which it takes place sounded beautiful but intimidating. I couldn’t imagine it feeling welcoming even if there wasn’t the bad weather. I truly hope that there are more books to come in this series, it is one that I will miss if it has finished.’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘Ragnar Jónasson’s writing is excellent and the cases he comes up with are incredibly unique and fascinating … Overall another excellent nordic noir from Ragnor Jónasson and one that has left me eagerly anticipating the next book in the Dark Iceland series. If you haven’t already, go check out the series! I gave Whiteout 5 stars.’ Life of a Nerdish Mum

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‘As always, the wonderful scenery that is described in Ragnar’s books really sets the scene and tone for the novel.  I’ve never been to Iceland, and only ever googled images but from what I’ve read in the series it feels like I’ve trudged through the snow, battled biting winds and been lost in the dark of Iceland on several occasions.  The imagery that the writing conjures is so powerful and intense.  The narrative holds your attention perfectly and draws you in slowly making this a superb read!’ The Quiet Knitter

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I read this novel in one day, and this is testament to the sense of intrigue that runs throughout the novel … there are several revelations towards the end that make Whiteout a fascinating read. I have come to this series late, and whilst Whiteout can be read as a standalone novel, I am interested to read the previous instalments of the series. Portable Magic

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‘The characters that Ari Thór and Tómas find at Kálfshamarvík are well developed, with detailed back stories and complicated emotions; and the story kept me guessing right to the end. If you’re one for indulging in the lovely Icelandic tradition of Jólabokaflód, this would be a perfect gift for some Christmas Eve reading!’ Early Grey and Cupcakes

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‘I cannot recommend this series, and this book highly enough. Always atmospheric, often chilling and with plenty to keep the reader turning the pages, Whiteout is definitely a book to add to your TBR. The whole series is though, to be honest. If you haven’t read them, then you really should get on it! I could keep rattling on about how much I enjoyed WhiteoutWhiteout is all kinds of brilliant. Great characters, a gripping plot and a hauntingly atmospheric location. Another book added to my all time favourites list. Highly recommended.’ Bibliophile Book Club

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‘Jónasson has a wonderful writing style that slowly draws you in bit by bit until you are completely immersed into the investigation – then, only when he is ready, do the strands start to unravel and the pace ramp up creating bags of tension to find out the reality of the circumstances, a classic whodunnit Icelandic style  – just fantastic … If you’ve not read any of this series then you must – I highly recommend all of the books!’ Have Books Will Read

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Whiteout is another superb instalment of what is turning out to be a majestic crime series and it’s one of those series that is so atmospheric that, even though you know the ending, you could read it over again and enjoy it every bit as much as the first time.The Book Magnet

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‘The writing is effortlessly captivating with a brooding quality that ensures plot direction remains actively unsettling. The reader’s eagerness to understand how and why is gradually rewarded. The denouement is accomplished yet retains a degree of ambiguity. An entertaining read from a master storyteller that is crime fiction yet avoids the genres sometimes cliched predictability. I hope this is not the final book in what is a fabulous series. Highly recommended.’ Never Imitate

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‘I loved the area it was set as there was a very raw beautiful ruggedness about it all, with a very unforgiving landscape that suited some of the seemingly cold characters in the story. The place and the people seemed timeless with an array of suspects that all appeared to be capable of murder, in this quite deep and dark story surrounded by a real whodunit mystery. This is a super Nordic Noir book with a definite chill factor that gave me goosebumps and put a lump in my throat. A super mystery to put your wits against.’ Books From Dusk till Dawn

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‘Although ‘Whiteout‘ is the fifth book in the ‘Dark Iceland‘ series by Ragnar Jónasson, I found that this book worked perfectly as a standalone. You definitely do not need to have read the others to follow this plot – it’s a self-contained mystery. ‘Whiteout‘ is the perfect novel to read from cover to cover while you’re snuggled under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.’ Elementary V Watson

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‘The reader really gets a feeling of the cold, the harsh snow-covered landscape and the remoteness of a small community. The perfect location, in fact, for secrets and events from the past to come to light…with devastating consequences’

 What Cathy Read Next

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‘Jonasson never produces just a plain old ‘who done it’.  It is always multi-layered with a touch of history, personal and paranormal aspects explored.  This always makes it impossible to try and guess the ending … The truth is completely believable and realistic and most importantly satisfying. The final pages of White Out leave the reader as hooked as the first few, with an enticing and tantalising teaser and I for one can not wait for the next instalment of the Dark Iceland series’

The Very Pink Notebook

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‘It has echoes of locked room mysteries and stories such as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, where all of the characters are confined to a small island and cannot escape while people keep dying around them. The tension that this confinement creates is fascinating, as is the effects that the ongoing police presence has and that is what makes this story one that you keep reading and are reluctant to put down … if you love locked room mysteries or slow burn psychological stories then this is definitely the book for you’ Book Lover Worm Blog

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‘Jonasson’s writing creates a vivid picture of the harsh Icelandic winter … As the story progressed, I became more and more keen to find out who could have been responsible for such a crime, and the story becomes increasingly complex and layered … I really enjoyed Whiteout and found it to be a tense and gripping crime novel. Within its pages is a well plotted story filled with interesting characters, set within a haunting atmosphere. It is another impressive addition to a fantastic series’

The Owl on the Bookshelf

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‘In Whiteout, the landscape is as dominant as ever and I found the setting of the lighthouse on the edge of the raging sea to add immensely to the story … Whiteout did not let me down. I loved it. If it hadn’t been for the blog tour, I would have saved it up to read on Christmas Eve, just as I am sure plenty of Icelanders will be doing this year’ Books Life and Everything

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‘All in all, another cracking read from Jonasson. Not a crazy faced paced crime story, but a dramatic, intense slow burner. I love these types of crime reads as, I say this ALL the time now, I read so many fast paced ‘where the chuff did that come from?!’ books and it can become a little tiresome and ‘same, same’. It’s nice to be able to get cosy and snuggled up …it gives me all the Agatha Christie feels!’ The P Turners Book Blog

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‘With such a small cast of characters, this is an intense read.  You know it has to be someone, but Jonasson expertly manages to keep you guessing all the way to the end.  I’m usually someone who can pin a guilty party out by halfway through a book, but with Whiteout I just couldn’t.  I had ideas, but never saw the ending.  The rarity of catching me out is fabulous, and just ensures this book is doubly amazing … There is no better way of getting a quick grasp of the dark, yet beautiful isolation of these places, and as we all know imagery will only enhance your reading’ Life of Crime

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Ragnar writes a piece about his life in books as part of the blog tour. Random Things Through My Letterbox

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‘The characterisation is also superb. Right up to the very last page of Whiteout, Ragnar Jonasson takes the perceptions you have begun to build up about the characters and smashes them into tiny little pieces. I was convinced I had some idea of who did what, when and why! Importantly I think this book works well as a standalone novel, even though it is part of a series’

Books are my Cwtches

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‘I always want to describe these as cosy crimes but the very chill of the tales comes not only from the Icelandic weather but also from the small community they are situated in, there is something inherently dark and dangerous about it all and this is the skill that this author has in painting a landscape so crisp and clear yet tainted with death. Ragnar Jonasson is a master at gifting his readers’ perfection on a plate, the right balance of a narrative so melodic yet matter of fact alongside descriptive prose means you are turning every page with bated breath’ Chapter in my Life

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‘This was my first experience of Ragnar Jónasson’s writing and I thoroughly enjoyed the style. It’s refreshing and modern.  Grabbing my attention and whizzing me along for a white-knuckle ride!  I just buckled up and savoured every page. I loved having some insight into the victim at the start of the book, it made me emotionally invest in a way I hadn’t done before. With a terrific plot that blew me away. The story flows so easily with a varied bunch of characters.  Each intriguing in their own way.’

 Love Books Group

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‘I loved this novel and thought this final instalment was the author’s best story yet … This story is a slow burner, very much your classic golden crime novel which slowly builds in tension and slowly draws you deeper into the story which I thought was reminiscent of classic crime story telling. Again, the author’s ability to bring such an atmospheric and harsh climate really came to life in this book along with a brilliant mystery. The Icelandic landscape, the author’s beautiful descriptions and brilliant way he draws you into a captivating tale really sets this series apart.’ Chillers, Killers and Thrillers

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Translator Quentin Bates writes a guest post titled ‘Me and Ari Thor’ as part of the blog tour. Novel Deelights

 

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‘As Whiteout is the last in the Dark Iceland series by Ragnar Jonasson, this is quite a bittersweet moment. I hate it when a series you absolutely love comes to an end but what an ending Whiteout delivers! I don’t think you could have asked for a more chilling, compulsive and utterly thrilling finale to what has been a fantastic series! If you like your Nordic Noir dark and chilling, this is the perfect gift for a bookworm at Christmas! You could adopt the old Icelandic Christmas tradition and read this book well into the night, snuggled up under a blanket with a hot chocolate. I don’t think I could ever tire of reading Ragnar Jonasson’s books! They are wonderful!’ Ronnie Turner

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‘This book had me changing my mind every page as to who the murderer was, I was gripped until the end. The writing is beautiful, descriptive and intoxicating … This is such an effortless book to read and one that had me ‘reading just one more chapter’ far too late into the night! I have downloaded the first book in this series and can’t wait to read the rest.’

Wrong Side of Forty

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Ragnar writes a guest post about the success of Icelandic football as part of the blog tour Shots Mag

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‘I’ve loved each of the Dark Iceland books for the immersive sense of atmosphere that Ragnar Jónasson evokes and Whiteout is no different. It takes a very special writer to create something quite so beautiful, to capture the sense of place and to write with such empathy and insight. As with other books in the series this is a rather melancholy story and yet the haunting and beautiful prose completely captivated me. I felt such a mix of emotions when I reached the last page, the satisfaction of reading a novel that I’d become so engrossed in I lost track of time then the sad realisation that my time with Ari Thór has reached its conclusion.’

Hair Past a Freckle

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‘This is a classic mystery with a simple premise and this in less capable hands could be dangerous territory as no room for error as any missteps will be glaringly obvious. It is a testament to Ragnar Jónasson’s skill as a writer that Whiteout is gripping and makes the reader feel part of the mystery and at times I felt like a budding Miss Marple. Ragnar Jónasson is the master at creating novels with an incredible sense of place. His descriptions of Iceland and its towns and villages are vivid. Beautiful and stark scenery leap from the pages.’ Beverley Has Read

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Whiteout is absolutely brimming with atmosphere and the setting plays an important part in the overall sense and structure of this book. The feelings of isolation and bleakness serve to add to the sinister undercurrent that runs throughout. Whiteout moves at a steady pace and is a book to be savoured rather than rushed through as you want to take in every word. The perfect winter crime read, especially for fans of more golden age crime fiction, Whiteout is beautiful for a crime novel. Jónasson’s writing talent shines through and it has been translated to perfection by Quentin Bates.’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

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‘I read most of the book in one sitting. As expected, Whiteout is atmospheric and well written (and well translated), with haunting poetic descriptions of the old lighthouse and nearby abandoned house … Whiteout is full of secrets and surprises. It has left me wanting more – in a good way, I should add. I’m (almost) tempted to learn Icelandic, so that I don’t have to wait too long to read the next book in this series. In the meantime, I’ll have to head back to the beginning of this Dark Iceland series and read the books again.’ Off The Shelf Books

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‘Other books I’ve read and loved this month are White Out by Ragnar Jonasson. It’s a crime yoke set in Iceland, over the Christmas period. Very atmospheric, it was just like going there only not as expensive’ Whiteout was mentioned in

Marian Keyes’ blog

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‘This is written in very much a “golden age” style of novel – there is no gore and with only a handful of potential killers, it is like a locked room mystery. I felt the plot moved at a good pace, and it was a page turner, although I’m not sure I would call it a thriller as such. It’s kind of difficult to explain, but it felt more like a quiet, thoughtful crime novel – more like an Agatha Christie than what you normally get from the Nordic genre!’ The Quiet Geordie

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‘That makes it, in my view, an excellent Christmas read (we need a touch of darkness alongside the enforced jollity) and it is an excellent primer on Icelandic Christmas customs, too, which may have picked up some of the cultural baggage of the UK and USA but clearly still retain much of their distinctiveness. As ever, Quentin Bates’s translation is excellent, achieving both familiar, natural English that makes the translatedness near invisible but also a distinct sense of difference appropriate to portraying a different country’ Blue Book Balloon

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‘Tense, atmospheric, with beautifully descriptive setting and terrific sense of character … What I love about this series is the old school feel brought to the writing – like if Agatha Christie were writing Icelandic Noir right now – that and the incredibly immersive settings as Ragnar Jonasson brings Iceland to beautiful, stark life – despite it being fictionally dangerous (always a body!) you want to visit and drink it all in. The prose is so good you almost can without even leaving your house…The mystery elements are beautifully layered and Ari  as ever is utterly compelling … the series has been entirely absorbing, a literary delight that is perfect for curling up with on those chilly winter nights.I always read these in one sitting. So immersive, the plotting taut and darkly devilish, the characters engaging and full of depth and I can’t recommend these highly enough for fans of literary crime with a cleverly addictive tone’ Liz loves Books

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‘After reading my first Ragnar Jonasson thriller, I can definitely label myself a fan … I really liked Ragnar’s writing style which is brilliantly translated by Quentin Bates; it does have an Agatha Christie element to it which would make this book perfect to sink in to by a roaring fire, if you haven’t got any plans for Christmas Eve, this book would be perfect to keep you company … I can’t wait to read more from Ragnar Jonasson and I’m looking forward to catching up on the rest of the Dark Iceland series’

Hooked From Page One

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‘At times this felt like a classic Agatha Christie mystery where the murderer must be one of a small group of people gathered at a remote country house. With chilling vibes and strange dynamics between all the characters, the author Ragnar Jonasson slowly builds up an intriguing compelling tale that slowly unravels in the Icelandic frost. I didn’t guess the outcome I must admit. Deliciously atmospheric in the run up to Christmas and I felt as if I was there in Iceland and chilled to the bone, although we have had a very cold snap here to be fair … A Dark, chilling and compelling read’ Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘This is a crime novel par excellence it needs to be savoured like fine wine such is the brilliant writing of Ragnar Jónasson. This is a book that heralds winter reading a real fireside treat. Get comfortable with your favourite drink and prepare for a classic. Yes, I am an unashamed fan of Ragnar Jónasson’s writing and already looking forward to seeing what comes next. Whiteout is one of the best crime books of 2017. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ The Last Word Book Review

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Dark and chilling does not even begin to describe this Nordic thriller… If you haven’t read any of this series before (errr – why not?), then all you need to know is that Christmas is coming … Twisty, atmospheric, and cooooooooold, this is dark but oh-so-beautiful writing (and translating). There is a wonderful complexity to this book that added to the tension and suspense. Slower than some of my recent reads, but the pacing worked … Recommended!’ Christina Phillipou

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‘It’s not just the settings that get darker in Jónasson’s novels …  White Out is a great read, once again Ragnar Jónasson delivers a chilly and mysterious novel to remind us that Winter in Britain is not quite as cold and dark as we think.I read this novel at home in cosy and warm Oxfordshire’ Words Shortlist

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‘Allow yourself time to enjoy the slow build case, yet again another fascinating glimpse into Nordic crime fiction. It is purely coincidence that this book is set just prior to Christmas it certainly wasn’t my intention to read ‘another’ festive book. Nothing sweet about this story as death is investigated, is it suicide or more sinister? Nice to see Ari Thór and Tómas back as the investigative duo. Check out the others in the series before embarking on Whiteout for full understanding and enjoyment’

Ali The Dragon Slayer

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‘This book is a brilliant read and I thoroughly enjoyed getting back to know Ari Thor and his partner again.  The book is very atmospheric and I could easily imagine being there in Iceland whilst reading the book.  The book is not a typical fast paced thriller with hundreds of twists and turns throughout, more a slow paced read with a small list of suspects.  Even with the small list you are still left guessing right through to the end. This is the last in the Dark Iceland Series, which is a shame as it is a brilliant series which I have come to love after reading the last two books in the series and got to really know Ari Thor and Kristen throughout this book. Overall this is a brilliant read, perfect for reading over the Christmas period and wishing you were in Iceland yourself.  5 star read’ Black Books

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‘This crime book by Ragnar Jonasson is another addition to his Dark Island series. It can be read as a stand alone without issue. I enjoyed this chilling, fast paced book, which is available in multiple language’ Suzy Approved

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‘There’s a comforting feeling reading this Dark Iceland series, which is unusual in a crime drama, and that calmness made a pleasant change from the adrenaline fuelled crime novels on the market today. Ragnar Jonasson often draws a comparison to Agatha Christie and I think that’s a perfect analogy. Any fans of her classic whodunnits will love these books as will lovers of Nordic Noir who haven’t yet discovered this series. I would say though that it’s probably best to start at the very beginning of the series so that you can follow the development of the characters and get more from the finer plot detail’ My Chestnut Tree Reading

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‘The plot of this story was delightful and reminded me of a classic Agatha Christie novel. An isolated location where the number of suspects is limited, leaving the reader in the dark as to who committed the murder until the very end. The story was full of twists, turns, and false leads. I had fun including and ruling out suspects; having doubts about my choices throughout the entire story … Whiteout is an intriguing, layered story of a family with secrets that will not stay buried. This story has a sense of urgency which made it energetic and compelling. I raced along with Ari Thor to solve the mystery. If you are in the mood for a dark, eerie, classic crime fiction read, you should add Whiteout to your must read list’ Murder and Moore

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Whiteout has to be one of the most unusual crime books I have read.  It’s not faced paced and there isn’t a lot of action in it.  Instead it’s the atmospheric setting and the characters that draws you in and keeps you reading …The facts and information about Asta’s murder are very gradually revealed.  This gradual unraveling is cleverly done and I was definitely kept guessing until the end. I was surprised by some of the revelations as I hadn’t expected the story to go that way. This is the 5th book in the Dark Iceland series but it is the first book that I have read.  I will be going back and reading the rest of the books in the series as soon as possible.’ Over the Rainbow Book Blog

 

 

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