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Ragnar Jónasson

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Narrated By: Amanda Redman

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What to expect

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The final nail-biting instalment in the critically acclaimed Hidden Iceland series - FROM THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

'A world-class crime writer . . . One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction'
Sunday Times

'It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction' The Times

1987. An isolated farm house in the east of Iceland.

The snowstorm should have shut everybody out. But it didn't.

The couple should never have let him in. But they did.

An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night. And Detective Hulda will be haunted forever . . .

'Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense'
Ian Rankin

'Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn't pull punches will be amply rewarded' Publishers Weekly

Praise for Ragnar Jónasson

'Superb . . . chilling . . . one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month

'A modern take on an Agatha Christie-style mystery, as twisty as any slalom' Ian Rankin

'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended'
Lee Child

'Chilling - a must-read' Peter James

'Page-turning stuff with an unexpected ending!' James Swallow

'Was gripped from the start of this brilliantly told story. And left wide-eyed with shock at the ending' Fiona Barton

'A true masterpiece . . . a plot full of twists and turns and an ending that leaves you gasping for air' Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

© Ragnar Jónasson 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Genre

Psychological thriller, Crime & mystery: police procedural, Crime & mystery: women sleuths, Fiction in translation

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Ragnar Jónasson is a brilliant storyteller, who skilfully tells the story on multiple time levels, with different main characters and surprising twists. It is frighteningly believable, and exciting to the end

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

Shades of Alfred Hitchcock . . . The author's deceptive plotting in this story is certain to blow readers away

Dayton Daily News

This is such a tense, gripping read

A world-class crime writer. One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction. A triumphant conclusion to the trilogy [that] makes Iceland's pre-eminence in the crime genre even more marked

Sunday Times

Standalone thriller from the author of the Hulda Trilogy lives up to expectations and offers psychological drama and a ghostly atmosphere at the world's end. A story that gets under your skin

Göteborgs Posten, Sweden

Adds several shades of darkness to Nordic noir

Anthony Horowitz

Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense

Ian Rankin

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

Jónasson weaves his suspenseful tales together with remorseless logic up to a climax more nightmarish than the buildup

Kirkus

This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jonasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page

Daily Mail

It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction

The Times

Snow and ice provide the background to Ragnar Jónasson's latest exploration of trauma and hardship in Iceland. Throughout the novel, the characters' wilful refusal to face reality is both exasperating and credible

Literary Review

Jónasson takes us back to Hulda's origin story with a tale that combines his special talents for spinning a chilling and ingeniously constructed mystery and evoking the dramatic Icelandic environment

Sunday Times Crime Club

Extraordinary . . . a triumph

Ian Rankin

Will leave you breathless

Sunday Post

Wrap up warmly for this invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic noir

Financial Times

Ragnar Jonasson is old school . . . He deals in vertiginous, unputdownable stories that are nevertheless still imbued with melancholy and heartbreak. This is his best yet

Metro

Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn't pull punches will be amply rewarded

Publishers Weekly

Jónasson is an automatic must-read for me . . . possibly the best Scandi writer working today

Triumphant . . . Other writers have explored the possibilities of telling a story in reverse; thus far only Ragnar Jonasson has rendered hindsight so heartbreaking

The Times

Jonasson's is a unique voice in this genre. The beauty of this trilogy is that each book enraptures us almost to the point of forgetting the future we already know. Brilliantly effective

The Times Literary Supplement

Ragnar Jónasson is a brilliant storyteller, who skillfully tells the story on multiple time levels, with different main characters and surprising twists. Frighteningly believable, and exciting to the end

Dagens Nyheter

I often get asked about tips on good crime novels which "are not like everything else". Well, here you have it. Read Ragnar Jónasson's trilogy from beginning to end, let the brain work, the body shake and be amazed at how the author also lets the language follow the development of the story . . . hats off

GöteborgsPosten

Praise for Ragnar Jónasson

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Unforgettable

Sunday Times

[Jonasson's] chilling whodunits currently have readers firmly in their icy grip

Daily Telegraph

One of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction

Sunday Times

Is this the best crime writer in the world today? . . . He's truly a master of his genre