Somewhere in the wilderness of Iceland's frozen East Fjords, Erlendur is on the hunt. For a long-lost brother, for a woman who vanished decades ago, for answers. He has come to confront the family tragedy that has haunted him all his life. But it is another missing-person story - the disappearance of Matthildur, lost in a snowstorm decades before but not yet forgotten - which reels him in. Slowly, the past begins to give up its secrets - of infidelities, betrayal, revenge, and murder. There are blizzards, bitter cold, people at the limit of endurance. It is a journey that will have Erlendur wrestle all his personal demons but also find him at midnight, in an open grave, face to face with the evidence of long-buried crimes.
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I have loved all of Arnaldur Indridason's mysteries since "Jar City". (I first read it from paper, then got the audio version.)
Erlundur, the very troubled policeman living in the past returns to his childhood home to look for his brother who was lost in a snow storm. Another mystery emerges and Erlundur's pursuit of answers is a slog through the snow. The atmospherics are wonderful. The action in this mystery takes place mainly in Erlundur's thought processes as he unravels the past. Listening, I was intrigued, surprised, disappointed, etc. along with the protagonist. A great listen.
Excellent storytelling. No big surprises. Just a tight little story with a quiet ending. Makes me wish it were colder where I find myself.
Don't know, never read the print version.
Hard to pick, lots of weird and memorable scenes.
Elendur, he is a very strange and sad person.
A little flat. Kind of goes with the generally depressive and frozen tone of the book, but tends almost to be hypnotic.
This is a book about very depressed people who seem to be in a perpetual state of frozen cold. Perhaps Iceland is really like this, but if it is, I don't think I will be visiting soon. Good very psychological drama for those that like a more "internal" mystery.
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