Inspector Erlendur returns in this gripping Icelandic thriller
When a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of ReykjavIk, Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone, the body is unearthed, and the brutalizing history of a family who lived near the building site comes to light along with it. Was the skeleton a man or a woman, a victim or a killer, and is this a simple case of murder or a long-concealed act of justice?
As Erlendur tries to crack this cold case, he must also save his drug-addicted daughter from self destruction and somehow glue his hopelessly fractured family back together. Like the chilly Nordic mysteries of Henning Mankell and Karen Fossum, Arnaldur Indridason delivers a stark police procedural full of humanity and pathos, a classic noir from a very cold place.
©2002 Arnaldur Indridason, English translation ©2005 by Bernard Scudder (P)2012 Recorded Books
"Silence of the Grave" is difficult to read. I wanted several times to stop listening. Not because the novel is not good, but because it is so terrible and raw at times. It opens with the discovery of a rib bone at a construction site. Inspector Erlendur and his team are called in to investigate. From there a second story begins. It takes place prior to and during world war two. It is the story of a cruelly battered woman and her three small children. It is the story of how the bones made their way into the grave. It was heart wrenching to listen too. Back in Erlendur's day, as he investigates the mystery, he is also dealing with his daughter's drug induced miscarriage and the coma she falls into as a result. The novel goes from there. It is beautifully written and the mystery is more than compelling. The author does a wonderful job of fleshing out each of the characters in the novel and giving them a "soul". The novel was absorbing, and as I mentioned terrible. I found it worth the journey to reach the end and discover all of the secrets the unknown grave held. Although I admit, I will be chosing lighter fare for my next novel. I recommend this novel to any fan of the "Nordic Mystery" genre. I must also mention the superlative narration of George Guidall. He reads the novel perfectly.
domestic violence, drug abuse
well, I probably won't read another book by this particular author for awhile.
The two story lines were both VERY VERY depressing; it wasn't a good fit for me at this point.
A story of domestic violence and drug abuse.
This is not just a mystery; it's an indictment of spousal abuse. Unfortunately, it rings true today, and far beyond the boundaries of Iceland, as well. It has a wealth of detail and character development, sometimes a bit too much. The narrator, George Guidell, does his excellent job.
I found this book haunting and compelling. The narration was excellent. Each character and thread ultimately sad but told with humanity. The conclusions realistic - some resolutions, some hope for the future and some questions remaining unanswered.
I thought that Silence of the Grave would be more like a Harry Hole or Harry Bosch book but not quite. I bought this book based on the fantastic reviews which were just a bit skewed in my opinion. I was hoping for a more macho storyline and am not one who enjoys soap operas and family dramas.
The ending was a bit of a surprise in that it was very abrupt.
George Guidall is always a great narrator and this book was no exception.
I believe it is already a series.
I would like to see a search filter that delineates books rated highly by men vs those rated highly by women.
Should have taken reviews of Artic Chill to heart! It was awful and BORING. I was so disappointed because I have loved the author and of course, George Guidall is the BEST!
I returned Artic Chill. I plan to order another book by Indridason because I do not want to give up just because of one bad story. Honestly, the same questions were asked over and over and the story just never went anywhere. I was surprised to learn about racism being an issue. I have been fascinated with Iceland and have just begun to explore its history and culture. I have a lot to learn.
The writing was excellent, the characters were well developed, and George Guidall's performance of the story was outstanding. I'll definitely be looking for more books narrated by Mr. Guidall.
The story was very suspenseful (which I usually like), but this book was suspenseful in the most annoying and not very believable way. For example - and don't worry, no spoilers here - the book goes a little like this:
"Do you know who the victim is?"
"Yes, I do."
"Who is it?"
"I'll tell you tomorrow."
"Do you know who the killer is?"
"Yes, I do."
"Who is it?"
"Let's visit my brother."
No kidding. It's A LOT like that. ^
Still, excellent character development and exploration into the psychology surrounding domestic violence from the perspective of the abuser, abused, and authorities/witnesses.
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