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Publisher's Summary

Siglufjördur: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.

Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavík - with a past that he's unable to leave behind.

When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theater, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one and secrets and lies are a way of life.

Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts as Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness - blinded by snow and with a killer on the loose. Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent.

©2017 Ragnar Jonasson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What listeners say about Snowblind

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Unexpected and different

The telling of this story reminded me of Before the Fall. It's not exactly linear, not a lot of action or suspense, and the big reveal is deflating. However, I liked it. I liked it for teh same reasons I didn't love it. Examples:
Pro - A large group of characters with rich details and backgrounds
Con - Too many characters to follow
Pro - Not an easy who-done-it, keeps you intrigued until the end
Con - What is going on???
Pro - Lack of one single hero/heroine
Con - Do I like anyone in this book?
Pro - Can't wait to go to Iceland
Con - Not enough parkas in the world

All in all I rate this book a strong 3 stars. I liked it and would be willing to try another one from this author.

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This is my idea of a perfect mystery

What did you love best about Snowblind?

Setting was a character in itself. Main character thoroughly likeable and believable. Interesting supporting characters, well developed. Mysteries were interesting and conclusion was believable.

What did you like best about this story?

There was no sexual violence, as with so many mysteries today. Possibility of accident and suicide was also considered tragic outcomes (not every death was a murder).

What about Will Damron’s performance did you like?

Did not detract from the story- barely noticed the narration, it was like I was reading the story in my head!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Relationship between the young couple raised a lot of interesting issues, left me feeling deeply for both of them.

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Iceland setting is best part

We listened to this on a road trip around Iceland, including very near Siglurfjourdur, where this is set. That was really neat. The story itself keeps you listening, lots of characters, I'd say a 4 star story.

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Ups and Downs

There's real potential here for this new writer from Iceland. I very much enjoyed the atmosphere - the listener can almost feel the cold and the claustrophobic nature of snow piling up, the darkness, the isolation described.

But, even considering that the city described was once known for its fish production, there are way too many obvious red herrings here. The mystery has ups and downs, and the conclusion is less than riveting and a little bit rushed.

Don't know how much of the occasional awkwardness of language is due to translation, but I hope additional works by this author (and I do hope there will be more) will flow more smoothly.

The narrator is quite good - I love his ease with the Icelandic place and people's names.

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Slow, dull and plodding

This is ten hours of my life I will never get back. The writing is clumsy and amateurish. The plot takes forever and all the details about each character are ultimately pointless. And finally, the ending is pat and ridiculous. What a waste of time. Why on earth is this so popular?

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interesting story line, complex

complex, interesting story. a little hard to get into but worth the effort. best part is that it familiarized me with Icelandic winter

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I needed a heat blanket to read without shivering.

Good darkish cold mystery set in a place I'd never know but for this book. Not a watershed cop mystery but a good "Who done it?"... Which sometimes is rare these days. I enjoyed the book but It was not Spade or classic Noir but it had a complete story and characters and action. Pensive, well worth the while from a place a world away for me.

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Icelandic mystery

Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Iceland and the characters in this book. No loose ends in resolving the mysteries but teasers about the good guys making me eager to read the next in the series

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just so so.

the plot was very simple but the author drug it out too much. the narration was almost like a machine was reading.

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Slow for most of the book, then rushes to an end.

I found this book to be slow and not particularly engaging, and the characters not that likeable. I did have trouble keeping the characters straight due to the unfamiliar Icelandic names (especially since I was listening and not seeing the names). The characters and their backgrounds were described but not in a way that drew me to them or had me rooting for any of them. It jumped between characters and present/past happenings which I don't generally like. After long, drawn out descriptions of everyone, the author rushes to a conclusion with what seems like great leaps of understanding and insight by the main character (policeman), without explaining his logic so that the conclusion seems logical or showing his great investigative or deductive powers. In fact, both police characters do and say stupid things that make me question their judgment. I doubt I'd listen to another book by this author as there are so many other good options available.