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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.

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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Carole T.
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 02-12-17

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 08-15-17

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A dark and stormy night. yawn.

This book is slooooooow. A dark, cold, snowy, community on the north shore of iceland where nothing much happens and people spend their time brooding about how miserable life is. We learn about how their parents suffered and died, how they were abused as children and how nobody likes anybody very much. Even sex is not all that compelling. We just like to brood. And oh yes, an avalanche closed the only road out. When the protagonist, a new boy from the big city, starts to suspect that the old geezer who fell down the stairs and the frozen naked lady bleeding in her back yard may have had the same assailant using a miraculous synthesis of 6 decades of personal history gleaned from the ill tempered monosyllabic grunts of the denizens of this colorless time capsule he is told he's probably right but he shouldn't get too excited about it. Neither will you because it's really hard to make an interesting story without character development. If everyone is gray blob, who cares if one of them snuffed one of the others. If you want a complex family history rising from the dust of time to generate a mystery, try Ross Macdonald. At least his stories are set in California and his people talk.

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How do I trade this one in?

I'm sorry, I was just put off by the narrator. Is there some way I can trade this in? I have already started and finished the book by the same author and enjoyed it very much.

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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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Okay, not great.

Difficult at times to follow the story. Didn't feel that all the loose ends were tied up by the end of the book.

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Barely ok

The protagonist is every bit as callow and immature as the negative reviews said, but I like the narrator and thought the storyline seemed interesting (although one gets a bit lost in all the Icelandic names). In the end it was meh, a victim of clunky dialogue...never could connect properly with the characters.

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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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Must Love Author

Would you try another book from Ragnar Jónasson and/or Will Damron?

No, not from author. Had to stop at ch. 14 as this is a dull story for me. I purchased due to Mr. Damron as the reader.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ragnar Jónasson again?

No, not my type of author

Which character – as performed by Will Damron – was your favorite?

I love Will Damron, see him in Tiffany Snow's, Kade Turn, Wow, which was why I wanted to try this story.
He did execute this author's intensions, but must love author's work.