Source: Review Copy
Publication: 1st November 2017 by Orenda Books
Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead
beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she
jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the
lighthouse and the old house on the remote rocky outcrop? With
winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thór Arason
discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty five years earlier.
As the dark history and the secrets of the village are unveiled, and the death toll begins to rise, the Siglufjördur detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, before another tragedy takes place. Dark, chilling and complex, Whiteout is a haunting, atmospheric and stunningly plotted thriller from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.
Today I am delighted to welcome the lovely and talented Ragnar Jonasson to my blog. Ragnar’s latest book in his Dark Iceland – Ari Thor detective series, Whiteout, is published this month by the brilliant Orenda Books.
I’ve adored all the books in this series so far, and Whiteout is no exception. So much so that I could not resist asking Ragnar to sign a copy for me when we met at Bloody Scotland this year. In fact, one of the many highlights of the festival was listening to Ragnar explaining exactly how to pronounce Siglufjördur and then watching as we tried and failed….
As readers of Ragnar’s work will know, the Icelandic landscape plays an important part in contributing to the atmosphere of this Dark Iceland series. Today, Ragnar enlightens us on another aspect of Icelandic culture and language which is also shaped by the landscape.
Þetta reddast – a phrase you need to know before visiting Iceland
Being an Icelandic writer I often get asked about Iceland. This is understandable as Iceland is remote and different in many ways.
Nature plays a great role in our everyday lives and shapes our mentality and personality. We can expect a volcano to erupt any time or avalanches or snow blizzards to lock us in. Uncertainty is always looming over our shoulders.
We even have a classic phrase in Icelandic “Þetta reddast” which means everything will come together in the end, most often in the very last minute. That things will work out in the end, one way or the other.
Some people are of course more organized than others, and this “Þetta reddast” mentality can therefore sometimes cause friction, but the funny thing is that there is usually some order in the chaos.
So, if you get the reply from an Icelander, “Þetta reddast”, that means end of story. You are not supposed to ask how, who or when. Just put faith in the cosmic atmosphere.
I have certainly put my faith in this Icelandic writer and I have never yet been disappointed!
About Ragnar Jonasson
Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.
His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after
publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting
the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 18
countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he
continues to work as a lawyer. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14
Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels
worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.
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