Ari Thor returns to investigate a chilling series of crimes that are rooted in tragic events from the past.
Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman - shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house.
With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will.
Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all.
Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.
©2016 Ragnar Jonasson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
This is the account for Rachel (36) & Val (67). Big interest in crime - particularly British & European but also all current fiction.
Nightblind offered a truly memorable glimpse into the heart of Dark Iceland and a triumphant return to the tiny fishing village of Siglufjördur where Ari Thór finds himself stationed. In this follow up to the success of a dazzling debut in Snowblind the author once again presents a superbly drawn cast of characters and what makes for a brilliantly well plotted mystery. Listeners are able to gain a real feel for the claustrophobia of life in a remote vilage where incomers never feel they truly belong and this is a story which hooks you from the off!
The author cleverly draws in the wider backdrop of the economy in Iceland and the prosperity of the fishing industry is no more, with an increased emphasis on the need of the village to rely on the tourist trade as a source of income. Combined with a new tunnel making the village more accessible this has made for some changes and with it some newcomers. Yet when a shooting occurs in the village in this noriously peaceful country it still strikes at the very heart of society and the puzzle which Ari Thór find himself wrestling with offers a second thrilling return to Iceland.
Undoubtedly for me it was gaining an update on how life for the protagonist Ari Thór has changed. Despite being passed over for the job which Tómas left vacant he has made his home in the village and is now a father. Alongside Ari Thór, a brilliantly drawn cast of locals make for a memorable return to Siglufjördur and bring the story alive.
The scenes which I most enjoyed were undoubtedly those which featured Ari Thór alongside his former boss Tómas. In Snowblind the rapport between the two was evident and the chemistry and interplay between the duo was established. Once again working alongside his former colleague this allows a look at just how far Ari Thór has come.
If Snowblind made for a brilliant starter, then Nightblind undoubtedly delivers a memorable main course and the icing on the cake combined!
Leighton Pugh provided a superb narrator for Ari Thór. His lively delivery made for a very engaging listen and his expression and careful distinction between the different characters easily drew you in to the story. His passion and enthusiasm for the story he narrates is evident and I would look forward to hearing him again.
As the follow up to snowblind I was looking forward to this greatly. I was really disappointed however to find the narrator had changed. Going from an Icelandic narrator to an English one completely changed the tone of the book. He also seemed to pronounce all the names differently, surely it would have been easy to do some homework and keep some continuity?
The story was both slow and boring. I had hoped it would be a good replacement for the Quentin Bates series which I really enjoyed. I was wrong!
No only this Author
narrator was OK the material was the problem
In book 2, we again begin our story in Siglufjörður.
Ari Thór Arason returns as the local policeman. His past and uneasy relationships with the villagers make tensions that run through the story.
As the story begins, a policeman is shot at point-blank range, during the night & at a deserted house near the tunnel - the only access into Siglufjörður.
Ari Thór is left to get to the bottom of this unlikely crime.
He has to work with the problems of local politics which include a new mayor who is compromised.
At a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, someone is held under lock & key, whilst a young woman new to the area, also becomes involved.
Having read book 1 & 2 I moved onto Book 3!
Unusually this was better than the first novel, maybe because I am now familiar with the scenario and main characters. Also the narration was better. I sense a 3rd book coming and suspect it will become formulaic.
I had not read the first in the series, but it did not matter there was enough of the background to satisfy. a good narrator read with feeling at a good pase. Interesting characters, I'm tempted to read another in the series.
Loved the story as always with Ragnar Jonasson and the performance narration was good. However I really much preferred the narrator of snow blind who was a native Icelander. It somewhat added to the atmosphere. Hearing Tomas portrayed with a Yorkshire accent did nothing to take me up to the coast of siglifurdur.
"TERRIBLE casting choice!"
A wonderful book completely ruined by the narration. It's an ICELANDIC mystery! The British accent and artificial drama makes it sound like a wannabe Sherlock Holmes. And then the narrator trots out his fleet of "voices", applying, apparently at random, weird Scottish, Irish, or low English accents to the ICELANDIC characters (is this profiling? Are we supposed to infer Icelanders are uneducated because they get the "lesser" English accents? -the villains get the lowest "voice" of course, immediately signalling their guilt). An awful, awful production decision - practically unbearable to listen to. This author and this series are not to be missed, but for god's sake- READ this one.
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