#Winterkill by @ragnarjo

When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjörður, Police Inspector Ari Thór battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer … The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes.

Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air.

Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes ‘She was murdered’ again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of her death…

As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access to Siglufjörður, Ari Thór must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible truth … one that will leave no one unscathed.

Chilling, claustrophobic and disturbing, Winterkill marks the startling conclusion to the million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series and cements Ragnar Jónasson as one of the most exciting authors in crime fiction. 


‘Police, Inspector Ari Thor Arason, speaking’.



(@OrendaBooks, 10 December 2020, 209 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 11 January 2021 via @OrendaBooks)




I haven’t read many books in the series and I feel quite sad this is the final book. I will need to read the rest. I’m a big fan of Scandi crime books and the like, they’re always much grittier and more intense than similar titles. Winterkill is no exception. I loved the setting of the book, remote, isolated, winter storm, the perfect atmosphere for the sinister events that take place. Ari is a great character and I look forward to getting to know him better as I read the rest of the series. Winterkill is a gripping read, the kind of thriller I like, with twists and turns, misdirection, more than one suspect and so many possibilities. I was gripped from start to finish.

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