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The Darkness: A Thriller

Hidden Iceland Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Amanda Redman
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from Ragnar Jonasson, one of the most exciting names in Nordic Noir.

The body of a young Russian woman washes up on an Icelandic shore. After a cursory investigation, the death is declared a suicide and the case is quietly closed. 

Over a year later Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavík police is forced into early retirement at 64. She dreads the loneliness, and the memories of her dark past that threaten to come back to haunt her. But before she leaves she is given two weeks to solve a single cold case of her choice. She knows which one: the Russian woman whose hope for asylum ended on the dark, cold shore of an unfamiliar country. Soon Hulda discovers that another young woman vanished at the same time, and that no one is telling her the whole story. Even her colleagues in the police seem determined to put the brakes on her investigation. Meanwhile the clock is ticking.  

Hulda will find the killer, even if it means putting her own life in danger.

©2015; 2018 Text copyright Ragnar Jonasson; Translation copyright Victoria Cribb (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

What the critics say

"Narrator Amanda Redman gives an adept performance as she takes on the various characters in this Icelandic thriller." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Bobbie
  • 2018-11-17

Ho-hum.

Not thrilling enough to be a thriller, especially for fans of Nordic Noir. The Darkness reads more like the first in a series novel but with a disappointing ending.

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  • J. Ellis
  • 2018-11-15

OMG This is amazing!

I can't really say anything about this one, except READ IT or LISTEN TO IT!

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  • Donna
  • 2018-10-18

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I jumped at the chance to listen to a new tale of life and death in Iceland. This book was interesting in a new way from others by this author. Nothing was quite as it seemed... the author intended this and by the end of the book, as the story suddenly pulled together I'm glad I invested in it. I'm already inpatient for the next title.