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Nokkrum dögum fyrir jól finnst ung kona látin undir klettum í Kálfshamarsvík, rétt norðan Skagastrandar, þar sem áður stóð þorp. Ari Þór Arason lögreglumaður fer á Þorláksmessu til að rannsaka málið og kemst að því að bæði móðir og barnung systir hinnar látnu hröpuðu fram af þessum sömu klettum aldarfjórðungi áður. Þeir fáu sem enn búa á staðnum virðast allir hafa eitthvaðNokkrum dögum fyrir jól finnst ung kona látin undir klettum í Kálfshamarsvík, rétt norðan Skagastrandar, þar sem áður stóð þorp. Ari Þór Arason lögreglumaður fer á Þorláksmessu til að rannsaka málið og kemst að því að bæði móðir og barnung systir hinnar látnu hröpuðu fram af þessum sömu klettum aldarfjórðungi áður. Þeir fáu sem enn búa á staðnum virðast allir hafa eitthvað að fela og áður en jólahátíðin gengur í garð dynur ógæfan aftur yfir....

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ISBN : 9789935440501
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Number of Pages : 267 Pages
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Andköf Reviews

  • Miriam Smith
    2019-04-18 18:19

    What have I been missing out on!? "White Out" is my first venture into the impressive 'Dark Iceland' series by Ragnar Jonasson and I can't believe I have been missing such a fantastic set of stories. I loved it, loved it and LOVED IT some more!Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead at the bottom of some cliffs of a deserted Icelandic village. Did she jump or did something more sinister take place? Detective Ari Thor Arason discovers that the victim's younger sister and mother also died in the same spot, 25 years earlier. As dark secrets and the sinister history of the village and lighthouse are unveiled, the detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, but will they be able stop further tragedies?This fabulous book was like a stimulating blast of icy fresh air, dark, chilling and so atmospheric. I've never felt more connected to a setting before in a story. So beautiful, rugged and truly haunting, it feels like I've been actually living in Iceland these past few days.I adored the characters, each one was perfect for the role they portrayed and I especially liked how the plot was not over filled with complex characters, just the perfect minimum to keep the story and the suspense flowing. Written by Iceland's best selling crime writer and translated expertly by Quentin Bates, this is a must buy and with a definite Christmas theme to it, it's an ideal read for this time of year - cool, chilling and utterly absorbing. The storyline literally keeps you hooked from the first page, if I could give this more than 5 stars I would. It's been a long time since a book has held my attention and completely shrouded me in a superbly crafted modern crime mystery. I HIGHLY recommend "White Out", this author and the respected publisher Orenda Books, I'm now going to raid the backlist in this fantastic series as I'm now Ragnar's number one fan! 5 stars and then some!!

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-04-02 22:07

    4.5 STARSAs per my usual with these books, I would like to start off by giving you what I feel is the best reading order for chronological consumption of this series. It gets a little tricky as we are at the mercy of the order of translation, but for those who have been holding off on reading the Dark Iceland series, you now have enough buffer material to avoid major spoilers being revealed before their time. Below is my current (as of November 2017) recommended reading order:SnowblindBlackoutRuptureWhiteoutNightblindNow, as for Whiteout in particular... Wow! Another fantastic entry in the series. I found this one to have a slightly different format than the previous books I have read featuring Ari Thor; Whiteout actually features the characters pertaining to the individual case for quite some time before jumping in with our reoccurring cast, a switch-up that I quite enjoyed. I also found that, even though I knew some of the outcomes because I have already read Nightblind (such as (view spoiler)[ Kristin's pregnancy and the outcome, Tomas' relationship with his wife, and the new chief of police in Siglufjorder (spelling?!)(hide spoiler)] ) it still didn't take away from the enjoyment of the story. I don't like to discuss specific plot details when it comes to sequels, but I will say that if you've enjoyed the previous novels in the series you will very likely enjoy this one as well. There was an intriguing balance of the heavy, dark atmosphere weighing against the light, hopeful anticipation of Christmas, among other things (see spoiler above). One of my favorite things about this book was how we get to learn more about Kristin and who she is. Previously, I felt that she was a little cold and judgmental, but after reading this installment I've come to really appreciate her character in an entirely new light. If you enjoy nordic crime fiction with slow building suspense, mystery, and characters who are easy to grow fond of, please give this series a try! Highly recommended!I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes.

  • Suzanne Leopold
    2019-04-19 17:58

    Ari Thor and his boss, Tomas, are police officers in charge of investigating the death of a young woman in Kálfshamrvik, Iceland. The body of a local woman named Asta was found beneath steep cliffs and the two must determine if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. It is two days before Christmas, and both are under pressure to return to their homes for the holidays. Ari is troubled when he learns that Asta’s mother and sister both lost their lives in a similar fashion. The investigation requires interviewing four people from the small village. Each person interviewed reveals secrets and insights to Asta and her family’s past. With strong alibis, Ari has problems narrowing down his list of suspects and establishing a motive. The more he delves into each person’s past, the more he becomes convinced that they know more about Asta then they are revealing. This crime book by Ragnar Jonasson is another addition to his Dark Island series. It can be read as a stand alone without issue. I enjoyed this chilling, fast paced book, which is available in multiple languages.

  • Miriam Smith
    2019-03-23 19:08

    What have I been missing out on!? "White Out" is my first venture into the impressive 'Dark Iceland' series by Ragnar Jonasson and I can't believe I have been missing such a fantastic set of stories. I loved it, loved it and LOVED IT some more!Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead at the bottom of some cliffs of a deserted Icelandic village. Did she jump or did something more sinister take place? Detective Ari Thor Arason discovers that the victim's younger sister and mother also died in the same spot, 25 years earlier. As dark secrets and the sinister history of the village and lighthouse are unveiled, the detectives must race against the clock to find the killer, but will they be able stop further tragedies?This fabulous book was like a stimulating blast of icy fresh air, dark, chilling and so atmospheric. I've never felt more connected to a setting before in a story. So beautiful, rugged and truly haunting, it feels like I've been actually living in Iceland these past few days.I adored the characters, each one was perfect for the role they portrayed and I especially liked how the plot was not over filled with complex characters, just the perfect minimum to keep the story and the suspense flowing. Written by Iceland's best selling crime writer and translated expertly by Quentin Bates, this is a must buy and with a definite Christmas theme to it, it's an ideal read for this time of year - cool, chilling and utterly absorbing. The storyline literally keeps you hooked from the first page, if I could give this more than 5 stars I would. It's been a long time since a book has held my attention and completely shrouded me in a superbly crafted modern crime mystery. I HIGHLY recommend "White Out", this author and the respected publisher Orenda Books, I'm now going to raid the backlist in this fantastic series as I'm now Ragnar's number one fan!5 stars and then some!!

  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    2019-03-21 16:15

    I have been waiting (im)patiently for Whiteout ever since I finished reading Rupture. I’m pretty sure everyone knows by now how much of a big fan I am of this series. So you can imagine my absolute glee in getting to read Whiteout before publication!In Whiteout, we are back with Ari Thór and Tómas, both of whom are tasked with investigating the circumstances in which a young woman ends up at the bottom of the cliffs at Kálfshamarvík. Only a couple of days before Christmas, the men must work quickly and effectively to try to find out what has happened and how the woman ended up dead.Whiteout is a really well-written mystery. With a large cast of characters, it really makes the reader work hard to try to figure things out alongside Ari Thór. I love Ragnar Jónasson’s writing style. There is something almost poetic in the way he describes the Icelandic location. The stunning visual imagery is second to none in terms of creating a clear location in the reader’s mind.The author has assembled a really interesting cast of characters for this one. There are many of them, all with their own secrets that they are holding close to their chest. I found myself suspecting everyone at one time or another, such is the unreliable nature of the narrative Jónasson has created in Whiteout.There is a haunting element to Whiteout as well. The cliffs, the lighthouse and the old abandoned house almost seem to become characters as well due to how well the author describes them. This creates a sense of foreboding as the reader gets drawn more into the story. It is quietly chilling and there seems to be a sinister element in the background when they are investigating in and around Kálfshamarvík.I don’t want to say any more because the joy of reading these books is often found in unravelling the mystery alongside Ari Thór. Whiteout is another superb instalment in the Dark Iceland series. It has left me wanting more, and has also made some questions arise. So Ragnar, if you’re reading this, you and I need to have a bit of a chat...I cannot recommend this series, and this book highly enough. Always atmospheric, often chilling and with plenty to keep the reader turning the pages, Whiteout is definitely a book to add to your TBR. The whole series is though, to be honest. If you haven’t read them, then you really should get on it!I could keep rattling on about how much I enjoyed Whiteout. And the whole series in general. But I would be here all day, and still not do justice to my fave Icelander and his awesome books.So yeah, Whiteout is all kinds of brilliant. Great characters, a gripping plot and a hauntingly atmospheric location. Another book added to my all time favourites list.Highly recommended.All the stars, always.#AriThór

  • Paul
    2019-03-19 15:08

    White Out – Icelandic Noir at its BestRagnar Jónasson has returned with one of the best Icelandic Noir of recent times, with White Out. What Jónasson delivers is a classic crime story a real whodunnit, that keeps you gripped right to the end. Jónasson brings out the claustrophobic cold dark winters that help to give the darkness that delivers a chiller of a thriller. Like the Queen of the Murder Mystery, Agatha Christies, Jónasson gives a modern twist, to the rollercoaster ride of whodunnits.Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. The police are called in to determine if this was murder or suicide, and with the added twist that her mother and younger sister dying on the same cliffs, questions are asked.Tomas is now a detective Superintendent in Reykjavik, and asks Ari Thór Arason if he would like to join him in the investigation as it may help his career in the long term. With Christmas closing in, the darkness and the snow is overwhelming, they begin to uncover a dark and sinister history, and as much as the few people involved try to hide the truth, the stones get turned over, and the truth will out.What the reader gets is Icelandic Noir at its best, something that is dark, chilling and complex, and it is that which gives it the claustrophobic, tautness. This really is required reading for all lovers of Nordic Noir, and it is the best way to see snow, through the pages of a book!

  • Amy
    2019-03-27 17:00

    4.5/5I’ve become such a huge fan of this series though I haven’t read every book I did enjoy both Snowblind and Rupture. What makes these books different is that there’s a quiet quality to the mystery aspect, they don’t rely on cheap thrills and insane plot twists, rather they’re a classic whodunnit. That doesn’t mean that they’re predictable or boring at all, there is still an intensity to the story, it’s just more subtle and refined which always makes me feel like I’m reading a mature novel. It was a true pleasure to spend time with Ari again and there are things happening in his personal life that were very interesting and gave more insight into his character as well as that of his partner Kristin. The case him and Tomas are working is unusual and links back to years earlier and it also focuses on a group of people, some related to each other, some old friends. They live in an stark, isolated town with a very eerie feel that added so much tension. On top of that, it’s only a few days before Christmas and this added extra pressure to get the case solved quickly. There was a fairly small list of suspects but that didn’t stop me from being tricked, the outcome of the mystery definitely surprised me. No one does imagery as beautifully as Jonasson and Whiteout was no exception. There is always a strong sense of claustrophobia in his books and the weather always plays a huge role in the story taking on a life of its own. The writing is gorgeous, it’s hauntingly poetic and I always pause a few times while reading to let the words really sink in. This is my favorite in the series (that I’ve read) and I cannot wait to read more!

  • Susan Hampson
    2019-04-13 16:13

    Well to begin with I have to say that I have not read the previous books in the series and although readers that have are recommending  doing so I didn’t feel at all out of my depth or lost at anytime. I am sure that reading the whole series is a brilliant way to go but just saying it can be stand alone too.This is a little beauty to read, a real mystery of a family seemingly involved in tragic accidents and suicides over the years or is there a murderer on the prowl wiping this family out for some reason? Well when things don’t quite add up in the present day investigation, it begins to unsettle cases from years before too. Detectives Ari Thór and Tómas make a perfect coupling for the case.There is a more than a normal urgency about solving this case quickly as Christmas is rapidly approaching and Ari Thór is very soon to become a father but there aren’t any short cuts. The story itself is not a fast paced read but more of a get all the facts and lets see who the most likely suspect is. It is a methodical investigation no matter how urgent the result is wanted.I loved the area it was set as there was a very raw beautiful ruggedness about it all, with a very unforgiving landscape that suited some of the seemingly cold characters in the story. The place and the people seemed timeless with an array of suspects that all appeared to be capable of murder, in this quite deep and dark story surrounded by a real whodunit mystery.This is a super Nordic Noir book with a definite chill factor that gave me goosebumps and put a lump in my throat. A super mystery to put your wits against.I wish to thank Orenda Books for supplying a copy of this book to me which I have honestly reviewed.

  • Joanne Robertson
    2019-03-27 16:05

    It is always a pleasure to settle down with the newest Ragnar Jonasson as this series has been sheer delight since that very first book to have featured Ari Thór. I have such a soft spot for this Icelandic detective and love the slowly developed characterisations of Ari Thór, Tómas and especially Kristín who I felt I got more of an insight into this time as I’ve found her quite distant previously.This is the perfect book to cuddle up with over the festive period as it’s set over the Christmas holiday period in Iceland. Ari Thór is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with 8 month pregnant Kristín as they await the birth of their first child. There was a wonderful inclusion of the Icelandic tradition that I would love to see started in the UK where everyone gifts books on Christmas Eve and spends time reading with their loved ones. Unfortunately, this may not be possible for the expectant parents as a suicide that takes place at an isolated lighthouse has now been classed as a murder and the pair head out together to the outreach so that the detective pairing of Ari Thór and Tomas can try to solve the case quickly before Christmas Day.I became gripped very early on by the way in which we spent time with the murder victim in the days leading up to her death, before the involvement of the police. Although there was only a very small cast of suspects, it was fascinating to watch the way they all reacted once the police arrived. I have to admit to having had no idea as to why Asta had returned to the place where she had such bad memories and where she had lost her mother and sister so I was curious as to whether their deaths had anything to do with her own murder. And if so who could possibly have had something to hide that warranted committing murder?Set within an atmospheric, cold and dark environment with the lighthouse and the cliffs standing dramatically at the centre of the mystery, I think this chilling storyline has actually been my favourite case so far. The narrative flowed perfectly and the inclusion of old family diary entries added an extra dimension to the mystery which hit me with an unexpected wave of nostalgia especially after reading the notes at the back of the book. Knowing there was a personal connection weaved skilfully into the storyline gave an added insight into the family history.There’s a comforting feeling reading this Dark Iceland series, which is unusual in a crime drama, and that calmness made a pleasant change from the adrenaline fuelled crime novels on the market today. Ragnar Jonasson often draws a comparison to Agatha Christie and I think that’s a perfect analogy. Any fans of her classic whodunnits will love these books as will lovers of Nordic Noir who haven’t yet discovered this series. I would say though that it’s probably best to start at the very beginning of the series so that you can follow the development of the characters and get more from the finer plot details.And once again I have to mention the stunning translation by Quentin Bates who makes you forget that WhiteOut was ever written in any language other than English from the start, but still manages to maintain the heart of the Icelandic language and the people at the core of this wonderfully moving story.Highly recommended by me!

  • Cathy
    2019-04-05 15:58

    Find all my book reviews, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog:’ve not read any of the previous books in the Dark Iceland series and, although there are references to events in earlier books (and some suggestions of possible future storylines), I didn’t consider it affected my enjoyment of Whiteout at all. I felt the translator, Quentin Bates, managed the difficult task of delivering the author’s intention of keeping the reader guessing at certain points: glances toward unidentified persons or possibly significant reactions to conversations. The downside of this, of course, is to remind us that we’re not an actual witness to the scene, only readers of a book with a deliberately obscured view of what is taking place. However, these little ‘tricks’ certainly keep the reader guessing when it comes to working out what might be the solution to the mystery.There’s nothing revolutionary about the plot of Whiteout or the motives of those involved when finally revealed but it’s certainly a very accomplished mystery with a limited number of suspects. Like this reader, you’ll probably suspect just about each of them at some point and, like detectives Ari Thór Arason and his boss, Tomas, also wonder if perhaps the death of the victim isn’t suicide rather than murder after all. I’m certainly not going to spoil it by telling you anything more…The author has created an interesting character in Ari Thór Arason and I liked learning about his personal back story and the intriguing hints about events in previous books. Whiteout is set shortly before Christmas and I particularly enjoyed learning about Icelandic traditions and customs such as broadcasting seasonal messages of goodwill to friends and family on the radio and – proving they are indeed a most civilized nation – the exchanging of books on Christmas Eve which, for Icelanders, is the important day of the Christmas period.Another element I really enjoyed was the authentic sense of place created by the author. The reader really gets a feeling of the cold, the harsh snow-covered landscape and the remoteness of a small community. The perfect location, in fact, for secrets and events from the past to come to light…with devastating consequences.I received a review copy courtesy of publishers Orenda Books, in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  • Lynsey Summers
    2019-04-03 15:13

    White Out is another powerful triumph from Nordic Noir master Ragnar Jonasson and translator Quentin Bates.  With it's trademark policeman, Ari Thor and Tomas, the reader is taken to the dark depths of Iceland to try and get to the bottom of the death of young women, Asta.  Once again Jonasson uses imagery and the enigmatic beauty of Iceland in winter to really create an almost physical atmosphere - I certainly wrapped the blanket around myself a little tighter every time I sat down to read.  This novel in particular is set in the few days lead up to Christmas, where this year Ari Thor is keen to enjoy it with his beloved and heavily pregnant lady, Kristin.  But even Christmas can't get in the way when an investigation gets under his skin and Tomas's eagerness to make an arrest on this case makes him feel uneasy about too much extra digging around.  After the second death in the space of a few days however, both men know something sinister is at hand and can not be ignored.  Jonasson creates characters so well, and with the group involved, Thora, Oskar, Reynir and Arnor we soon learn they all have secrets they wish to keep hidden.  But it seems that at least one person is aware of each others secret and it is impossible to tell who can be trusted or what lengths they may go to in order to keep those secrets just that.Jonasson never produces just a plain old 'who done it'.  It is always multi-layered with a touch of history, personal and paranormal aspects explored.  This always makes it impossible to try and guess the ending.  However, whereas some authors do this and then spoil the result by giving a completely implausible and outlandish ending, in these books it never happens.  The truth is completely believable and realistic and most importantly satisfying.The final pages of White Out leave the reader as hooked as the first few, with an enticing and tantalising teaser and I for one can not wait for the next instalment of the Dark Iceland series.

  • Rowena Hoseason
    2019-03-30 20:16

    Bump this book to the top of your Christmas reading list. White Out isn’t just set in the snowbound, windswept, wildlands of mid-winter Iceland, but the investigation actually takes place during the festive season. A young woman is found dead on the sea shore, beneath the cliffs where stand an isolated lighthouse and a tiny community which cling to the frozen landscape in this remote region.Her death alone would be tragic enough, but investigator Ari Thór soon discovers there is much more to this claustrophobic mystery. The woman’s death has eerie echoes from a generation ago, when both her mother and her sister died in similar circumstances. What insanity haunts the women in this family?In White Out, the dark revelations are quietly delivered; the drama is on an intensely personal, human scale. Yet it’s far from being relentlessly miserable – the investigation is handled in an entirely matter of fact and modern manner. Ari Thór’s professional and domestic situations provide a solid counterbalance to the deception and disgrace which he gradually uncovers through patient enquiry, witness questioning and a process of elimination. He peels back a generation’s worth of lies to expose the guilty parties. Don’t expect any wild goose chases, random plot twists or absurd action sequences. Do settle down for a rewarding read, intellectually and emotionally satisfying.I’ve dipped in and out of this series and had no trouble playing catch-up with the regular characters here. If you’ve not read any before it should be fine to start with White Out. As usual, the translation by Quentin Bates flows beautifully. He has a confident familiarity with the understated style of the Icelandic original, and blends it with the easy fluidity of a natural-born English speaker.8/10There's more reviews of Scandi and other crime fiction at

  • Nerdish Mum
    2019-04-02 19:14

    Ari Thór is back with another dark and fascinating case. Ragnor Jónasson's writing is excellent and the cases he comes up with are incredibly unique and fascinating. The first few chapters in Whiteout, follow Ásta who is returning to her childhood home after over twenty years. We don't get much information about her as she is quiet and reticent, but we know enough to really get to care about her and what will happen on her visit "home". I thought it was a really nice touch, getting to know the victim first and joining her on her last few days before her untimely death. As always Iceland is one of the main characters of the story and the dark, cold isolation of Kálfshamarsvík really comes through the pages. I could feel the bitter chill of the winter and the wildness of the sea crashing against the cliff bottoms. Such a lonely and sad place to die. On this case, Ari is back working with Tómas, his old boss as a favour and as a way to possibly move to a different police force. It was good to see them back together, though they seemed to have drifted apart in the time they haven't been working together as Tómas isn't aware of some major happenings in Ari's life. We also see more of Kristin in Whiteout and her and Ari's relationship is an interesting one. They've been through a lot together, but I personally don't know if they really work. As this is a sequel and a crime book, I won't be talking about the plot as I would never want to spoil anyone discovering what has happened on their own. As usual you can read this as a stand alone, but there are some minor spoilers from previous books, but nothing too major that I can recall. The translation is absolutely spot on and again you wouldn't know this was originally written in another language. I think this is so very important in translated books so as not to make the reading difficult and put anyone off trying more. Overall another excellent nordic noir from Ragnor Jónasson and one that has left me eagerly anticipating the next book in the Dark Iceland series. If you haven't already, go check out the series!

  • Wendy
    2019-04-04 14:54

    With the holidays just around the corner, the pressures that accompany the festive season are breathing down Ari Thor and Tomas’s neck: treacherous driving conditions, looming family commitments and those pesky investigative anomalies that could so easily be overlooked with the haste to return home to loved ones in time for Christmas.But there’s something about the misfortune haunting a particular family that doesn’t sit well with Ari Thor Arason. Alas, since his personal circumstances could change quite dramatically at any moment, he must strike the right balance of thoroughly exploring all angles surrounding cliff top fatalities while keeping an eye on those close to him. I’ve enjoyed how this mystery was nurtured – for a case that suggested it would be relatively quick to close, a much bigger can of worms is opened. It was also touching to see how Ari Thor relates to the suspects during questioning, particularly how their lack of extended family and friends causes him to privately reflect on his own limited connections. This was made all the more poignant by subtle reminders of the often unrealistic expectations of the Christmas season vs reality. It’s been so good to see his character develop during each of the previous novels, regardless of how life has changed for one of my favourite crime solving characters. The Icelandic setting and occasional nod to local customs are always a treat to experience too. A genuine pleasure to read.

  • Laura Rash
    2019-04-10 18:09

    I’m fond of this series tho I believe they’ve been translated out of order makes it a tad bit confusing. This one was very atmospheric for it being close to Christmas as I finished it. As always wonderful descriptions of the Icelandic world that transport you there with each page. Thanks to Orenda for this review copy.

  • Jackie Law
    2019-04-14 21:06

    Whiteout, by Ragnar Jónasson (translated by Quentin Bates), is the fifth book in the author’s Dark Iceland series of crime novels to be published in English by Orenda Books. At the beginning of this instalment the protagonist, policeman Ari Thór Arason, is once again working in the small fishing town of Siglufjörður in northern Iceland. His former boss, Tómas, has moved to Reykjavik where he has joined the city force’s Serious Crimes Department. Neither is completely happy in their roles.When the body of a young woman, Ásta Káradóttir, is discovered beneath cliffs near the deserted village of Kálfshamarsvík, Tómas feels he must prove himself to his new colleagues by uncovering how she came to die. He eschews their offers of help preferring to call on Ari Thór for assistance. Together they travel to the scene of the investigation, in a remote, northern location which has a chequered history and harbours many secrets. Ásta’s mother and sister were found dead at the same spot more than twenty years before. The policemen question if each of these deaths could have been accident, suicide or something more sinister.In many ways this felt like a country house murder mystery with chilling, nordic noir undercurrents. The cliffs are located by a large house, a lighthouse and a nearby farm, with little else close by. The residents of these properties have barely changed in the decades over which the story is set. Parents have died, their children grown, but few have moved on. Although Ásta was sent to live with a distant aunt when she was seven years old, shortly after her sister’s death, those who knew her as a child remain.Ari Thór and Tómas set about questioning their potential witnesses and suspects. An elderly brother and sister, Oskar and Thora, live in the basement of the big house and work as housekeeper and caretaker. The house is owned by Reynir who inherited the property and a successful business from his father and spends time there regularly. Living on the nearby farm is Arnor who looks after Reynir’s horses and helps Oskar with his duties at the lighthouse. All were close by at the times of each of the three tragic deaths.Post-mortem examination shows that Ásta had sex shortly before she died yet the men deny involvement. Her body was found on rocks but there is a possible head injury from another cause. Her mother and sister’s deaths were officially regarded as suicide and accident. Rumours float to the surface that Ásta, when a child, may have witnessed more than has been acknowledged. The policemen’s questions bring to light historic behaviours that those involved sought to suppress. Then another body is discovered within the big house.The story is set in the days leading up to Christmas which everyone is eager to celebrate for a variety of reasons. To avoid problems encountered in previous years, Ari Thór has brought his heavily pregnant girlfriend, Kristin, along with him to the hotel where they are staying. The author does not introduce plot threads without reason. Knowing this adds to the tension.I was eager to review this book as I have followed Ari Thór through each of his adventures to date and grown fond of this young man trying so desperately to do something worthwhile with his life alongside creating the happy family of his imagination. He resents having missed out on this himself. His flaws are not of excess but rather a struggle to deal with his past and accept Kristen’s individuality. The ghosts haunting all the characters are the secrets they have tried to bury.The writing is effortlessly captivating with a brooding quality that ensures plot direction remains actively unsettling. The reader’s eagerness to understand how and why is gradually rewarded. The denouement is accomplished yet retains a degree of ambiguity.An entertaining read from a master storyteller that is crime fiction yet avoids the genres sometimes cliched predictability. I hope this is not the final book in what is a fabulous series. Highly recommended.My copy of this book was provided gratis by the publisher.

  • Michelle Ryles
    2019-04-02 15:12

    A new book from Ragnar Jónasson causes such excitement in the reading community as so many readers, myself included, eagerly await the next adventure of Ari Thór Arason. I was shivering in anticipation of the chilly temperatures and the chilling storyline I might find in this latest instalment of the Dark Iceland series. As with it's predecessors, Whiteout is set before the events of Nightblind but I wasn't confused at having read Nightblind much earlier, it just felt like it slotted in nicely to fill in a few blanks.Whiteout has chills throughout from the snowy cover to the almost ghostly feel as 3 women from the same family are compelled to throw themselves over the cliffs at the same spot but several years apart. Ásta is the latest victim: her death appears to be suicide but the police think something more sinister could be at play when they find out that both her sister and her mother perished after falling from the very same cliffs. Tómas is still settling into the Reykjavik police force and feels like he has something to prove so he calls on his ex-colleague, Ari Thór Arason, to help him with this case. Ari Thór has recently been reunited with his girlfriend, Kristín, and he won't make the same mistake twice about accepting a job without consulting her. Kristín, even in her current state and so close to Christmas, is surprisingly amenable and agrees to accompany Ari Thór to the eerie semi-deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. With few people still living there, the ones that remain all happen to have been there at the time of all three deaths. Certain that the killer is among them, Tómas and Ari Thór have no intention of declaring Ásta's death a suicide so they can get home in time for Christmas. After feeling a little overwhelmed with characters and Icelandic place names in Blackout and Rupture, I felt that Whiteout brings us back to the old-fashioned whodunnit murder mystery style of Snowblind and Nightblind. There were just the right number of characters for me to keep track of and I loved the coastal location. I could just imagine the craggy headland with the lighthouse standing proud and aloof, seeing everything with its bright eye and holding all the village secrets in its locked tower.Although I do love the main character of Ari Thór, I don't think he is the easiest guy to get along with; he doesn't seem to let people get too close to him. I'm sure there is a good reason for this and there is perhaps a hint of why this could be at the end of Whiteout which left us with a nice little teaser to keep us on tenterhooks until the next instalment...which I hope is in the not too distant future!Whiteout is another superb instalment of what is turning out to be a majestic crime series and it's one of those series that is so atmospheric that, even though you know the ending, you could read it over again and enjoy it every bit as much as the first time.I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-17 15:05

    Ragnar Jonasson is very skilled at weaving stories that keep you reading and this one is no different.  The mysterious death of a young woman and the subsequent discovery that her mother and sister died the same way throws up many questions for Ari Thór and the investigation. The scene is set before that when we meet all of the characters and learn a little about them before the death occurs. The characters themselves come across as a little odd, probably through years of living somewhere so isolated, but once the police investigation begins we begin to see how suspicion and questions affect them all. Due to the remoteness of the location there are only five characters and therefore, if it was murder, five suspects. This means we get an interesting insight into the psychological impact on each person of the unexplained death and the police looking at what happened to the victim’s family, 25 years earlier.  Despite the fact that there appears to be only two houses in the area and plenty of open spaces the story gives a very distinct  feeling of claustrophobia.  Most of the characters live in the same house with others able to visit easily which makes it feel as if they cannot escape each other which, of course, only adds to the increasing tension as the investigation continues and people get more irate or fed up of the police being involved. It has echoes of locked room mysteries and stories such as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, where all of the characters are confined to a small island and cannot escape while people keep dying around them.  The tension that this confinement creates is fascinating, as is the effects that the ongoing police presence has and that is what makes this story one that you keep reading and are reluctant to put down. Every opportunity I had I was picking up this book, wanting to find out what happened next. If you’re already a fan of Ari Thór you won’t be disappointed and if you love locked room mysteries or slow burn psychological stories then this is definitely the book for you.  

  • Joanna Park
    2019-04-18 19:04

    Review to come when I have wifi!

  • Patricia
    2019-04-15 14:50

    Spectular writing as always. Ragnar's books get better and better. Characters are always well drawn and more depth is always given to regular characters. He describes Iceland so well you feel like you have visited. The ending was surprising which is how I like my endings. Highly recommend all his books. I know I'm hooked on them.

  • Igor
    2019-04-16 17:56

    If you've read other books in the series you'll immediately recognise the familiar style. That's a good thing.This is a real page turner in the familiar snowy, dark setting of Iceland. Whiteout is situated around the Christmas period which adds a bit of extra atmosphere to it.The mystery in this book however is the best of all in my opinion.

  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    2019-04-07 21:08

    4.5* Though I had never read any books by Ragnar Jonasson, I'd read a lot of positive reviews and comments about his Icelandic crime thriller series, so I didn't think twice to accept the publisher's generous offer of a copy of White Out, the latest instalment, in exchange of an honest review.Though fifth in the series, White Out can very well be read as a standalone. The author provides enough background information to help the reader understand who's who and what had happened before, so I found it very easy to settle in the story with the main characters.It's almost Christmas and Ari Thor, a young detective and principle character of this series, is contacted by his ex-boss Tomas to travel with him to the North, to Kalfshamarsvik, to the scene of a suspicious death. A young woman has fallen off the cliffs and lost her life. There, the detectives are stunned to learn that decades earlier, both the woman's mother and younger sister had lost their lives at exactly the same spot. How could this be? What happened? Was this an unfortunate accident? Suicide? Murder? Or the deed of some supernatural entity said to be lurking in the area? Why did this woman felt she had to visit this place after twenty-five years away, only to end up dead at the bottom of the cliffs? The detectives must not only rebuild the last days and hours preceding this woman's death, but they also have to go back in time and dig deep in the past.The plot is very atmospheric and intriguing and even though not very fast-paced, I ended up devouring this book pretty quickly as I found it very engrossing from the beginning. I was curious to find out what had really happened to Asta. Apart from the main characters, the story revolves around a handful of other dubious characters - mainly the occupants of the house at Kalfshamarsvik, who all seem to harbour disturbing secrets and act suspiciously. Someone knows what happened. Someone has seen something but is keeping quiet, but who? What's sure is that no one can be trusted to be telling the truth.Thanks to the author's vivid descriptions (and the excellent translation) I could clearly imagine myself there surrounded by the white, cold, desolate snowy landscape, the magnificent lighthouse standing proud at the edge of the point and the old house perched high up on the cliffs. I Googled Kalfshamarsvik lighthouse and bay (the setting of the book) as I wanted to see this location for myself, and I have to say that it's a really beautiful spot. The lighthouse - a key element of this story - is really an impressive structure, as is the columnar basalt which is a natural wonder found in this bay. With vivid descriptions, a great central protagonist, an intriguing mystery, a bunch of possible perpetrators, twists, turns and shocking revelations, White Out is a brilliant, engrossing read and I highly recommend it.This was my first book by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. In fact I've already downloaded the first one in the series, Snowblind as I want to start the series from the beginning.With thanks to the fab Orenda publishers for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review and to the lovely Anne Cater for organising and inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

  • Raven
    2019-04-02 21:01

    Ragnar Jonasson’s quality as a crime writer need no further commendation from me, but truthfully, I would say that this has been my favourite of the series to date. I found the writing wonderfully understated, and the whole book exuded an air of English Gothic fiction, with women hurling themselves from cliffs, and the sinister backdrop of the all-seeing lighthouse, compounded by the revelations of very dark pernicious behaviour indeed. I found it tense, involving, and as usual there was a great harmony between the intensity of the criminal investigation itself, and the playing out of Ari’s domestic situation, and his eagerness to progress in his police career.   

  • Carolyn
    2019-04-16 19:16

    I always enjoy Ragnar Jonasson's mystery books in The Dark Iceland series. I would classify them as Nordic Noir police procedurals with a bit of Agatha Christie thrown in. This is the 6th book in the series featuring the young police officer, Ari Thor. Special mention should be given to the translator, Quentin Bates who always does a superb job translating the series into English. I liked the first book in the series the most. It took place in an isolated northern Icelandic village cut off by winter from the rest of the country, and the descriptions were so atmospheric you could visualize the lonely setting and feel the chill. In the subsequent books, a tunnel had been cut through the mountains bringing in crime and tourists, and were great mystery stories, but you didn't feel as much of the claustrophobia.This book is set in a remote settlement where a village once stood, but now only a couple of buildings remain along with an abandoned lighthouse.on a cliff. Ari and his former boss, Tomas are investigating the apparent suicide of a woman who returns to the settlement just before Christmas.They believe there must be a crime committed once that they learn that her mother and 5 year old sister were also found dead at the bottom of the cliff where the lighthouse stands. The woman's father who was the lighthouse keeper moved away with his remaining daughter and suffered a nervous breakdown. This happened about 25 years before her return. Why has she come back after so many years? If she was pushed rather than jumped, what is the motive and what ties all three deaths together?To make matters worse for the two police officers, Christmas is just a couple of days away and they want to get home to their families. In the short time they are investigating an elderly woman is also found dead. Is this death also tied into the three apparent suicides? There are only a handful of people in the vicinity, and all become suspects. Recommended, but I would suggest reading at least the first book in the series to get a better feel for the place and the character of Ari Thor. 3.5 stars.

  • Sheila Howes
    2019-04-14 20:17

    *Thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour, and Karen Sullivan from Orenda Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*I would like to start by saying it's been a pleasure to read my first Christmassy themed book at the beginning of December! The book is set two days before Christmas, snow is falling and there is a lot of talk of Iceland Christmas traditions, which I loved!The first part of the storyline involves Asta Karadottir returning to her childhood home after many years away. She was sent away by her father after both her mother and sister took their lives on the rocks near a lighthouse. She returns to stay with old family friends, and within days is found dead in the same spot. The second part is the investigation - was it a coincidence or is something more sinister happening?Ari Thór Arason is called by his old boss to help investigate, as there are no local detectives, and with it being so close to Christmas, not many people are willing to go to the middle of nowhere!Whilst it is not the first book with Ari Thór, it is one that can most definitely be read as a standalone. I have not yet read his other cases, but am now looking forward to them.This is written in very much a "golden age" style of novel - there is no gore and with only a handful of potential killers, it is like a locked room mystery. I felt the plot moved at a good pace, and it was a page turner, although I'm not sure I would call it a thriller as such. It's kind of difficult to explain, but it felt more like a quiet, thoughtful crime novel - more like an Agatha Christie than what you normally get from the Nordic genre!I very much enjoyed it!

  • David Harris
    2019-04-07 21:13

    I'm grateful to Orenda Books for a copy of the book"A cold coming we had of it,Just the worst time of the year..."Ari Thór is back in Jónasson fifth Dark Iceland book (though - reader beware! - they have not appeared in order, so the events in this book occurs earlier than in some I'd already read).Here, he's drawn by his ex boss Tómas into investigating a death taking place just before Christmas. Rather than leave the heavily pregnant Kristín home alone over the festive period, she accompanies him to Kalfshamarvik. There, Ari Thór and Tómas find an isolated group living in a remote house on the north coast - the edge of the inhabitable world.A young woman, Ásta has been found dead at the foot of a cliff - the same cliff where her mother and sister died. Did she travel there from Reykjavik to kill herself?What really happened to the rest of her family?Mystery interweaves with the lives of all the others who live on the isolated headland - brother and sister, Thóra and Óskar, local farmer Arnór and wealthy businessman, Reynir. For that matter, Ásta's past is something of a mystery. This story is perhaps a much more conventional mystery story - almost a classic setup - that the Other Dark Iceland books that I have read. There isn't the thrillery sense of other books in this sequence. To begin with, Ari Thór isn't called on to do more than observe and question, we have a very, very narrow field of suspects and the setting is drawn in such a way that wider entanglements such as political corruption or organised crime seem unlikely.Rather we have an intense psychological study of the four residents (not forgetting Arnor's wife, of Asta and even, to a degree, of Ari Thór and Tómas themselves. Motivations, locations and lies are slowly teased out and layer after layer of the past turned over and exhibited.Why did Ásta return?What does Oskar get up to when he shuts himself away in his room?What is Thora hinting she knows?But above all, are those deaths all linked?With no certainty that a crime has actually been committed, Tómas is under pressure to wrap things up quickly. His superiors would, it is implied, welcome the whole thing being sorted before the Christmas holiday. Similarly Ari Thór wants to return home to spend Christmas alone with his family. You can feel the tension rising as things probe more complicated than they seemed. It's a short book, but an intense one, with a claustrophobic atmosphere oddly heightened by the Christmas cheer being doled out on the radio, in the hotel, in the church.That makes it, in my view, an excellent Christmas read (we need a touch of darkness alongside the enforced jollity) and it is an excellent primer on Icelandic Christmas customs, too, which may have picked up some of the cultural baggage of the UK and USA but clearly still retain much of their distinctiveness.As ever, Quentin Bates's translation is excellent, achieving both familiar, natural English that makes the translatedness near invisible but also a distinct sense of difference appropriate to portraying a different country.

  • Donna Maguire
    2019-04-17 17:17 my goodness this book is so good!!  I loved everything about it from the front cover to the last page, it did not disappoint at any stage and was superbly written! I thought that the characters were brilliant, I loved the depths of the different people featured in the story and how well the writing makes them interact to carry the whole thing forward at a steady pace.  For me the whole book was completely gripping and I loved the descriptions of the setting of the book, they are very vivid and it does make you feel as though you know where they are and that you are part of their story.I found that the book really drew me in after a few pages and I didn't want to put it down and read it in a few hours - very highly recommended and I have given the book 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars for Amazon and Goodreads!

  • Alison
    2019-03-25 14:56

    The thing I like most about Ragnar’s books is the utter absorption into the chilling atmospheric world he lures you into. Always great for a dark, suspenseful novel. I will say if you haven’t read any in this series be prepared to put your concentration cap on, they are not the easiest of stories to get into purely because of the names of people/places. Once you accept in your mind what all of them mean it does fall into place, maybe my poor ability to retain knowledge at the moment due to illness possibly skewed my opinion but overall I knew being an Orenda book in this style I would grow to love it.Allow yourself time to enjoy the slow build case, yet again another fascinating glimpse into Nordic crime fiction. It is purely coincidence that this book is set just prior to Christmas it certainly wasn’t my intention to read ‘another’ festive book. Nothing sweet about this story as death is investigated, is it suicide or more sinister? Nice to see Ari Thór and Tómas back as the investigative duo.Check out the others in the series before embarking on Whiteout for full understanding and enjoyment.Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  • P.R.
    2019-04-05 17:55

    Ragnar Jónasson's most recently translated novel paints just as grim a picture of the more remote parts of Iceland as his others. Somehow though, I found myself not enjoying this one as much, despite an interesting plot. Perhaps a little of the darkness got to me! Or else I found so many of the characters not very likeable, and even the police protagonists failed to make as good an impression as before. It's a good book, but only worth four stars in my opinion.Would I read it again? Not very likely.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-26 16:10

    I loved all five in this series. There's something about the Scandinavian writers I find very appealing, ever since my first encounter with Peter Hoeg, a Danish writer, author of Smilla's Sense of Snow. And of course, the late Stieg Larsson who made the genre so popular. And Jo Nesbo ...The only slight criticism I would have with the Ragnar Jonasson Icelandic books is the fact that I find it hard to believe there could be that many murders in Iceland, a country with one of the lowest murder rates in the world. Sort of like the body-strewn quiet country English villages of Midsomer Murders!But overall a very satisfying read every time.