The Darkness: A Thriller

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2018
5 hours 24 minutes
'Narrator Amanda Redman gives an adept performance as she takes on the various characters in this Icelandic thriller.' — AudioFile Magazine

Spanning the icy streets of Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is an atmospheric thriller from Ragnar Jónasson, 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.
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Ron C.

Anti climatic. The ending did not do justice to the rest of the book.

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Christina D.

The ending was so mean spirited by the author. What a HUGE disappointment! I guess it shows it takes class to know when to change things up to be fresh and interesting.

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I read the second book of this series first and liked it quite a bit. I was interested to read the first but the ending was such a let down and so pointless. it cancels out any interest I had in reading further in this series. The main character in this book was harder to take, bungles everything and is bad at her job. The narrative voice of the author is deceptive and a bit dishonest in my opinion. Misleads and manipulates the reader.

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