On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer's night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykjavik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person's life hangs in the balance.
Ari Thor Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjordur struggle with an increasingly perplexing case while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it's a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies....
Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland's finest crime writers.
©2016 Ragnar Jonasson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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"Hard to follow"
The story only hots up on the final quarter & is good thereafter. However, the Icelandic names are a challenge making the story lines difficult to follow. Not the best book I've listened to but well narrated.
This could have been so good but for such a short story it seems hideously slow.
The performance is good but I found it very distracting that the narrator did all the Northern Icelandic accents in the precise style of David Mitchell's "and that's a bad miss" snooker commentator.
I didn't hate it, is the best I can say.
"Volcano's fall out"
Once I got accustomed to the Icelandic names of people and places I found this story exciting and enjoyed the backdrop of the Icelandic volcano's eruption.The story or pieces of the puzzle untold through the hunt by the police and journalists making an interesting plait of strands. The backdrop of the country with its wild scenery is a part of this interesting criminal tale.
The narrator is excellent in his characterisation and narration.
"Not as gripping as the first two books"
Not as gripping as the first two books, still enjoyed it though. Hope the next one is better.
I purchased this on an impulse after check I Nguyen reviews. Glad I did as I really enjoyed the story and hearing about Iceland. Good read and well read
"The Last In The Series, Black Out!"
This is the third in the series & I was sorry that it was ending!
The story is again set in Northern Iceland. This time it begins by the side of a fjord.
It is a long summer's night & a man is brutally beaten to death.
As a result of an ash cloud thrown up by a recent volcanic eruption, where light had been, darkness now reigned.
A young reporter travels from Reykjavik whilst an innocent person's life hangs in the balance.
I felt that this was the most complex of the 3 books!
Book 4 please!😂😂
Maybe not as good as Snowblind. It may have been the narrator though, who was OK on this one. The narrator of Snowblind had an Icelandic/Danish accent which somehow made it more authentic.
The story ended quite abruptly and it felt as if there were a few loose ends.
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