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The Day is Dark (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir #4)

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When all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the northeast coast of Greenland, Thóra is hired to investigate. Is there any connection with the disappearance of a woman from the site some months earlier? And why are the locals so hostile?
Paperback, 421 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2008)
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I really like Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. No sooner do I finish one book (Last Rituals), then I start another (The Day is Dark). And now having finished that one, I crave a new one.

So why only three stars? The Day is Dark is creepy with fascinating Greenlandic information. I loved the locale, I like Thora, and the book completely engaged me. Still, I can't quite get beyond liked a lot to love.

In this installment of the series, Thora and her boyfriend are investigating a series of mysterious disappeara
Opening chapter: Excellent. Really grabbed my attention, sent shivers down my spine, made me desperate to find out what would happen next.
Exposition: Not good. In fact, kind of excruciating in places. There were SO MANY infodumps in the dialogue, particularly when Matthew was talking to Thóra about the case. Also, I am aware this book is part of a series, but I didn't see the point of all the references to Thóra's family etc. They're not actually part of this story so it seemed pointless to run
Cristina Boncea
Mar 02, 2014 Cristina Boncea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, icelandic
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Mar 16, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Having enjoyed two other Thora Gudmundsdottir novels by Yrsa Siguroardottir, it is now official- I am a fan. Reading this one out of order, I'm still going back to #2 and #3 next. And this series I will read all she writes.

It's not a mystery type that will appeal to everyone. But does it to me.

Thora is a lawyer. This case is one that may increase association for her own small firm, despite having to go to Greenland for 5 days, she takes it. Matthew is going with her as aspects of the banking end
Carey Combe
Aug 15, 2011 Carey Combe rated it liked it
It took me a while to work out why I wasn't more gripped by this book. The story is clever, logical and well thought out - I never guessed the ending - the writing is decent, the setting is interesting - set in Greenland with some fascinating background info into the country - but what really lets all these books down is the bad characterisation. All the characters (whether 'goodies' or 'baddies') are one dimensional and you never know any of them well enough to care what happens to them. Having ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: bottoms, 2013-reads
PROTAGONIST: Thora Gudmundsdottir, lawyer
SETTING: Greenland
SERIES: #4 of 4
RATING: 3.25

Although Thora Gudmunsdottir is a partner in a law firm in Iceland, that doesn’t mean that her work is very exciting. In fact, she is experiencing some boredom with the routine nature of her current work. Thus, when her significant other, Matthew Reich, asks her to take on an assignment from the bank where he is in security, she decides to travel with him to Greenland. They will be trying to prove that the bank
Mar 27, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Thora Gudmundsdottir is a single mother, an unexpected grandmother, a struggling lawyer and a magnet for mysteries. Sitting in her office one afternoon wishing for something more riveting than pre-nuptial agreements to come across her desk Thora receives a call from her boyfriend Matthew, offering her a chance to do some investigative work for a bank fearing a huge investment loss at a Greenland research facility. Despite her craving for some excitement she is reluctant to travel so far away but ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Sep 08, 2012 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
Almost gave it 5 stars, maybe I should have done. This is the best of the series I have read so far. Thora is asked by Matthew, who has now moved to Iceland and has a new job with a bank, to come to Greenland to look at a possible breach of contract case which could involve a possible insurance payout. A mining company has been operating in a remote area in Greenland and three employees have gone missing, now presumed dead. A rather eerie and bizarre video clip had been found, where it looks as ...more
Apr 16, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
An enthralling mystery and engaging thriller that unsettles you as you read on with fear and expectation.

Set in an isolated settlement in Eastern Greenland the story captures the sense of danger from the environment - is this what killed the three missing workers?

A private investigation is undertaken by the bank that has underwritten the project when the drilling company seem unable to continue and meet their contractual obligations.

Major themes are covered. Our impact on the environment, loss
Judith Teggelaar
Dec 10, 2016 Judith Teggelaar rated it liked it
This book began with a bang but then got a little tedious as it went on. I was actually glad when I finally finished it. Please, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, do everyone a favor and don't write any more books with characters gone missing in isolated parts of Iceland and Greenland.
Dimitris Passas
Dec 29, 2016 Dimitris Passas rated it liked it
To ''The Day is Dark'' είναι το τρίτο βιβλίο της, Ισλανδικής καταγωγής, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir που διαβάζω και το μόνο βέβαιο είναι ότι θα συνεχίσω την ανάγνωση των σκοτεινών, στα όρια του horror, μυθιστορημάτων της. Όπως και στο ''Why did you Lie?'', η συγγραφέας στήνει μια ιστορία έτσι ώστε ο αναγνώστης να πιστέψει ότι το υπερφυσικό στοιχείο έχει εκδηλώσει την παρουσία του και θα κατέχει τον πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο. Τα βιβλία της Sigurðardóttir διακρίνονται από μια αλλόκοτη ατμόσφαιρα, μια απειλή είν ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it
Thora has received a telephone call from her lover, Matthew. His employer has an issue with one of their clients, Berg Technology. The company is in mining. It seems that all of the crew took a leave and is now refusing to return to the job. Well most of the crew. The few that remained on the site are presumed dead. Thora agrees to join Matthew and a crew to investigate.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir is another new to me author. I was really intrigued to read this book. It sounded chilling. This was a goo
Apr 29, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it

Tragedy in ice

This is a very powerful story that mostly takes place in the Northeast part of Greenland at the site of testing for molybdenum prospects for mining. Unbeknownst to the testing company and its employees, the chosen site is located in an area that is forbidden by the local indigenous people who live nearby in a settlement by the sea. There is a story about this forbidden area, and the man who guards the area—to keep others away.

Thóra, Matthew, and Bella are part of a crew of people

Aug 15, 2013 Woowott rated it it was ok
Now, I will fully admit, I'm not that into crime thrillers. Everybody and their butts are, apparently, whether it's literary or television. It's already got a mark against it for me.

But I LOVE things set in the polar regions. I adore them. So I thought it might be interesting to give this a shot.

Now, I realize much of the problem is the abominably stiff translation (which is par for the course, as far as translations into English of most novels go). But it's beyond the translation. The character
Linda  Branham Greenwell
In the beginning of the book, Thora receives a telephone call from her Matthew, her boyfriend. Matthew works for a bank/finance institution and they are having a problem with one of their clients, Berg Technology. The company is involved in a mining project in Greenland. All of the crew took a leave and is now refusing to return to the job. The two men who remained at the site are missing and presumed dead. Another work, a female, went missing a few months earlier. Thora agrees to join Matthew a ...more
May 28, 2016 Sunsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörbücher
In ihrem 4. Band um die Isländische Anwaltin Dóra Guðmundsdóttir entführt uns die Autorin nach Grönland. Es sind Menschen verschwunden, und so versucht ein Team, dem Dóra und ihr deutscher Freund angehören, für die Versicherung herauszufinden, ob sie sich nur verlaufen haben oder womöglich ein Verbrechen vorliegt.

Das Buch ist durchaus spannend, denn die vielen Anspielungen und Andeutungen führten mich zu einer Vermutung, die ein bisschen mysteriöser war als die Auflösung dann letztendlich präsen
Gisela Hafezparast
May 16, 2014 Gisela Hafezparast rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think this is definitely the best one in the series. I have unfortunately read them totally out of order, and liked some whilst others I found a bit of a drag. This one however is one of those where you don't won't to stop and packed full of cultural details, this time not of Iceland but of Greenland, which I did not know much about. Great crime story, which keeps you guessing for a very long time, as Sigurardottir gives you a wide range of possible murderers. Very interesting characterisation ...more
Sonia Cristina
Apr 17, 2012 Sonia Cristina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Foi bom rever Thóra e Matthew. Desta vez não se viu muito da vida pessoal da protagonista, que era o que eu mais esperava. Foi um caso interessante sobre o qual não conseguia chegar a nenhuma conclusão para o motivo do desaparecimento de 3 pessoas. Tinha de ser assassinato, claro, porque esta é uma série policial; mas e onde estavam os corpos? E quem o fez? Quando finalmente tudo é revelado - ohhhhh!!!
Nov 03, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it
I agree with Richard's review almost in everything. It's really scary at the beginning. The second half is quite slow and a bit illogical (why did the group have to leave the camp in the middle of the investigation and then return back?). Bella's character could have been developed more deeply as I think that the author didn't make use of many situations with her and Thóra but it might have led to too much comedy in this story where the plot well balanced. Highly recommended.
Alexandra Mackenzie
Solid Scandinavian mystery; I was happy to read the book through different characters perspectives. Translation a bit rough, language didn't flow particularly well at times, but certainly an enjoyable read.
WHY cannot I read the next one for another WEEK???
Oct 12, 2016 Jim rated it it was ok
Dark indeed. Depressing and slow moving story of superstition and murder in Greenland.
Jan 12, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing

A chilling, compelling, and impossible to put down read.
Nov 15, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
overly long but generally solid otherwise.
Tony Entrekin
Mar 23, 2017 Tony Entrekin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An atmospheric mystery centered around an abandoned Greenland mining base and the disappearance of three employees. I've read one other book by Sigurdardottir this year, the excellent ghost story I Remember You, and while this one doesn't quite achieve the pervasive unsettling creepiness of that novel, it creates a great air of mystery from the icy landscape, the solitude, the enigmatic people of a nearby village, and the peculiarities of Greenlandic culture. As in I Remember You, Sigurdardottir ...more
Roberta Moeschter
Jul 08, 2017 Roberta Moeschter rated it really liked it
She is a very good author and I enjoy the knowledge of Icelandic culture she gives and also native Greenlander in this novel. This plot seemed a bit unnecessarily convoluted to me. I felt like note taking might not be amiss.
Dec 18, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it
Another in the Thora Gudmundsdottir series - set in Greenland
Mar 17, 2017 Helen rated it really liked it
This is a chillingly atmospheric mystery novel set in a remote location on the frigid and stormy east coast of Greenland. The prologue had me covered in goosebumps and completely captivated. Great character development – albeit with difficult names to pronounce. The main character, Thóra, is particularly likeable, convincing, and funny to boot. The story gripped me right up until the brilliant conclusion. I can’t wait to read more of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s crime novels featuring Thóra Gudmundsdót ...more
May 28, 2017 Tobias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die isländische Rechtsanwältin Dóra Guðmundsdóttir wird von ihrem Freund Matthias Reich um Hilfe gebeten. Der Ex-Polizist arbeitet inzwischen für eine Reykjavíker Bank. Diese hat ein Problem mit einem Forschungsteam, das in Grönland Bodenproben für einen Bergbaukonzern nehmen soll. Die Angestellten verweigern die Rückkehr. Zudem sind 3 Teammitglieder verschwunden. Die Bank muss für den Schaden haften, falls es zu weiteren Verzögerungen kommen sollte. Deswegen sollen Dora, Matthias und ein Rettun ...more
Oct 29, 2011 Ms.pegasus rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Inuit culture, or the effects of alcoholism
Yrsa Sigurdardottir introduces the uninformed reader to the immense difference between Iceland and Greenland. The latter is further north, and devoid of any volcanic activity. Most of it's area lies above the Arctic Circle. The main character, Thora's, assessment is: “One of the few countries that was colder and more unbearable at this time of year [winter] than Iceland.” This is only one of the elements put in place to set the tone of the book. A second element is the obscure and fading beliefs ...more
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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel was translated into English by Bernard Scudder.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir graduated from high-school in 1983, finished a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Iceland in 1988 and M.Sc in the same field from Concordia University in Montreal in 1997.

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