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Preview — The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Day is Dark (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir #4)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Yrsa Sigurdardottir is another new to me author. I was really intrigued to read this book. It sounded chilling. This was a goo ...more
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 ...more
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...more
I think that the author did a good job of covering the main character's back story, but was dissatisfied at how little her primary relationships were explored. Instead, the emphasis was on how she interacted with the small group of people she went to Greenland with, whom I didn't know ...more
Nja. Det här var nog inte vad jag förväntade mig. När jag förstod att handlingen tar plats på en extra ödslig plats på Grönland och att boken innefattar ingredienser som snöstorm, ickefungerande fordon & kommunikationsmedel samt upptäckten av styckade kroppar så såg jag framför mig en adrenalinfylld, actiondriven bok i stil med John Carpenters film "The Thing" (fast förmodligen utan alien). I stället fick jag en ganska lågmäld, melankolisk berättelse om vuxenmobbning ...more
Jag ler igenkännande när det i början talas om isländska platser som jag besökte vid mitt senaste besök på Island. När berättelsen sedan förflyttas till ...more
Nu aveam niciun dubiu că îmi va plăcea această carte, a doua pe care o citesc din seria cu Thora.
Thora, Matthew, Bella și alți trei oameni de specialitate sunt trimiși într-un sătuc din Groenlanda pentru a cerceta dispariția a trei oameni, foști angajați ai firmei de foraje. Thora este avocat și trebuie să îi facă pe ceilalți angajați să se întoarcă la muncă, explicând moartea celor trei care au murit.
În final, se dovedește că Oddny Hildur a fost omorâtă de Friorika (? ...more
The premise was good and the plot held my attention. I don't typically read crime mysteries, so it was something of a novelty for me. However, despite good pacing, The Day is Dark didn't turn out to ...more
For a whole Saturday I did almost nothing but read - the story is that compelling. It is - for the main part - not set in Iceland, but Greenland, meaning it was colder than usual in one of Yrsa's books. More complex, especially regarding the deaths in history, and the plot requires Greenlandic folklore (the novel explains everything, you don't need ...more
In einem dortigen Forschungscamp sind zwei isländische Arbeiter verschwunden und die restlichen Teammitglieder weigern sich deswegen ins Camp zurückzukehren.
Dóra muss nun der Sache auf den Grund gehen und stößt dabei auf feindselige Einheimische und menschliche Überreste.
Ein heftiger Schneesturm bringt zusätzlich noch andere grausige Funde ans Lic ...more
Die eisblaue Spur ist nun der vierte Kriminalroman der isländischen Autorin.
Diesmal verlagert sie das Geschehen um die Rechtsanwältin Dora und ihren deutschen Freund Matthias nach Grönland. Dort sind einige Teammitglieder eines Bauunternehmens, die Probebohrungen durchführen sollen, verschwunden, der Rest des Teams will dort nun nicht mehr arbeiten. Eventuell verliert die isländische Geldgeberbank dadurch Geld, weswegen sie ein ...more
She portrayed the Greenlanders with respect, never glossing over the awful disfunction that afflicts so many indigenous people, but with recognition of their ancient culture and acknowledgment of the relentless changes forced upon them by 'progress' and c ...more
Finanziell ist es etwas knapp in Dora Gudmundsdottirs Kanzlei. Sie ist deshalb ganz froh, dass ihr Freund Matthias ihr einen Auftrag verschafft. Allerdings hält die Freude nicht lang, denn zum einen drückt ihr Partner ihr die gemeinsame Sekretärin Bella aufs Auge und zum anderen führt der Auftrag in einen abgelegene Gegend auf Grönland, wo man nicht tot über den Zaun hängen möchte. Ein kleiner Trost wenigstens ist, dass Matthias auch zur Reisegruppe gehört. Seine Bank soll da ...more
Yrsa now works as a civil engineer for the company Fjarhitun, as well as being a writer.
In 1998 Yrsa published her first book for children, Þar lágu Danir í því (The Danes Were in Trouble There ...more