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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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Blair
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
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Ellie
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
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Carey Combe
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
Christine
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
Jeanette
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
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
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
Pamela

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

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Woowott
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
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Cheryl
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
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Richard
Mar 29, 2012 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Douglas Lord
BFD staff are big fans of Sigurdardottir; I think the editorial board even went so far as to call her the Reykjavikian Rhapsodist. Or perhaps it was the Impressive Icelandic Inkspiller. In any event, she’s Iceland’s answer to Sweden’s rebuttal to Norway’s riposte about the whole damn American Southern Literature thing. Like her Ashes to Dust, this features attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir getting hands-on in a case that brings her from sunny Iceland to remote Greenland. There she’s part of a team i ...more
Eva
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.
Sonia Cristina
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!!!
Morgan Dhu
Another solid mystery novel, this time set in a remote mining station on the inhospitable east coast of Greenland. Things look bad - interpersonal relations at the station have soured, one woman has gone missing, performance is behind schedule, the employees on Winter furlough refuse to return, and the two people remaining at the station have stopped communication with the outside world. The Icelandic bank that underwrote the venture sends in a team of specialists to find out what happened, and ...more
Christina Koziol
The Day is Dark started out well enough. Employees vanish under mysterious circumstances from a mining company base in an isolated part of Greenland. Thóra, an Icelandic lawyer and the main character in the series, goes to investigate on behalf of the mining company. The mood of the story is sufficiently creepy and set well. The site of the base was previous inhabited by a group of settlers who all died of unknown causes. The nearby Greenlandic natives consider the site cursed and avoid all cont ...more
Ellen Keim
The strength of this book is its depiction of life in Greenland about which I was pretty much ignorant. The mystery itself was a decent one, but was diluted by the pace of the book, which was, dare I say, glacial.

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
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Charmaine Elliott
A riveting opening Chapter promises an exciting thriller. The Greenland setting adds mystery. The characters are mainly nasty. The ingredients are sound, yet from Chapter 2 onwards the author fails to blend the ingredients in a way that is truly captivating. I found myself reading because I was awake in the wee hours - not because I was dying to find out who did what to whom. One reviewer used the term 'wooden'. That works for me. I didn't think of abandoning this book at any time, yet I am reli ...more
Anneth Strinnholm
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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
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Robin
An Icelandic mystery, "Day is Dark" walks well between the native Greenlanders' beliefs and a modern-day cooped-up-in-a-remote-place team of scientists and engieneers. A group of Icelanders and Greenlanders, security folks and attorneys and a doctor along with two of the former team members go back to the remote scene to figure out what has happened. With the assistance if three local folks and the heroine, Thora, an Icelandic attorney, the truth finally comes out. Meanwhile there are ghosts, sp ...more
Kim Kimselius
Ödemark av Yrsa Sigurdardottir är andra boken i serien om advokaten Thóra Gudmundsdóttir. Hade just avslutat boken Där ingen har gått, som utspelar sig på Grönland och Arktis, när jag påbörjade denna bok. Blev mycket förvånad när även denna bok utspelar sig på Grönland, fastän författaren är isländska och den första boken utspelade sig på Island.

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
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Elizabeth

A chilling, compelling, and impossible to put down read.
Susan
overly long but generally solid otherwise.
James
maybe i am getting too accustomed to the lead characters - Thora, Matthew, and Bella - but this one kinda dragged about 2/3 through... sometimes i think the author has an idea about how much to write and forgets too much extraneous detail or added dialogue or seemingly innocuous additional players in the drama doesn't add to the story much... length doesn't equal quality... or maybe just delay the answer(s) to the mystery until closer to the end... or make the discovery of evidence less transpar ...more
Jaksen
I like this series, but this is perhaps the weakest book in it (so far.)

Thora is sent to Greenland to sort out a business contract involving a bank - Matthew, her boyfriend's bank - and a mining company. The company, working on the east coast of Greenland, has been beset by some problems: all its employees have left; three of its employees are missing; no one seems to want to talk about what, if anything, happened. The setting is a cold, bleak, wet one, with the inhabitants of the local village
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Cristina Boncea
Cel mai perfect final ever.

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 (?
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Kristin
This being my first foray into Icelandic fiction (in preparation for a trip next spring), I was expecting the setting to be primarily in Iceland. However, the plot quickly leads the main characters to Greenland to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three workers at a mining exploratory camp.

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
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Coenraad
The first book I ever read on a Kindle! It was borrowed... but I would have to wait weeks for the physical book to arrive in South African bookshops.

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
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Hasewue
In ihrem vierten Fall verschlägt es die Reykjavíker Anwältin Dóra Gumundsdóttir zusammen mit ihrem deutschen Freund Matthias Reich ins eisige Grönland.
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
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Inga
Im Januar las ich bereits Das letzte Ritual von Yrsa Sigurdardottir.
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
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Richard Thompson
Three workers have gone missing in a remote mining exploration camp in Greenland, and the rest of the crew has refused to return to work. A team of investigators from the bank (which stands to lose a lot of money unless the project gets back in gear) have been dispatched to find out what the problem is. They find the camp abandoned, all communications inoperative, the natives in nearby village unfriendly, and the weather threatening. The only way into the village is by helicopter and once it dro ...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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Þóra Guðmundsdóttir (6 books)
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