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(Dark Iceland #4)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,201 ratings  ·  340 reviews
1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policema
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published December 24th 2016 by ORENDA BOOKS (first published 2012)
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Danita L This is the chronological order of the stories as explained in the preface of Nightblind:

"The events of Nightblind take place approximately five year…more
This is the chronological order of the stories as explained in the preface of Nightblind:

"The events of Nightblind take place approximately five years after Snowblind . . . The next book in the series, Blackout, picks up the story directly after the events of Snowblind with the following two books, Rupture and Whiteout to complete the series of events linking Snowblind and Nightblind."


* * Fölsk nóta - Not set in Siglufjordur, but the first novel featuring Ari Thór Arason, as a young theology student looking for his missing father. (first published 2009)

1. Snowblind (Dark Iceland #1) (first published 2009)
2. Blackout (Dark Iceland #2) (first published January, 2011)
3. Rupture (Dark Iceland #3) (first published January 2012)
4. Whiteout (Dark Iceland #4) (first published October, 2013)
5. Nightblind (Dark Iceland #5) (first published October 1st 2014)

The original publication dates indicate the correct chronological story line. I don't know why publishers have to mess with the order of a story line.(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before going into my official review, I feel it necessary to rehash the importance of the order you read these books in IF you care about spoilers featuring the reoccurring characters. While these were translated in a certain order into english, now that four (almost five) of the series are out, you have the ability to avoid unwelcome spoiling. As best I can tell, the order you should read these is as follows (for chronological consumption):


Now that I got that o
Diane S ☔
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I've given the other books I this series four stars, but this barely garnered a three. Why? Yes, I still love the atmosphere, the darkness, the coldness, so pervasive. Such an enclosing air. Yes, I also still like Ari Thor, though I this one he shares star billing with Isrun, a journalist who has her own issues. My problem was with the many different stories, threads, happening at the same time, made it hard to concentrate on any one. Broke up the narrative with the constant changing of focus. T ...more
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but you know when you’ve been waiting for the next book by an author whose work you love? Well that was me, until yesterday evening. I had been waiting patiently, biding my time until Rupture’s release on Christmas Eve. Imagine my utter joy and excitement when I got an email last night and Rupture was attached. Needless to say, I dropped EVERYTHING to start reading, and I finished it this afternoon.

There’s always that’s tiny bit of fear when reading a book by an a
4.5 stars

Another gorgeous cover, another great read. A couple of years ago, I was browsing in the bookstore at Keflavik airport when “Snowblind” from Orenda Books caught my eye (and wallet). I hadn’t heard of it, the author or the publisher. How times have changed.

Most of the series is now translated so I recently spent a few days back in Iceland (from my sofa) by binge reading the next 3 instalments. This is book #4 & I think it just might be my favourite.

Ari Thór is having trouble finding som
Feb 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Regrettably, this is simply not that good of a story. 1 of 10 stars
Crime by the Book
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another atmospheric and immersive mystery from Ragnar Jónasson! RUPTURE has another very classic mystery plot, which I always love while reading this series. But my favorite thing about this series is the way Ragnar's writing can transport you to Iceland with its vivid descriptions and beautiful language, and this book absolutely had that quality. I'll be sharing my full review soon!! ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So we are up to book 4 in the Dark Iceland series then and honestly I’m not sure what to say in this review that I haven’t said already – this is one of my favourite series in a quiet, contemplative kind of way and it speaks volumes really that I start reading them as soon as they arrive but take it slowly, the descriptive prose is to savour not to bang out in a sitting – at least for this reader

The characters have grown and developed so beautifully over the course of the novels but this one I t
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
In this fourth offering in Jónasson’s Icelandic noir series featuring policeman Ari Thór Arason, the far north town of Siglufiördur is in quarantine due to its exposure to a lethal virus. With time on his hands, Ari Thór takes up a cold case from 1957 where a woman drank rat poison in her coffee. Her nephew, Hédinn, has recently come across a picture throwing doubt on the verdict that it was accidental. Ari Thór calls on Isrun, the news reporter, to help with the legwork. However, Isrun has her ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rupture is the latest from Ragnar Jonasson to hit our shelves. We are now at the fourth story, in this impressive series. Long may it continue!

I confess to having a very soft spot for Ari Thor and the Dark Iceland series. Ari Thor is maturing nicely. He is far too clever to be stuck in remote Iceland. I am slightly concerned that the town Siglufjörður might just be a hotbed of evil. Never mind how isolted and cold it is! I see Ari Thor’s town as a kind of Midsommer Murders region, where it is no
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read Snowblind just a few days ago then immediately had to start Rupture to read more of Jonasson’s gorgeous writing and to find out more about the intriguing Ari Thor. There’s just something about him that’s captivating and leaves you wanting more.

The residents of Siglufjörður are in a panic because a serious illness was brought to their community by an out of towner. When the man dies then someone else falls ill, they are quarantined and
Laura Rash
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series by Jonasson is like nothing I've ever read. The descriptions of Icelandic life, the stories he creates that are so wrapped up into others are unique. They're like an old fashioned mystery where everyone is brought into the library at the end & you find out who the culprit is. Loved every one of these books.

Thanks to Karen at Orenda for this copy in exchange for review!
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book and the a former Dark Iceland by Jonasson- I just do not get the ratings. I'd give it 2.5 stars at the very most.

This was my last Icelandic by this author. Too much switching of time periods and "eyes" of narrators. Always a mistaken blame identity or some severe and obtuse reactions to common enough life happenings to make each of them bizarre odd too. But in this one, this novel Rupture, in particular- the "mystery" itself was not a mystery. It was clearly obvious from the first half
The Book Review Café
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Rupture is a crime thriller that feels like a breath of fresh air, it has much more to offer than the average crime thriller, for me this novel is beautifully written with a well crafted plot, this is Nordic crime noir at it’s best. I’m normally a reader who loves a crime read to be fast paced, which I don’t consider Rupture to be, but what I loved about this novel was the authors incredible gift of being able to pull the reader into his
Rachel Hall
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three years after his arrival in the unprepossessing fishing village of Siglufjörður precariously located at the northernmost tip of Iceland, life still feels like an arduous task for Ari Thór Arason, despite the much vaunted improvement in transportation links to the community. The isolation of the village and unremittingly morose winter weather has never been anything less than a tall order for city man, Ari Thór, to contend with. Encircled by a ring of mountains which throw an oppressive shad ...more
Mairead Hearne (
'Haunting, frightening and complex. A dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.’

Rupture is the latest in the Dark Iceland Series from crime writer Ragnar Jónasson, ublished by Orenda Books and excellently translated by Quentin Bates.

Rupture is rightfully categorized under the genre of Nordic Noir. There is a uniqueness to this style of writing, none of which is lost in the translation.

Read on for my full thoughts…

Ari Thor Arason, local Siglufjordur police of
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
For me this was a disappointing end to the Dark Iceland series. I really enjoyed the first book, but none of the subsequent stories were even remotely as good. Part of the problem is that the books are numbered out of sequence to the timelines of the characters so while this book was numbered as though it was the final book, the events took place prior to events in an earlier book 🤦🏼‍♀️.

This book had two storylines: one involving Ari Thor and one involving a reporter in another town. The storie
Three interwoven stories from Iceland. In Siglufjörður, a man dies of hemorrhagic fever, causing a quarantine. Then, one of the residents Hédinn asks the local policeman Ari Thór to look at a cold case involving the supposed suicide of his aunt by rat poison in a previously remote area (Hedinsfjörður), now easily reached via tunnel. Ari has plenty of time on his hands since everyone is hiding in their own homes, and he systematically tracks down many parties to solve the mystery, facing some of ...more
Trigger warnings: stalking, murder, child abduction.

This series is proving a little hit or miss for me. I mean, I've enjoyed all of the books I've read so far. But at the same time, they haven't been STAND OUTS.

This one primarily covers a cold case, featuring the unexplained death of a woman many years earlier which Ari Thor starts investigating following a request from her nephew. And frankly, that side of the story was...not particularly interesting.

The other side of the story covers a guy w
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Rupture is the fourth book in the Dark Iceland series and probably best to have read the others prior to this one for full enjoyment.

It was great to catch back up with Ari Thor again and to be transported to the wonderful picturesque setting. For a small place, Ari sure is kept busy with murders and crimes. Not so good for him but it’s great for us readers.

I really enjoyed the different story lines that ran throughout the novel. I always enjoy having the mixture of the investigations as well as
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On the tour for this fantastic book so a quick one here -

Brilliant brilliant. Best one yet. Go and buy. You won't regret

End of review ;)

And today I'm on the blog tour so here's the longer version:
AND the Literary Travel Agency Travel to Iceland

Maybe the strap line to this book should read ‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Siglufjörður..” as like in the jaws of that famous shark, this book has just as much bite and shock factor. This great white is a vast icy landscape which chil
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not exciting,but pretty solid.9/10.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a story. Much like the preceding novels, there are no big whizz bang revelations, no high speed chases and no intense moments of jeopardy but then this is what I like about this series of books. It is so beautifully written, such an absorbing read that relies on the building of atmosphere to deliver chills that it does not need to be. The way in which Ragnar Jónasson establishes and delivers the picture of the remote Icelandic town of Siglufjörður is just perfect, and more so with the de ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ragnar Jónasson is the most excellent wordsmith, committed to painting the most perfectly atmospheric scenes with a quiet composure. I have developed a fondness for this unassuming style, where a rare and tragic event is the only thing on earth that can taint the purity of the location.

Nestled in the most wondrous and often challenging of landscapes, what can the isolated beauty of a fjord hide? How can an old family photograph shed light on a mystery that was forgotten along with the people tha
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Rupture – Another Classic in the ‘Dark Iceland’ Series

Orenda Books have now published the fourth book in Ragnar Jónasson's 'Dark Iceland' and it is easy to understand why this series is so popular in his native Iceland. He once again centres the story around Arí Thór set in the remote town of Siglufjörður in the far north of Iceland which adds to the claustrophobic dark atmosphere of the books.

Siglufjörður is under quarantine and Arí Thór has been asked to look in to a case from 1955 where one o
Marina Sofia
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, enthralling, moving effortlessly between past and present, between Ari Thor and Isrun, without letting their back story overwhelm the investigations. Quick-paced, giving us multiple points of view and two mysteries to resolve - it's Agatha Christie in a frozen location and bang up to date. Possibly one of my favourites in this series to date! ...more
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
''Rupture'' is an excellent addition to a magnificent series, titled ''Dark Iceland'' and the writer, Ragnar Jonasson, along with Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir form the core of this new-wave Icelandic noir invasion in literature as well as the television or cinema. This book is the fourth book in the series and R. Jonasson proves once again that he has a special talent with the use of the words as his dense and unadorned descriptions manage to create the appropriate atmosphere for ...more
Deb Jones
Ragnar Jonasson has done it again -- written a character-driven, highly atmospheric whodunit that provides a great reading experience. While the crime and the investigation of it are what drive the characters, it is not the only factor driving the story forward. The characters and their lives are thoroughly engrossing.
Joanne Robertson
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Over Christmas there was a seasonal Kindle sale going on over at Amazon. Normally, I back away from that one click button as it makes book buying a bit too easy at times! But then I noticed that the first three books in this series had been reduced to 99p each! I have only recently allowed myself to be seduced by Scandinavian crime so that price it was a risk I was prepared to take. And as buying all three would cost me less than a chai latte and an almond croissant (and be much better for my bl ...more
Nerdish Mum
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Rupture is my first Ragnar Jonasson book and I realise I've been missing out! Rupture is the fourth book in the Dark Iceland series but can definitely be read as a stand alone like I did, however I do now need to go back and read them all!

First things first, the cover is absolutely stunning and really reflects the isolation and cold from the book. Also I am eternally grateful for the pronunciation guide in the front of the book as it immediately helped me immerse myself in the story without spe
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love Iceland, reading the books of Ragnar Jonasson you will find yourself immersed in the atmospheres that you like so much. Iceland is a primordial land, where Nature (in capital letters) has maintained dominance over man (small letters). If you have visited Siglufjörður, Reykjavik, Húsavík and the other places described in the book you will find yourself even more immersed in the plot of this book. Ari Þór is a policeman a bit out of the box, he loves his land, he loves his people, he l ...more
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His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia. Snowblind has been a paperback bestseller in France.

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