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The Island

(Hidden Iceland #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,934 ratings  ·  477 reviews
Elliðaey is an isolated island off the coast of Iceland. It is has a beautiful, unforgiving terrain and is an easy place to vanish.

The Island is the second thrilling book in Ragnar Jonasson's Hidden Iceland trilogy. This time Hulda is at the peak of her career and is sent to investigate what happened on Elliðaey after a group of friends visited but one failed to return.

Hardcover, 350 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Michael Joseph (first published October 28th 2016)
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Diane S ☔
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor-2019
This author has become my new Scandanavian noir author. This is the second in this new series. Hulda, in her fifties has suffered greatly from personal losses. She has also been passed over, because she is a woman, for promotions, yet she has never given anything but her best in solving crimes. This case will harken back to a murder that had been closed ten years previously, costing a family an almost total collapse.

This story is set in Iceland, a small island called Ellioacy, and in the Western
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story is rife with deceit and sadness. 4 of 10 stars
This series has an interesting format in that it’s written in reverse order. Book #1 (The Darkness) gave us Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir at the end of her career with the Reykjavík police. In this outing we go back a bit to 1997 as she investigates a suspicious death on the island of Elliðaey.

Ten years ago, Dagur’s family was ripped apart when his sister was murdered in a rural cabin. (Thanks to a brief prologue we know what happened…sort of.) They used to hang with Benni, Alexandra
Louise Wilson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5⭐️ rounded up to 4

Hidden Island Series Book 2

Ellioaey is an isolated island off the coast of Iceland. It has a beautiful, unforgiving terrain and it's an easy place to vanish. This is the second book in the Hidden Island Series.

This book is set ten years before the first instalment. DI Hulda is fast approaching fifty. She has lost her husband, daughter and her mother. Hulda is on the isolated island of Ellioaey to investigate the unexplained death of a young woman. She was one of four friends
Crime by the Book
5/5 stars for another stellar book from Ragnar Jonasson! This author's work just consistently works for me, and THE ISLAND is my favorite book of his yet. This is the 2nd book in his Hulda Hermannsdottir series - and it's definitely worth reading the series from the beginning. THE ISLAND blends the atmosphere of Nordic Noir with a layered mystery (involving a "locked room" style plot!). It's stylish and addictive, and I absolutely loved it!

Catch my full review on the CBTB blog! http://crimeby
Liz Barnsley
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my chosen Christmas Eve read (an Icelandic tradition) and I read it cover to cover in just over two hours, an utterly compelling and beautifully descriptive story that is impossible to put down.
This is the second in the Hidden Iceland series, the story of Hulga, but in reverse order so in The Island not only do we get a new and intriguing mystery, but also more hints about what leads Hulga to her ultimate fate in The Darkness.
It’s an interesting way of telling a story and in this case i
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Island is my introduction to Ragnar Jónasson books and I will definitely read more books by him. The book isn't especially thick, which was very nice for a change. Also, I felt that the size was perfect for the story. There was no need to fill it out with unnecessary dialogue or descriptions. The pacing is very good and I partly read and partly listened to the audiobook version (which I recommend). Storywise was the book interesting, especially since there aren't that many suspects in the ca ...more
rounded up to 4.5 Stars

Last fall I read The Darkness, book one in Ragnar Jónasson’s Hidden Iceland trilogy, and I loved it, so I knew I had to get my hands on The Island as soon as I could. Not only is Jónasson’s writing simply superb, but he’s masterfully created a character in Detective Inspector Hulda Hermansdóttir who I thought after reading book one, and believe even more now after reading The Island, is one of the best fictional detectives I’ve encountered; she’s high-spirited, gruff, driv
Adrian Dooley
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow really loved this one. Read in a day(which is unheard for this snail pace reader) it’s atmospheric, very well written, well structured, easy to keep track of all the characters and most importantly of all, a hell of a lot of fun to read.

Our main character is Detective Hulda. The story is told in the narratives present day(the 90s) and a decade earlier, jumping back and forth between the two as she investigates the rather seemingly mundane accidental death of one of a group of four friends o
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all 5 of the Dark Iceland series which featured young policeman, Ari Thor in his first posting in an isolated village at the Northern tip of Iceland. The stories were set in a small fishing village and its gorgeous, breathtaking surrounding landscape. The mysteries were intriguing and atmospheric, but I must admit I was finding his on-again, off-again love life starting to become tiresome.

I liked the first book in the new Hidden Iceland series. Here we met 64-year-old detective, Hu
Umut Rados
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to try an Icelandic mystery when I picked up this book. It adds so much to the atmosphere when the set up is a cold, remote location. And, the writer achieved to pass on this feeling very well in this book.
The beginning of the book is a bit confusing because the writer gives you snips of some events that you don't understand. It all comes together in the end, but takes some time.
The story is about 2 murders, one happens 10 years after the other. A group of friends, go on a remote islan
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Island is the second novel in the Scandinavian noir series Hidden Iceland, set in the stunning, isolated Icelandic landscape. The descriptions are evocative and really set the scene with the scenery being beautiful but very unforgiving, and it's intelligently plotted, however, it takes a while to adapt to the ever-changing timeline and perspective, but once you have this is a gripping, immersive reading experience. Our protagonist Hulda is rather enigmatic and we know little about her. She c ...more
Zoe Mann
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The Island’ also known as ‘Drungi’ by international best seller Ragnar Jonasson is the second instalment in the Hidden Iceland series.

It is set 10 years before the first instalment ‘The darkness’ also known as ‘Dimma’. This is one of the things I find so compelling about the series. You are told the story in reverse.

The main character, Detective Inspector Hulda (literally meaning, hidden woman) is nearing 50 years of age at this point in her life, she has lost her husband, daughter and most r
Edgarr Alien Pooh
This story had a lot of potentials but I found the plot to be somewhat "loose". I am hoping it was lost in the translation more than anything else. The three stars are for the setup and the general plot. It loses the two stars because things moved a little to fast in places and there were some rather large assumptions made at times.

A group of friends visit an island together off the Icelandic Coast to celebrate a rather strange anniversary. It is the anniversary of events that happened when they
On the face of it this is a standard closed-room murder mystery...but as with the previous book in this series there is so much more to it than that.
The setting and the character exploration bring this story to life.
Our main character is Hulda Hermannsdóttir who is approaching her fiftieth birthday and fiercely pursuing her career in the police force. Her personal life is a mess and there are hints as to what has happened to her family (this was revealed in the first book of the series and altho
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good and surprising mystery.the main character seems to be Iceland its self with the dramatic stark landscape the cliffs the rocks the wild sea. good characters that seemed benign but weren`t at all secret loves carried in hearts for years.good winters read. ...more
Maja Ingrid
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, crime
2,5 stars

Not as good as the first book
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This will be the last I read from this author. It’s 2.5 stars but too morose, too repetitive of phrase and just too full of introverted loners. And the ones who are not (all of the above) have no luck in joy connections lasting more than a passing ale exchange. The case was hardly one either.

And I have to add this. I disagree with those who have said repeatedly that it is the author and not the translator when this same bland exact phrasing occurs. I much doubt it. I think it has to be in the tr
Kirsty ❤️
I'm a little bit confused by this book. I've read the first in the series and it covers Hulda's retirement from the police force. She now seems to have lost 15 years in age and is now 50 and an Inspector. I've gone back over the reviews of the first book and found someone mention that this is a trilogy and would cover her earlier life. So I guess we are doing her history in reverse. Not sure how I feel about that and I did find it off-putting knowing how some of the information on her husband an ...more
If you enjoy anything by Lars Kepler, you'll totally dig into Ragnar Jónasson's The Island !

Set in Iceland (well technically, Elliðaey, which is an island off the coast of Iceland), Hulda Hermannsdottir is investigating the mysterious disappearances of two women that have been possibly linked together for the past ten years. Iceland is a very peaceful country, where the homicide rate is nearly non-existent. How are these cases linked together? Who's the culprit and are they still thirsty for
Hulda's life is wrapped in melancholy
Dipped in depression with chunks of dark secrets in her core.

Book two of a trilogy. A trilogy told in revers order. It is creepy reading about Hulda's family knowing what happened to her daughter, what she did to her husband, and how her life ended. Read book one to better understand the life of Hulda.
The police procedural part of the story was ok. A father is charged with the murder of his daughter. They charged him with murder based on what evidence? Not s
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Jonasson’s Hidden Iceland series, set 10 years before the first book. Like the first book, this Scandi Noir is a slow burner. This time, two mysterious murders, 10 years apart, involve the same group of friends. Hulda gets called in to work on the new case, and, as in the first book, she faces sexist and patronising fellow detectives at the police department. Again, she perseveres, and solves two cases with her unfettered dedication to her job. I liked the unwavering c ...more
Sid Nuncius
I couldn’t get on at all with The Island. It sounded intriguing and I like the idea of a mystery set in “Hidden Iceland” but I found it very hard going indeed.

The story is OK, but I found it swamped by plodding descriptions and rather unconvincing characterisation. Hulda is a potentially interesting protagonist, but beset by cliché and overdone Personal Issues. My main problem, though, is the writing, which I found turgid, ridiculously padded with unnecessary detail and plagued by insultingly un
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four longtime friends decide to have a reunion at an old hunting lodge. They haven’t been in touch for a long time but this is the tenth anniversary of the murder of one of their friends and they agree to get together in her honor and to re-connect. When death re-visits this group of friends, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir is determined to find out the truth.

This is Book 2 in the Hulda Series by this author. Interestingly, this series is told in reverse order so this second book takes
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this author. 'The Island' was a little hard to get into at first, and it seemed to flit from person to person. Don't be put off, though - all becomes clear eventually, and by the end there are still loose ends in Hulda's life waiting for the next instalment.

Ragnar Jónasson writes with authority and clear prose of the chilly desolation of parts of Iceland. And he is very good at conveying fear!

Four and a half stars.

Would I read it again? Yes, and I look forward to the next in the Hidden Ic
A classic Agatha Christie-type "whodunnit" set in desolate areas of Iceland. In 1987, a young couple’s romantic getaway in the deserted western end of Iceland ends in death of the girlfriend, which is pinned on her alcoholic father, who commits suicide. Ten years later, her four closest friends having grown apart, decide to get together to remember her on a remote island. When the trip ends in another death, Reykjavik Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir takes the call from the local constab ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The Island is the second in the Hidden Island series by Ragnar Jonasson and precedes the first in time. The first part of this novel is super atmospheric and spooky. I was immediately hooked and could not stop reading. It takes awhile for Hulda to get involved investigating this crime. We learned a little bit more about her life, but I'm still waiting to find out more. This is definitely a series that I will continue reading.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Hidden Iceland series involves a case at the end of Hulda's law enforcement career. This one goes back to a case when she is fifty. Hulda investigates the death of a young woman on a remote island. At first, it appears to be an accidental death, but when the coroner finds signs of a struggle, Hulda finds herself investigating not only this incident but one from ten years earlier than solidified another officer's promotion within ranks of law enforcement. That man is now her ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I found this book to be slow, I was intrigued with the prologue but then once into the book I struggled to continue.
The story was good, and the setting in Iceland is alluring, but I found it just ok.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
After having really enjoyed The Darkness a while back, I couldn’t wait to see what Ragnar Jónasson had in store with The Island.

Four friends come together to spend a weekend on an isolated island for a reunion, marking the tenth anniversary of the death of one of their other friends. It soon becomes apparent their friendship isn’t as solid as it used to be. There’s a lot of tension, awkward silences, the conversation doesn’t flow like it did all those years ago and dark secrets are struggling to
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Ragnar Jonasson is author of the award winning and international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

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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