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The Island

(Hidden Iceland #2)

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  191 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.

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Minotaur Books (first published October 28th 2016)
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Sandy
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
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Louise Wilson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Crime by the Book
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!

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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
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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
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
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
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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
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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
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Carolyn
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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Kirsty ❤️
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Lou
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dennis
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 m
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Aristotle
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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Kelly
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Hannah
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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This is the second in the Hidden Iceland series and looks at the story of Hulga. The clever and rather unusual thing about this however, is the fact that this story lets you see why the events in The Darkness are the way they are. Reverse storytelling if you like. Unusual but the books do read as standalones too. However, once you discover more about Hulga and what happens to her in the future , this shapes how you read about her past.

This mystery was creepy and
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Rob Twinem
"The Island" falls into a category of books loosely referred to as Scandinavian noir. Set in Iceland the volcanic landscape and frozen polar conditions adds an eerie silent and unpredictable element to the events as they unfold...."What the scenery lacked in drama it made up for in its all encompassing tranquility, its sense of space and emptiness. The only accents of colour in the treeless landscape were provided by patches of bilberry and crowberry plants and the calm blue waters of the fjord ...more
Sid Nuncius
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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Laura Rash
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great follow up to The Darkness! I’m a huge fan of Ragnar and can’t wait to see what he’ll come up with next. This Hulda series always leaves me wanting more. Very atmospheric.
Sonica
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Minotaur Books for my copy of The Island by Ragnar Jonasson, in exchange for my honest review.  This title released May 21, 2019.

This is the second instalment in Jonasson's Detective Hulda Hermannsdottir series.  I highly recommend you read the first book, The Darkness, for character development.  They're told in reverse chronological order; the first book takes place during Hulda's entry into retirement from detective work and this book takes place in the middle of her career.

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Rob Twinem
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Cold atmospheric scandi noir The Island" falls into a category of books loosely referred to as Scandinavian noir. Set in Iceland the volcanic landscape and frozen polar conditions adds an eerie silent and unpredictable element to the events as they unfold...."What the scenery lacked in drama it made up for in its all encompassing tranquility, its sense of space and emptiness. The only accents of colour in the treeless landscape were provided by patches of bilberry and crowberry plants and the ca ...more
Rowena Hoseason
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
In a minor masterstroke, Icelandic author Ragnar Jónasson is telling his ‘Hidden Iceland’ series in reverse order. That’s not obvious when you read the first book, The Darkness, which gets the ball rolling in the twilight of Hulda's career.

The Island is set fifteen years earlier when Hulda is fifty-something and feeling it. She’s already survived the worst imaginable personal circumstances, and is a long way down her slide into bitter emotional isolation. This version of Hulda is flinty and stub
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Clair
The Island is the second book in the Hidden Iceland series featuring Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir, although Hulda is younger than when we were introduced to her in The Darkness as this series is told in reverse order.

The book opens 10 years earlier than the main timing of the book, where a young woman’s life was tragically taken. At the time, the police investigated, found their suspect who seemingly admitted his guilt by taking his own life. At this time, Hulda is becoming frustrat
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Lavender
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
„The Island“ is a character driven police procedural thriller. It is the second book in a series about police officer Hilda who lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. I did not read the first book and you can easily read this one as a standalone because the books are told in reverse. This means that this book is settled earlier than the first book. Here we get to know Hilda who gets involved in an accident that happened on a remote islandic island. A young woman fell from a cliff while on a week ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for an advance copy of The Island, the second novel in the Hidden Island trilogy.

Hulda is asked by the Western Isles police force to help with a death investigation. Four old friends have gone to a remote island for a weekend away and one has died. She knows the remaining three are lying and hiding things, but what? And what is the link to another death ten years before?

I thoroughly enjoyed The Island which is a clever unraveling of
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Mike Sumner
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading The Island, Hidden Iceland Series Book 2, I had no idea this is a trilogy written backwards. So, this precedes Book 1 in chronological order and had me confused when I soon encountered Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir. Hang on a minute, isn't she....? And then the penny dropped! Book 3 will no doubt go back even further. It's of no consequence as this reads well as a standalone. And what a cracking read it is as Hulda travels to the isolated island of Elliðaey to i ...more
Oliver Clarke
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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‘The Island’ is an Icelandic mystery novel, the middle book in the ‘Hidden Iceland’ trilogy. I’ve not read the first book, but this one made sense regardless.
It starts well, with a genuinely creepy prologue and then an enjoyably mysterious murder. The chronology is interesting as well. The prologue takes place after the murder and the action then skips forward 10 years. The main story examines a group of friends, wit
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Jessica
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ten years ago a young woman was murdered in her family’s summer house in the Westfjords. The detective working the case was adamant that the father was her killer, as there were seemingly no other suspects. The father was found guilty and for years the family has mourned the loss of the daughter, as well as the father.

Off the coast of Iceland is an isolated island called Ellidaey. A group of friends have gone there for a reunion. When they wake one morning they realize that one of them has disap
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Joanne Robertson
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hulda is a character I first encountered in the first book of The Hidden Iceland trilogy, The Darkness, which completely broke me!! The unexpected ending had me sobbing my heart out and I wanted to know more about Hulda and what came before The Darkness. Yes, this is a trilogy told in reverse which I think is a BRILLIANT idea and works so well as we go back in time to The Island and the 64 year old Hulda who is now a much younger woman. She’s no longer having to fight discrimination in the workp ...more
Cathy Cole
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Hidden Iceland series, The Darkness, was the best book I read in 2018. I love how Jónasson begins this series with the end of the main character's career and has each successive book go further back in time. Reading about a life lived backward makes a reader more aware of the formation of personality traits that make Hulda the person she is.

In The Island, we learn more about Hulda's family background, which involves her making a long journey. I find her character almost hyp
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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.

Nightblind won the Dead Good Reader Award 2016 for Most
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Hidden Iceland (2 books)
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