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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  10,434 ratings  ·  841 reviews
“Indridason fills the void that remains after you've read Stieg Larsson's novels.”- USA Today on Hypothermia
Inspector Erlendur has spent his entire career struggling to evade the ghosts of his past.  But ghosts are visiting him, both in the form of a séance attended by a dead woman and also in the reemerging puzzle of two young people who went missing 30 years ago. And the
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Published September 14th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Police Detective Erlendur arrived at a cottage by Lake Thingvallavatn after a frantic call to the emergency line for help from a woman identifying herself as Karen. She had arranged to rent the cottage for the weekend from her close friend Maria, who was now swinging from the beams by a cord in the living-room quite dead. Ruled a suicide as there was no doubt from the crime scene that Maria had taken her own life, Erlendur senses something is amiss. With time on his hands he visits many of her f ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, iceland
If I were Detective Erlendur Sveinsson's superior in the Reykjavik CID, I would have long ago had him fired. Here he spends 98% of Hypothermia nosing about a case of suicide when even he was convinced that it wasn't murder. Erlendur got obsessed, as he was wont to do, because the young woman who hanged herself was so vitally interested in finding out whether there was a life after death.

Arnaldur Indriðason is probably my favorite living mystery novel, and Hypothermia is one of his best novels.
Cait Poytress
I am one of only 10 or so people - worldwide, it seems - who thought The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sucked. I'm ok with that. The world would be a boringplaceifwealllikedthesameblah blah blah. But it did make me wonder, am I somehow missing the chromosome that is responsible for enjoyment of Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction? Because people love this book. I entered the Good Reads giveaway for a copy of Hypothermia with the intent of answering that question. Plus, the description sounded pr ...more
Nancy Oakes
There's a subtle elegance to this particular story, considering it's a novel of crime fiction. There are no raging maniacs with axes hanging about, no serial killers, and no serious threats to the people of Reykjavik. In fact, there seems to be a lull in crime as this story opens, and Erlendur has some time to go back to some very cold cases. While pondering the ones that got away unanswered, he becomes involved with a new case, that of a woman who was found hanging in her vacation home. There a ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
While reading this novel (#8 in the series) I told my wife "If you want to read something where there is hardly any action but the main character is interesting nonetheless, this is it."

Erlunder, our Icelandic detective, is looking at a couple of cold cases, missing persons who disappeared years ago. He's also picked up a suicide that rubs him the wrong way. Throw in a suspicious doctor, a couple of mediums who hold seances, and a group of people who actively investigate whether there is life af
Linda Prieskorn
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have said several times " I am not a mystery fan". As I sit devouring this Icelandic series like it was a plate of Oreo cookies I've had to reflect on that statement. As I was growing up I was hooked on Nancy Drew, later it was Kay Scarpetta, Stephanie Plum and then Carl Hiaasen. What I have learned is I like a mystery that is a puzzle, not gory crime scene that leaves me terrified for weeks. I like a lead character who shares their personnel life, and I like a plot that teaches of enlightens ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
The good news: Arnaldur Indridason's contribution to the "Nordic Crime Fiction" genre, Hypothermia, mercifully free of the out-of-check misogyny and torture porn that threatens to derail Stieg Larsson's "The Girl..." series (and to a lesser degree, Jo Nesbø's works), provides a very original premise and some very creepy machinations that pack quite a wallop, particularly at the end. It involves an Icelandic inspector (named Erlendur) and his sinuous investigation of a woman's suicide-by-hanging. ...more
Kristine Brancolini
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hypothermia unfolds with the classic Indridason pace and solemnity. Inspector Erlendur explores issues of life after death, as he "investigates" -- not there's anything to investigate -- an obvious suicide and the disappearance of two unrleated young people thirty years ago. Erlendur has become something of a "cold case" expert on missing persons. I was surprised to learn a couple of books ago that disappearances are somewhat common in Iceland and of course, Erlendur's own 8-year-old brother van ...more
Deb Jones
This is a series that is so well-written and the storyline and protagonist so compelling that I'm sure I will read it more than once. Don't think of compelling as an action-packed story as much as a character-driven story with people you want to learn more about.

It is easy to see why Arnaldur Indridason is an award-winning author with books that are sold worldwide. Inspector Erlendur's voice is a quiet one but with much authority behind it. He's an introspective and introverted man who cares dee
Yigal Zur
Oct 20, 2021 rated it liked it
it started so nice the first chapter. and than.. not that it was bad but somehow it was not interesting enough. yes, it is not typical thriller, not a common Scandinavian with a lot of blood etc. but i was not intrigued enough. so i have not a clear say about it. we did not have a match.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing

The atmosphere of HYPOTHERMIA is cold. The weather is cold and so are many of the characters, cold to the needs and the fears of those who trust them.

Maria is devastated by her mother’s death. Leonora had been dying for two years, slowly being consumed by cancer. Maria is married to Baldvin, a doctor, but it is the relationship with her mother that has determined her life. Since her father’s death when Maria was ten, Leonora has protected her daughter from all danger and over-protected so that M
Berit Lundqvist
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This book deals with suicide and mental health issues. Maria, the rich but unstable wife of a doctor, has seemingly committed suicide by hanging herself in her summer house outside Reykjavik. She was suffering from a severe depression after her mother's death.

But detective Erlendur isn't fully convinced the tragic death really is a suicide. Shortly therafter, he gets his hands on a tape, containing a record of a seance Maria has attended earlier to get in contact with her dead mother.

His suspic
Jun 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Indridason is the poor man's Henning Mankell. Right down to Erlendur Sveinsson's (Wallander-lite) unhappy marriage, unhappy divorce, and troubled daughter (Indridason gets creative and adds a son too). They both write banal, choppy sentences. Mankell's books are longer and better. Indridason's books have bigger typeface and more idiotic plots. This one features a woman who is willing to very nearly commit suicide because she needs to know if there's life after death. She's quite religious, churc ...more
Wow... this book is a gem. I've read six Erlendur stories by now and so far my favorite is The Draining Lake storywise. However this one takes the prize for the best dialogues and duels of words (with special mention for: Erlendur vs Halldora and Erlendur vs Baldvin). It is so gripping, that for two days my world was revolving around this book and I finished in tears. The story takes you to dark (and cold!) places, talks about broken homes, the need of forgiveness and - as in every other book in ...more
Nigel Bird
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'Hypothermia' is well named. There’s something chilling about the investigations of Detective Erlendur that runs from the first page right through to the end.

This book was my introduction to Erlendur, and I found him to be rather engaging. To try and post reference points to the uninitiated, I feel that he combines elements of Maigret and Columbo; the thoughtful country-boy working tirelessly and skilfully in the big city combined with a terrier-like erosion of the people involved. Throw in the
Bonnie Brody
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Hypothermia' does not disappoint. Arnaldur Indridason provides an in-depth character study that works on several levels. Like all of Indridason's mysteries in the Inspector Erlendur series, this novel deals with missing persons and closed cases. It is helped enormously by Victoria Cribb's seamless translation.

On the surface, the novel focuses on the apparent suicide of a historian named Maria. Maria had been very close to her mother Leonora who had recently died a painful death from cancer. Mar
Mal Warwick
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Here’s an author — from Iceland, no less — who has sold more than five million copies of his thrillers and won several prizes along the way. So, sucker that I am for mysteries written in or about exotic times and places, I made a beeline for Hypothermia. After all, the crime novel maven at the New York Times had recommended it.

Unfortunately, this novel — literally subtitled “A Thriller,” like most of Indridason’s previous books — isn’t especially thrilling. I persisted to the end more out of mil
Jim Coughenour
As I was reading Indriðason's latest Erlendur novel, with its multiple mysteries and improbable concatenation of coincidences, I asked myself what I'd think of this plot if it had been written by a Californian and set in & around San Francisco. The answer is: probably not much. True, I relish the sad-sack personality of the detective, if only because he reminds me of myself in certain moods. And the crimes are convoluted enough to make me stay around for their resolution. But what really gives t ...more
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-iceland
I've read all in this series and this one stands out. The solitary Erlendur is on a personal quest outside the scope of his official duties. His usual sidekicks make fleeting appearances. He seeks answers on decades old cold cases of two missing persons while also making discrete inquiries on a cut and dry suicide case. He had reluctantly taken up the suicide case after listening to a tape of the deceased at a seance and his quest quickly escalates into a crusade. At the same time his personal l ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Our sad sack Erlendur is approaching some answers to several long cold case missing persons at the same time as giving himself full context to a current suicide. He has little attachment to the police authorities in this one and there is deep slow contemplation on his childhood blizzard tragedy, as well.

Eva was not in a screaming mode, so this one was far more enjoyable to plot and Erlendur self-discovery thread, for me. As slow as it was, I was never bored or put out with 10 straight pages of E
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Inspector Erlendur is still obsessed with missing persons cases in Hypothermia. He’s also still having problems with his family. His daughter, Eva Lind, and son, Sindri Snaer, are continuing their battle with drug and alcohol addictions. His daughter is pressuring Erlendur to meet his ex-wife to try to establish a friendly relationship. And he is still dealing with the loss of his younger brother who went missing in a blizzard when they were children.
Erlendur discovers a connection between 2 pe
Another great entry in the Inspector Erlendur series. This isn't a flash-bang police procedural. Rather we follow Erlunder's thoughtful process as he track down seemingly unconnected threads.

His relationship with his adult kids is also moving (albeit glacially). We also are treated to more information about the events surrounding the blizzard that he and his brother were lost in as youngsters.
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Less of a review - closer to a drool, HYPOTHERMIA is the latest in one of my all time favourite series of books from Icelandic author Arnauldur Indridason. If you've not read any of the earlier books, coming to HYPOTHERMIA from the start could still work, but part of what is really wonderful about this series is the slow unfolding of the backstory of the central detective Erlendur.

Erlendur is very much of the "rumpled / crumpled" detective genre - somebody who life has dealt some complicated ha
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason is number 8 in Indridason's Erlendur Sveinsson series. Erlendur is another in the Nordic line of tortured detectives whose work is driven by their painful histories. To be clear, I love these detectives. Especially Erlendur.

In Hypothermia, Erlendur is called to the scene of a suicide (one of my favorite lines in this & maybe any book is when Erlendur's colleague says to him, "I thought you were only interested in missing person cases." and Erlendur responds, "
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic, crime, el, 2011, iceland
If you're looking for an action-packed thriller, this isn't it. It's a slow and steady piecing together of a woman's life and death as Erlendur gradually talks to various people who knew her. He also digs around in a couple of old missing person cases and muses on old family issues - the disappearance of his brother when they were both children, and at the behest of his adult daughter, his failed marriage to her mother.

The book was a bit spooky, as the dead woman Maria believed in ghosts, but t
Toni Osborne
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 6, in the Reykjavik Murder Mystery series.

This is a fantastic book; its plot is solid, simple with no dramatic and thrilling climaxes, but it is masterfully written giving it depth without any frills. The straightforward writing evokes sentiments while weaving smoothly from one event to another. True to the author's style there is a link between the past and the present with a mix of reality and the supernatural that is gradually blended into the story as we follow a thoughtful, compassion
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gift-card, 2011
* * * * 1/2

I keep wanting to call this book "chilling", even if it is a macabre pun given the title, because that's exactly what it is. The main case is not an official police investigation; instead, Erlendur is driven by curiosity to learn more about the circumstances surrounding a suicide at a holiday cottage. We also learn more about Erlendur's own past and in particular the blizzard that has haunted his life, where his brother was lost and presumed dead.

This book was so hard to put down that
Thom Dunn
This is it. This sixth in the Erlendur series of Arnaldur Indridason's Icelandic crime novels. This is the case that brings it all home to Erlendur, that glum, sad, dogged, somehow lovable gentleman police detective. His partners don't figure much in the story, but his daughter does, finally. Figure in the story, and in Erlendur's life. The word "Thriller" used mistakenly to advertise on the cover of each book in the series might lead some purchasers to be disappointed, but for those readers who ...more
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Hypothermia is an enjoyable, satisfying book. I was at first irked by the translation, which seems clumsy at times and makes no allowance for those of us who know nothing about the culture and geography of Iceland. But as I continued reading, I found myself drawn deeply into the chilly, stark world Indridason brings to life. The language is simple, but consistently and consciously so. The characters are painfully honest with each other and despite their tragic stories and the bleak setting, I wa ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The delight in reading about the lives and conversations of Icelandic people is still great; I wish I had discovered them long ago. In The US, we have some hard boiled detectives, and in England, there are the polite men of the law, but in Iceland, it would seem that a sense of tightness and peace exists, which surpasses even the English. Tha author has a great knack for tying multiple storylines together that exceeds most anyone that I have read.
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Arnaldur Indriðason has the rare distinction of having won the Nordic Crime Novel Prize two years running. He is also the winner of the highly respected and world famous CWA Gold Dagger Award for the top crime novel of the year in the English language, Silence of the Grave.

Arnaldur’s novels have sold over 14 million copies worldwide, in 40 languages, and have won numerous well-respected prizes an

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