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The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson
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really liked it
bookshelves: iceland, mystery, net-galley, read-2018

This first book in a new series from Ragnar Jonasson features Huldu Hermansdottir, a police inspector nearing mandatory retirement, and resenting that fact. As the story opens, Huldu is presented with a new, unwelcome “gift” from her boss. She no longer has one more year of work. Her replacement is available now and will need her office very soon. She can begin her retirement early, with pay of course. For a woman whose refuge has been work, who dreads time alone, this amounts to a curse. So Huldu works on one last case, a fairly cold case, the death of an asylum-seeker from Russia found on the shore a year ago.

As the novel advances, we learn about Huldu’s life, family, her feelings about her time with the police and her mostly male colleagues. There also are stories told in alternating chapters that fit into both Huldu’s and the crime story. (Those who dislike this device seen frequently in novels of late, be warned.) Huldu is an interesting woman; at 64, she is in a demographic not often used to lead such a novel. Her fears seemed realistic with an overlay specific to her situation.

To say much more is to risk spoiler territory which I want to avoid. The Darkness is the story of a woman at a turning point in her life, trying to right a case left unsolved, trying to decide what she wants and who she is after some major life disappointments.

My feelings are a bit mixed about this book, at times firmly in the 4* territory while others saw it more of a 3*. So probably a 3.5* rounded to 4 here. Not quite up to the standard of Jonasson's Dark Iceland series but I will give the next installment a try.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

October 17, 2018 – Shelved
October 18, 2018 – Started Reading
October 18, 2018 –
60.0% "This is another good book from Jonasson, this time with a female protagonist, a police detective on the very edge of retirement, pushed over that edge by her boss who determines she can leave about a year early as a “bright” young man is coming and will need her office. She barters for one final quick case!"
October 21, 2018 – Shelved as: iceland
October 21, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery
October 21, 2018 – Shelved as: net-galley
October 21, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018
October 21, 2018 – Finished Reading

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