Snowblind is the first in a series of books by Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson and has been translated into English by Quentin Bates.
Snowblind takes us into a small community northern Iceland. One of those small towns where everyone knows everyone and it takes years for a newcomer to be accepted, if ever. We follow Ari Thor, a young police officer in his first post. He finds this too quiet and 5he Police have very little to do. However, a woman is then found half naked and bleeding out in the snow.
Then a local elderly and esteemed author is discovered dead at the local amateur dramatics society. Can Ari Thor track down the killer?
One of the things that engages you in this book is the wonderfully chilly and increasingly close atmosphere. It is almost overwhelmingly claustrophobic, with the darkness and constant snow and Ari Thor feels it and it really worries him. As the Winter becomes harsher and the town is cut off by snow, this only gets worse. Menace lurks, within this small community with links to the amateur dramatics society. The tension builds and you fall in to it.
There are plenty of characters, some decidedly odd and of course the young Ari Thor. From Palmi, a playwright, Tomas the Chief of Police and Anna. There are many possible suspects in this Cold tale with secrets, jealousy and lies.
This is a thoroughly gripping and atmospheric read…I loved it.