by Jonasson, Ragnar; Cribb, Victoria (TRN)

In the conclusion of the critically acclaimed Hidden Iceland series, Detective Hulda is haunted forever by the events that occurred in an isolated farm house on the east of Iceland that opened its doors to a killer. 30,000 first printing.

RAGNAR JONASSON was born in Iceland and works as an Attorney at Law and writer in Reykjavik. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. His own internationally bestselling series include the Hulda series and the Dark Iceland series. Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir. He has appeared on panels at various crime fiction festivals, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime in the US. Ragnar lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two daughters.

The third and final episode of Hidden Iceland (introduced with The Darkness, 2018) reaches back to the winter of 1987 to find Hulda, Reykjavik's lone female police detective, distracting herself from her own family's tragedy with lingering questions about a girl's disappearance and a new investigation of multiple murders. These stories begin coming together in the days before Christmas; Hulda is torn between the temptation of investigative distractions and helplessness against her daughter's deepening depression. She's drawn to the puzzling disappearance of Umma, a free-spirited woman who was backpacking around Iceland, particularly after she learns that the woman's father has also recently disappeared. Meanwhile, at an isolated farmhouse, a stranger's sudden appearance during a blizzard ignites suspicion, fear, and eventual tragedy. Iceland is a small country, which lends credibility to the clever links between the cases, into which J髇asson weaves a haunting thread of parental loss and revenge. Sharp-witted, socially awkward Hulda's story is told in reverse in this series, and readers well acquainted with Hulda will find the backstory of her daughter's death intensely moving. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

A trio of interlinked horrors unfold in the days leading up to Iceland's celebration of Christmas 1987. Maybe the following February is too soon for Detective Hulda Hermannsd贸ttir to have returned to work at Reykjav铆k CID. Assigned to reopen the case of Unnur, a girl from Gardabaet who vanished last autumn during the tour of Iceland she undertook on foot before enrolling in college, Hulda thinks it's the worst possible investigation she could have been handed because she's still reeling from the darkly hinted domestic catastrophe that began with the withdrawn behavior of Dimma, her own teenager, and alienated her from her husband, J贸n, over the holidays. As Hulda, who's not "kidding herself that there would be any happy ending," soldiers on in search of the missing Unnur, J贸nasson counterpoints her inquiries with excruciatingly paced stages of a flashback to the days before Christmas, when family farmer Einar Einarsson's wife, Erla, opens the door of their house to Le贸, a lost stranger who claims to have gotten separated from other members of his hunting party. A wintry st orm prevents Le贸 from leaving, and with every hour that passes, Erla uncovers more discrepancies in his story. Who is he really, why has he come to their isolated home, and what unspeakable plans does he have in mind? J贸nasson weaves his suspenseful tales together with remorseless logic up to a climax more nightmarish than the buildup. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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