Non ancora pubblicato in Italia. Un vecchio omicidio mai risolto, una detective determinata a scovare la verità, segreti oscuri, un passato che non si può dimenticare, e un finale che lascia con il fiato sospeso. Aggiungete il paesaggio idilliaco e freddo dell’Islanda e avrete un fantastico e coinvolgente thriller.

I am still new in the Nordic Noir genre and I find it very different from the thrillers I am used to. The pace is different, the writing is different (some details are a little too graphic for my taste), and I have no idea how to pronounce the names of the characters. Despite this, it’s a genre I have really come to love and only recently I discovered Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson. The first and, for now, only novel I read by him is The Darkness. The protagonist of the novel is Detective Hulda Hermannsdottir. In her sixties, she is forced into early retirement but she is allowed to investigate a cold case of her choice as her last job. Hulda decides to investigate the death of 27-year-old Elena, a Russian refugee whose body was found in a cave and whose death was ruled as an accident. But Hulda is convinced there is more to the story…

The story alternates between Hulda’s investigation and her past. She had a difficult childhood and things didn’t get any better in her adult life, despite being a respected detective. Her past slowly unravels with a few shocking surprises that kept me glued to the page.

The character of Hulda is deeply flawed and complex. I sympathized with her, I pitied her, and she also irritated me. She has to work harder than her male colleagues to show that she is up to the job and she also has to deal with the younger generation who is trying to get rid of her. She had dark secrets from her past that could ruin her life which made the plot only more intriguing.

The setting of Iceland with its snow and frozen lakes was very evocative and atmospheric. The novel is gripping and suspenseful, but what I loved most about this novel was the ending. Without giving too much away, it’s not at all the end you expect or that you usual find in books and it shocked me, but I also think that it fit perfectly with Hulda’s story and with the entire book.