Fellow crime readers, brace yourselves for one of the most brilliantly written crime novels of all time.
I’ve been meaning to read Nordic Noir for quite a while and I think Ragnar had made a fantastic job with this read.
It’s universally known that Iceland is one of the safest places on earth, so how shocking would it be to have a work of crime fiction where the most unspeakable things occured in its whereabouts?
BLACKOUT stars with an atmospheric scene featuring an American tourist driving around the roads in the Northern Iceland area. The passing scenery with the captivating fjords and dark green hills was anything but not enjoyable, when he pulled at the side of one street to witness a brutally murdered man lying next to a building site, on the safe grounds of Skagafjordur.
This is an Ari Thor thriller, but from an entirely different angle, an intriguingly fascinating character of a woman named Isrun investigates the same crime, independently.
The cast of BLACKOUT is an easily relatable one – most of it at least. The reason behind this is that the author divulges to the reader the background of each character – one that is anything but perfect.
Despite the somewhat brutality and violence of the crime in question, the book does have a kind of soft edge to it; a moody and comforting side that describes the Nordic Noir genre perfectly.
What also drew me to this book was that the reader might experience a sudden shift of emotion towards our characters and mostly the victim of the crime at hand, the moment we become aware of where they come from.
It was fascinating to see how all these people seem to be intimately connected to the story’s main perturbational element.
It’s important to note that the discoveries throughout and mostly at the end of the book, spark something inside the reader that leaves with a feeling of a book hangover, with a highly sought after element, especially in the crime genre.
What are your thoughts about this book? Do you feel like it’s the kind of read you’d want to dive into?