Winterkill by Ragnar Jonnason Blog Tour/ Scandi Noir RandomThingsTours @Anne Cater

Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the
northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic
ski slopes.
Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his
girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is
planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an
unsettling chill in the air.
Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from
the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary
suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local
nursing home writes ‘She was murdered’ again and again on the wall of his
room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of
her death…
As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access
to Siglufjörður, Ari Thór must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible
truth … one that will leave no one unscathed.
Chilling, claustrophobic and disturbing, Winterkill marks the startling conclusion
to the million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series and cements Ragnar
Jónasson as one of the most exciting authors in crime fiction.


A dark, claustrophobic, slow burn of a book, with a satisfying conclusion. Winterkill is a bittersweet book in the Dark Iceland series. This is a book which I read as a stand alone and it worked quite well but I was aware of missing a lot of backstory which may have added to my enjoyment. I will reread this book after reading the previous five.

Winterkill is a sophisticated narrative, it is dealing with relevant issues in today’s society which makes it all the more emotive for the reader. It is very current. In terms of the subject matter Winterkill is quite a sad read. Exploring as it does the subject matter of grief. You identify with the characters and what they are living through in their lives.

There is a great sense of isolation in this book, both in the location and personal isolation, and detachment from their own lives and the lives of others. In fact isolation and detachment figure so large in this book that they may be considered characters in their own right.

Emotional, atmospheric and deeply unsettling, Winterkill is a poignant and engaging book. It is highly engaging read and also highly recommended.

Thanks to Ragnar Jonnason for the story

Orenda books for the ARC

and Anne Cater for the tour invite.


Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, and currently works as
a lawyer, while teacher copyright law at the Reykjavík University Law School. In the
past, he’s worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic
National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar
translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short
stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. Ragnar set up
the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) in Reykjavík, and
is co-founder of the International crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. Ragnar’s debut
thriller, Snowblind became an almost instant bestseller when it was published in
June 2015n with Nightblind (winner of the Dead Good Reads Most Captivating
Crime in Translation Award) and then Blackout, Rupture and Whiteout following
soon after. To date, Ragnar Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland
series, which has been optioned for TV by On the Corner. He lives in Reykjavík with
his wife and two daughters

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