Ragnar Jónasson‘s debut Nordic Noir crime thriller (translated into English by Quentin Bates and the first in a series) makes full use of its atmospheric location to create a sense of choking claustrophobia but the plot meanders and I found myself bored by the emotionally immature Ari Thór and his girlfriend woes, especially as Ari Thór‘s investigation is driven more by happenstance by evidence, such that I am unlikely to check out the sequel.
This Icelandic crime novel had a twist ending I never saw coming, nor seen in any other novel. You should read it just for that! Hulda is a detective forced into early retirement who picks a cold case to close out her career. Like all good scandicrime novels, this one has multi-generational trauma, buried secrets, international sex trafficking, and a hard-boiled detective who lives in shades of gray.
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Time for the bookish discussion question of the day 😁👏🏻👏🏻! Here it is: Which thematic suggestions do you recommend?! (As broad or niche as you want.)
I don‘t know if this already happens on Litsy, but I‘m thinking of putting together a loose-knit thematic book club here for 2020. We pick our own title for that month‘s theme, theme examples: Victorian; Book Over 500 Pages; Pulitzer Prize Winner; Magical Realms.
Reposting! Let us know if you want to join up! Reading Christmas books! Watching Christmas movies and Christmas games!
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If dark, twisty thrillers are your thing, you'll love this book. This book follows three main female characters as they try to solve a gruesome crime. Just when I thought I had things in this book figured out, the author switched things up and left me intrigued and wondering what he'd do next. It's a 700+ page book, but it felt like less. Trigger warnings: child abuse, animal abuse, suicide