1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…
In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.
Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.
Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson
Publication Date: January 15, 2017 by Orenda
Dark and atmospheric, Rupture is a tense thriller that weaves together several different plot lines into one suspenseful story. While I enjoyed all of the Dark Iceland books, I think Rupture was my favorite of the four. It still revolved around Ari Thor and an Agatha Christie-eque mystery, but the writing seemed more mature and the plot felt much more elaborate.
Much like in the prior novels, there are several different story lines and narrations to follow with everything tying up succinctly back together at the very end. I enjoyed reading more from other characters’ perspectives in addition to Ari Thor this time and the suspense was much more prevalent in this book compared to Nightblind and Blackout.
I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a more traditional thriller and doesn’t need fast-paced action. I think what’s particularly enjoyable about the Dark Iceland books is the atmospheric elements that the author includes. There’s something about such a small Icelandic town that makes everything seem even more frightening in these crime novels. Such a fun read!