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Four friends. One night. Not everyone will come out alive....

Pre-order the gripping new stand-alone mystery from 'world-class crime writer' Ragnar Jónasson

In a deadly Icelandic snowstorm, four friends seek shelter in an abandoned hunting lodge. Miles from help, and knowing they will die out in the cold, they break in, hoping to wait out the storm until morning.

But nothing can prepare them for what's inside....

With no other option, they are forced to spend a long and terrifying night in the cabin: watching as intently and silently as they themselves are being watched.

As the night darkens, old secrets spill into the light, and tensions rise between the four friends. Soon it's clear that what they've discovered in the cabin is far from the only mystery lurking there.

Nor the only thing to be afraid of....

©2022 Ragnar Jónasson (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Is this the best crime writer in the world today?" (The Times)

"An intensely gripping mystery, Ragnar Jonasson is a poet of the 'dark, wet and cold', of the 'gloom, cold and rain'. The climactic revelations are credible and moving." (The Times

"Invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic Noir." (Daily Mail)

"A mist-shrouded blend of horror and psychological thriller...works in every way." (Booklist)  

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  • Missharkiss
  • 05-22-22

Narration has let it down

I have pre-ordered this book and really looked forward to it as I have so far really enjoyed this Ragnar Jónasson’s books, particularly the ones read by Amanda Redman.
But this time the narration has really let the whole book down. The story itself was really short and not much story to it, not much of a twist in the end either. I expected a lot more from this author and I’m bit sure I’d waist a credit for this book, in fact I have returned this one.
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It seemed like a good idea for each character to be read by different actors, but it was as if I was listening to different books and there was so much disconnect in their tone, their way of pronouncing the names and just the story as a whole, it was a real disappointment. The female voices were also like stroppy teenagers.
Oh and not to forget about the repeated sentences here and there. There is a definite one around the 4h 20 mark. I have played it back, it’s definitely there. Feels like this audiobook was not listened to by an editor before publishing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-22

It’s ok!

As the title says... it’s ok.

Having listened to other works by the author i expected better and the ending is an anticlimax.

Narration ruins the story. The accents don’t fit the mood or characters and reading very monotone

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  • Kitty
  • 05-08-22

Poor editing of the recording

There seems to have been no coordination between the actors, with several different pronunciations of the various names. Actors pronounced perturbed and Schadenfreude incorrectly. There were a couple of instances where text was repeated. None of this is the fault of the actors. The audiobook seems to have been released in a hurry without an editor listening to it properly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-22

Problematic narration impacts performance

I've listened to many audio adaptations of Ragnar Jónasson's novels and this one stands out for all the wrong reasons. The story itself is great, as you would expect from such a brilliant writer of crime fiction, but this one is plagued with narration and recording issues that interrupt the enjoyment of the performance.

The actor voicing Daníel sounds as if he may well be sight-reading for the first time, so there are several bumpy moments, such as the odd pronunciation of words, e.g. "perturbed" spoken as if it were "pertubed" (there are others). Added to this, some sentences just lack dramatic impact when read without any characterisation. It might as well be a shopping list. Perhaps he's a novice, a last-minute stand-in? Who knows, but it's just not very good and ultimately detracts from the story.

On top of this and some other clunky performance moments (although less problematic that Daníel), there seems to be some repetition of text (and I'm not referring to the intentional kind) and bizarrely, what sounds like a text or message going off in the recording studio!! I've heard it at least twice and can pinpoint one being at around 2:16:50. Maybe it's intentional, although God knows why.

Anyway, it's a shame as the dramatisation should have worked, but it's really clear that whoever authorised the release of this recording either did not listen to it thoroughly or just didn't care. Both are pretty poor scenarios. I hope this is just a one-off.

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  • 04-30-22

Really enjoyed this! Narration brilliant too!

I was kept interested in this all the way through, it has a dark tension that draws you in wanting to know more. I love these types of stories 🤗 I definitely recommend this if you like an atmospheric book with a slow tension building up 🤗 thank you RagnarJonasson for a great story!👏🏽👏🏽 thank you to ALL narrators, they were all REALLY brilliant!!👏🏽👏🏽 thank you audible for another AMAZING book💯♥️♥️♥️xxx