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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson.

A young woman, an asylum seeker from Russia, is found murdered on the seaweed-covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd in Iceland. Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police is called to investigate this - the final case in her career before she is forced into retirement.

When Hulda starts to ask questions, it isn't long before she realises that no-one can be trusted and that no-one is telling the whole truth.

Spanning Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and the cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is a classy new thriller from one of the most exciting new names in Scandi noir.

©2018 Ragnar Jónasson (P)2018 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Claire Nolan
  • 10-21-18

engaging

Well narrated with appropriate feeling. The story itself was good, enabling you to engage with the characters and was pleasantly unpredictable. I thought I knew where the plot was headed for a long time but was happy to be proved wrong. I would definitely read another work by the same author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-20

Can't get enough!

I absolutely love all of Ragnar Jonasson's books and I always end up finishing them within a couple of days. This is no exception and all of them in the Hidden Iceland series have been amazing :)

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  • Simon
  • 03-15-18

Icy Cool Refreshment

I was in two minds about this one, like many I enjoy a bit of Nordic Noir but a one-off book about a 64 year old lady detective coming up to retirement? To my shame I wasn't entirely sure that would appeal to me. By the end of my listen though I was thinking that a series involving Hulda Hermannsdottir might have been an interesting prospect.

To be fair during the early parts of the book I wasn't so sure but given the relative brevity I was impressed by just how detailed a view Jonasson was able to give of his characters and how strong a feeling of place he evoked of his Icelandic setting. It has a refreshingly different feel to most of the thrillers I've read recently.

The ending is also extremely strong in my view and not something I saw coming. There is a lot of clever irony in the epilogue too which seemed particularly poignant.

Amanda Redman carried the story well with her narration without ever being over-demonstrative and the whole thing generates a decent atmosphere.

I often find it hard recommending shorter books like this but in this case I'd definitely put it in the worth a shot category.

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  • Wras
  • 03-31-18

Six stars for breaking with conventions.


A small little book with a tremendous punch, a daring look into how we perceive and how we are perceived, a walk on the dark side of a person's life.

I do not want to say too much and spoil the story so that I will recommend it with some caveats: do not expect the usual formula or a story that just entertains.

My wife and I talked for hours about it, and that alone makes it a worthy read, even if you do not agree, and we did not.

This is actual literature, Ragnar Jónasson is a writer that elevates the genre to a place where characters are flawed and human, that is not something we see often enough

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  • Olivia Rytwinski
  • 01-27-21

A gripping story!

This book was recommended to me and I'm so pleased to have discovered this series of books. As the reader journeys with Hilda through the story one can fully imagine the people she meets and the problems she faces along with the turmoil and worries that goes through her mind. Original and convincing characterisation.

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  • Paul B
  • 01-06-21

The Darkness By Ragnar Jonasson

I feel privileged and humbled to be read a story by Amanda Redman who has definitely got hidden talents apart from acting, you could say she has New Tricks no pun intended or maybe just a little one.
Loved it !!! Awesome !!!

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  • Jane beer
  • 11-25-20

Had my earbuds in all day!!

Beautifully written, not an unnecessary word anywhere:
Amanda red man is the best woman narrator on audible
Can't WAIT to listen to book 2

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  • Mr C.
  • 04-29-20

poor story

narrated too fast with a weak storyline. the main character missed so much she seemed like a novice not a seasoned detective therefore not credible. had I been reading this book I would have given up in the early stages.

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  • Jane Cooper
  • 09-30-19

A really good listen!

Quite short and to the point, insightful with no wasted words! It held me all the way through and I enjoyed it very much.

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  • EricP.
  • 09-18-19

Entertaining

I nearly gave up at the beginning because I couldn't warm up to the narrator. But I gave it a chance and then got sucked in the story line and made it to the end!

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  • Glenda K.
  • 05-13-22

Overall disappointing (mild spoilers)

The narration was good and the story was well written at a good pace. However I found the protagonist painted in such a bleak manner and given such a traumatic life which I felt was gratuitous. It painted being a woman as always being a victim with no agency. Is that how all women are in Iceland? Or is that how the author sees women? Not one single female character in the book was given an opportunity to overcome their circumstances.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-22

a buzz kill

i love crime fiction and the crime itself was somewhat interesting, however the protagonist's subplot is very depressing.

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  • Natalie
  • 05-01-20

Why did it have to end like that?

No really, why would a book end in such a frustrating way? So disappointing after quite an enjoyable read.

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  • Michael
  • 03-19-19

I wouldn't bother with it- thank you, next!

Not Ragnarsson's finest. The plot was unravelled early and the killer easily identified early on. The Narrator gave a poor, rushed performance- sometimes sounding like she was on fast-forward mode; and her pronounciation of Icelandic nouns was terrible, including Hulda Hermannsdóttir's name!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-15-19

Lost in sadness

Once again the author has you on a hook. You are introduced to storyline but there is a twist or a distraction. I was devastated at the end. I kept saying "if only she".