Firstly I would like to thank Sriya Varadharajan of Penguin Random House for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Mist by Ragnar Jónasson
ABOUT THE BOOK
Just before Christmas, a winter blizzard sweeps across Iceland. In their remote farmhouse, Erla and Einar are hunkering down for the night.
Then there’s a knock at the door.
It’s a stranger, desperate for shelter. They take him in – but they’ll wish they hadn’t.
Because this man is not who he says he is. And, when the power cuts out, no one can see what happens next.
An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night.
And Detective Hulda will be haunted forever . . .
Some books you can read and simply walk away from them, but there are a few that stay with you, well this is one of those. From the start of this book, I was edgy. There was something that put fear into me on every level.
I must admit that I didn’t know Iceland’s traditional Christmas ways and to be honest, I loved the idea of them, but the isolation would make me uneasy. I walk home from work every night in the early hours, and it is seeing someone that makes me jumpy because I feel they shouldn’t be there. This story is like that but a hundredfold more. When a stranger turns up at a very isolated property, there was something that felt very wrong. There are three stories taking place in this book, and I dreaded the chapters returning to each one as they headed into the unknown.
I loved the descriptions of the places in this story, the intense cold, the blizzards, the vast loneliness and feeling of being completely being cut off from the rest of the world. Where it was welcomed, with some, it was a prison to others. It made me think about what I would do. There is usually someone in a story that I would like to be, but not this one. In this people are so different and yet they are the same although they don’t know it.
An outstanding story that left me completely numb!
I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ragnar Jonasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 20 countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and set up its first overseas chapter in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.