The Darkness

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What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson, read by Amanda Redman.

Before Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is forced into early retirement she is told to investigate a cold case of her choice, and she knows just the one. A young woman who was looking for asylum found dead on remote seaweed-covered rocks. Her death ruled a suicide after a cursory investigation.

But Hulda soon realizes that this was not the only young woman to disappear around that time. And no one is telling the whole story. When her own force tries to put the brakes on the investigation Hulda has just days to discover the truth. Even if it means risking her own life . . .

Critics Review

  • An intelligent, provocative whodunit with a killer twist

    Ian Rankin
  • Superb

    100 Best Crime Novels since 1945, The Times
  • Icelandic detective Hulda Hermannsdottir is the best tragic heroine our reviewer has read for years

    The Times, Must Read List
  • A superb thriller

    Summer Reads, The Sunday Times
  • A complex, fascinating mix of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jonasson’s latest series is another must-read for crime fans who follow the work of Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir

    Booklist
  • I’ve ONLY recently discovered the extraordinary Icelandic writer who adds several shades of darkness to Nordic noir . . . it builds to a deeply shocking climax

    Daily Mail, Ten Thrillers to Die For

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