Panic! Murder! Intrigue!
Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Nordic Noir
Series: Dark Iceland #3
First of all, can we just take a moment to marvel at this cover? The first time I saw it I couldn’t figure out what it’s supposed to be. Some creepy church? Well, not until I actually started reading it on my tablet did I figure it out. Although innocent, the picture still conveys the sinister vibes that permeates the whole story.
Similarly to the previous installment in the Dark Iceland series, Rupture is also running on multiple story lines, one more intriguing than the other.
An attack a couple years ago left a woman dead.
A rising football star’s career suddenly came to a stop.
A politician was forced to retire to avoid a scandal.
A baby goes missing.
And the pièce de résistance is a death from 1955. Ruled as a suicide, but the dead woman’s only living relative has some questions. Ari Thór, who managed to calm his tits since we last saw him, is contacted by Hédinn after he and a friend discover a strange photograph from the early 1950s, and in it a mystery stranger. Could he have something to do with Hédinn’s aunt’s death?
Siglufjörður is under a quarantine due to a deadly strain of flu virus popping up a few days ago, so it’s not like our Ari has better things to do. Between giving interviews to Ísrún whom we met previously and pining after Kristin this mystery comes as a breath of fresh air. Ísrún proves herself as a great detective yet again, and the pair unravels a chilling secret about the four people who lived in the now abandoned fjord so many years ago.
What I love about this series and Nordic books in general is how much the story focuses on the people. They are just as important as the mysteries. After his turbulent reunion with Kristin in the previous story, Ari Thór certainly resembles more the kind and caring man we got to know in Snowblind. Someone from the past is back to bring some chaos into his life though. Poor guy. Ísrún is also fighting her own demons, while trying to keep her family relations reasonable.
The translation, or rather the editing was preposterous though. The horrible grammar, overuse of pronouns to the point I had no idea what’s going on and weird sentence structures really raised my hackles.
Nevertheless, Rupture is a captivating, dark mystery, steeped in ominous atmosphere.