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  • Published: 15 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780718189228
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download

The Darkness

If you like Saga Noren from The Bridge, then you'll love Hulda Hermannsdottir

Spanning Reykjavik, the Icelandic highlands and cold, isolated fjords, The Darkness is the start of a classy thriller series like no other from the Icelandic superstar

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 realizes 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.

  • Published: 15 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780718189228
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download

About the author

Ragnar Jonasson

Ragnar Jonasson is an international number one bestselling author who has sold over one and a half million books worldwide. He was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he also works as an investment banker and teaches copyright law at Reykjavík University. He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen, has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie's novels. His critically acclaimed international bestseller The Darkness is soon to be a major TV series.

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Praise for The Darkness

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

Anthony Horowitz, Daily Mail, Ten Thrillers to Die For

If you have ever doubted the appropriateness of the phrase 'Nordic noir', The Darkness will dispel any hesitation . . . in what way this happens (and how badly) is the strength of the book. There are ever-darker surprises, culminating in a finish that leaves one with a highly disturbing image.


The wait was worthwhile and The Darkness first in the new trilogy, is a very efficient piece of work. Jonasson has the full measure of the Nordic noir genre, and pushes all the requisite buttons

Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

A superb thriller

Summer Reads, The Sunday Times

To read Ragnar Jonasson is to plunge into snowy Iceland . . . much of its atmosphere and subtle pacing to the traditional 'golden age' detective fiction as the mystery unfolds and builds to a startling climax, elegantly handled.

The Witness

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


Icelandic detective Hulda Hermannsdottir is the best tragic heroine our reviewer has read for years

The Times, Must Read List

Superb . . . Chilling . . . and establishes her as a great tragic heroine of modern detective fiction

Joan Smith, Crime Book of the Month, Sunday Times

Outstanding series debut . . . builds to its stunning conclusion, one of the more remarkable in recent crime fiction

Publishers Weekly

The Darkness melds an insightful character study with a solid plot for an outstanding novel

Washington Post

The perfect territory for mystery [writers]

New York Times

An intelligent, provocative whodunit with a killer twist

Ian Rankin

It's shockingly sinister and has an ending that will leave you, literally, gasping for breath


The ending really took my breath away and that's hard for writers to do to me these days . . . It was a complete surprise and I should have seen it coming and I didn't. [Hulda] is a fantastic, complex 3D character and I want to see more of her, so hurray, this is the first of a three book series

Ian Rankin on the Simon Mayo Podcast

The Darkness will have you burning the midnight oil till 2:00am. It's a gloriously compelling yarn, whose spell continues to hold even when you've turned its final page thanks to its unexpected ending. I can't wait for his next

Reader review

Expertly plotted, with an ending that's a true shocker, The Darkness is the first book in a trilogy featuring this engaging investigator, which is good news

Book of the Month, Guardian

Chilling - a must-read

Peter James

Page-turning stuff with an unexpected ending!

James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad

Was gripped from the start of this brilliantly told story. And left wide-eyed with shock at the ending

Fiona Barton, bestselling author of The Widow

A true masterpiece . . . a plot full of twists and turns and an ending that leaves you gasping for air

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

As chilling as the nip in the Icelandic air

Choice Magazine

Crime fiction has never seen a character quite like Hulda Hermannsdóittir; nor a series launch so entirely willing to take risks and obliterate long-standing tropes . . . There is no doubt that The Darkness will rank as one of the most popular and powerful reading experiences of the year

Bolo Books Review

Breathtaking. Read it in two sittings. Yet another instant Ragnar Jonasson classic

Thomas Enger, bestselling author of the Henning Juul series

The Darkness is a bullet train of a novel, at once blazingly contemporary and Agatha-Christie old-fashioned. With prose as pure and crisp as Reykjavik snowcrust, Ragnar Jónasson navigates the treacherous narrative with a veteran's hand. I reached the end with adrenalized anticipation, the final twist hitting me in the face. I dare you not to be shocked.

Gregg Hurwitz

The Darkness is Ragnar Jonasson at the top of his game - deft plotting, a great central character and a story as chilling as the Icelandic winter. I couldn't put it down

William Ryan, author of The Holy Thief

It had an intense, visceral sense of place and the connection between the emotional lives of the character and the landscape was evoked beautifully

Helen Callaghan, bestselling author of Dear Amy

It will get your pulse racing, and keep you hooked to the last page

Simon Kernick of The Bone Field series

Magnificently dark and twisted and that ending - blimey!

C. J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man


100 Best Crime Novels since 1945, The Times

Jónasson is an automatic must-read for me . . . possibly the best Scandi writer working today

Lee Child

Praise for Ragnar Jónasson


Extraordinary, the three books in that series are all amazing . . . very moving all the way through

Ian Rankin

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