Nightblind (Dark Iceland #2) by Ragnar Jónasson

Nightblind (Dark Iceland #2)

A huge bestseller in England, France, Australia, the second book from a spectacular new crime writer.Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman, whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland—where no one locks their doors—continue to haunt him.The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman—shot at point-blank range in the dead of night...

Details Nightblind (Dark Iceland #2)

TitleNightblind (Dark Iceland #2)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Scandinavian Lite..., Nordic Noir, Mystery

Reviews Nightblind (Dark Iceland #2)

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Nightblind is a tricky book to review; if you chose to read this after Blackout then none of the spoilers ruined any plot twists and you are continuing in somewhat of a chronological order. This was the shortest book in the series so far; at only 206 pages I can’t give away much in terms of plot, but once again Jonasson has reeled us in and grabbed us from the very first chapter. I was pleased to learn of how the personal lives of our main char...
  • Maureen Carden
    The entire country of Iceland is shocked by the shooting of Inspector Herjolfur in the small town of Siglufjörður. The inspector has been shot down outside an abandoned house with a violent history. Ari Thór Arason , the policeman, who missed out on the promotion to inspector that went to Herjolfur, is home sick with the flu when he gets the call-out by the inspector's wife who has not been able to contact him.It comes as a great shock when Ar...
  • Jessica
    I sincerely wish I spoke Icelandic so I could read this series in its proper order. This one is a fast forward into the future. We miss a series of events that left off in book one with Ari Thor's personal life. His professional life is also slightly different; Tomas is gone and Ari was passed up on promotion for the inspector position. That being said.... Ari is still the quiet, methodical, watchful police officer that always solves the case. A...
  • Jean
    Iceland is a country known for its arts and culture, liberal social attitudes, education, natural wonders, and low crime rate. It is also has the fifteenth highest level of gun ownership in the world per capita. When a police officer is shot one night in Siglufjörður, exactly one-half of the police force of this small town is injured while on duty. Ari Thór Arason is alarmed that his superior officer has been critically wounded but at the same...
  • Sandy
    After several years of upheaval, Ari Thór Arason has finally settled down. He & girlfriend Kristín have reunited & set up house with their baby son. The residents of Siglufjördur have accepted him & he’s content being a small town cop. When his previous boss moved to Reykjavik, Ari hoped to fill his shoes. Instead the job went to Herjolfur, a seasoned cop from down south. He & Ari have forged a professional albeit cool relationship. But it...
  • BookwormDH
    What a pleasure to go back to Siglufjordur with Night Blind and the sublime writing of Ragnar Jónasson.Following on from the brilliant Snow Blind, Detective Ari Thór Arason is faced with a unique case. One of their own has been shot. This doesn't happen in Siglufjordur!Detective Ari Thór is now faced with a challenge unheard of and is steadfast to find the assailant. The way that Ragnar Jónasson writes is quite poetic. The descriptions of the...
  • Christine
    Oh Ari Thor! I love you! I fell in love with Ari Thor and Icelandic noir in Snow Blind. Now Ari Thor is back and we have another superb mystery drama, from Ragnar Jonasson. This is Night Blind, set a good five years after book one. We get more cold dark winter days and a classic whodunnit. Hooray!Ari Thor is still in the police force and has missed out on a promotion. His old boss has left. He is stuck with Herjolfur, a man he cannot be bothered ...
  • Bibliophile Book Club
    I always wonder when an author you love writes a spectacular book, can they continue to write books that you know you will love even before opening the first page...In Ragnar Jónasson's case, ABSOLUTELY!!! I have been eagerly waiting for Nightblind for weeks, and have not stopped singing its predecessors (Snowblind) praises on Twitter and Facebook for months. Nightblind begins a few years after Snowblind, with Ari Thór still working as the poli...
  • Paul
    Night Blind – Addictive Icelandic NoirThe Crown Prince of Icelandic Noir is back with his follow up to his excellent debut book Snowblind with his latest breath taking thriller Nightblind. Ragnar Jónasson brings together in Nightblind the best of Scandinavian noir with the tradition of good old fashioned murder mystery, with the twists of a Christie whodunit. Jónasson’s writing brings in the suffocating closeness of the local community not ...
  • David Reviews
    Ari Thor is back in Nightblind another superb Icelandic crime thriller. Having read and enjoyed Ragnar Jonasson’s Snowblind, the debut in his bestselling Dark Iceland series, I was looking forward to reading this and wasn’t disappointed. Again set in the isolated northern Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, the feeling of shock and surprise at violent crime is tangible in such an idyllic and usually quiet peaceful community. When Ari...
  • Ellen
    Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson.Dark Iceland #2.Ari Thor, a local policeman in his village, finds a colleague gunned down near death in the cold winter night. Herjolfur was a police officer of long standing and of good report as was his father. It seems apparent he was tracking down a possible drug dealer at an old deserted house just outside their town.I fell quickly into step with this author's style of writing. It's different than most any other...
  • Karen
    4.5*Snowblind is the first in the Dark Iceland series, with Nightblind being the fifth and set some 5 years after the end of Snowblind (the intervening years will be covered by the next three books, the next one being called ‘Blackout’. In my opinion, Nightblind can easily be read as a standalone, and I didn’t feel that I missed out by reading out of sequence. Ari Thór Arason, a local policeman in the small town of Siglufjörður lives wit...
  • Tripfiction
    Thriller set in Siglufjörour, IcelandNightblind is the second book to appear in the Dark Iceland series by Ragnar Jónasson. The first was the much acclaimed Snowblind, published last year. Actually, and perhaps a little confusingly, it is the last book of five in the series – books two, three, and four are yet to be written / published (although number two, Blackout, is due out this summer…). Below you will find our review of Nightblind plu...
  • Laura/Mystery in Minutes
    Please visit to read the complete MINM review.Richly evocative of the hauntingly beautiful, yet bleak, Northern Icelandic autumn and early winter, Nightblind is a slow-burning, character-focused Nordic Noir, with a resolution that may very well surprise readers. Nightblind is the second book in Ragnar Jonasson's Dark Iceland series, but it may be read as a standalone.
  • Sarah
    Nightblind is the second novel in the series following policeman Ari Thor Arason which is set in a small village in stunning surroundings. I really enjoyed the first book Snowblind so couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of Nightblind.In the second novel, five years have passed and to be honest things don't seem much better for Ari, if anything they seem to have got worse. He is ill with flu, his relationship with his girlfriend doesn't seem t...
  • Rachel Hall
    Fast forward approximately five years from the events of Snowblind and prepare to once again venture into the heart of the tiny fishing village Siglufjördur. Ari Thór Arason remains a local policeman but following on from the relocation of Tómas to Reykjavik he has been passed over for the job of Inspector and this remains a bone of contention which niggles. Admittedly he has made little effort to get to know his superior Herjóldur. With Ari ...
  • Anne
    Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson is published this month, in paperback by Orenda Books and is the second novel in the Dark Iceland series. The first instalment in the series about Ari Thor, Snowblind was published in paperback in June last year.Both Snowblind and Nightblind are translated from Icelandic by Quentin Bates.There is something very special about Ragnar Jonasson's writing, his words are beautifully put together, his plot is clever and tig...
  • Laura Rash
    As entertaining as Snowblind with quite a different tale. These Icelandic stories are completely mesmerizing & I'm gobbling them up like candy! Onto the next in this series!
  • Coffee Shop Book Reviews (Michelle)
    Small town murder mysteries are among some of my favorite reads, and Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson didn't disappoint.  The story is fast-paced and full of unpredictable turns.  This is one of those novels in which I did not guess who had done it, yet the surprise ending felt natural and not forced.The characters are interesting and well developed, too.  I especially liked Ari Thór who struggled to balance his job with his home life.  He w...
  • Calzean
    This book is OK. It's entertaining to a point. Does it get into the murderer's mind? No. Are the key investigators someone you would want to get to know? No. Is there an element of suspense or danger that is faced by the good guys? No.The hero keeps reminding the reader that he lives in a quiet and safe little village (but his boss has just been murdered. In the previous book there were two bodies and one of the three policeman in the town commit...
  • Cphe
    When I read this I didn't realize that this novel is part of an ongoing series but there is enough back story supplied to gain an insight into the characters and their ties to one another.The mystery component of this police procedural is strong and well executed and there are some twists and turns, developments that weren't evident when starting the novel.I would have rated the novel higher except for the translation, it was quite stilted in pla...
  • Tracey
    I really enjoyed the first book Snowblind so I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of Nightblind.This is book two in the English translated series, but book six (I think) in the original series. And honestly, that bothered me. Because I am a girl who has to read a series in order. The events in this book take place 5 years after Snowblind. But, at no point did I feel lost or felt that I was missing important details. We are reminded again tha...
  • Craig Sisterson
    The peace of Siglufjörður, an idyllic fishing village in the north of Iceland, is shattered when a local policeman is gunned down in cold blood. Who has committed such an atrocity in such a peaceful place? It's up to local cop Ari Thór Arason, who has a tumultuous past, to navigate the secrets and politicking of the local community to discover the truth among the darkness.Ragnar Jonasson's second mystery translated into English is an elegant a...
  • Leah
    Highly recommended...It's autumn in tiny Siglufjördur but it feels like winter is on the way. Ari Thór Arason, one of the town's two police officers, is off sick with flu, so his colleague Herjólfur is on his own as he stands in the wind and rain outside an old, abandoned house a little way out of town, watching a light inside that seems to come from a torch. Summoning up his courage, he goes to investigate. It's only when his wife reports him...
  • Kristy K
    2.5 StarsI felt this could have been a great Icelandic thriller, but there were just too many issues I had with it. For one, there were at least 7 POVs and many of them we could have done without as they had nothing to do with the mystery of who killed a police officer. Secondly, while I liked that the author tried to put red herrings in, a lot of them were too long winded for my liking. Still, I enjoyed getting to see Iceland through this book.
  • I read novels
    Review by www.ireadnovels.wordpress.comPAPERBACKThe reason I wanted to read Nightblind is because I read the first book Snowblind. Ragnar Jonasson is the only police novel that I can follow into their fascinating family background. What I particularly like about Ragnar Jonasson is that he makes each and every one of his characters so interesting that I find myself indulged reading about them. I can not wait for a third book to be published. The e...
  • Jen
    Ari Thór Arason works as a cop in the small northern Icelandic town of Siglufjörður. His girlfriend Kristin has moved to the town to be with him, working as a Doctor in the nearby town of Akureyri, and between them they have a young son, Stefnir. Overlooked for promotion when his boss, Tómas, moved with his wife to Reykjavik, and still struggling with the towns reluctance to fully accept the outsider, Ari Thór has come to grudgingly accept h...
  • Wendy
    A shooting on a dark and treacherous night, the intermittent ramblings of a psychiatric patient, and me, perched on the edge of my seat – in these early days of 2016 I truly believe I’ve discovered a new favourite crime series: YES. I’M IN AWE OF ARI THOR.As a subtle menace worms its way into a close knit Icelandic community, Ari Thor must rouse himself from his sick bed and shake the grip of Influenza to investigate the good people of Sigl...
  • Amanda
    The events, as described in this book, take place five years after Snowblind. By this point, Ari Thór has married his girlfriend Kristin (his on/off girlfriend in Snowblind) and they have a little boy together. They still live in Siglufjördur. Ari Thór has got his promotion.A colleague of his is killed outside a house, which has a reputation as being a gathering point for drug addicts and drug dealers. The main part of the story deals with the...
  • Michelle Ryles
    I have to say that I love the Dark Iceland series, the only problem is that each instalment is too darn short. I really ought to read slower to make the experience last longer but my eyes seem to have other ideas as they scoot across the page greedily devouring every single line. We are reminded again that nothing ever happens in the sleepy arctic town of Siglufjörðor, until someone is shot. We meet back up with our favourite fictional Icelande...