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This is the first book in the brand new Forbidden Iceland series, and what a start it it is, chilling and atmospheric, a brilliant debut novel that will have you gripped.
CID Officer Elma has returned home to Akranes from Reykjavik CID after the end of a nine year long relationship with David. She knows that coming back home the work won’t be as busy as it was, that there will be some mundane jobs to attend to. But she just needs to recover from the end of her relationship, she needs to heal. Akranes is a small fishing town with a population of around 7,000, everyone seems to know everyone else’s business. Elma is clearly not happy to be back here. You definitely get the impression that Elmer wasn’t one of the popular girls when growing up in Akranes, she seems to have been a bit of a loner.
A woman’s body Elisabet is found at the bottom of a concrete lighthouse (one of the main attractions of Akranes) at first police weren’t sure if the woman had died of a fall, or jump but it is soon ascertained that something more sinister is going on. The story is told through a dual timeline, from the late 80’s early 90’s Elizabet as a child, and the investigation in the present time. Some of what Elizabet she had endured years earlier, quite tough and harrowing, made more difficult by the fact that the events are mostly experienced as a child. Having lost her father, then her two week old brother, her mother Halla had become a different person.
It seems there are lots of secrets in Akranes, held by quite a few people, long term secrets that may or may not come out. Leaving some to worry.
Elma is determined to get to the bottom of the case and doesn’t mind whose toes she steps on to get there, something her boss Hordour seems a little reluctant to do.
This is an atmospheric read, handled well without being to graphic. With some brilliant twists and turns within the story, which add to the suspense. Some that you definitely don’t see coming.
I loved the characters introduced in this the start of what I hope will be a long series. Elma is a good character with a lot of depth, her relationship with her family, I can’t wait to learn more about her both from her professional point and a personal side. There are also several other good key characters that I can’t wait to see grow in this series.
A definite great start to a new series and definitely one I would recommend a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. I will be watching out for book two.
When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.
Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her colleagues Saevar and Horour, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day….
But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice…. before it’s too late.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva moved to Trondheim, Norway to study my MSc in Globalisation when she was 25. After moving back home having completed her MSc, she knew it was time to start working on her novel. Eva has wanted to write books since she was 15 years old, having won a short story contest in Iceland.
Eva worked as a stewardess to make ends meet while she wrote her first novel. The book went on to win the Blackbird Award and became an Icelandic bestseller. Eva now lives with her husband and three children in Reykjavík, staying at home with her youngest until she begins Kindergarten.
PUBLICATION DATE: 28 MAY 2020 | PAPERBACK ORIGINAL | £8.99 | ORENDA BOOKS