The Day is Dark is a crime thriller novel by Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir. It is the fourth installment in the author’s series featuring lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir.
The story takes place in the small town of Siglufjordur, located in northern Iceland. When a wealthy German tourist is found murdered, the town is shaken by the crime, as it is usually a peaceful and safe place. Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by the victim’s family to represent their interests in the investigation.
As Thora starts to dig deeper into the case, she discovers that the victim had been staying in a remote house with a group of people who all seem to have secrets to hide. As a snowstorm hits the town, cutting off all communication and access to the outside world, Thora realizes that she and the other inhabitants of Siglufjordur are trapped with a murderer.
The investigation takes many twists and turns, and Thora finds herself in danger as she gets closer to the truth. As she uncovers the motive behind the murder, she realizes that the killer is someone she never suspected.
The Day is Dark is a gripping and atmospheric novel showcasing Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s talent for crafting complex and engaging crime stories. The book is full of suspense, with a tightly-woven plot and well-drawn characters that keep the reader guessing until the very end.
The Day is Dark is a thrilling crime novel that keeps the reader engaged until the very end. Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a master of suspense, and this book is no exception.
The setting of the small town of Siglufjordur, located in northern Iceland, adds an extra layer of tension to the story. As a snowstorm hits the town, cutting off all communication and access to the outside world, Thora Gudmundsdottir and the other inhabitants of Siglufjordur are trapped with a murderer. The sense of isolation and claustrophobia is palpable, and the reader is kept on edge as Thora uncovers the secrets of the people around her.
The characters are well-drawn, and each has their own secrets and motives that add to the complexity of the plot. Thora is a likable and relatable protagonist, and the reader is invested in her safety as she gets closer to the truth.
The pacing of the book is excellent, with the tension building steadily as Thora uncovers more clues. The twist at the end is satisfying and unexpected, and the resolution of the case is both satisfying and believable.
The Day is Dark is a gripping and atmospheric crime novel that is sure to please fans of the genre. Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s writing is top-notch, and this book is a testament to her skill as a storyteller. This is one of my favorite novels by Sigurdardottir and you can grab a copy from Amazon here.
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Read this a while back. Thought it was a bit slow in places, but loved the characters and the story.