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This series has an interesting format in that it s written in reverse order Book 1 The Darkness gave us Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsd ttir at the end of her career with the Reykjav k police In this outing we go back a bit to 1997 as she investigates a suspicious death on the island of Elli aey.Ten years ago, Dagur s family was ripped apart when his sister was murdered in a rural cabin Thanks to a brief prologue we know what happened sort of They used to hang with Benni, Alexandra Klara, 3 other school mates who have since become estranged So when Benni gets in touch it s a bit of a surprise He want to get the gang together spend the weekend on an island to honour the anniversary of the death Hmmm.remote island, just the four of them, no way to leave Sure, sounds good It s not long before Reykjav k police get a call Seems a young woman has fallen to her death on Elli aey Hulda has been going through a tough spell jumps at the chance to leave the city behind Her subsequent interviews with the remaining friends only lead toquestions the sneaking suspicion she s not getting the whole story from any of them.This is not a flashy fast paced thriller It s a quiet, reflective mystery that is almostabout the characters than the crimes Not to say there aren t any twists in the plot because there are Secrets from the past present are revealed But it s the background relationships of these people that form the bulk of the story help us understand how they ended up where they are At the centre of it all is Hulda Her mother recently died the death of the young woman has reminded her of the loss of her own daughter 10 years ago She s never known who her father was other than he was an American GI stationed in Reykjav k during the war One side story deals with her search for him I really enjoyed this part You desperately want her to find some happiness in her small, colourless life I love it when a book opens with a creepy prologue It s always tucked in the back of my mind as I read, keeping an eye out for how who it s related to in the story Here we get 2 that occur in the late 1980 s you ll have to pay attention as there are shifting time lines Because of the pace content, this one didn t grab me as much as The Darkness But I do enjoy spending time with Hulda Books that feature a mature female detective are rare Her life experience dedication give her a different take on events enable her to think outside the box unlike L dur, her lazy pompous boss.This hushed, atmospheric read perfectly mirrors the Icelandic landscape serves as a reminder that wherever you go, your past travels with you 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.5 StarsLast fall I read The Darkness, book one in Ragnar J nasson s Hidden Iceland trilogy, and I loved it, so I knew I had to get my hands on The Island as soon as I could Not only is J nasson s writing simply superb, but he s masterfully created a character in Detective Inspector Hulda Hermansd ttir who I thought after reading book one, and believe evennow after reading The Island, is one of the best fictional detectives I ve encountered she s high spirited, gruff, driven to succeed and we find outof why she is that way The Island, like his previous book, is hauntingly atmospheric and bone chillingly suspenseful The novel starts out slowly but is perfectly paced It s obvious that J nasson is a master at pacing, atmosphere, plots, and his characters as he writes this story.The novel begins in 1987, in the past, when a romantic getaway goes horribly wrong leaving a young woman murdered Ten years later in the present day, four old friends travel together on the anniversary of her death to a cabin on a remote island off the coast of Iceland called Ellidaey It can only be reached by boat no phones, no escape.Nothing about the trip seems like a good idea as the desolate scene provides the setting for a tragedy of the four friends, only three come home alive Was it an accident Was it murder How is the death ten years ago tied to the one in the present day J nasson expertly ties together the plot from the past and the present with Hulda investigating both the tragedy that happened on Ellidaey and what happened a decade ago The story is multilayered, rich, and complex, and any lover of mysteries, suspense, and nordic noir will be sure to love this one The reveal is slow, teasing, and not given away early in fact, I was shocked, pleasantly, since I always figure out early the whodunit As far as nordic noir goes, Jonasson is a master of the genre if you haven t dipped into nordic noir yet, then I highly recommend starting with this series Although you can read The Island first, I would recommend reading them in order as they are extraordinarily and brilliantly structured in reverse chronological order The Darkness takes place at Hulda s retirement while The Island picks up 15 years earlier in the middle of her career.It seems like a challenging structure for a trilogy, but Jonasson has pulled it off fabulously I can t wait to read book 3 in the series and learnabout Hulda and finally know all the missing pieces of her life The Island was unputdownable It is cleverly written and original without being overly dramatic like some thrillers, which I LOVED Thank you, Joseph Brosnan, at Minotaur Books for my gifted review copy to read in exchange for my fair and honest review. 3.5 rounded up to 4Hidden Island Series Book 2Ellioaey is an isolated island off the coast of Iceland It has a beautiful, unforgiving terrain and it s an easy place to vanish This is the second book in the Hidden Island Series.This book is set ten years before the first instalment DI Hulda is fast approaching fifty She has lost her husband, daughter and her mother Hulda is on the isolated island of Ellioaey to investigate the unexplained death of a young woman She was one of four friends who had visited the island There are similarities to this case to another case that happened ten years ago This trilogy is written in reverse order It s well written and thought out I would have liked to have read the first book in this trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone.I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK Michael Joseph and the author Ragnar Jonasson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. 5 5 stars for another stellar book from Ragnar Jonasson This author s work just consistently works for me, and THE ISLAND is my favorite book of his yet This is the 2nd book in his Hulda Hermannsdottir series and it s definitely worth reading the series from the beginning THE ISLAND blends the atmosphere of Nordic Noir with a layered mystery involving a locked room style plot It s stylish and addictive, and I absolutely loved it Catch my full review on the CBTB blog The Island is my introduction to Ragnar J nasson books and I will definitely readbooks by him The book isn t especially thick, which was very nice for a change Also, I felt that the size was perfect for the story There was no need to fill it out with unnecessary dialogue or descriptions The pacing is very good and I partly read and partly listened to the audiobook version which I recommend Storywise was the book interesting, especially since there aren t that many suspects in the case since there were only three people on the island It s the connections to the case of the brutal murder of a girl ten years ago that makes this story extra interesting to read Also, I love reading a book set in Iceland, need to readbooks set in Iceland Especially since I love books set on islands.Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsd ttir is a great character and her family story is very tragic with the death of her husband and daughter years ago In this book, is she trying to locate her father who she has never met since her mother never wanted to talk about him I m looking forward to reading the first book to find outabout Hulda The island is a great thriller and I recommend the book warmly I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review This was my chosen Christmas Eve read an Icelandic tradition and I read it cover to cover in just over two hours, an utterly compelling and beautifully descriptive story that is impossible to put down.This is the second in the Hidden Iceland series, the story of Hulga, but in reverse order so in The Island not only do we get a new and intriguing mystery, but alsohints about what leads Hulga to her ultimate fate in The Darkness.It s an interesting way of telling a story and in this case it is working brilliantly Knowing what happens to Hulga in the future really informs how you read about her past.The mystery element is clever and as usual the author layers his characters beautifully This is one of those books you sink into and was the perfect, chilly, winter read on the night before Christmas Or at any time.Highly Recommended. Wow really loved this one Read in a day which is unheard for this snail pace reader it s atmospheric, very well written, well structured, easy to keep track of all the characters and most importantly of all, a hell of a lot of fun to read Our main character is Detective Hulda The story is told in the narratives present day the 90s and a decade earlier, jumping back and forth between the two as she investigates the rather seemingly mundane accidental death of one of a group of four friends on a weekend away on an island off the coast of where this story is set Iceland Of course not all is as it seems and and as Hulda investigatesshe realizes that the group may be connected to the murder of a girl 10 years previous and that maybe she is not looking at an accidental death but another murder, a murder with its embers born 10 years earlier I absolutely loved this one The second in a trilogy that runs backwards, I haven t read the first one that I think is set 10 years later but intend to get my hands on it somehow I literally couldn t put this book down Loved the setting, loved the descriptive writing and the story and characters as a whole I went in totally blind and felt the read was all the better for it I read this in no time, one day, which is unheard of for me I was totally engrossed in it As easy a five star review as they come I really want to read the first in the series now straight away and look forward to the final in the series due next year Highly recommended Many thanks to Netgalley, Penguin and Ragnar J nasson for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Island also known as Drungi by international best seller Ragnar Jonasson is the second instalment in the Hidden Iceland series It is set 10 years before the first instalment The darkness also known as Dimma This is one of the things I find so compelling about the series You are told the story in reverse The main character, Detective Inspector Hulda literally meaning, hidden woman is nearing 50 years of age at this point in her life, she has lost her husband, daughter and most recently her mother We hear about these tragic loses sometragic than others throughout the series We learnabout Hulda s grief this time around and as a female her need to fight and prove herself to be respected and taken seriously in a male driven profession She has watched her fellow male colleagues work their way through the ranks while she has had 2 insignificant promotions in spite of havingexperience than them all She is still living in a box flat and driving the same car she s had for 10 years whilst the men spend the weekends at their holiday homes We don t only learnabout Hulda though, of course there is a gripping double homocide investigation going on throughout The homocides, like the novels, are set 10 years apart, but involve the same group of friends Hulda is determined to uncover the truth and may even expose a few snakes along the way The Hidden Island series is one of my favourites and there is many a reason why Ragnar Jonasson is a best selling author His character development and world building is second to none, the detail and research which goes into each case is exceptional and most importantly for me, it is full of twists and turns but stays believable and sincere I cannot wait to read the third and final instalment to finally put all the pieces together This is a series I can see myself reading over and over again but each novel also holds its own as a stand alone novel Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for a free ARC in return for an honest review The hidden Iceland series once again exceeded my expectations. {EPUB} ⚣ Drungi Þ Elli Aey Is An Isolated Island Off The Coast Of Iceland It Is Has A Beautiful, Unforgiving Terrain And Is An Easy Place To VanishThe Island Is The Second Thrilling Book In Ragnar Jonasson S Hidden Iceland Trilogy This Time Hulda Is At The Peak Of Her Career And Is Sent To Investigate What Happened On Elli Aey After A Group Of Friends Visited But One Failed To ReturnCould This Have Links To The Disappearance Of A Couple Ten Years Previously Out On The Westfjords Is There A Killer Stalking These Barren Outposts Written With Ragnar S Haunting And Suspenseful Prose The Island Follows Hulda S Journey To Uncover The Island S Secrets And Find The Truth Hidden In Its Darkest Shadows I have read all 5 of the Dark Iceland series which featured young policeman, Ari Thor in his first posting in an isolated village at the Northern tip of Iceland The stories were set in a small fishing village and its gorgeous, breathtaking surrounding landscape The mysteries were intriguing and atmospheric, but I must admit I was finding his on again, off again love life starting to become tiresome I liked the first book in the new Hidden Iceland series Here we met 64 year old detective, Hulda, just before her retirement She is a dedicated policewoman and her work fills her life She has no hobbies and few outside interests and is worried about a lonely and impoverished future upon retirement Despite the misogyny of her workplace, she is relentless in closing a couple of related cases The Island is the second book in the Hidden Iceland series and goes back some 15 years in time when Hulda is nearing 50 years of age Her mother has recently died, and she previously lost her young daughter and husband and is without family, alone in the world Her father was an American GI stationed in Reykjavik and her mother never talked about him She goes to the USA in a futile attempt to connect with him She is stressed about her retirement 15 years in the future and resents how less experienced and dedicated younger men have been promoted to higher positions over her She feels her competence has never been recognized nor rewarded in this all male workforce One is now her ambitious boss who gained the position through deceit and blackmail The crime she is investigating doesn t occur until halfway through the book Four young adults, ages 29 to 30 years in age, visit a desolate island on the 10th anniversary of a friend s death Attending are 2 men and 2 women who had been friends with a girl who had been killed 10 years previously in another remote spot Her father was charged with her murder and died in prison Her mother never recovered from the mental anguish, and her brother, now a stockbroker was filled with anger, never believing his father guilty The brother is now one of the group of 4 On the morning following their first night on the island the body of one of the two women attending is found at the bottom of a steep cliff As only 3 individuals remain on the island they all become suspects It is up to Hulda to determine if the young woman s death was an accident, suicide or murder As she interviews them she realizes that they are not telling everything which occurred the previous night, and that have long kept secrets I found the characters not well developed, and the names of the two dead women were so similar that it was confusing One would understand Hulda s gruff but withdrawn lifestyle and her effectiveness as an interviewer but found it difficult to elicit much empathy I did come to admire her work ethic There were great descriptions of the remote, bleak landscapes, fjords, hot springs, volcanic fields, jutting cliffs facing the sea, puffins and other birds, treeless fields, volcanic soil I often paused in reading to google photos of the places mentioned I regret that I did not find this as interesting as previous mysteries by Ragnar Jonasson, but will still read the 3rd book in the Hidden Iceland series.