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Monday, 11 March 2019

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About The Island

Four friends visit the island.

But only three return . . .

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir is sent to the isolated island of Elliðaey to investigate and soon finds haunting similarities with a previous case - a young woman found murdered ten years ago in the equally desolate Westfjords.

Is there a patient killer stalking these barren outposts?

As Hulda navigates a sinister game constructed of smoke and mirrors she is convinced that no one is telling the truth, including those closest to her.

But who will crack first? And what secrets is the island hiding?

Haunting, suspenseful and as chilling as an Icelandic winter The Island follows one woman's journey to find the truth hidden in the darkest shadows, and shine a light on her own dark past.

My review of The Island

The Island is an absolute dark treat of a book. It's melancholy, tragic and thoroughly all consuming. Once I started to read I couldn't stop as I had been drawn into the remote world of Westfjords and Elliðaey. 

This book is the second instalment in the Hidden Iceland series that is told in reverse order. The happenings in The Island take place ten years before the first book in the series, The Darkness, that I adored and whose ending completely took my breath away. This was why I couldn't wait to get started on The Island and I loved this book just as much.

Once again we meet the tragic heroine, Hulda Hermannsdóttir as she investigates the  death of a young woman on the island or Elliðaey. She had gone there with three friends but something happened to her.  Hulda wants to get to the truth of what happened and in doing so finds herself investigating a ten year old murder case.

The Island is such a compelling and unsettling read. We have the central character of Hulda who is equally fascinating and inspiring as a woman working and succeeding in very much a nan's world. I have the utmost respect for her. She is the glue that holds this story together and we care because she does. We then have the four friends whose own individual stories span back in time over ten years, and of which Hulda has to gently and expertly unpick.

The Island is a story of family loyalties, of friendship and of unearthing the truth at all costs. I can't wait to read the next book in this enthralling series.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.

Published by Michael Joseph on the 4th April

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