Silence of the Grave : Reykjavik Murder Mysteries

  • by Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: Reykjavik Murder Mysteries
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Inspector Erlendur returns in this gripping Icelandic thriller
When a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of ReykjavIk, Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone, the body is unearthed, and the brutalizing history of a family who lived near the building site comes to light along with it. Was the skeleton a man or a woman, a victim or a killer, and is this a simple case of murder or a long-concealed act of justice?
As Erlendur tries to crack this cold case, he must also save his drug-addicted daughter from self destruction and somehow glue his hopelessly fractured family back together. Like the chilly Nordic mysteries of Henning Mankell and Karen Fossum, Arnaldur Indridason delivers a stark police procedural full of humanity and pathos, a classic noir from a very cold place.

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Lovely, Dark & Deep

"Silence of the Grave" is difficult to read. I wanted several times to stop listening. Not because the novel is not good, but because it is so terrible and raw at times. It opens with the discovery of a rib bone at a construction site. Inspector Erlendur and his team are called in to investigate. From there a second story begins. It takes place prior to and during world war two. It is the story of a cruelly battered woman and her three small children. It is the story of how the bones made their way into the grave. It was heart wrenching to listen too. Back in Erlendur's day, as he investigates the mystery, he is also dealing with his daughter's drug induced miscarriage and the coma she falls into as a result. The novel goes from there. It is beautifully written and the mystery is more than compelling. The author does a wonderful job of fleshing out each of the characters in the novel and giving them a "soul". The novel was absorbing, and as I mentioned terrible. I found it worth the journey to reach the end and discover all of the secrets the unknown grave held. Although I admit, I will be chosing lighter fare for my next novel. I recommend this novel to any fan of the "Nordic Mystery" genre. I must also mention the superlative narration of George Guidall. He reads the novel perfectly.
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- dwhith

Not what I expected

What did you like best about Silence of the Grave? What did you like least?

I thought that Silence of the Grave would be more like a Harry Hole or Harry Bosch book but not quite. I bought this book based on the fantastic reviews which were just a bit skewed in my opinion. I was hoping for a more macho storyline and am not one who enjoys soap operas and family dramas.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was a bit of a surprise in that it was very abrupt.


Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

George Guidall is always a great narrator and this book was no exception.


Do you think Silence of the Grave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I believe it is already a series.


Any additional comments?

I would like to see a search filter that delineates books rated highly by men vs those rated highly by women.

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- Kevin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books