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There's real potential here for this new writer from Iceland. I very much enjoyed the atmosphere - the listener can almost feel the cold and the claustrophobic nature of snow piling up, the darkness, the isolation described.
But, even considering that the city described was once known for its fish production, there are way too many obvious red herrings here. The mystery has ups and downs, and the conclusion is less than riveting and a little bit rushed.
Don't know how much of the occasional awkwardness of language is due to translation, but I hope additional works by this author (and I do hope there will be more) will flow more smoothly.
The narrator is quite good - I love his ease with the Icelandic place and people's names.
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The telling of this story reminded me of Before the Fall. It's not exactly linear, not a lot of action or suspense, and the big reveal is deflating. However, I liked it. I liked it for teh same reasons I didn't love it. Examples:
Pro - A large group of characters with rich details and backgrounds
Con - Too many characters to follow
Pro - Not an easy who-done-it, keeps you intrigued until the end
Con - What is going on???
Pro - Lack of one single hero/heroine
Con - Do I like anyone in this book?
Pro - Can't wait to go to Iceland
Con - Not enough parkas in the world
All in all I rate this book a strong 3 stars. I liked it and would be willing to try another one from this author.
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