Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson

I review Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson, book 4 in the Dark Iceland series.

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik, who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Haunting, frightening and complex, Rupture is a dark and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.


Ragnar Jónasson is back on The Bandwagon! And how pleased we are to see him. We are huge fans of the Dark Iceland series, currently being translated by Quentin Bates and published by Orenda Books. Rupture is the fourth installment of this series.

Siglufjörður, a small Icelandic town, is under attack by a virus. A quarantine is put in place, cutting the town off from the rest of the country. Jónasson perfectly evokes the feeling of isolation, of suffocation, with his descriptions of the beautiful yet bleak landscape.

I love all of Jónasson’s characters… apart from Ari Thór, who I find abrasive and somewhat selfish. One of my favourite characters is Ísrún, the journalist with a dark past. Jónasson crafts his characters beautifully, giving them life.

Rupture isn’t as dark as some of the previous books. Ari Thór is tasked with solving a suspected murder from the 1950’s, and with the quarantine in place, he has extra time on his hands. Meanwhile, a man who lost his wife to a vicious attack is plotting revenge. Little hints are dropped throughout the book, keeping the reader hooked. I always fly through Jónasson’s books – a sign of an excellent book, but also frustrating, because then I always want more.

Jónasson manages to weave the strands of the individual stories seamlessly together. The big reveal is always left until the end, with some smaller storylines solved, and others left to carry on through the next book. Jónasson is an incredibly talented writer; his novels are always a joy to read. This series is perfect for winter.

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