Book Review: Whiteout

WHITEOUT | Ragnar Jonasson
(Dark Iceland #5)
09.01.2017 | Orenda Books
Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of a deserted Icelandic village. Did she jump or did something more sinister happen? Winter is quickly closing in on this remote rocky outcrop and the suspects are growing restless. As secrets begin pouring out, Ari Thor discovers that the victim’s mother and sister both met their end in this same spot twenty-five years earlier. A dark history and a rising death count loom over this remote village. Can Ari Thor find the truth before someone else loses their life?

I’m completely kicking myself for waiting so long to pick up the fifth installment of this series! I absolutely loved the previous four books about Ari Thor. I have such a hard time reading the final book in any series because I don’t want them to end, however, with the sixth and final book arriving in this series momentarily, the time was now to read WHITEOUT. 


The entire Dark Iceland series can be categorized as dark, moody, atmospheric reads. These aren’t heart-pounding thrillers, but slow burns that make you suspicious of every character in the story. I love how methodical Jonasson is when he crafts these stories! WHITEOUT follows the same structure as the earlier installments, but I found this one to be a bit more intense in the pacing. I flew through this story searching for answers!

As with the previous books, our detective and main character, Ari Thor Arason, is absolutely top notch! Ari Thor is a genuine character who the reader can tell has the best intentions in mind when it comes to his police work. There is also an authentic and personable quality to Ari Thor that makes you easily come to enjoy spending time with him.

I can’t wait to see where things are going to end for Ari Thor when I pick up WINTERKILL later this month!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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