Lost in the snow

6 05 2017

Strange Shores by  Arnaldur Indridason

 

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A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns – for the last time 

A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge.

Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers.

Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.

 

Quite a powerful tale this, the final outing for Erlendur, the complex Icelandic detective, who is probing and digging to get to the truth of a mystery from many years ago. At the same time though he is struggling with his own history and guilt about his childhood. Overall it’s a measured, well-paced, subtle and very evocative story. A fitting end to a really good series.

 

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