Reykjavik Nights (Arnaldur Indridason, 2015)

reykjavik nights

Why did you choose this book?

I honestly don’t remember, but it sounded like an intriguing suspense novel.  Since it was touted as the prequel to the series, it seemed like a good place to start.

What’s it about?

Inspector Erlendur is new to the police force and working the night shift.  One night, a homeless man named Hannibal (who Erlendur has become acquainted with) is found drowned.  It is assumed to be nothing more than an accident, probably occurring when Hannibal was drunk.  But Erlendur feels like something isn’t right, and begins to investigate.  Years ago, a woman went missing in the same area.  Could the two cases be linked?


Mystery, suspense?, Icelandic fiction

Other recommended reads?

In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward, Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight


This book was a very fast read.  I enjoyed it, but at the same time I feel like some of the linguistic flow was lost in translation.  I was also distracted by my complete and total inability to pronounce Icelandic names and place names.  To me this novel was billed as suspense, but since Erlendur was never in danger of bodily harm, I would call it a mystery instead.

Up next?

Cooking as Fast as I Can by Cat Cora


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