'Is this the best crime writer in the world today? If you're looking for a mystery to get lost in during lockdown . . .' The Times
'A world-class crime writer . . . One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction' Sunday Times
'It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction' The Times
'TEACHER WANTED ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD . . .'
Una knows she is struggling to deal with her father's sudden, tragic suicide. She spends her nights drinking alone in Reykjavik, stricken with thoughts that she might one day follow in his footsteps.
So when she sees an advert seeking a teacher for two girls in the tiny village of Skalar - population of ten - on the storm-battered north coast of the island, she sees it as a chance to escape.
But once she arrives, Una quickly realises nothing in city life has prepared her for this. The villagers are unfriendly. The weather is bleak. And, from the creaky attic bedroom of the old house where she's living, she's convinced she hears the ghostly sound of singing.
Una worries that she's losing her mind.
And then, just before midwinter, a young girl from the village is found dead. Now there are only nine villagers left - and Una realizes that one of them has blood on their hands . . .
Praise for Ragnar Jonasson
'This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jonasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page' Daily Mail
'Triumphant conclusion. Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin
'This is such a tense, gripping read' Anthony Horowitz
'Brilliantly effective. Each book enraptures us' The Times Literary Supplement
'Superb . . . chilling . . . one of the great tragic heroines of contemporary detective fiction' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month
'A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended' Lee Child
'Chilling - a must-read' Peter James
'A stunningly atmospheric story. Pitch-perfect, beautifully paced. Ragnar Jonasson is at the top of his game, and a master of the genre' Will Dean
'Darkly claustrophobic . . . Perfect mid-winter reading' Ann Cleeves
Review: A creepy tale * The Times *
A master of the Icelandic thriller. * New York Post *
Invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic Noir. * Daily Mail *
Fiendishy clever trilogy * Financial Times *
Triumphant conclusion to the trilogy. Only Ragnar Jonasson has rendered hindsight so heartbreaking. * Sunday Times (on the Hidden Iceland trilogy) *
Praise for Ragnar Jonasson * - *
Triumphant . . . Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense
* Ian Rankin *
Is this the best crime writer in the world today? . . . He's truly a master of his genre
* The Times Online *
Jonasson is an automatic must-read for me . . . possibly the best Scandi writer working today
It is nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction
* The Times *
A world-class crime writer. One of the most astonishing plots of modern crime fiction. A triumphant conclusion to the trilogy [that] makes Iceland's pre-eminence in the crime genre even more marked
* The Sunday Times *
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