The Day Is Dark

The Day Is Dark

eBook - 2011
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When contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely population region on the coast of Greenland, Thora Gudmundsdottir's investigations reveal another recent disappearance before she encounters unexpected local resistance and rumors about a curse.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781250020970
Characteristics: 1 online resource (370 pages)
Additional Contributors: Roughton, Philip


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Oct 12, 2018

Not quite "terrifying" and not even close to "brilliant" , as Stylist claims , I found this book rather monotonous filled with unlikable characters particularly the nauseating, contemptible and cowardly Eyjolfur . I just hope that Sigurdardottir other works are of a superior quality. I think Iceland deserves it.


Mar 17, 2017

This is a chillingly atmospheric mystery novel set in a remote location on the frigid and stormy east coast of Greenland. The prologue had me covered in goosebumps and completely captivated. Great character development – albeit with difficult names to pronounce. The main character, Thóra, is particularly likeable, convincing, and funny to boot. The story gripped me right up until the brilliant conclusion. I can’t wait to read more of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s crime novels featuring Thóra Gudmundsdóttir.

Jan 19, 2017

An offbeat, claustrophobic tale, The Day Is Dark is set in an environment characterized by geographical/social isolation, credulity, demon rum, corporate mercenaries, and the ever-present hand of Mother Nature. Provides an oblique, somewhat foreboding, perspective on man's mucking around on the surface of this planet, whether foraging for food to survive another day, or driven by the pervasive profit motive.
Change out the mineral at the center of the story (molybdenum) and the goings on could just as easily be set in the Australian Outback, Ecuadorian jungle, Ontario's Ring of Fire ... without one iota change in the thematic profile. Same actors on stage. Albeit a touch methodical, its viability and historical angle make Sigurdardottir's novel worth a read.

Nov 05, 2016

BOOK 4 IN THE Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series

KCLSLibrarians Mar 27, 2014

If you like mysteries set in stark and forbidding places--like Greenland in deep winter--try this one by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Part of a series featuring Icelandic lawyer-turned-detective Thóra Gudmundsdóttir.

Feb 26, 2014

Isolated research complex located in frigid cold Greenland, where workers in a group quit and/or dissapeared like those of a classic horror scenario among aloof villagers, demonic creatures, haunted ghost tales, and ritualistic observances .
A newly assigned group which includes Thora Gudmundsdottir, while attempting to resolve the above happenings, they discover, bullying, extreme alcoholism in the complex and in the villagers, and typical group behavioral issues, which many they likewise assume.
An intersting read, with quick ending resolutions and reasons neatly tied like in a fairy tale.

Dec 30, 2012

Enjoyable suspence showcasing an area of the world with which I am not familiar. Quirky main character.


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