ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Reykjavik by Ragnar Jonasson & Katrin Jakobsdottir

Publication Date: September 5, 2023
Format: audio 
Genre:  Crime / Mystery
Narrator: Bert Seymour/Tamaryn Payne

Publisher: Macmillan Media
 8 hours 15 minutes
Buy: Kindle | Audio


What happened to Lára?

Iceland, 1956. Fourteen-year-old Lára decides to spend the summer working for a couple on the small island of Videy, just off the coast of Reykjavík. In early August, the girl disappears without a trace. Time passes, and the mystery becomes Iceland‘s most infamous unsolved case. What happened to the young girl? Is she still alive? Did she leave the island, or did something happen to her there?

Thirty years later, as the city of Reykjavík celebrates its 200th anniversary, journalist Valur Robertsson begins his own investigation into Lára's case. But as he draws closer to discovering the secret, and with the eyes of Reykjavík upon him, it soon becomes clear that Lára's disappearance is a mystery that someone will stop at nothing to keep unsolved . . . 


I received a free copy of this book from Macmillan Audio through I am leaving this review voluntarily. 

I loved the twists and turns and I love a good Noir novel. The mystery of Lara has held a nation captive for years and now the press is bringing it to light once again and breathing fresh air into this mystery.  With a mysterious phone call the question of Lara being dead or alive seems to be solved but without proof or verification there is no way to know for sure.  While the caller may have stated what ultimately happened to Lara they didn't say by who or where she was only that she needed closure.  

This was a great mystery that kept my attention and pulled me along.  There were surprises along the way and I was definitely shocked by the ending. Scandi books tend to be set at a slower pace than a lot of US novels but I found this one to move rather quick.  Definitely an entertaining and surprising read. 

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