Top critical review
Mixed feelings but glad I persevered
on 16 March 2018
I am a fan of the detective genre and have a penchant for Scandi crime, so the unusual setting of the Faroe Islands (which I have visited) really appealed to me, as did the concept of the involvement of a British detective returning to the country of his birth.
It all started so well, with Jan Reyna seeming to be an engaging character. I liked his internal struggle to decide what he made of the islands and their inhabitants and found this a satisfying story to run in parallel with the investigation. However as I read on, I didn't find either storyline was truly keeping my attention and I was also disappointed that the descriptions didn't transport me to the Faroes. I did consider giving up, but I really don't like leaving a book unfinished.
It's lucky that I did persevere, because the investigation becomes much more engrossing towards the end of the book and it was satisfying to be right about what had happened - well, almost...
In the latter part of the book, the descriptions of the weather closing in and the sheer isolation of some of the locations were also very evocative of these unique islands.
I will no doubt read another Hentze and Reyna case, partly because of the setting and partly to see how the characters develop.