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Not a thriller
on 13 November 2015
I bought this novel in response to the (mostly) positive reviews here on Amazon. I ended up very disappointed. I like Scandinavian crime fiction, and the backdrop of Iceland made for an interesting change, but this story never really got under my skin in the way that I had wanted or expected. I did like the examinations of all manner of mental illnesses, but even before the mid-way point I was beginning to get frustrated with its lack of breadth in terms of story scope. I cannot call this multi-layered, and as for the central character (Thóra Gudmundsdóttir) I can only say that she is very forgettable.
My plan had been to get the rest of the stories in the series (this one being the 5th) but I had decided to scrap that idea long before I finished this one. Sorry; this one's not my style at all. Mundane and mediocre.