The Day Is Dark

The Day Is Dark

Book - 2011
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"When all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the northeast coast of Greenland, Thora is hired to investigate. Is there any connection with the disappearance of a woman fromt he site some months earlier? And why are the locals so hostile?"--p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2011.
ISBN: 9781444700091
Characteristics: 421 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Roughton, Philip

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kat_miller Aug 07, 2017

Not a book for the faint of heart. :)

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htliang
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.

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capitalcity
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.

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

BOOK 4 IN THE Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series

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IV27HUjg
May 23, 2014

The build up of mystery begins to drag & I grew disinterested.

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.

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ndexter
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.

i see dumb people i heart the 10th sublevel of suicide

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StarGladiator
Apr 07, 2013

The Thing - - Icelandic style? Not quite as good writing as her previous mysteries, a bit slower and more tedius, perhaps not the best translation job, but just love her laid-back style. (Proper spelling is Sigurdardóttir, proper Icelandic pronunciation is: sirisdottir)

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seaspirit
Dec 30, 2012

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

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