A remote island. An isolated community. A terrible secret.
If the new District Sheriff, Tristan Haraldsen, thought moving to a remote village on the island of Vagar would be the chance for a peaceful life with his wife Elsebeth, his first few weeks in office swiftly correct him of that notion.
Provoked into taking part in the village's whale hunt against his will, Haraldsen blunders badly, and in the ensuing chaos two local boys go missing. Blaming himself, Haraldsen dives into the investigation and soon learns that the boys are not the first to have gone missing on Vagar.
As Tristan and Elsebeth become increasingly ensnared by the island's past, they realise its wild beauty hides an altogether uglier and sinister truth.
‘As grim as the bleakest of Nordic noir. If you think the solution to the crime will produce a happy ending, just wait till the chilling final pages’
‘Hewson expertly paints a punishing Faroese winter, crafting the perfect backdrop for this chilling addition to the growing field of crime fiction set in the Faroe Islands’
‘This grim tale [is] almost the stuff of Norse myths . . . Readers will be gripped and hold fast until the shocking end’
Praise for David Hewson:
‘No author has ever brought Rome so alive for me — nor made it seem so sinister’
‘David Hewson’s Rome is dark and tantalising, seductive and dangerous, a place where present-day crimes ring with the echoes of history’
‘Hewson . . . effortlessly keeps thrills coming a mile a minute’
‘Hewson does more than provide a thrilling read. He saves you the airfare to Italy. When you turn the last page, you’ll think you’ve been there’
‘A riveting and fast-paced thriller . . . every character hides a dark secret that, like Rome's ancient mysteries, seems to lurk just beyond reach. A complex and satisfying mystery from a master plot maker’
‘Costa and Peroni, like all the best fictional detectives, become more rounded and interesting with every episode’
‘Hewson’s inventiveness never flags’
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Newly-appointed District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsebeth are looking forward to a peaceful semi-retirement in the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the stunningly beautiful island of Vagar. But when two boys go missing during the first whale hunt of the season, the repercussions strike at the heart of the isolated coastal community. I think I’ve read most of the author’s books so was excited to read this book set in a different location & it didn't disappoint. The description of the Faroe Islands is detailed & I felt I was there. A well written book which was well paced, the pace did change throughout the book. My one difficulty was how to pronoun the names. I thoroughly enjoyed the book & would recommend My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
I really enjoyed this suspense filled book with drama, mystery and twists and turns aplenty. It was well written, with good character development and good pacing and flow. I would highly recommend reading this.
The Faroes Islands settings are beautifully described in this dark heart rending tale of a small community tearing itself apart. Mysterious deaths, old fishing methods, young runaways, disreputable officials and an elderly couple newly retired move to the village trying to fit in. It twists and turns until all the shock truths are revealed in this wonderful atmospheric story. Excellent!