Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave

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Downtrodden detective Erlendur and his team must once again look into Reykjavik's hidden past to unravel a case of human nastiness. Alive with tension and atmosphere, and disturbingly real, this is an outstanding continuation of the Reykjavik Murder Mysteries.
Publisher: New York : Picador, [2005]
Edition: 1st Picador edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780312427320
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ARNALDUR 2005
Characteristics: 293 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Scudder, Bernard 1954-2007,- Translator


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Sep 01, 2018

***Spoilers you have been warned***

The book goes back and forth in time. It features on the past of a woman and her family and the horrendous abuse she endures. It leads up to the mystery surrounding the body found in the present. It’s good background storytelling and put in the missing pieces gradually as you progress in the book. Then as it goes forward to present day, you have Erlandur and his crew attempting to figure out the mystery but it also focuses on Erlandur’s past, and his attempt at patching things up with Eva Lind as she’s in a coma at the hospital.

Don’t expect twists and turns or any special revelations in this novel. It’s a subtle mystery but so well written that it’s a quick read and you’re so immersed into the book that the pages do fly by. It’s the writing style that makes it so good. The mood and setting is again, dark as usual. It’s more bleak than the previous one due to the subject matter and with what Erlandur experiences.

Admittedly, this isn’t for everyone. The physical, mental, emotional abuse featured in this book is hard to read. You sympathize with the mother and her children and Grimur is just one awful piece of garbage. Erlandur’s ghosts from the past is also revealed in this book and he’s got quite a lot of baggage on his shoulders (not including his ex wife and Eva Lind) but it gives his character more substance and he’s not just a presence in the novel. You also learn more about his colleagues (although I’d like to learn more about Elinborg) as they have their lives as well. I like this aspect of the novel as it shows what they do out of duty and gives them a more realistic human feel to the book.

Apr 16, 2018

at Renton library

Aug 12, 2016

Terrific, well written thriller. Suspenseful to the very end!
I read it straight through!

Apr 21, 2015

This is a difficult book to review because I don't want to leave spoilers. A skeleton is found buried with its hand reaching up as though struggling to reach the surface. The challenge facing investigators, to determine the who, when, and what, provides the story arc. But the book is more than this. It is a human interest tale. Think of a tapestry of threads of light (of courage, perseverance, sacrifice, love) interwoven with threads of darkness (of cruelty, indifference, violence). When I finished the book, I had to take a few moments to let the impact of the story percolate in my mind. This book is worth your time if you are willing to face the relationship between dark and light. At times, not an easy read. But the journey is worth it.

Jan 04, 2015

Loved this book. I am a huge fan of murder mysteries and I just discovered this writer and I'm hooked. So well written and a real nice change to have it set in Iceland.

Jun 07, 2013

this book kept me interested right to the very end.full of surprises. good book!

Feb 24, 2010

Lately I have been reading mystery/detective novels written by people in other countries. One of the most interesting literary adventures I have undertaken. Not only have I discovered some fascinating new writers (new to me) I am learning a lot about other cultures.

This particular author may just be the best of the lot. Give him time. I did not like the book, or rather did not get it, until halfway through. Then I started to appreciate the plot and subtleties and story line. The book is set in Iceland - a country of around only 300,000 people. It offers you some very good glimpses of the culture, society, and family life that I do not think you will find elsewhere.

At times the difficulty of translating the book, I understand Icelandic is a very hard language to learn, shows through. Oddly that ads to the interest of the book rather than taking away from it although you wonder sometimes if the translation is accurate or if an exact translation is even possible.


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