In 1987 a couple secretly takes a romantic trip to the secluded Westfjords. One is murdered, her father is blamed and to this day no one knows that her friend, and recently her lover, was ever at the cabin with her that day. Ten years later her brother, her friend/lover and two of her girlfriends all get together on a remote island in the Westman Islands, accessible only by boat, to reminisce and remember their slain friend. One of them doesn’t make it off the island alive and Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir is called in to find out if the death was accidental or murder.
Locked room mysteries (or secluded island mysteries in this case) are a favorite of mine because you know the killer is among the small group of people at the location. Granted you don’t always have the information you need to figure out whodunnit but you’ll get there eventually. I also like when two mysteries tie together, like a murder from the past and the present, so there was a lot for me to like here. Throw in an intelligent and prickly detective and set it in Iceland and I’m all set!
This book is a prequel to The Darkness, also featuring Hulda Hermannsdottir, yet this book can be read as a standalone.