THE DAY IS DARK by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir


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Thóra and Matthew are doing well in their budding relationship, so when he approaches her about a job that’s odd but means they’ll get to spend time together she’s in.

The job is one on behalf of Matthew’s employer, Kaupthing Bank, who backed Berg Technology, a company contracted to excavate for Arctic Mining in a remote location in Greenland. Unfortunately, the job has gone off the rails with Berg grossly behind and all but two of their employees abandoning the job. As for the two that stayed behind, no one’s heard from them in over a week – with one small exception. The two men who stayed in Greenland are known jokesters who frequently harass fellow employees and blog about it. Their last communication with anyone outside of Greenland was a garbled and suspiciously bloody video.

Berg doesn’t have a great track record in the area. They’ve already lost two other employees, the most recent just months ago. Both were women and neither was ever seen again. If Berg has defaulted due to negligence or something worse, Kaupthing Bank is on the hook. Matthew, Thóra, and a small team are to travel to Greenland to investigate the situation. If they can prove that the job has fallen through due to circumstances beyond Berg’s control, the bank won’t take the hit when Arctic Mining claims the insurance. And a success could mean more work for Thóra’s small firm.

This is such a fun series and the mysteries themselves always border on the bizarre and possibly unexplainable. I had thought The Day is Dark was actually headed in a quite different direction as far as the fates of the various Berg employees, so the real revelation was quite a surprise. A pleasant and gory one, that is.

It should be noted that this is a translated series and there are a few issues because of that. The phrasing can be awkward and clunky, more so than with other translated works I’ve encountered. This many entries in I had hoped to see an improvement in that regard but can honestly say that it doesn’t greatly affect my enjoyment of the series. I look forward to each new entry, and each new release by Sigurdardóttir (who has two stand alones out now as well), with great anticipation, anxious to see what weirdness Thóra will encounter next.

12/15 Becky LeJeune

THE DAY IS DARK by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir. Minotaur Books; F First Edition edition (February 26, 2013).  ISBN 978-1250029409. 384p.



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