Strange Shores

Strange Shores

Book - 2014 | First U.S. edition.
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"[B]egins when a young woman disappears from the frozen fjords of Iceland. In her wake, this woman has left a tempest of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for the missing woman but also for his long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snowstorm when they were children has coloured his entire life. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realizes that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012.
ISBN: 9781250000408
Branch Call Number: FIC ARNALDU
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 25 cm.


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Sep 08, 2016

Erlendur, in a very different mood from his usual Reykjavik cases, returns to the now-derelict house he lived in as a child. The disappearance of his brother in a blizzard when they were children has long haunted him. Chance encounters with people who knew a woman who went missing in the same blizzard send him hunting for what happened to her. His mode of operation is different from usual. Interesting in that he seems unaware of how differently he's functioning. A slower pace than usual, but since both are cold cases, it's appropriate.

Aug 17, 2016

With slow determination Inspector Erlendur uncovers layers of lies and secrets to resolve two separate stories. Each describes a loved one lost to a raging storm. Steeped in his own personal maelstrom he navigates the trauma of others left to deal with unresolved loss.

Apr 07, 2015

Rather dark but I enjoyed this book. Main character and his situation were complicated but all was eventually revealed. Unusual setting and personalities add to the book's attraction.

Nov 21, 2014

Erlendur's continuing search for answers is fascinating. The hypothermia-induced visions not so much.

Oct 30, 2013

What I would call an "OK time waster". Not as good as previous books by same author. Didn't finish the book.

Oct 21, 2013

Unfortunately, as with the last installment Black Skies, the author seems to have lost a critical edge in this series and is floundering in "writers Horse Latitudes". While earlier novels like Voices, The Silence of the Grave and The Draining Lake were intricately plotted, vividly atmospheric and masterful in the development of complex characters in modern day Icelandic society, Indridason appears to have plateaued and be waiting for some kind of rejuvination. Intrigue has been replaced by soap operish scenarios and maudlin dialogue. Hopefully he can right the ship and steer these intricate characters and wonderfully unique Icelandic settings back on a forward course in the next outing.

Oct 15, 2013

read all books by this author. this book is not as exciting as his prevous books and yet I couldn't put it down. would keep reading this series but hope next book has more action and mystery!!


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