Saturday, July 31, 2010
Arnaldur Indridason - Hypothermia
Author: Arnaldur Indridason
Love/Hate?: Subtle love
Did you finish?: Couldn't finish fast enough!
One-sentence summary: Icelandic police investigator is nagged by a suicide that doesn't seem right.
Why did you get this book?: Goodreads Giveaway
Do you like the cover?: Eh -- I don't hate it, but it doesn't stick out in my mind.
First line from book: Maria hardly registered what was happening during the funeral.
Review: Apparently this is the 6th book in a series, which I didn't know when I requested this book. (I likely wouldn't have requested it then as I hate arriving at a series in the middle.) However, this book easily reads as a satisfying standalone thriller, and I didn't feel at anytime that I was lost or missing an inside joke or reference.
I've seen this book compared to Larsson's Millennium trilogy, but other than both being Scandinavian authors, I fail to see the similarities. Larsson's hero is in his prime, slightly disreputable but clearly moral, irresistible to women; Indridason's Erlendur is in his 60s, reticent and withdrawn, emotionally distant. The pacing of this book is different than Larsson as well: we're treated to flashbacks leading up to Maria's death, breaking up Erlendur's careful investigation. The tension comes from the slow, inevitable confirmation of what we -- and Erlendur -- suspect and fear. It's not an exciting book, per se, but it's definitely not boring.
Tropes?: Distant daddy, angry daughter, smothering mother-in-law
FTC Disclosure: I received this book via GoodReads First Reads giveaway.