One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam at her holiday cottage. At first sight, it appears like a straightforward case of suicide; María had never recovered from the death of her mother two years previously and she had a history of depression. But then the friend who found her body approaches Detective Erlendur with a tape of a séance that María attended before her death and his curiosity is aroused...
Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur begins an unofficial investigation into María's death. But he is also haunted by another unsolved mystery - the disappearance of two young people thirty years ago.
..... Amazon book description.
MY THOUGHTS: My apologies that there isn't any First Sentence or Memorable Moment, a reading group read I returned the book before realising that I hadn't made a note of either of these.
As I don't usually fare too well with 'Nordic novels' (I tend to find them too dark and, if I'm being totally honest, a little bit, well, odd) this wouldn't have been my first choice of reading material but given that it was a reading group read I was happy to give it a go. Pleased that I did, not that I can say I was gripped from start to finish I was however slowly drawn in as the story unfolded layer by compelling layer.
Relatively slow but with enough psychological twists to keep it from ever being dull, Hypothermia, though concentrating mainly on what at first appears to be an open and shut case of suicide, also delves into several other older and seemingly unrelated cases, one of which was so moving that I found myself with tears in my eyes - not something that usually happens with books of this genre.
Book 6 in the Reykjavik Murder Mysteries series, though this read perfectly well as a stand alone novel I'm intrigued enough by the snippets of dialogue between Erlandur and his estranged wife in this book to want to read the previous ones.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Though a very enjoyable read this is not a book I could see myself re-reading.