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The Day is Dark

4 The Day is DarkThóra Guðmundsdóttir series (book 4)

This book is included in The Icelanders Cometh crowdfunding campaign run by the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign to raise money for UK libraries to spend on titles translated into English by Icelandic authors to mark World Book Night and UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day in 2016.


When all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the northeast coast of Greenland, Thóra Guðmundsdóttir is hired to investigate.

Is there any connection with the woman who vanished from the site some months earlier? Why are the locals so hostile? And could one of the team staying at the site with Thóra be responsible for the disappearances?

An international bestseller, this fourth book to feature Thóra Guðmundsdóttir from Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, ‘Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson’, is chilling, unsettling and compulsively readable.


‘Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world.’ Peter James

‘Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson have helped to make Scandinavian crime fiction a global phenomenon, but if you’re looking for something a bit different try this Icelandic writer and her feisty lawyer heroine, Thóra.’ Mail on Sunday

‘A gripping thriller with enough mystery and horror to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat while you try to work out what happened.’ Peter Robinson

‘Put simply, it’s terrifying. And brilliant.’ Stylist

‘A delight.’ The Guardian