When a deadly snowstorm strikes the Icelandic highlands, four friends seek shelter in a small, abandoned hunting lodge. It is in the middle of nowhere and there’s no way of communicating with the outside world. They are isolated – but they are not alone. As the night darkens, and fears intensify, an old tragedy gradually surfaces – one that forever changed the course of their friendship. Those dark memories could hold the key to the mystery the friends now find themselves in – and whether they will survive until morning.

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Four friends. One night. Not everyone will come out alive . . . The gripping new stand-alone mystery from ‘world-class crime writer’ Ragnar Jónasson, soon to be a major motion picture

Is this the best crime writer in the world today’ THE TIMES
‘So atmospheric, I was immediately transported to the Icelandic moors . . . I read with bated breath, my heart pounding’ Sara Blædel
‘The atmosphere is so intense you can’t help gripping the book as tightly as possible’ THE TIMES

In a deadly Icelandic snowstorm, four friends seek shelter in an abandoned hunting lodge. Miles from help, and knowing they will die out in the cold, they break in, hoping to wait out the storm until morning.

But nothing can prepare them for what’s inside . . .

With no other option, they are forced to spend a long and terrifying night in the cabin: watching as intently and silently as they themselves are being watched.

As the night darkens, old secrets spill into the light, and tensions rise between the four friends. Soon it’s clear that what they’ve discovered in the cabin is far from the only mystery lurking there.

Nor the only thing to be afraid of . . .

‘A wonderful atmospheric thriller. A real page turner. Gripping and compelling’ 5***** READER REVIEW

‘A chilling, compelling mystery with a tremendous sense of time and place’

‘Jonasson expertly delivers twists and turns that you just won’t see coming!’

‘I did not see that coming!’ 5***** READER REVIEW

Praise for Ragnar Jónasson

Is this the best crime writer in the world today?’ The Times

‘An intensely gripping mystery, Ragnar Jonasson is a poet of the “dark, wet and cold”, of the “gloom, cold and rain”. The climactic revelations are credible and moving’ The Times

‘Invigorating Iceland-set slice of Nordic Noir’ Daily Mail

‘A mist-shrouded blend of horror and psychological thriller . . . works in every way’ Booklist

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Additional information

Weight 0.573 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.3 cm










Hardback original


839.6935 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K