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 - and by his own quest to find the body of his brother, who died in a blizzard when he was a boy. Hypothermia is Indridason's most compelling novel yet.
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One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage by Lake Thingvellir. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, María, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches Erlendur and gives him the tape of a séance that María had attended, his curiosity is aroused. Driven by a need to find answers that even he does not fully understand, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman’s life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing thirty years before, and, inevitably, his discoveries raise ghosts from his own past.Review:
"Our love affair with Scandinavian crime continues with the latest installment of Indridason's award-winning Icelandic murder mystery series."
"...Indridason combines psychological acuteness with great stylistic economy and a pleasing place." --Independant
"...An insightful human story, beautifully written and translated..."
"Descriptions of Iceland's stunning crystalline landscape are lyrical and the overall storyline thoughtful and original" --The Daily Mail
"an intelligent, gripping and moody tale with superior characterisation" --The Saturday Times
"Indridason's best novel so far" --Books Quarterly
"The narrative grips, the writing, excellently translated by Cribb, is resonant and Lyrical, and the atmosphere is chillingly creepy. Brrr" --Guardian
`a personal odyssey, suffused with a melancholy that, like the icy chill, seeps into the bones' --The Herald
`Hypothermia is one of the most haunting crime novels I've read in a long time' --Sunday Times
"The narrative grips, the writing is resonant and lyrical, and the atmosphere chillingly creepy. Brrr"
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Book Description Vintage, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 009955173X