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; Maria 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 seance that Maria attended before her death and his curiosity is aroused...Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur begins an unofficial investigation into Maria'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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/10/2010
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099532279
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Review by whirled
Having devoured the first five Erlendur books in recent months, I must confess I found <i>Hypothermia</i> slightly less engaging than the rest. That is partly because Erlendur undertakes an unofficial investigation into a suspicious suicide, which means his usual cohorts Sigurdur Óli and Elinborg are out of the picture. On the other hand, the thread about Erlendur's complicated family history continues, allowing fans to fill in a few more gaps about the taciturn detective. The forbidding Reykjavik weather and stomach-churning Icelandic 'cuisine' are also there to help create a familiar gloomy mood. I just didn't find all the talk of seances, spiritual beliefs and the afterlife particularly interesting.