Book Review – The Ice Lands


The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781447298816

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by Steinar Bragi (Macmillan) ISBN 9781447298816

This is an unexpected horror story of four friends who embark on an impulsive journey. Through the journey we learn a lot about who they are and how they ended up there. Hrafn, the driver takes a wrong turn and ends up crashing their Jeep into a farmhouse. Although no one is badly hurt, it’s only the beginning of their horror as they find shelter with a mysterious old couple who board up their windows at night.

Things go from bad to worse as they uncover gruesome secrets about their hosts. From the relatively mute husband, the mysterious picture and hidden room in the house to the dead animals found near the house, the four friends question everything that happens. Tensions flare as old wounds are reopened and relationships are tested.

But Hrafn, Vigdis, Egil and Anna learn that they need to work together in order to survive.

As much as this is a horror story, the book also delves into the political status of the Icelandic society. The violent ending left me with more questions than satisfaction on the book as a whole.

Alicia Sibanda
3/5

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