Review: Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave
Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur IndriĆ°ason

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I set out to read Arnaldur Indridason’s “Silence of the Grave,” I went into it hoping for something dark and gritty. It did not disappoint. There’s nothing like a strong opening. My eyes scanned over the first paragraph and a wicked smile began to creep over my face.
“He knew at once it was a human bone, when he took it from the baby who was sitting on the floor chewing it.”
Mr. Indridason, you had me at baby-chewing-on-a-human-bone. Bravo, sir.
Apart from the opening line, the beginning was a little sluggish but then the pieces started coming together and pretty soon, I was voraciously turning pages. “Silence of the Grave” is a mystery novel, a crime novel, with that distinct “Nordic” (although in this case, technically Icelandic) flavor to it. It alternates between two main plot lines and also contains a compelling sub-plot that personally concerns the protagonist, the detective Erlendur. The main plots alternate between the present day where bones are discovered in a shallow grave outside of Reykjavik and the investigation surrounding it and a past timeline that the reader is led to suspect may have some bearing on the present.
Parts of this book were a little difficult to read, or rather to stomach, such as the spousal abuse that is featured as well as something awful that occurs toward the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Nordic style of crime novel or someone who is looking for a dark, engaging read.

View all my reviews

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *