She had often considered death to be a desirable option. Today, however, she hadn’t been feeling that way which was rather unfortunate in light of the circumstances.
In 1973 a volcanic eruption buries an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash.
More than 30 years later, archaeologists are excavating the area and Thora is on the scene with her client, Markus, who has urgent business with his former family home. For under those ashes many secrets are hidden, including three bodies and a spare head.
Thora finds herself with an impossible task, defending Markus who is charged with murder – twice – while sifting through clues buried as deeply as the village, trying to solve the mystery that may very well implicate him. The former residents are close mouthed. Loyalty is the standard, not truth.
As we cycle through the perspectives of the main characters, more than once I thought I’d cracked the mystery only to find I was still in the Icelandic dark.
A vividly painted landscape with strange characters, unexpected twists and strong psychological suspense, a page-turner.
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