Finally the mystery of what happened to Erlendur is cleared up. I’ve been following his strange murder cases over a number of books but the last couple of novels have ended with a mystery about Erlendur himself.
In typical Arnaldur style, we set out on a journey. Our journey is to discover what happened many years ago to Matthildur, a woman who went missing in 1942 and disappeared in a blizzard. Erlendur visits surviving people who knew Matthildur, and he ultimately stitches together a tale of lies, betrayals, and murder. His interviews with people who knew the missing woman, now all in their eighties and nineties, recall the voices of Norse sagas: pithy, concise, and very matter-of-fact about everything, including their own impending deaths.
At the same time, Erlendur is on his own journey as he courts hypothermia each night in an abandoned farmhouse, experiences ethereal encounters, and finds some respite from his lifelong grief.
My Amazon link Strange Shores: An Inspector Erlendur Novel)