The Ice Lands
Translated by Lorenza Garcia
They thought they were alone . . .
'This is Iceland's Twin Peaks' Corren
The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi is set against the backdrop of Iceland’s volcanic hinterlands, four thirty-somethings from Reykjavík embark on an ambitious camping trip, their jeep packed with supplies.
The purpose of the trip is to heal both professional and personal wounds but the desolate landscape forces the group to reflect on the shattered lives they’ve left behind in the city. As their jeep hurtles through the wilderness, an impenetrable fog descends, causing them to suddenly crash into a rural farmhouse.
Seeking refuge from the storm, the friends discover that the isolated dwelling is inhabited by a mysterious elderly couple who barricade themselves inside every night. As the merciless weather blocks every attempt at escape, they are forced to confront difficult questions: who has been butchering animals near the house? What happened to the abandoned village nearby where bones lie strewn across the ground? And most importantly,
will they ever return home?
On one level, this is a psychological thriller...but at the same time it is classic horror mixing Stephen King's supernatural phenomena with Michael Hanekes ancient fires in Time of the Wolf
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
This is Iceland's Twin Peaks/.../ A thriller and a relationship drama so skillfully told that it is difficult to put the book down