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Sea of Stone by Michael Ridpath

Sea of Stone

by Michael Ridpath

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Oli and Magnus Jonson have spent years trying to escape from the shadows of their past. Raised by their grandparents in Bjarnarhofn, a remote farmstead in Iceland, both brothers had to endure brutal violence at the hands of their grandfather. Now, two decades later, the past has returned to haunt them both...When Constable Pall Gylfason gets a dispatch call to investigate a suspected homicide in a remote farmstead, he is surprised to find that Detective Magnus Jonson is already at the scene. Magnus identifies the dead man as his estranged grandfather. As Pall begins to review the crime scene it becomes apparent that forensic evidence has been tampered with and that Magnus' version of events doesn't add up. Before long, Magnus is arrested for the murder of his grandfather. When it emerges that his younger brother, Oli, is in Iceland after two decades in America, Pall begins to think that Magnus may not be the only family member in the frame for murder.....Can Magnus prove his innocence without implicating his brother? And can both men get to the heart of the twisted secrets that blighted their childhoods? What unfolds is a tale of familial ties and bloodthirsty vengeance, of isolated communities scarred by the tragedies of the past - and of a final, painful reckoning.… (more)



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The Fire and Ice series reaches a climax for its protagonist, Magnus Jonson, when his grandfather is found dead in the church near the family farm. Magnus and his brother, Ollie, suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their grandfather, so when Magnus is discovered to be at the scene of the crime, it doesn't seem far-fetched to believe that he might have killed his grandfather. Or could it have been Ollie...?

This was a decent installment in the series. With the previous book, I ignored the modern-day crime in favour of the excitement of Magnus' family saga. This book focuses entirely on Magnus' family and would therefore be expected to hold my interest. Well, it did, but the pace also felt slow. The end also felt a bit like a soap opera, with all the dramatic revelations. Nevertheless, I was glad to have some sort of resolution for that story arc, even as I wonder what could possibly happen next! ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 10, 2016 |
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