THE BREAKOUT SUPERNATURAL THRILLER FROM ICELANDIC WRITER JOHANN THORSSON
Detective John Dark’s daughter has been missing for two years. In his frantic and unfruitful search for her two years ago, John Dark overreached and was reprimanded and demoted.
Now suddenly back into the homicide department, Dark is put on a chilling case – a man who killed his wife in their locked house and then dressed the body up to resemble a deer, but claims to remember none of it. A few days later an impossibly similar case crops up connecting the suspects to a prep school and a thirty year old missing persons’ case.
Just as he is getting back into his old groove, a new lead in his daughter’s disappearance pops up and threatens to derail his career again.
Time is running out and John Dark needs to solve the case before more people are killed, and while there is still hope to find his daughter.
In the style of True Detective and Silence of the Lambs, WHITESANDS is a thrilling supernatural crime novel.
“Tense, breakneck storytelling. WHITESANDS is a dash of Thomas Harris swirled with supernatural elements that leave you speeding through the pages.” – Kristi DeMeester, author of SUCH A PRETTY SMILE and BENEATH
“Johann Thorsson’s fast-moving debut WHITESANDS, packs enough incident for a novel twice its size, until it’s impossible to turn the pages fast enough.” – John Langan, author of Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies
I do like a thriller that’s just that little bit different and Whitesands was definitely that. Lets start with Detective John Dark, a man on a mission, haunted by the disappearance of his daughter some two years ago. On the outside he seemed perfectly ordinary but from the outset Thorsson showed us a man who felt, saw things others didn’t, not psychic or intuition but more a feeling of sensitivity, in tune with the vibes, senses that people emitted. It became even more evident as he investigated a series of strange and unique murders.
Now if you thought Detective Dark was on a different plane then Thorsson’s unique character, Daniel was even more otherworldly. A schizophrenic who worked for a large IT company he lived in a sluggish drug induced world, social interaction difficult until an offer he couldn’t quite refuse plunged him back into a drug free existence.
His place in the novel seemed uncertain, was he the murderer or was that too obvious as his visions and behaviour escalated outside the norms of society?
Johannson certainly didn’t make life easy for Dark, but you routed for this character knew he would unearth the truth which when it came was very much not of this world. And that was what made this novel so unique, the bravery of the novelist to inject with the supernatural, not exaggerated but in a measured relevant way that enhanced the story.
Dark and ourselves may have got some answers, some closure for the victims but Johannson left us with a sense that all was not finished, that more lay in wait for John Dark and ourselves. In fact the ending was wonderfully chilling as Thorsson tantalised with an array of never ending possibilities.
I would like to thank Bloodshot Books for a copy of Whitesands to read and review and to Compulsive Readers for inviting My Bookish blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Johann Thorsson is a writer of fiction with a supernatural slant, mainly short stories, mainly in English.
He was born in 1978 in a small town in Iceland (dark and cold, close to the sea). When he was nine he moved to Israel, and later to Croatia. He now resides in the Reykjavik area with his beautiful wife and two little kids.
His favorite books are 1984, Flowers for Algernon, I am Legend, The Things They Carried and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels. Oh, and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient. Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone. Romeo and Juliet. (This could go on for a while).