When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.
Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her collegues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day …
But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.
The Creak On The Stairs is beautifully crafted, steeped in atmosphere, a chilly and involving read, everything you could possibly want from your Nordic noir.
A return to her hometown is weighing heavy on Elma, especially as she is immediately thrust into the middle of a complicated investigation, where the present is haunted by the past, with horrible consequences.
The descriptive sense of this is wonderful, the characters drawn with engaging depth. The mystery element is both intriguing and disturbing, the final resolution emotional and memorable.
Overall a really excellent read. One I’d highly recommend.