The Day Is Dark

A Thriller

Thora Gudmundsdottir

Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Minotaur Books

There’s something out there…


“Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson.”

--Daily Telegraph

“Iceland’s crime queen.”

--The Scotsman

“Engaging, fresh, and exciting.”

--James Patterson

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir is widely regarded around the world as one of the best Nordic crime writers working today. Yrsa’s previous book in the series, Ashes to Dust, also featured lawyer and sometime sleuth Thóra Gudmundsdóttir and received rave reviews internationally.

In The Day is Dark, when all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the coast of Greenland, Thóra is hired to uncover the fates of the missing people. When she arrives in Greenland, she discovers that these aren’t the first two to go missing. The local townspeople believe that the area is cursed, and no one wants to get involved in the case. Soon, Thora finds herself stranded in the middle of a wilderness, and the case is as frightening and hostile as the landscape itself.

Chilling, unsettling, and compulsively readable, The Day is Dark is a must read for readers who are looking for the next big thing in crime fiction coming in from the cold.   


Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
March 18, 2008
Thóra Gudmundsdóttir put down the overview of her last month’s work schedule at the legal firm. It was hardly what she would call encouraging reading: The cases taken by her and Bragi, her business partner, along with two paralegals, were numerous, but mostly small-scale and quickly processed. That was certainly good for the firm’s clients, but it didn’t put much in the till. Nor was it all about the money. The most exciting cases demanded a great deal of work and were more complex than the smaller ones, which


Praise for The Day Is Dark

Praise for The Day is Dark


“Deeply satisfying for the warm-toed reader.”

--The Independent (UK)


Praise for Ashes to Dust


“Excellent…Should win this talented Icelandic author new fans… Even those unfamiliar with this volcanic island nation will find themselves entranced.”

--Publishers Weekly (starred)


“A puzzle whose grim solution is worthy of Stieg Larsson.”

“Fans of both mystery and international crime fiction will be intrigued.”

--Library Journal


 “A superlative thriller from an acclaimed master of Nordic fiction.”

Praise for Yrsa Sigurdardottir

“Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larsson.”
--The Telegraph (UK)

“Stands comparison with the finest contemporary crime writing anywhere in the world.”
--The Times Literary Supplement (UK)

"Sigurdardóttir is entitled to join the front rank of Nordic crime writers."
--The Times (UK)

“Brilliantly plotted and chilling.”
--The Daily Mirror (UK)

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Yrsa Sigurdardottir

  • YRSA SIGURDARDÓTTIR lives with her family in Reykjavík. She is a director of one of Iceland's largest engineering firms. Her work is climbing bestseller lists all over the world.

  • Yrsa Sigurdardottir Sigurjo´n Ragnar
    Yrsa Sigurdardottir


Available Formats and Book Details

The Day Is Dark

A Thriller

Thora Gudmundsdottir

Yrsa Sigurdardottir



Minotaur Books