Hotel Silence by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

Many thanks go to Net Galley and the publisher, Grove Atlantic, for allowing me to read an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In the last year or so, I have dabbled in Icelandic crime fiction, finding pleasure in the country and the writing style. This is the first time I've tried to read any other kind of fiction by an Icelandic author, and I was eager to try it.

Jonas is tired of his life. So tired, he wants to end it. Hie wife left him, telling him his daughter isn't his and he has no future prospects. He decides to travel to a country which has been destroyed by war to end his life somewhere away from all his cares. But he doesn't expect to find a place for himself when he starts his vacation in the Hotel Silence...and it all begins by him fixing his wardrobe door and the shower.

Hotel Silence is actually a very good book. I was so engaged that I read it in a single day over a couple of sittings, but only because I needed to eat something! It isn't a book that really stands out, but the easy style of the writing helps make this a very enjoyable book. Jonas is a well written character, giving the reader a feeling of great empathy as they understand why he feels the way he does. His journey through the story is perfectly paced, along with his ups and downs. The way the writer portrays his depression, at the beginning of the book especially, is a wonderful piece of writing.

What didn't I like about this, I hear you ask? Nothing. I couldn't fault the book. In fact, I was going to give it 4 stars, because for me it is a 4.5, but the book deserves more than that, so...

Star rating: 5/5
This book will be available on 23rd February 2018