Double Blind Book Review

Double Blind Book Review

Title: Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders
Author: Sara Winokur
Published: March 29, 2020,
No. of Pages: 318
Cover Price: $12.99 Paperback $4.99 Kindle

Brynja and her twin brother attended a local celebration and while Brynja was on the carousel, her brother suddenly disappeared. Twenty years later, Brynja starts receiving poems that are taken from some old manuscripts which were previously held in Denmark, and seem to refer to her missing brother; they give her hope that he is still alive. Brynja is an accomplished forensic geneticist in Iceland, and there is controversy over a DNA database that many are opposed to. Unfortunately, there are some murders occurring, and in her search for her brother, Brynja helps with the investigation. She also is worried about her ailing father and returns to her family home when her work allows, and tries to get information related to her brother’s disappearance and the devastation it had brought upon her family.

One of the best parts of this novel is the cultural aspect; most readers don’t have much of a sense of life in Iceland, and the author is masterful in giving the readers a taste of living in a cold, dark place with a unique history. Winokur does an excellent job of telling a credible story with building suspense. The characters are well-developed, and believable, and the information on DNA research is fascinating. Winokur has obviously done some research herself (it helps that the author has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics), and while fiction, the historical aspects and the DNA information in the novel is factual. There are twists and turns, and Brynja finds herself and others close to her in danger.

All told, this is an excellent thriller. It has enough scenarios going on to keep readers on the edge of their seats, and many will find themselves staying up late to keep reading. Hopefully there will be more thrillers set in Iceland by this author.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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