Whitesands by Johann Thorsson- Review | Blog Tour



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.

“… certainly one of the best thrillers I have read this year.” – Khasif Hussain, The Best Thriller Books

Whitesands by Johann Thorsson- Review | Blog Tour
Whitesands by Johann Thorsson- Review | Blog Tour

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Whitesands by Johann Thorsson is a gripping supernatural-cum-detective fiction.

However, be warned, it is a dark tale. After Emily, John’s daughter goes missing, his life is no longer the same. He constantly considers himself an incompetent detective as he has been unable to find her even after two years of her disappearance. Emily is perpetually in his thoughts. His marital life has gone for a toss while his other child has become aloof. Thorsson paints a no-holds-barred sketch of the distraught life that John is living, finding no escape from his dark, despairing thoughts.

I went into the book expecting it to be a detective fiction. However, Thorsson seamlessly blends supernatural elements into the story. This adds to the thrill factor of the story and makes it fast paced. I rushed through the pages to find out if Dark’s rational mind accepts the supernatural events tied to the grisly crimes he was investigating. Thorsson cleverly leaves this as a loose end to be answered in the sequel. Further, the characters in Whitesands are well-drawn.

The only thing that stops me from rating this book 5 stars is the very fact which will make it popular with other readers – mixing of the supernatural with detective fiction. Logic goes out of the window in presence of ghosts which alienates me from a police-procedural/detective story. However, this is a personal grudge and has nothing to do with the book.

If you like paranormal events in your thrillers, then Whitesands by Johann Thorsson is right up your alley.

Whitesands by Johann Thorsson book cover
Whitesands by Johann Thorsson


Genre: Horror || Pages: 260 || Published on September 24th 2021 by Headshot Books

Buy on Amazon.com

Many thanks to Tracy @ Compulsive Readers for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.


Johann Thorsson
Johann Thorsson

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 work has appeared in numerous publications, including Every Day Fiction, eFiction Magazine, eFiction Horror and Fireside Fiction. Most recently, a story of his was selected for in the forthcoming anthology Apex Book of World SF 4 and Garden of Fiends. His favorite books are 1984Flowers for AlgernonI am LegendThe Things They Carried and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels. Oh, and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient. Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s BoneRomeo and Juliet. (This could go on for a while).

Website: https://jthorsson.com/

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