Delighted that it’s my turn on the blog tour for such a super book.
My Thoughts and review
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance publication copy of the book by Anne Cater of the Orenda books team.
A tense, original and atmospheric thriller. Set in Reykjavík Iceland and ably translated by Quentin Bates.
Karen Sullivan of Orenda Publishing has a knack of finding and nurturing the best noir authors from all over the globe and thank goodness she does. Right from the start the book drew me in. I could tell that this unusual book was going to be a good read and I’m really pleased to hear that it’s one of a trilogy.
This is the tale of two women, bound together in a love affair that one embraces and the other, unable to accept that she is attracted to women, tries to deny.
Sonia’s marriage is destroyed once her husband, along with her young son, witnesses her in a lovers embrace with Agli. She loses custody of her son and her finances are not enough to provide a home for him. Coerced into smuggling cocaine in ever increasing amounts into Iceland without as yet avoiding suspicion. But she hadn’t reckoned on Eagle eyed customs officer Bagli who isn’t fooled by her studied casual, nonchalant, frequent traveller behaviour but what plans does he have for her?
Agli is under investigation for corporate fraud involving millions and frequently turns up on Sonia’s doorstep inebriated and wanting to make love. Only when her senses are dulled by alcohol can she lose her inhibitions and give in to her feelings for Sonia.
I did wonder if the author was trying to draw a parallel between the two crimes and in doing so make the reader decide if one is a more palatable crime than the other and which woman will they invest in and wish to see suffer the consequences of their actions through the justice system. Or will they both face punishment for their crimes? There are a number of issues covered within this book that will no doubt give book clubs across the globe a lot of discussion points.
When the criminal drug smuggling gang up the stakes and want Sonia to smuggle even larger quantities of drugs into the country, Sonia’s safety is threatened and the action hots up. With Bagli determined to catch her and the reaction of the criminal gang when she tries to stop, it becomes a very dangerous game of cat and mouse with breathtaking action that had me turning the pages even faster to find out what happens in the end.
Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.
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