blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Icelandic noir

Betrayal by Lilja Sigurdardóttir – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again.

But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a policeman, and life in high office soon becomes much more harrowing than Úrsula could ever have imagined. A homeless man is stalking her – but is he hounding her, or warning her of some danger? And the death of her father in police custody so many years rears its head once again.

As Úrsula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witch- like cleaning lady intertwine. Small betrayals become large ones, and the stakes are raised ever higher…

The award-winning internationally bestselling author Lilja Sigurðardóttir returns with Betrayal, a relevant, powerful, fast- paced thriller about the worlds of politics, police corruption and misogyny that feels just a little bit too real…

MY REVIEW 

Úrsula is the Minister of the Interior in Iceland, her new role is putting more strain on her already troubled marriage, not less as she expected.

She is asked to look into a rape case, which has a police officer involved. As she investigates she sees into the darker side of politics and corruption.

Betrayal is a twisty thriller, so compelling from the very start. The incredibly well developed characters all slowly link to build the story, it’s complex plot keeps you turning the pages, you just have to know what’s coming next.

It also deals with contemporary issues such as social media, misogyny and homelessness, which all add to the sense of reality. I loved every minute.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Betrayal.

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/3dtVtRL

ABOUT LILJA SIGURÐARDÓTTIR

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, including Snare, Trap and Cage, making up the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

Book reviews, Icelandic noir, Police procedural, Thriller

The Creak On The Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The first in the electrifying new Forbidden Iceland series, The Creak on the Stairs is an exquisitely written, claustrophobic and chillingly atmospheric debut thriller by one of Iceland’s most exciting new talents

When the body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.

Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her colleagues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day…

But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.
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MY REVIEW 

Set in Iceland, Elma has returned to her hometown of Akranes, after her relationship has broken down. She has joined the local police in CID.

When the body of a woman is found near a lighthouse the investigation begins. Was this an accidental death or murder?

I found The Creak On The Stairs had a creeping tension and an almost claustrophobic atmosphere. The chapters from young Elisabet’s perspective are particularly harrowing.

Elma is a likeable character and I enjoyed her close relationship with her mother and their humour brought some lighter moments to this dark tale. I do hope this is the beginning of a series as I’d love to read more….I loved the useful guide to Icelandic pronunciation too.

A compelling, sometimes emotional, Icelandic Noir Thriller that had me hooked from the first page. Stunning.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Eva-Bjoerg-AEgisdottir/The-Creak-on-the-Stairs/24712304 or here : https://amzn.to/3e88pff 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva moved to Trondheim, Norway to study my MSc in Globalisation when she was 25. After moving back home having completed her MSc, she knew it was time to start working on her novel. Eva has wanted to write books since she was 15 years old, having won a short story contest in Iceland.

Eva worked as a stewardess to make ends meet while she wrote her first novel. The book went on to win the Blackbird Award and became an Icelandic bestseller. Eva now lives with her husband and three children in Reykjavík, staying at home with her youngest until she begins Kindergarten. 

Book reviews, Icelandic noir, Thriller

Cage by Lilja Sigurdardóttir – Book Review. @lilja1972 @OrendaBooks @annecater #IcelandicNoir #Cage #Orentober. #blogtour

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A masterful conclusion to the award-winning, critically acclaimed Reykjavík Noir trilogy, as drug-smuggling, financial crime, political intrigue, love, murder and betrayal come together.

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence for financial misconduct ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.

As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed. Ruthless entrepreneur Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting in his own home. And at the same time, a deadly threat to Sonja and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive…

The lives of these characters are about to collide in a shocking crescendo, until the winner takes it all…
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MY REVIEW 

This is #3 in the series, set in Iceland and while it can be read as a stand-alone, it may take a little while to catch up on the overall tale.

This starts with Agla struggling to come to terms with the prospect of being released from prison, back into the outside world.

A visitor then offers her a job, to use her connections to the aluminium industry as there seems to be something untoward happening with the supply. Maria, an investigative journalist is helping.

Ingimar, is worried about Agla’s release, Why? He also has a son, Anton who is in love with Júlía, but there’s a shadow that could affect this, so he has a plan. Will this work or cause more problems?

Sonja, is still trying to keep herself and Tómas safe….can she finally be free?

I found this to be a marvellously twisty tale with an utterly gripping plot and full of emotion. The stunning, breathtaking ending will cause tears!  Brilliant.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here

https://amzn.to/2pIrGj

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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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, including Snare and Trap, the first two books in the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

 

PRAISE FOR LILJA SIGURDARDOTTIR

 

‘A tense thriller with a highly unusual plot and interesting characters’ Marcel Berlins, The Times ‘Tense, edgy and delivering more than a few unexpected twists and turns’ Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick

 

‘This is a searing portrait of the less salubrious parts of the Icelandic psyche as we as a riveting thriller’ Sunday Express