Reading an Orenda Books publication brings such feelings of comfort because I know I’m guaranteed a good read! Welcome to my stop on the Snare blog tour, an exciting new crime thriller from Icelandic crime writer, Lilja Sigurðardóttir.
After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonja is struggling to provide for herself and win sole custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies.
Things become even more complicated by the fact that Sonja is in a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash.
Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a nail-bitingly fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
Lilja Sigurðardóttir is a name I won’t quickly be forgetting, Snare was an enticing read, filled with tension and a few heart-stopping moments. As the blurb indicates, there are three storylines taking place in this novel. Sonja caught up in the drug smuggling ring, looking for a way out and hoping to gain custody of her son. Bragi, a customs official, who suspects something is amiss with the beautiful woman who travels so frequently. And lastly, Alga, Sonja’s ‘kind-of’ girlfriend who is facing prosecution. These storylines are weaved together perfectly to create a tension filled read.
Sonja is one of those characters you can’t help but root for, yes, she’s smuggling kilos of cocaine into the country but she just so damn likeable! She’s very aware of the situation she’s in and is so close to being able to escape the criminal world; every time Sonja comes through customs, your heart starts beating a little faster, hoping she’s not caught. And this anxiety is heightened once Bragi sets his sites on her. So how does Alga’s storyline fit in, well you’ll just have to read this one for yourself to find out. But I’m willing to bet money that you cannot figure out how these intertwined storylines come together. It was so clever, so unexpected, and it made so much sense, I was mightily impressed.
In terms of characters, it was Sonja’s son, nine-year-old, Tómas who stole the show for me. It’s always hard for a kid when their parents separate, and I liked that it was Adam who had custody, as it’s not often in novels (or real life) that it’s the father with custody and the mother with every other weekend visitation. The love and loyalty Tómas had for his mother was so sweet and this has me rooting for Sonja even more.
Snare is a truly gripping read, elements of the storyline were so original, and this made it harder to predict where the plot was going. The ending was as it should be, it wrapped up the novel nicely and left me eager for more, so I’m extremely grateful Snare is the first book in the Reykjavik Noir trilogy! You know you’re hooked to a novel when you read words such as “Eyjafjallajökull”, and know you’re pronouncing it wrong but you don’t even care because the writing is so smooth, it just flows. When I saw this novel being described as a “sexy Nordic crime thriller”, I never paid too much attention to the word “sexy” because it’s not one I’d used to describe a book – but I totally get it now! Snare is racy, not only in its fast-paced delivery but it has this seductive quality to it; you’re drawn to its dark and tense atmosphere, but you’re also drawn to Sonja.
Thanks must be given to Quentin Bates for the wonderful translation that allowed me to read this book, it truly felt like nothing was lost in translation.
Snare is dark, exciting, and sits where it belongs – alongside my other favourite Nordic Noir novels; the film rights have already been sold. It’s official, Snare is a raging success, do yourself a favour and read this book!
*My thanks to Orenda Books for providing me with a copy of this book and inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
About the Author:
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. Translation rights have been sold in eight countries to date, and 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.
FOLLOW THE SNARE BLOG TOUR