Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Trap, the second book in the Reykjavik Noir series, and the sequel to Snare. I’m delighted to be sharing my review with you today.
Happily settled in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when her son Tomas is taken, she’s back to square one… and Iceland.
Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see her. And that’s not all… Agla owes money to some extremely powerful men, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it back.
With her former nemesis, customs officer Bragi, on her side, Sonja puts her own plan into motion, to bring down the drug barons and her scheming ex-husband, and get Tomas back safely. But things aren’t as straightforward as they seem, and Sonja finds herself caught in the centre of a trap that will put all of their lives at risk…
Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Trap is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
Trap hits the ground running, you’re immediately thrown into the thick of things, and the plot holds your attention throughout. Trap is the perfect title for this novel, because, as the blurb states, Sonja does find herself caught in the middle of a dangerous trap. As much as I like her, the danger she was in made for great reading. The pace was fast, Sonja was constantly on the go, trying to navigate her way out of the mess she found herself in. Trap is a continuation of its predecessor, so you’ll get more out of this novel if you’ve read book one, Snare. Snare is a brilliant novel, and Trap is equally as brilliant, a Nordic crime thriller to excite and delight.
There are a few subplots in this novel that are interconnected one way or another, some I found more interesting than others; events surrounding Sonja were my favourite, and I really liked the way she worked with customs officer, Bragi, and wish we could have seen more of those two in action. Trap is filled with tension, and there were certainly a few moments that had me on the edge of my seat!
Regarding Agla’s situation, it was interesting, but a lot of the financial scheming was lost on me; but what was abundantly clear was the stakes were high, and with the direction of the events that occurred, I certainly don’t think Agla is safe, yet. Agla’s need for Sonja was a bit cringy at times, a bit too full on, and I found myself wishing she would just chill out. Not in a way that made me dislike the novel, more in the way that I wanted her to see that if she was a bit calmer, things would all come right in the end, but I guess when the stakes are high, anxieties are heightened also.
Interestingly, in Snare, it was Sonja’s young son, Tomas, who stole the show, and that was the same in Trap. This young child is caught up in his parents’ war and to see the emotional strain this placed on him really tugged at my heartstrings. As did his relationship with his mother, their bond, love, and trust, really warmed my heart. This emotional injection in the plot had me hoping nothing bad befell Sonja, because I really wanted her break free from the trap so she could be free to enjoy her relationship with her son.
I really appreciated the translated table at the start of this novel, although I’m pretty sure I still pronounced everything wrong, I’d be really interested in listening to the audiobook to see how wrong my pronunciation was! But I’m grateful for the translation, provided by Quentin Bates, as it allowed me to read this novel, and, as with Snare, I felt nothing was lost in translation.
Trap is different to other Nordic Noir titles, in that it doesn’t have that moody atmosphere I associate with the subgenre, instead it had this edginess to it that makes it feel fresh and original – the plot is dark, exciting and I absolutely recommend it!
*My thanks to Orenda Books for providing me a copy of this book & Anne Cater (Random Things Tours) for inviting me to participate in the blog tour*
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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