#BookReview #Trap Lilja Sigurðardóttir @lilja1972 @OrendaBooks @graskeggur

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Source: Amazon Purchase

Late to the Lilja Sigurðardóttir party I’m having myself a little binge! I have seen Lilja speak at many book festivals and her stories have always intrigued me; she spins a tale so dark that it is difficult to leave and not want to read her books! I’ve had Trap on my kindle and in paperback since seeing Lilja at Glasgow’s Aye Write earlier this year and am ashamed to say it has taken me so long to read it!

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

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.

My thoughts

Immediately after finishing Snare, I started reading Trap. The story line had absolutely hooked me. The cliffhanger ending left me compelled to follow Sonja to see what happened to her and Tomas next as we had left her escaping with her son from that asshole of an ex-husband of hers.

Kicking off in Florida it soon becomes clear that Sonja hasn’t escaped the trouble she had left behind. My heart was in my mouth as her son was snatched and Sonja finds herself back where she began. I felt her frustration and anger at the situation she found herself in; left with no choice but to step back inside the trap.

Sonja makes for a refreshing read; in her Lilja Sigurðardóttir has created a unique, different and extremely engaging character. One who teaches us that life is never black and white; that there are many different shades of gray and that we must always question what exactly makes someone do the things that they do in life. Sonja is a strong multi-layered character; reading this series is like peeling away the layers of an onion as her character is revealed. She is kick ass without being a caricature; she is sensitive and kind without being a pushover; she is a woman who you would want fighting your corner every step of the way!

This time round she is not going to let Alga walk all over her feelings and you will have to read the book to see if the two women make it out the other side!

I loved the arrangement that Sonja and Bragi, the customs officer, have. He completely melts my heart and it is impossible to feel anything other than compassion and understanding for the man when you discover the reasons behind his shift from the straight and narrow. This series is a brilliant twist on the drug dealing scenario; the reader is faced with believable characters who chose to do things that are illegal for very understandable reasons. It is fast paced without being rushed; it is deliciously dark with injections of even darker humour and it has an intensity that will see it burrow its way under your skin and stay there.

Covering the financial crash; volcanic eruptions and the seedy and dangerous world of drug lords, Trap is an intense and extremely atmospheric reading experience. With translation by Quentin Bates, the narrative flows with ease. I defy you to pick up this book and not to get lost in its pages. Lilja Sigurðardóttir is an extremely gifted writer and she is one that is not to be missed.

Trap is available to purchase from:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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