I am absolutely over the moon to be taking part in, and kicking off, the Blog Tour for Cage, the last in the Reykjavík Noir trilogy…I am weeping! Thanks to Anne over at RandomThingsTours for inviting me to take part.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue in Iceland rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy…
The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence 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 drug baron Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home.
At the same time, a deadly threat to Sonya 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.
With a shocking crescendo, the lives of these characters collide, as drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy.
While I’m delighted to be taking part in this tour, I’m also feeling just a little bit bereft…the end of the trilogy…the end of the line…but what a way to go! And that cover! WOW! Each of the three books in this series have been adorned with some simple but stunningly stark covers!
Anyway, enough of me rambling…what about the book?
Lilja Sigurðardóttir has certainly worked her ass off to ensure that this trilogy ends with a bang! She has packed a massive punch into a tightly plotted and expertly crafted 276 pages!
She took me on a heart-stopping journey from Iceland, to America to London and left my knuckles white as she filled this book to the brim with lies, deceit, corruption and a heart wrenching exploration of relationships.
Cage marries up the lives of Alga, Maria, Ingimar and Sonja with each chapter told from a different character’s point of view. It is like watching a genius at work as she brings them and their stories all together to a magnificent climax. At times you think, how the hell will this all work out but watch this woman, she has genius flowing from her fingertips!
Cage also provided me with a fascinating insight into the Icelandic penal system. I had absolutely no idea that the bankers imprisoned after the financial crash were treated so very differently to the general prison population. I have to admit the chapters in prison were some of my favourite. And for those who have read the rest of the books, you will understand the significance of the title – I am saying no more for fear of spoilers – but Lilja – OMG to the cage! But as well as the cage that I refer to there, the title is also representative of the situation that each of the characters find themselves in, trapped by their actions or by circumstances. Argh so difficult to say anything without giving spoilers! I particularly enjoyed the story of young Anton and Julia, I shed a little tear as it unfolded.
While Sonja is not the focus of this novel, she does appear. And once again I felt myself drawn to her character. The author has created someone so very engaging. A spectacular ending for a spectacular series.
Lilja what next please The translation is smooth and seamless Lilja, what a trilogy, what a journey, thank you for taking us on it!
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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 the Reykjavik Noir series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Trap was published in 2018, and a Book of the Year in Guardian. The film rights for the series have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja lives in Reykjavík with her partner. Follow Lilja on Twitter @lilja1972 and on her website liljawriter.com