#BookReview #Betrayal Lilja Sigurðardóttir @lilja1972 #OrendaBooks Translation by Quentin Bates @graskeggur

Betrayal by [Lilja Sigurdardóttir, Quentin Bates]
Source: ARC copy via Orenda Books

Lilja Sigurðardóttir is one of my go to authors for a fix dark, chilling Icelandic Noir and Betrayal most certainly satisfied that fix!

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

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 why has the death of her father in police custody so many years earlier reared its head 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…

My thoughts:

Once again, Lilja Sigurðardóttir has taken my breath away with this stunning standalone. Betrayal is set against an Icelandic political backdrop and it is unnerving, intricate and thrilling all rolled into one. She really has created a cast of characters whose lives will get right under your skin and stay there.

I know nothing of politics in Iceland and this was a real eye opener to me! It was a fascinating foray into the field and most definitely not dull! The sense of place is outstanding and I found myself dragged into a darker side of the country. And those characters, well Ursula was a well-rounded and relatable character; I was cheering her all the way through as she demonstrated the courage of her convictions and I have to say I did give a few fist pumps throughout! But it was the cleaner, Stella, who stole my heart. She really got under my skin and my heart went out to her as she found herself caught up in a web of corruption.

Lilja’s writing style just pulls you into the heart of the book; the short, sharp chapters leave you reading long past your bedtime and the tension is palpable throughout. Translation by Quentin Bates, is once again impeccable and there was absolutely nothing I did not love about this book!

Betrayal is the theme of the book and it takes many shapes and forms providing a tightly plotted, perfectly paced and intriguing novel that I urge you not to miss.

Betrayal can be purchased via:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

and all good book shops

2 thoughts on “#BookReview #Betrayal Lilja Sigurðardóttir @lilja1972 #OrendaBooks Translation by Quentin Bates @graskeggur

  1. I read that Iceland has a population of about 1/3 million people (less than Edinburgh) and the third lowest murder rate in the world — presumably, because everybody knows everybody else.

    Yet it has a plethora of crime writers. Perhaps they are sharing the bodies.

    Despite that, it is a great review, I will give Lilja Sigurðardóttir a go.

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