Huge thank you to Orenda Books and Anne Cater for having me on the blog tour for ‘Trap’! Here is my review:
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…
What Does TWG think?
I hold my hands up and say that up until ‘Trap’, I hadn’t read the author’s previous book, Snare, which I have since found out that it is the first book in the series. I quite happily read ‘Trap’ as a stand-alone though, that said, just like other series, you may benefit from reading the books in order so that you don’t miss out on any little pieces of information.
I’m not sure what to think of this book to be honest – whilst I found the suspense brilliantly crafted, I felt a little out of my depth due to being a newbie on the ‘Nordic noir’ front. Not the author’s issue at all, it just means that I need to read more! Even with the translator making things easier for readers at the beginning, I couldn’t even begin to work out how to say some of the place names! This is coming from someone who struggles to say ‘railway station’.
Even though I spent a lot of the book out of my depth, I could still appreciate just how well the author can tell a story. I was transfixed by Sonja’s journey and out of the different journeys covered in the storyline, I enjoyed the dynamics behind Sonja’s life the best.
All in all, ‘Trap’ was a pleasant, unique read which kept me thoroughly entertained – I enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone with this one!
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. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.