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After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardottir 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 Reykjavik with her partner.
At the beginning of this week, I attended First Monday Crime where I heard Lilja Sigurdardottir talk about her latest novel Snare at City University. I hadn’t started reading the book at that point, but Lilja had me intrigued when she spoke about what her novel was about, and I started reading it the moment I got home.
Snare takes a different look at the criminal world in the crime fiction genre. In Snare, Lilja takes us into the criminal underworld of drug smugglers and drug mules. Sonja has recently gone through a messy divorce and struggled to pay her divorce lawyer the money she owed, leaving her in a tricky situation. To help pay him the money back she agrees to traffic drugs in and out of Iceland. Sonja is now in a very difficult situation that she will struggle to get out of.
Snare is a very fast paced book. Lilja captures the tension well on the page, which mounts inside Sonja as she arrives at the airport and awaits to collect her luggage. Although she approaches the task in hand with a degree of professionalism, there is that constant dread hanging around her that she will get caught. At this point, we also see her through the eyes of customs officer, Bragi who begins to notice something odd about her as he pours over CCTV footage. As he tries to work out what’s going on, he becomes obsessed with Sonja, and he is determined to find out what has been going on right under his nose, and what he has been missing.
Snare showcases some excellent writing and strong characterization. After the divorce proceedings finalized, Sonja’s ex-husband took full custody of her son, Tomas. You can see a rift growing here as Tomas desperately wants to live with his mother. Lilja told this part of the story really well. We also meet Sonia’s partner, Agla who is a fiery character. Agla is caught up in a messy business herself. The novel is told in the wake of the financial crash in Iceland. Agla works in the local bank, and she is being investigated by the police who believe she has been involved in transferring millions of pounds to offshore accounts. Sonja’s family really aren’t in for an easy ride in this book, but this is what makes Snare an utterly compelling read.
At First Monday Crime, Lilja revealed that Snare is part of a trilogy. I’m already hooked on her writing, and I can’t wait to read more, I’m hoping that we don’t have to wait too long for the next book to be released. Thank you Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy to review and to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 1st October 2017
Print length: 276 pages
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