Source: Review Copy
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.
I turned the pages at breakneck speed reading Trap. Having read and enjoyed Snare, the first book in the series last year, I couldn’t wait to see how the series would follow on, and Lilja Sigurdardóttir has created a tense, action packed read that will keep readers enthralled. Once again the reader is taken into a corrupt world of bankers, money laundering, drug dealers and drug mules. If you’re looking for a unique crime series, that has fascinating characters, then I definitely recommend both of Lilja’s books, and the good news is, is that there will be another book to follow.
From the first page, we are thrown into Sonja’s chaotic new world, and Lilja wastes no time in ratcheting up the tension. Sonja has escaped to Florida with her son, Tomas, in her bid to keep him away from his father who currently has full custody. And Tomas’s father is soon hot on their tales, making Sonja’s new life very dangerous.
We also meet up with Sonja’s lover, Agla, back in Iceland, who is being investigated for money laundering after the aftermath of the financial crash. And still, Agla is getting involved in tricky situations to help pay the debt that she owes. But Agla and Sonja’s relationship isn’t quite what it is in the first book, and there is tension between them.
You strongly get the sense that Sonja is trapped in the world that she has become a part of and that it will be very difficult for her to get out. This is what makes Trap such an exhilarating read as Sonja is never sure what’s going to be around the corner for her next. She is desperate to go back to her normal life. What comes across so strongly in this book is her love for her son. This is what makes Sonja so engaging as she will do anything to have her son living with her full time, but this is what also makes her vulnerable to the people who will try to use her.
This was a book I was totally gripped by. It is a well researched and an original thriller that will keep you reading. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the tour and to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 30th August 2018
Print length: 250 pages
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