Today I’m delighted to be bringing you my thoughts on Lilja Sigurdardottir’s novel, “Snare”.
About the book:
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. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. 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. 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, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
*Thanks to Karen Sullivan and the team at Orenda Books for an early review copy*
From the very beginning of the book, we are introduced to Sonia, who is being forced to smuggle drugs into Iceland. The first chapter centres around one of her journeys returning to Iceland, and how she manages to hide from the Customs Officers. One in particular stands out – Bragi. He starts to watch her, and his instincts start to tell him something’s not right.
Sonia is desperate to find a way out – the only reason she got involved was because she wanted custody of her son. Will she get away with it, or will Bragi catch her?
Sonia has been trapped into the life of a drug smuggler to pay off a debt and to earn enough to gain full custody of her son. She also worries if she doesn’t appear with the drugs they will take him. She’s a smart sassy woman – not a typical mule.
Bragi is almost due to retire and enjoys playing cat and mouse with smugglers. He’s also determined to keep working until the day he turns 70, no matter how much pressure his bosses put on him to retire. His wife is in a care home and he’s not sure what he will do without the job.
Both Sonia and Bragi are likeable characters.
This is another translation by Quentin Bates. As ever, an excellent job!
I really enjoyed this book. It was well paced, with exciting twists and turns. One of my top books of the year – I couldn’t put it down! Looking forward to seeing what’s next in store for them all!
Overall, I’d rate it 5*
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. Translation rights have been sold in eight countries to date, and 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.