With thanks to the publisher who sent me a copy to review.
I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir. Today you can catch my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for 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 of 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.
After reading the description for Snare I couldn't wait to pick this book up and I'm so glad that I did. It's a clever story that draws you into the characters lives and the holds you there all the way through. For me Snare was definitely more rounded for having a few perspectives. The reader follows Sonja, Bragi and Agla who all have very different personalities. The transition from one character to another is done very well and I felt captivated by each of their stories.
When Sonja is going through the airport it's as if you feel part of the plan too and my heart rate definitely increased with the tension. The story is cleverly written and easily captured my attention with a very intriguing plot. Especially at the beginning where you don't quite understand Sonja's motives for doing what she is doing. There is sympathy for her even though she is committing criminal acts especially concerning her family life. I really ended up hoping that there would be a way out for her. Although she really has got herself into some serious trouble, especially when she attracts the attention of customs officer Bragi. She is resourceful and smart which is something that she needs to be to stay one step ahead.
There is a very tense and dark underlying feeling running throughout the story that definitely kept me on my toes wondering which way the story would go next. Whenever I had to stop reading I was counting the time until I could pick this book back up. With the story building constantly and ramping up the tension it really is a book that I wish I could have read in one go. However I think it always goes to show how truly a thrilling story is if you think about it when going about your daily life.
Snare is an expertly written cat and mouse style story that will grab hold of you and not let go!
With thanks to Anne Cater & Orenda Books for my copy and invite to join the tour. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.