Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the #BlogTour for Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir. A huge thanks goes to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours, Orenda Books and the author Lilja for a copy of this book to read and review.
"A cracking follow up to a brilliant thriller, a must read for all crime fans"
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 Reykjavik still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast paced chilling plot and intriguing characters, Trap is an outstanding original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
When I agreed to do the #BlogTour to this book I was unaware it was part of a trilogy and this was book two. Due to my OCD in reading books in order I went on and ordered Snare (book one) and read that one first. My review of this was up yesterday and you can read that one first if you like.
I really loved Snare and scored that a 5 out of 5 so coming into this book I was excited but also fearful. How many books or films for that matter that are part of a trilogy or just have a sequel are ruined by the "next chapter"? Thankfully it did not take that long for me to relax and sit back and enjoy this book. Snare was a fast paced action packed book where the words just flew off the pages and Trap was no different. You get some books that have a great storyline but do not read very well, but both of these books read brilliantly. I am not the fastest of readers like some of my fellow book lovers and bloggers, but I read Trap in 3 days which is brilliant for me.
I really loved the characters in this book. The main ones are Sonja, Agla & Bragi. They are all linked in some way but have their own problems. Just like Snare the story flicked between them all and this helped with the speed of the book, as you were wanting to find out what was going to happen next on one character and then again at the end of the next chapter on another character and so on... It was great to see how the characters changed from book one and as the story went on they all found themselves further into trouble and it was exciting stuff to see how they handled this. This book had it's fair share of bad people who are all mixed up in either drugs, money laundering or murder and you cannot trust anyone of them. The evil characters are always the best aren't they? I don't know what this say about me though... Crime thrillers need good "baddies" for it to work and the ones in this story are wonderful.
Overall this book was cracking and gets high marks from me. I could not fault anything about this book at all and I really can't wait till book three is out. If you love crime thrillers like me then I would fully recommend reading this book. I mean, you can read it as a standalone but I think it is better if you read book one first as that way this book will make so much more sense..
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. She lives in Reykjavik with her partner.