Wednesday, 10 October 2018

#BlogTour Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir




Lilja Sigurdardottir

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. 

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir



Lilja Sigurdardottir

This was a book that I read on the back of agreeing to do a #BlogTour for Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir. I am hosting the #BlogTour for this tomorrow (October 10th) so check back again to read the review on that. When I received Trap I found out that it was book 2 of a trilogy from this author. Due to my OCD of reading books in order I had to purchase book 1 beforehand. 

"A fantastic thriller, which you get sucked into from the start and can't let go"


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 women, Agla. Once a high level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial crash.

Set in Reykjavik still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast paced and chilling plot with intriguing characters, Snare is an outstanding original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from once of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.


This book was one of those that you get sucked straight into. Within the first couple of pages I was hooked. The words just leapt off the page at a fast rate. This I found was the same all through the book. The chapters were very short which meant you could always read "just one more" and this really helped with the speed that I read this book at. I read this book in 5 days which is fantastic for me.

The story is based around three characters. Sonia the main character, Agla & Bragi. All three are linked to each other but they all have their own problems in life to deal with. I really liked how the booked flicked between the three, sometimes it was about just one character and other times it was mixed. I loved how each character was just like me and you but when times got tough and life gave them no option they had to lead a life of crime to get through life. It was not a case of that they wanted too but more that they were forced too. That gave another edge to the story as you were always wondering if they would get caught or not. The other characters in the book were also greatly written with a lot of them being the "Baddies" that ran the underworld in Reykjavik. If you have read my blogs before you know I love the bad characters best and a book is only as good as the baddies in my opinion.

Knowing this was book 1 of a trilogy, I was trying to work out how the ending would come as I read through the book. Will it finish on a huge cliff hanger or would it leave you asking lots of questions meaning you were desperate to read the next book. I found this finished on the later which I really enjoyed, I had so many questions I wanted answering that I could not wait to read the next book. Thankfully I had it waiting and will finish this today for tomorrows #BlogTour

I do try and be honest in my reviews and if there is something I do not like I will say as this is just my thoughts and opinions but I really could not think of any for this book.

I scored this book a 5 out of 5. I really loved it. If you love thrillers I fully recommend you give this a go. I found it refreshing that it was set in Iceland and not the UK/USA.

Have you read this book? what do you think? do you agree with me or not? I would love to know so let me know.

Speak soon (tomorrow)