Review published on December 13, 2017.
Orenda Books are on a roll; they keep finding the best of Icelandic Noir, having Quentin Bates translate, and giving the English reader a new author. Lilja Sigurðardottir is already a successful playwright and author, and she has written a brand new series, with Snare being the first title in her Reykjavik noir series.
Sonja has recently gone through a terrible divorce from Adam, and she did not get a very good deal from her lawyer. Her son Tomas lives with her ex-husband and only allows him to stay over at Sonja’s rarely and even then he complains.
With the whole world seemingly against her and the need to earn some cash, she has been snared as a drugs mule. She is running drugs from Denmark and the UK at regular intervals, and at the same time putting some money in a safety deposit box. She also has some product saved too.
When she tells her contact she wants out, she is beaten up and left in agony, and it does not help that a customs officer, Bragi, is on her trail and has worked out her routine. The more that she wants to get out, the more she has been snared and there is no escape. Her love life is in tatters and her lover Agla is in the midst of a trial for share manipulation and the relationship is going down rapidly.
Snare is a taut, reassuringly excellent thriller in the best traditions of Icelandic Noir. Once you start, you will not be able to put it down. There are some great characters, and you will fall for Sonja and have some sympathy for the position she is in. The tension builds throughout the book and gives you a tense ending.
This really is an extraordinary thriller.
Paul Diggett 5/5
Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
Orenda 9781910633809 pbk Oct 2017
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