A young mother resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, as she struggles to keep custody of her son, with devastating results … First in the addictive, award-winning Reykjavik Noir Trilogy by the Queen of Iceland Noir.
***Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger***
‘Stylist, taut and compelling’ Daily Express
‘Snare will ensnare you’ Marie Claire
‘A taut, gritty, thoroughly absorbing journey into Reykjavik’s underworld’ Booklist
After a messy divorce, 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.
'A tense thriller with a highly unusual plot and interesting characters' The Times
‘Tense, edgy and delivering more than a few unexpected twists and turns’ Sunday Times
'Sharp shocks of chapters hit with increasing energy ... a towering powerhouse of read and I gobbled it up in one intense sitting’ LoveReading
‘The intricate plot is breathtakingly original, with many twists and turns you never see coming. Thriller of the year’ New York Journal of Books
'This first novel of a planned trilogy is stylish, taut and compelling and a film adaptation is in the pipeline. With characters you can’t help sympathising with against your better judgement, Sigurdardottir takes the reader on a breathtaking ride’ Daily Express
‘Lilja Sigurdardottir delivers a diabolically efficient thriller with an ultrarealistic plot … We cannot wait for Sonja’s next adventure’ L’Express
‘A smart, ambitious, and hugely satisfying thriller. Striking in its originality and written with all the style and poise of an old hand. Lilja is destined for Scandi super stardom’ Eva Dolan
‘For a small island, Iceland produces some extraordinary writers, and Lilja is one of the best. Snare is an enthralling tale of love and crime that stays with you long after you have turned the last page’ Michael Ridpath
‘Zips along, with tension building and building … thoroughly recommended’ James Oswald
‘Crisp, assured and nail-bitingly tense, Snare is an exceptional read, cementing Lilja’s place as one of Iceland’s most outstanding crime writers’ Yrsa Sigurdardottir
‘Clear your diary. As soon as you begin reading Snare, you won’t be able to stop until the final page’ Michael Wood
‘Snare is a great read and the finale is both shocking and unexpected … a Wizard-of-Oz ending, without the laughs. Terrific and original stuff' European Literature Network
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
At this point, there might be a fear that the Nordic crime thriller well has run dry. However, writers like Lilja Sigurdardóttir then come along to raise the bar even higher. In the first of her Reykjavík Noir Trilogy, she introduces us to Sonja, a struggling single mother facing a fight for custody of her son. Sigurdardóttir has done a wonderful thing with Sonja: there’s no judgment as she reluctantly plunges herself into the cocaine smuggling underworld but she’s not painted as a saint, either. Instead we’re simply engrossed by a multi-dimensional character exploring everything from her sexuality to her moral boundaries. The other star here is the setting. Sigurdardóttir’s Reykjavík is a compellingly bleak-but-stylish place still reeling from the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption. It’s a place you’ll want to visit for the next in the series almost immediately.
Icelandic author Sigurdard ttir makes her English-language debut with this unpleasant crime novel, a series launch. Shortly after Iceland's huge 2010 volcanic eruption and the financial crash that nearly bankrupted the nation, Sonja, a Reykjav k divorc e who has always gone with the flow but also likes to take risks, starts smuggling cocaine. She wants to establish a secure home for her nine-year-old son, T mas, who's currently in the custody of Adam, her powerful ex-husband. Adam and T mas caught Sonja in flagrante with her lover, Agla, a bank executive who's the target of a special prosecutor investigating a gigantic fraud scheme. Sonja must concoct increasingly complex ruses to escape detection by customs official Bragi, including poisoning two government sniffer dogs, while her relationship with Agla increasingly unhinges both women. Meanwhile, Bragi strives to extricate his ill wife from a poorly funded and understaffed nursing home, where she's being abused. The main characters, sketchily developed, often act in contradictory ways, and the unnecessary, premeditated killing of the canines will outrage dog lovers.