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Snare

Published Date: 25th April 2017

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9781910633816
£5.99
15 August 2017
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9781910633809
£8.99
1 October 2017

Description

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 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.

.‘An emotional suspense rollercoaster on a par with The Firm, as desperate, resourceful, profoundly lovable characters scheme against impossible odds’ Alexandra Sokoloff

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‘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
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Snare is 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
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Clear your diary. As soon as you begin reading Snare, you wont be able to stop until the final page Michael Wood
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‘Sleek and taut, Snare delivers a breathtaking blend of Nordic Noir and high-stakes thriller. Not to be missed!’ 
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‘Zips along, with tension building and building … thoroughly recommend’ James Oswald

Author

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.

Translator

Quentin Bates escaped English suburbia as a teenager, jumping at the chance of a gap year working in Iceland. For a variety of reasons, the gap year stretched to become a gap decade, during which time he went native in the north of Iceland, acquiring a new language, a new profession as a seaman and a family before decamping en masse for England. He worked as a truck driver, teacher, netmaker and trawlerman at various times before falling into journalism largely by accident. He has been the technical editor of a nautical magazine for many years, all the while keeping a close eye on his second home in Iceland, before taking a sidestep into writing fiction. He is the author of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland (Frozen Out, Cold Steal, Chilled to the Bone, Winterlude, and Cold Comfort), which have been published in the UK, USA, Germany, Holland, Finland and Poland. He has translated a great deal of news and technical material into English from Icelandic, as well as one novel (Gudlaugur Arason’s Bowline). He’s currently working on translating the next title in Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series: Blackout.

 

Online Reviews

‘The chapters work well for this story theme as they’re short, compact and they flit from one person’s story to another, one angle of the CCTV camera to another. The novel reads effortlessly thanks to the work of Translator Extraordinaire Quentin and the tension builds and twists until a very fitting ending. But it’s the journey of cool collected Iceland, through the long dark tunnel from the capital to the frozen north that took me on a ride on many levels.  It’s going to be part of Hull Noir’s reading focus and I’m not surprised.’ The Book Trail

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‘Writing an Icelandic thriller is no easy task. Lilja Sigurðardóttir has written one with bite and kick though as there is lots to talk about with this one! Ice sharp writing too. How DOES she do it?’ Lilja talks about the setting and writing of Snare.

The Book Trail

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‘Lilja Siguroardottir has created a punchy storyline with such realistic characters I found myself fully immersed in the tale, yet I was on full alert, ready to react. Translator Quentin Bates set me down in Iceland and I remained there for the entirety. Full of secrets and lies, ‘Snare’ kept me on edge, questioning trust and self-awareness, ensuring a enthralling, fascinating read, and I highly recommend it.’ Love Reading

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Lilja takes part in an interview as part of the blog tour. Criminally Good

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Snare is utterly chilling, compelling and incredibly original. With a brilliantly executed plot and characters you shouldn’t really sympathise with but somehow do, I was completely enthralled. Full of suspense and intrigue, this crime story about love and revenge had me hooked from start to finish.’ Novel Deelights

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‘Lilja Sigurdardottir has written a taut, tense and highly engaging thriller that delivers characters you care about – precisely because they have been backed into a corner. She delivers several twists – some anticipated and others a genuine surprise … There’s an impatient pleasure in anticipating the next compelling episode in this series.’ Claire Thinking

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‘I enjoyed the insight Sigurdardottir gave the reader into Valdis’ condition and how this affected the relationship between them. There is a twist at the end of Snare, which created a tense ending. As Snare is the first book in a trilogy, the ending sets the reader up for the next instalment perfectly.’ Portable Magic

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Snare was brilliantly translated by Quentin Bates, an accomplished writer of Nordic Noir himself, which made this story flow seamlessly throughout the pages until the perfect ending.  I thoroughly enjoyed my first venture into the writing of Lilja Sigurdardottir and look forward to reading more books from her in the future.’ Shaz’s Book Blog

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‘Written in fairly short chapters, Snare is an incredibly pacy book, in which the translation effortlessly carries you from one person’s perspective to another. It’s a very straightforward read, but also quite different to anything I have read recently and I thoroughly enjoyed it … Snare is the first book in the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, and I am now champing at the bit to read the others. Highly recommended.’ Live and Deadly

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Snare by Lilja Sigurdardóttir is a fast-paced, heart-pounding ride that takes you into the depths of Rekyjavík’s underbelly. As always, Quentin Bates has ensured that the translation from Icelandic is perfect making Snare wonderfully readable. With plenty of twists and turns, a fantastic cast of characters and a plucky female protagonist, Snare is a fantastic start to the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy and I look forward to seeing where Sigurdardóttir takes us next.’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

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Snare is very much a book about the lengths we will go to for something and each of the character’s motivations are neither black or white. I really loved that I was pushed to question my morals and re-assess my viewpoints – this is a book about fight or flight and the power of redemption. Sigurdardottir perfectly balances the darkness of the crime world against the lightness of love and loyalty and I was engrossed in the layers of storytelling that she perfectly weaves.’ Beverley Has Read

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‘Overall I am glad I got the chance to read Snare. It was a sharp edged suspense/thriller novel with a healthy dose of Scandinavian Noir to take it to another level. It was challenging at times to connect with the cast but I like where Lilja is taking each individual story line. I am hoping this will be a series, if so then bring on book two.’ Always Trust in Books

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‘I don’t really worry to much about the cover of a book but I do have to mention I love the cover for this book, my favourite colour and a highly original cover to boot.’ Lilja takes part in a guest post on strange names … strange places as part of the blog tour.

The Book Review Café

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‘I could explain all the following with many, many words, but as I discovered as I devoured Snare, sometimes, less is more, let’s leave it at this…… Slick. Pacey. Emotional. “Unputdownable” Would You Like To Know More?’ Life of Crime

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‘I felt her fears, her longings, her love, her desperation… none of which could have happened without Lilja Sigurdardottir’s prodigious writing style. I can be sceptical about reading a translated novel as they don’t always portray the emotion within the story but here we are and I have to say that Quentin Bates has done a wonderful job. He has given us a translation that is both smooth and eloquent.’ Rambling Lisa’s Book Blog

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‘Characterisation in this is perfect, I could not help but feel connected to the different characters and their tales … And boy did I feel my heart thundering when she was passing through customs, she may have appeared cool and collected but I was a nervous wreck on her behalf – astounding writing!! An excellent addition to the Scandi Noir genre, packed with tension, suspense and a crime story that gets under your skin!’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘The pacing in the book is perfect and the translation by Quentin Bates, seamless. Each chapter, short and sharp, propels the reader onward … The characters were just so carefully crafted, the setting so visual that I could almost feel the chill in the air, the atmosphere at times so tense as Sonia braved customs just one more time, that I could feel my heart beating a very fast and definite rhythm. It was just so very… yes. So wrong, it was right. A highly recommended read.’Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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Snare is definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time mainly because of its hard-hitting and sometimes harrowing, main story line about drug smuggling … The fear and desperation some of the characters feel throughout the book is almost palpable a times and you really feel for them in those situations as well as disbelief that people can be so unfeeling and cruel … Snare is the first book in the Reykjavik Noir series and I very much look forward to reading more from her.’

Over the Rainbow book blog

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‘Reading Snare is like watching a great film unfold in your mind, so brilliantly thought out and planned. There is risk on every page and DANGER lurks around every corner and screamed out at me. The writing is just superb and great credit again must go to Quentin Bates for the translation. If you are looking for a stunning crime novel that delivers on many levels, then Snare is a five star read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.’ The Last Word Book Review

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Lilja talks about the books that have inspired her in ‘My Life In Books’ as part of the blog tour. Random Things

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SNARE is a pefect example of how Lilja and Nordic writers just get it. They know how to construct a gripping story, how to set the scene and keep the readers hooked from the first page. They know how to make the reader feel nervous, on edge and uncomfortable – all whilst telling some of the best stories. I am certainly looking forward to reading the next instalment in this series and seeing where Sonia’s story takes us next!’ The P Turners Book Blog

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‘Wow – what can I say about this novel without giving too much away. I love the atmosphere which the author does a brilliant job of creating a murky criminal world in Iceland and shows the type of lengths people will go to, to survive … This novel is full of tension and a brilliant cast of characters full of fiendish malice. I think this is a fresh new voice in Scandinavian Noir – I will definitely be looking to read more books in the series.’ Chillers, Killers & Thrillers

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Snare is an exceptionally good thriller translated into a pacy and urgent English language, by Quentin Bates, that is edge of the seat stuff. I immediately warmed to Sonia who does what she needs to in order to provide for Thomas in spite of her difficult and complex relationship with his father and equally difficult relationship with Agla.’ Words Shortlist

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Snare was a highly original and tense read that I flew through, it gripped me immediately and caught me in its own unique snare, I read it in one breathless sitting. This was a different type of crime read, the type of book Orenda is known for, fresh, exhilarating and compelling. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading anything by them before you should definitely check out their catalog or if all else fails start with this one, it’s outstanding.’ Novel Gossip

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‘A tense, original and atmospheric thriller … Right from the start the book drew me in. I could tell that this unusual book was going to be a good read and I’m really pleased to hear that it’s one of a trilogy … it becomes a very dangerous game of cat and mouse with breath-taking action that had me turning the pages even faster to find out what happens in the end.’

Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘It has to be said, I adored Snare and for numerous reasons.  The outstanding quality of the writing, how the story slowly builds to a thrilling conclusion and the way the characters make you question your own actions if you to where caught in the Snare … It has you sitting there literally on the edge of your seat, uncertain if your brave enough to turn the next page … Superb writing, story-telling and a bright new star in Lilja Sigurdardottir.’ Books are my Catches

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Snare really is quite a tense read, it’s fast-paced and had me totally hooked from page one. The airport scenes were especially tense, I could feel Sonja’s fear as if it were my own and I found myself holding my breath, waiting in fear until Sonja was safe. It’s filled with some excellent characters too, some likeable and some quite terrifying. Snare is a story you can’t help ending up totally absorbed in … It’s unique, chilling, tense and full of suspense. A real page turner.’ It’s All About the Books

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‘The pace of this book was fast. The chapters are short making it excellent bedtime reading. There is a good balance between action and emotion and the story has a few surprising twists which ramp up the tension.   The overall theme is risk. Each character is dealing with it and experiences how risk shapes their life.  It is  daring storytelling with a fresh feel to it. Reading this book is a risk worth taking.’ Nordic Noir

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‘What a fabulous story. My heart raced at every airport arrival, every heart wrenching visit Sonja had with her son and every time she met the man she worked for. Loved the tenderness of Bragi, the uncertainty of Alga and the strength of Sonja. All caught in their own snares. I really think I came face to face with what evil looks like in this book and it took my breath. Just Brilliant. This is all I want in a book. I am also ecstatic that this is the first of three books.’ Books from Dusk Till Dawn

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‘All in all an enjoyable read and I was pleased to discover it is the first in a trilogy as I want to know what is next for everyone. This book would make a fantastic film/TV series and I love the cover. Go dip your toes in the icy waters of Nordic Noir – you won’t be disappointed!’ Bibliophile Book Club

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Snare travels the border between darkness and light, fear and love and begs the question of how far you would go for the sake of your child. A dark, fast-paced explosion of a novel, beautifully told and intriguingly concluded. Brilliant! Chilling. Intriguing. Dark.’ Ronnie Turner

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‘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 … Snare is an expertly written cat and mouse style story that will grab hold of you and not let go!’ Rae Reads

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Sigurdardottr’s prose is truly a treat and gave life to the text … I loved how the author was able to take a regular occurrence and make it thrilling, especially having Sonja handle the situation like a boss! Overall, I really enjoyed this piece of noir and would highly recommend it. 5/5 stars from me. Absolutely worth the read! Clues and Reviews

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Snare certainly has a noirish quality to it, however I think it is a strong and vivid Kodak moment of our modern times. It often makes for uncomfortable reading because it is easy to relate to the desperation of the main character, because when it comes down to it, Sonja could be any one of us.’ Cheryl MM Book Blog

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‘The novel showed the worst side of people … There were quite a few scenes where I cringed at the hazards of smuggling drugs. I’ve not read anything like this before. Most crime novels are told from the police point of view not the criminal’s. Nor have I read a novel where a person is getting covered in volcanic ash as they go about their daily activities.’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘The plot is beautifully constructed, with different strands which slowly but seamlessly dovetail into one satisfying whole. The supporting characters are just as nuanced. None of them are quite what they seem. Everyone is hiding in plain sight. That’s quite a feat for a writer to pull off but Lilja does just that. I can understand why the film rights have been sold as it is one of those books which you can visualise as you read it.’ Books Life and Everything

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