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Trap

Published Date: 26th June 2018

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30 August 2018
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18 October 2018

Description

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 a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Trap is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

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‘Tough, uncompromising and unsettling’ Val McDermid

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‘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 superstardom’ Eva Dolan

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‘Clear your diary. As soon as you begin reading Snare, you won’t be able to stop until the final page’ Michael Wood

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‘Zips along, with tension building and building … thoroughly recommend’ James Oswald

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‘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 Sigurdardóttir

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‘Snare will ensnare you’ Marie Claire

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‘Lilja Sigurdardóttir delivers a diabolically efficient thriller with an ultrarealistic plot … We cannot wait for Sonja’s next adventure’ L’Express

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‘The suspense is gripping’ Avantages

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‘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, Sigurdardóttir takes the reader on a breathtaking ride’ Daily Express

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‘The seamy side of Iceland is uncovered in this lively and original debut as divorcee Sonja finds herself coerced into drug trafficking while her banker girlfriend Agla fends off a criminal investigation in the aftermath of the financial crash. Tense, edgy and delivering more than a few unexpected twists and turns’ The Times Crime Club Star Pick

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‘A tense thriller with a highly unusual plot and interesting characters’ The Times

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‘The Nordic crime wave just keeps coming … The eponymous “snare” here is a hydra-headed monster … Sigurdardóttir avoids inviting easy sympathy for any of her characters, even the beleaguered Sonia, but she keeps us reading’ Guardian

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‘The intricate plot is breathtakingly original, with many twists and turns you never see coming. Thriller of the year’ New York Journal of Books

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‘This rattlingly good read could only be improved if this were the first in a trilogy. And it is!’ Strong Words

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‘Terrific and original stuff, with some keen-sighted and depressing reflections on Iceland’s place in the world’ European Literature Network

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‘The Icelandic author and playwright Lilja Sigur›ardóttir delivers a sparkling firework of a novel, tightly plotted, fast-paced, and crackling with tension, surprises and vibrancy … If the first glamorous instalment of the Reykjavík trilogy is just a starter, then I cannot wait for the rest of feast to be finally available in English, to be devoured by English readers’ Crime Review

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‘A taut, gritty, thoroughly absorbing journey into Reykjavík’s underworld’ Booklist

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‘The beginning of the second novel in Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Reykjavik series, Trap (Orenda, £8.99, translated by Quentin Bates), finds cocaine smuggler Sonja in Florida, where she has taken her young son in the hope of starting a new life. When her ex-husband Adam kidnaps the boy, she has no choice but to follow them home and resume her former trade. As she attempts to extricate herself from the situation with help from her one-time enemy, customs officer Bragi, she finds she’s in deeper than she had thought – drug lord Mr José has a fearsome reputation, and a hungry tiger in his cellar. Sonja’s former lover Agla is in trouble, too: not only is she awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct, but she also owes money to some very dangerous people … Tense and pacey, this intriguing mix of white-collar and white-powder crime could certainly be enjoyed as a standalone, but I would suggest reading its excellent predecessor, Snare, first.

Laura Wilson, The Guardian

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‘In Trap, Icelandic author Lilja Sigurdardottir weaves another complex web of tension. Can Sonja completely free herself and create a normal life with her son? Will Agla do time, and just who has been taping her? Will powerful men destroy their plans, and what new element may emerge to entangle them further? Her evocative, urgent prose brands the characters’ dilemmas in your mind, often using the forces of nature as a mirror, a familiar device in Nordic noir. Sonja is described as a fish caught in a net and Agla’s dream of an enduring relationship with Sonja resembles two souls struggling together in a kayak on Iceland’s stormy, cold waters. All the key characters from her debut, Snare, return here in pleasing fashion. Some unanswered questions and the novel’s short length bring this thoroughly engaging read to a frustratingly abrupt end, but nevertheless you’ll want more. Sigurdardottir provides a skillful combination of Nordic noir, hardboiled financial thriller and high-octane narco drama, filled with sympathetic characters that you can’t help identifying with even as they break the law’

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Trap is an edgy tale of international drug running and financial crimes centred on a cast of unlikeable but fascinating miscreants with nary a brooding alcoholic copper in sight. Sonja escaped Iceland with her son Tomas, only to be hauled back when he’s snatched. Manoeuvring between a scheming ex-husband, a lover awaiting sentence for financial misconduct and vicious drug lords, Sonja turns to a former nemesis for help. Sigurdardottir delivers a slick tale with substance. There’s plenty of moral ambiguity and nasty deeds and people, but with an underlying sense of humanity and the messiness of life. Pacy and tense, Trap is full of delicious carnage that could translate well to the screen’. Trap is recommended in the New Zealand Listener

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Lilja took part in an interview talking about Trap on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

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‘Smart, taut and fabulous, Trap really does deliver a first-class read. Following quite beautifully on from Snare (and yes you do need to have read Snare first) can I just mention the covers, they are stunning in their simplicity and how they link to the novels … My feelings hovered with regards to the characters, swooping one way and then the other, which felt entirely right, as innocence and guilt are so often two sides of the same coin. A short book Trap may be, it’s also a towering powerhouse of read and I gobbled it up in one intense sitting. Please Orenda, may we have some more?!’ Liz Robinson, LoveReading

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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.
Follow Lilja on Twitter @lilja1972 and on her website liljawriter.com

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  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 is the author of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland (Frozen Out, Cold Steal, Chilled to the Bone, Winterlude, Cold Comfort and Thin Ice which have been published worldwide. He has translated all of Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series.
Visit him on Twitter @graskeggur or on his website graskeggur.com

Online Reviews

‘I love a good villain, and this new character ticked a lot of boxes.  Whilst following similar themes, the plot and situation are different, and I loved how the situation had escalated between the two. Like Snare, Trap is a fast-paced novel that I read in no time at all.  The short chapters practically beg you to read just one more, and I love the two women at the heart of these stories.  I think it’s a real testament to Lilja’s writing that I really want them to get out of their respective predicaments and find a more peaceful, happy life.  It’s almost as though they’re real.  I really can’t recommend these novels enough’ Jos Book Blog 

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‘I enjoyed every scene that Tomas appeared in, especially the ones that also featured his father Adam. Just like his mother he could see through the charm. Bragi, near the end of his working life and devoted to his ailing wife knows that he is doing wrong in helping Sonya but would prefer to do that than see his wife somewhere different to their home. A lot of the financial crime I found complex, even though I am aware that there was a banking crisis in Iceland. But it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. I’m very curious about what happens next with this little group of people, there has to be potential for more drama. The characters are so fascinating and the writing is mesmerising’ Stephs Book Blog

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‘There is so much to learn from Trap. Oh and you will never walk into an airport the same way. Drugs are not what make Trap addictive. Count on each character to make you discover sides of themselves you are bound to react to. Prepare yourself to want to fight, take sides, stand open-mouthed for two minutes in a crowd. Be ready for a cold, chilling and beautifully intricate plot. Brace yourself because Lilja Sigurðardóttir proves that a second book in a trilogy can blow your mind! There is no respite with Trap. Just the best Icelandic Noir has to offer’ Chocolate N Waffles 

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‘The first book of the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, Snare was an eye opener for me. It is the first crime fiction book I read which focused on the illegal drug trade. I was a bit hesitant, but I am so glad I gave it a chance. Sometimes I do forget there is much more to crime fiction than just murder. Snare and Trap portray a dark world with characters as cunning and evil as those in any murder mystery … Readers who are new to the series can read Trap as a standalone, but they will miss out on the heartbreaking and shocking story of Bragi, who for me was the stand out character in Snare. Readers will need to know Bragi’s background in order to understand his relationship with Sonja. Trap is an addictive and thrilling read, perfect for crime fiction fans looking to branch out into other sub genres of crime fiction’ Murder and Moore

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‘The stories by Sigurdardóttir are going from strength to strength, which is perhaps not discernible at a first glance, because the pace is fast and the noir is darker than a sooty cat. It’s easy to overlook the meticulous detail and research that has gone into the creation of the storyline, in regards to the drug smuggling and the fraudulent financial dealings by the bankers or banksters, as the author calls them. It’s an action packed, fast-paced read filled with the brutal reality of the drug world, an abusive controlling ex and the dirty world of finance. It’s Nordic Noir with a hefty pinch of reality’ Cheryl MM Book Blog

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Lilja writes a guest post about the fear of polar bears in Iceland, and how this influences parts of trap. Portable magic

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‘You strongly get the sense that Sonja is trapped in the world that she has become a part of and that it will be very difficult for her to get out. This is what makes Trap such an exhilarating read as Sonja is never sure what’s going to be around the corner for her next. She is desperate to go back to her normal life. What comes across so strongly in this book is her love for her son. This is what makes Sonja so engaging as she will do anything to have her son living with her full time, but this is what also makes her vulnerable to the people who will try to use her. This was a book I was totally gripped by. It is a well researched and an original thriller that will keep you reading. I can’t wait for the next book in the series’ Hooked from Page One

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‘I really appreciated the translated table at the start of this novel, although I’m pretty sure I still pronounced everything wrong, I’d be really interested in listening to the audiobook to see how wrong my pronunciation was! But I’m grateful for the translation, provided by Quentin Bates, as it allowed me to read this novel, and, as with Snare, I felt nothing was lost in translation. Trap is different to other Nordic Noir titles, in that it doesn’t have that moody atmosphere I associate with the subgenre, instead it had this edginess to it that makes it feel fresh and original – the plot is dark, exciting and I absolutely recommend it!’

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‘I really don’t want to advance any part of the plot, is really a turn page story and full of surprises and complicated characters that makes you wonder who will trust Sonya, because none of them really care about her, simply the money and staying alive. So, if the last book was complicated, be prepared because this one will take you to the next level! As you can read I am a big fan of this series; is original, very well written and full of twists that will leave the reader totally engaged from the first page, a must read!’ Varietats

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‘Having read Snare the first in this trilogy I was delighted to get tangled up in the next book Trap. I absolutely adore the covers for both books, so simple but eye catching and would look a treat together on your bookshelves! Although this could be read as a standalone I would recommend reading Snare to fully enjoy Trap … I really enjoyed Trap and look forward to reading the final book in the series’ Bibliophile Book Club

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‘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… 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..’ Books and Blogs

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‘I’m a big lover of Icelandic fiction, and yet this is my first read by Lilja Sigurdardóttir.  It’s a sequel to her previous book Snare which I’ll certainly be looking to read now.  I didn’t feel like I needed to have read it previously whilst I was reading Trap, but I’m thinking it might have been a good idea to have read that one first. Caught in the “trap” of a drug smuggling ring Sonja is a mother desperately trying to get back her son, and save their future.  You get thrown into the story right from page one and feel pulled along all the way, as the tale wraps you up in its complexity leaving you eager to discover how it will unravel in the end. With strong themes of drug smuggling, and abusive, controlling partners, all set against the backdrop of the financial crash and its fallout, (along with the remains of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption and the volcano’s fallout) it’s an intense read but well worth it’ Life of Crime

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‘The writing is evocative, and teeming with detail and atmosphere. Readers get a real feel for the situations that both Sonja and Agla find themselves in, the danger feels so imposing, the fear is almost claustrophobic. If I thought that Sonja was a great character in the previous book, Snare, then Sigurdardóttir has well and truly made a character that I love and dare I admit it, admire. Her determination to get out of the jam she’s in really impressed me, her tenacity and stubbornness were great to see and I felt that I was almost cheering for her at times … It’s the sort of book that you can imagine playing out like a film, and the quality of the writing means that it sweeps you away with a momentum akin to jumping into a vortex. I absolutely cannot wait to see what book three of the series has instore for readers, but I’ll perhaps lay off the caffeine before it comes out so I don’t feel so jumpy and on edge as Sigurdardóttir casts her icy Icelandic spell on me!’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘I was enthralled from the first page – by the characters, the clever plot and the sheer readability. The book is the second in a series, but I hadn’t realised that when I began reading and I don’t feel I missed anything. However, I shall definitely be reading ‘Snare’ to find out how the characters get into their present predicaments. The book’s title couldn’t be more apt … The action is constant, and tension builds as it progresses. Florida, Iceland and Amsterdam are amongst the settings that this story of drug trafficking and corporate and personal greed. It’s a riveting read, it really is. I particularly enjoyed discovering a little about Iceland, somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, and its culture through the names and places and incidental facts. Absolutely a book to go on your TBR list’ Books are Cool

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‘The reader is unaware about who’s about to trick who next and the tension often becomes unbearable while Sigurdardóttir adds one brilliant plot twist after another. Trap is not your usual Scandi Noir thriller, it allows the reader an insight into the brutal and uncompromising drug smuggling business without any sugarcoating … Trap is a sharp, clever, entertaining and unrelenting pageturner and a worthy follow up to Snare. I can’t wait to read the conclusion to Sigurdardóttir’s trilogy and how everything will eventually turn out for all the characters’ Devoted to Thrills

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‘This was a dark, intriguing, fast-paced story … I found the story to be quite compelling, It’s certainly move at a quick pace, and left me wanting more! This was a very smooth read and is more than likely due to the translation, so major kudos to the translator… this is a pretty vague review, but I don’t want to give anything away… also with few exceptions I found most of the characters quite unlikable, although I have to say Sonya’s son Thomas really stole the show! Recommend to those who have read the first book in the series, I truly think I would’ve had a richer experience had I done so myself!’ Audio Killed the Bookmark 

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Lilja writes a guest post about coffee – the writer’s elixir as part of the blog tour. The Book Review Café

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‘It was this obsession that made the novel so interesting and immensely addictive, from the first page I was hooked, drawn into a fast paced twisty plot, never knowing where it would end. A strong female cast of characters made this novel stand out from the crowd, the usual stereotypes thrown away. It is a novel that I suggest you borrow, buy or download now to experience the talent of another of the  growing breed of Icelandic authors’ My Bookish Blogspot 

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‘With every page you read, your tension levels rise. I felt on edge throughout, as trapped as the characters and that is a remarkable thing to achieve in a work of fiction. I know character wise, you’re not meant to like people that don’t behave well, but I love them. There I admit it … I struggle to imagine, a more perfect set of characters and I hope this is not the last we hear of them. This is a superb thriller and deserves to be on the reading list of all book lovers, not just thriller aficionados. Character and plot wise it works on all levels’ Books are my Cwtches

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‘This book is one bombshell after another, taking you on a rollercoaster of quick, hard-hitting chapters. Bang, bang, bang, they just keep on coming – every chapter ending on a cliff-hanger, making it completely impossible to put down … I fled through the second half in one super-quick sitting much to the detriment of my blood pressure which took an almighty beating during most of Sonja’s scenes … in desperately wanting to know how all this is going to pan out, we’re left with two over-riding questions; firstly, what’s going to happen to make them realise that their individual predicaments are so delicately interwoven? And secondly, how long can this possibly last? Will Sonja and Agla get their ‘happily ever after’? We can only hope that this is exactly where Lilja will be taking us in the final part of the trilogy and I’m guessing it will be pretty monumental’ Nic Perrins

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‘Hugely compelling and addictive (I spent many a late night glue to this one), Trap does not pull any punches and blends the tenderness of its characters’ emotional motivations with the brutal reality of the world of drug smuggling to staggering affect. Throw in the white-collar crimes and corruption of the Icelandic financial crash and you’ve got a real page-turner on your hands that delivers on all levels. Lilja Sigurdardottir has a real talent and manages to weave some fantastically complex plots together without losing any of the momentum … Trap is a powerful follow-up to Snare and I’m really looking forward to the final chapter of the trilogy’ Mumbling About

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‘This is really a hard novel to describe in terms of pacing. It is neither fast nor slow. It just kind of fits. There are scenes of great tension, where your heart will be in your mouth, for example the scene where Sonja finally learns why Sponge got his nickname. Those scenes may make your skin crawl a little but, while necessary, they are not gratuitous in any way … I found that I flew through this book in no time, just as I had with Snare, swearing at the points where Sonja’s plans seemed to be thwarted, cheering on when the ‘true’ bad guys got there dues, and smiling as I read how canny and strong the women in this novel can be. And it is the women who show the true strength. Not in terms of brutality perhaps, but certainly in intelligence and cunning. Not all will come out on top in the end, but woe betide anyone who underestimates. Top stuff. Highly recommended’ Jen Meds Book Reviews

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‘The author does a brilliant job of showing how the conflict of interests and a mothers love hold no bounds and how this love can shape their decisions. She successfully combines several elements that at first glance made me wonder at their connections to each other but as the stories have unfolded I was completely drawn in, and continue to be drawn in deeper … This is another superb read that readers of Noir will really love. The characters, descriptions, and storylines are brilliantly woven to create an amazing story of manipulation, smuggling, money and at its core, a mothers love for her son. An absolute must read for readers of crime, thriller, mystery, Icelandic Noir. This book gets a massive highly recommended from me and I cannot wait for the next book’ Me and My Books 

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Trap is wonderfully translated by Quentin Bates and is a real pleasure to read from the cleverly crafted plot to wondering if the characters will ever get themselves out of trouble. There is danger, complex plans and manipulations running throughout this book that made for some compelling reading. I loved seeing all the little threads coming together although there were a few surprises and tense moments along the way that easily kept me on my toes.  Having this strong group of real, flawed but ultimately engaging characters easily sets this story apart for me. They are strong, intelligent and highly capable personalities who find themselves in some impossible situations. Just like in Snare I was fascinated and intrigued by the journey that I was taken on. Trap is tense, very cleverly put together and I can guarantee you will fly through the pages of this book!’ Rae Reads

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‘Yet again, Lilja Sigurdardóttir has written an addictive thriller with well-defined characters and a rollercoaster storyline … I found this to be an easy read, thanks to the seamless translation by Quentin Bates. The tension escalated throughout the book, culminating in a thrilling, heart-stopping conclusion. And while most of the threads were tied up neatly by the end, leaving me feeling satisfied, I can’t wait to see what happens next’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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Lilja writes a guest post about ‘writing in peace and chaos’ as part of the Trap blog tour. Page Turners Nook

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‘Sigurdardottir has a very canny ability to paint her picture in shades of grey. Whilst it’s easy to work out who the real gangsters are, when it comes to the top level financial mis-dealings, there’s a rot somewhere in the highest echelons that someone does not want uncovered and woe betide the staff in the Prosecutor’s office who are not astute enough to work that out. I like that about this series; that feeling that however dig you deep, you will never quite get to the bottom of Iceland’s financial banking scandal and the lingering feeling that not only is there more to uncover, but perhaps there are dodgy dealings still going on? Sigurdardottir leaves that possibility hanging in the air, making this a rather fascinating and brilliantly edgy look at contemporary Icelandic society. This is such a good series on a number of levels. I need these characters back in my life soon, please’ Live and Deadly

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‘Lilja Sigurdardottir delivered an electrifying story about Sonja’s life in Iceland’s underground cocaine trade within the pages of SNARE. The clever and intense follow-up, TRAP, picks up right where SNARE left off. Instantly the reader is hooked once more on Sonja’s seemingly never ending drama … Each narrative has its own plotline and an interconnectedness with the others that really works to keep the pages turning. Short, snappy, and intense chapters further fuel this need to keep reading as it feels as though Sigurdardottir has mastered the art of a cliffhanger seemingly with each chapter. TRAP is a fantastic thrill ride of crime fiction that has solidified Lilja Sigurdardottir has a must read author for me!’ What Jess Reads

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‘The convoluted plot switches between characters and Lilja Sigurdardóttir frequently teases the reader by increasing the tension and then leaving the scene to follow a different person. This very cleverly meant I couldn’t put the book down as I needed to read on if I wanted to find out what happened! Most of the crime novels I read are about murders or violent crimes and although both occur in Trap, it’s so refreshing to read a thriller which explores different criminal activities. Drug smuggling and money laundering both have far-reaching effects throughout the world of course and almost certainly influence our lives more than most crimes … Trap is complex and surprisingly witty and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lilja Sigurdardóttir’s intelligent and original novel’

Hair past a Freckle

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‘All through ‘Trap’ you have a sense of unease building, you can’t always trust what’s happening and that makes this book incredibly readable. I whipped through because I just had to know how things were going to work out … On the surface this noir book is a tale of the inescapable drug world, but at it’s heart is a love story of a mother and her son. The Reykjavik Noir Trilogy is proving to be gripping, unique and highly pleasurable. I have enjoyed the first two books a lot more than I anticipated and I can’t wait for the next instalment. Lilja Sigurdardottir has brought us incredible characters, superb story telling and an original, fresh series. These books come with a big thumbs up from me, I cannot recommend them enough’ Emmas Bookish Corner

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‘This is a really fun book. The characters, especially Sonja, are driven from one tight corner to another with thing just seeming to get worse and worse. They make some terrible mistakes, but on the whole they’re smart and sharp, doing the best they can. That makes for a satisfying and tense novel. But this book has an emotional punch too – a whole flurry of punches coming at the reader from all directions … As ever, Quentin Bates’ translation conveys the story clearly in English while leaving a hint of the original, so you recognise that the story’s set abroad – a difficult balance to keep. I’d strongly recommend this book’ Blue Book Balloon

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‘This is the second book in a series, I loved the first, Snare and highly recommend reading that before this one as it’s awesome and you’ll be properly caught up because the first book really sets the stage for what takes place in the second. It picks up soon after the first book ends and is just as tense and exciting as it’s predecessor … I cannot wait to see how things end in the third book and expect it to be another wild ride. If you’re a fan if Nordic Noir, don’t miss this and if you’ve never read this sub genre before this series is an excellent place to start. Trap in three words: Exhilarating, Intense and Compelling’ Novel Gossip

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‘I loved how Lilja Sigurðardóttir took the foundations she laid in Snareand built upon them to create wonderful characters and compelling development. This book is fast and pacey and packed full of tension with short, sharp chapters making sure that I kept turning the pages. I love how tight the prose is and how Lilja Sigurðardóttir can communicate so much in a few sentences with incredible translation by the immensely talented Quentin Bates. The book comes in at under 300 pages but it packs a real punch with some hair-raising moments and clever and inventive twists. It is a brilliant read and is another inventive book from an accomplished and talented writer’ Beverley Has Read

‘With some very tense, scary scenarios that made the hair on the back of my head stand up and shot my nerves to smithereens, the characters that enter Sonjia’s drug smuggling world threaten her life and liberty. Can she finally break free of them all and can her, Agril and Tomas ever have any lasting happiness? Faultlessly translated from Icelandic by Quentin Bates, who didn’t miss a beat, or a nuance, this novel has one of the cleverest, most unique plots that I’ve ever read. It’s scarily sublime’ Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘There was a cast of brilliantly brought to life characters here. I found the women characters to be the most intriguing especially Nati, who surprised me with the depths of her depravity, and interestingly there was only one male character that I took to … Lilya Sigurdardottir has an understanding of humanity that means her characters feel complete and beyond fictional settings. I could truly believe in them and the situations they found themselves in even though I have no personal experience of their dilemmas! … This is a trilogy where it is well worth waiting for the next instalment as you know that when it comes it isn’t going to let you go. Trap is uniquely involving with a strong plot and I loved every page. Highly recommended by me!’ My Chestnut Reading Tree

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Lilja writes a guest post about sense of character as part of the blog tour. My Reading Corner

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Trap is a fast paced crime novel that will keep you turning the pages (or pressing the kindle button) The title of the novel is a fitting description of both Sonja’s predicament and also the overall feeling you get when reading it. The writing draws you into the story and you feel the frustrations of the characters as they try to deal with the fallout and things don’t go to plan … I absolutely recommend Trap if you are a fan of a fast paced Nordic set novel, I can’t wait to go back and find out how the series began’ A Crime Readers Blog 

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‘I hold my hands up and say that up until ‘Trap’, I hadn’t read the author’s previous book, Snare, which I have since found out that it is the first book in the series. I quite happily read ‘Trap’ as a stand-alone though, that said, just like other series, you may benefit from reading the books in order so that you don’t miss out on any little pieces of information … I was transfixed by Sonja’s journey and out of the different journeys covered in the storyline, I enjoyed the dynamics behind Sonja’s life the best. All in all, ‘Trap’ was a pleasant, unique read which kept me thoroughly entertained – I enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone with this one!’ The Writing Garnet

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‘What Trap does is develop the horror of this world.  Where Snare explored risk Trap explores power, power over people and their actions and power over money. Usually I’m not one to say you have to read a series in order however with these books I do feel that the reader would benefit from starting at the beginning and watching the characters and the story unfold as the author tells the tale.  This is particularly the case with Agla and the financial manipulation story which is quite complex.  The third and final part of the story will be told in Cage which will be released in English in 2019. Cage will jump forward in time and we will find out about the characters in the present day and read about how their situations have influenced their lives. I can’t wait!’ Nordic Noir

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‘It was fast-paced, and I loved the little twists and turns and the actual story, but I can’t put my finger on what just didn’t make it a top contender for me. Each chapter had a different character’s viewpoint, and whilst it looked to build the suspense, I found it quite difficult to gauge each character’s voice. But I think this would’ve been helped by reading the first book. The concept of Trap is great – I rarely read any fiction around financial misconduct and banking crisis’, but it made for an interesting read. I’m going to be picking up the first book in this trilogy (Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir) at some point to see whether my verdict changes, and I’ll be interested to see where the third book goes!’ Bookmark That

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‘You don’t need to have read Snare to understand Trap, but it will enrich your enjoyment – because you are returning to old friends. The sort of friends who may have an unwavering instinct for self-preservation and make questionable choices, but do so from the best of motives. Whatever they’ve done in the past, you still want to hang out with them and get to know them better – such is the deftness of Sigurdardottir’s characterisation and emotional pull of her multi-faceted viewpoint … Many issues are resolved in Trap and hope is on the horizon, but there are deep psychological wounds that will not easily be healed. It’s darkly messy and disturbing yet simultaneously multi-layered and satisfying – a second instalment that plants the seeds of struggles to come in the final novel of the trilogy’ Claire Thinking 

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‘My Review; A new author for me! A first. I love how at the start of the book there is maps to show the locations in the book and a pronunciation guide for those long, complicated words. Set out brilliantly. Trap is a Nordic crime thriller that I throughally enjoyed! Fast paced! It shows you the underworld of the drug community. I felt so sorry for poor Tomas stuck in the middle of it all not knowing what is actually going on and I also felt for his mother Sonja. Clever. Gripping. A page turner of a reader. I awarded four stars and would highly recommend I am going to be reading Liljas previous book Snare as I enjoyed this one’

 Gemma’s Book Reviews

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‘I particularly loved the narrative and characterisation within this novel. Sonja is superbly written- trying to escape from her brutal ex-partner, she finds herself drawn back to the life she was desperate to leave … Would I recommend this read? Like crack to an addict, this book was addictive and it is an absolute HELL YEAH from me. Suspense, twists and WTAF moments had me glued to the book and I am going in search of my copy of Snare now as I must read this…MUST! I highly recommend this read – and if you don’t believe what I have said’ Crime Book Junkie

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‘Sigurdardóttir has written a very strong second book in Trap. This is a real page turner strong on characters and is dark and leaves you with punch in the gut feel as the storyline gets darker and chilling and has left me hoping there is to be a book three. Highly Recommended’ The Last Word Book Review

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Trap is brutally real, the terse writing keeps the pace lively. This novel explores the weight of the financial crisis on the current state of Iceland, both the economy and the pysche. Ordinary people were saddled with terrible problems following the actions of a few bankers (sound familiar?). Trap is a novel of survival, there’s a lot back stabbing and scheming, it’s about self-preservation. Clinging to a vestige of decency in a screwed up world. Lilja Sigurdardottir is the real deal, one of the reasons Icelandic crime fiction punches well above its weight. There is also a pronunciation guide at the front of the novel should you feel brave enough to give it a go. Superbly translated by Quentin Bates, who knows the language, people and crime writing intimately’ Nudge Books 

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‘Lilja Sigurdardóttir has the knack of explaining it in laymans terms that it doesn’t feel like you’re reading a text book! The short chapter format of this story really worked well in creating tension and amping up the drama so that you constantly find yourself thinking I’ll just read one more chapter to see what happens next and before you know it you’re two thirds of the way through the book and decide that you may as well continue reading until the end… no matter how late it is and what plans you have for the next day!’ Shaz’s Book Blog

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