Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir Orenda Books October 18th 2018
Happily settled in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when herson 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.
For a small island Iceland has a remarkable knack for turning out some very talented crime writers and Lilja Sigurdardottir is definitely one of them.
I have never read any of her previous novels and I was delighted to be invited to participate in the blogtour.
So what I did I think of Trap?. Trap was a fast-paced, hold your breath kind of novel, full of drug trafficking, money laundering and a fabulous cast of characters.
Sonja was one such character, a single Mum on the run in the heat of Florida before her and her son, Tomaz are, against their will, whisked back to Iceland by her ex husband Adam, and immersed back into a world of drug smuggling and a life without her son.
Determined to get her son back, Sonja sets out to outwit her ex husband, and this is what I liked, Sigurdardottir didn’t let Sonja sit around and languish in self pity but brought out her strong and fierce maternal instincts. She was feisty, intelligent, with endless measures of grit and determination, just the kind of character I like to see in a novel. Sigurdardottir didn’t stop there, when she intorduced Sonja’s lover Agla, another woman in a male dominated environment, except hers was the world of finance and banking. Agla needed to clear her debts, but her skill and ingenuity far outstripped those of her male counterparts, including, Sonja’s ex husband, Adam. For once it was the men, who were the weak characters, the ones dependent on women to get them out of trouble and I loved it.
As much as I liked Sonja and Agla, the character that stood out for me was Lila, the Mexican wife of one of Adam’s drug contacts. My imagination ran wild, as I imagined a Cruella DeVille, type woman, all sharp edges and very dangerous, used to getting exactly what she wanted who happily used Sonja for her own means. She was just brilliant.
Now, I can understand how drug trafficking works but ask me anything about finance and the world of money laundering and I am completely lost, except in this case. Sigurdardottir made all the complicated financial transactions seem easy and logical, and the narrative was never weighed down in heavy unreadable financial jargon and procedures. She brilliantly highlighted the greed and almost obsessive need of people to make money and save their own skins.
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.
I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Trap to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour
About the 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. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.