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  • Superb thriller!

    "Snare" is a brilliant crime thriller with a very clever and intelligent storyline which is unique, original and gripping. It has a suspenseful plot line with incredible well defined characters and with it being so thrilling and fast paced this addictive book will have you reading well past your bedtime - I did and loved every minute! It's the first in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy and considering how good this book is I really can't wait for the next two!! Set in a Reykjavik that is still covered in the dust of a recent volcanic eruption, Sonja has just gone through a messy and heartbreaking divorce which saw her handing over custody of her son to her husband. Falling into the ruthless and frightening criminal world to stay afloat she starts smuggling cocaine into Iceland. Desperately now looking for a way out of trouble she pits her wits again her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer who has been watching her from afar, every time she lands in Iceland. To complicate matters, Sonja is in a relationship with a woman, Alga. Once a high level bank executive she is now currently being prosecuted in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial crash. I really loved Sonja and truly felt for her predicament, sympathising with her at every move, she's not a bad person but just drawn into a situation she has no control over and is meticulously planning a way out of it all, in the hope of regaining custody of her son Tomas. All through the book I felt trapped in the 'snare' with Sonja and felt her every emotion and action that she took. I also liked the side storyline of Braji and his devoted wife Valdis, who suffering from Alzheimer's appears to be being abused in the care home she is in. Emotional and breathtaking this atmospheric thriller about love and crime really does keep you enthralled until the exciting climax! There's an excellent glossary at the beginning too, to thoughtfully help with the pronunciation of any Icelandic names you don't understand. Fabulously translated by the incredibly talented Quentin Bates, this book's narrative and dialogue flows seamlessly and really makes for an enjoyable read. "Snare" is written by Icelandic crime writer Lilja Sigurdardottir, who has already written four crime novels and this book is hitting the bestseller lists worldwide with translation and film rights have already been bought. I can definitely see this author becoming very famous globally and I for one cannot wait to read her future offerings! 5 stars

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  • Caught in a trap

    Icelandic literature has another decent author. Her book is very readable. The Icelandic bank crash, drug smuggling and people's on trials and tribulations are all rolled into this book. Based around a central figure who inter relates with the other main characters in a variety of ways. Everything poses problems for keeping the love of her life, her 9 year old son, safe and happy and eventually with her. Can she break free of the life she has been forced to live. You will have to read the book to find out the answer.

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  • Excellent

    Very, very good. Crisp writing. Interweaving of characters arund the fallout of the 2008 financial crash, with the fallout from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull as a most apt running metaphor. I'm definitely a fan.

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  • Thrilling

    A book that you couldn’t put down. Good plot and unexpected ending.

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  • Snare

    An enjoyable read, based in Iceland so different to the normal USA or UK thrillers. The main character is well built, concerned for her boy, a little unsure of herself, then overly confident then crushed.

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