Today it’s a pleasure to share my review of Trap by Lilya Sigurdardottir the follow on to Snare that I read earlier on this year after a recommendation from fellow bloggers.
About this book…
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.
I bought and read Snare on the back of the brilliant reviews that I’d read and enjoyed it far more than I had even expected to! So reading Trap was a given for me and I think this is a worthy follow up. Often book 2 in a series is the weakest link but Trap felt like a standalone book, basking in its own success and highly addictive, although it’s advisable I think to read Snare first.
Sonya is living in Florida, with her son Tomas, after the happenings in Snare until she’s forced back to Iceland and the “job” she left behind. This brings her back to Agla, her lover, who is fighting her own battles and has some very powerful people on her tail. Of these two threads I did enjoy following Sonya, a strong minded and determined woman who would do anything to get back custody of her son from husband Adam. I could see why she was attracted to Agla as she was totally devoted to Sonya, but as before I did find her to be too emotionally insecure and almost obsessive with her love for Sonya. Sonya really came into her own in Trap and watching her negotiate a series of dangerous stratagems to retain the bait without becoming caught, made me cheer her on even more. Never mess with a mama bear when her young is in peril!!
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. And it was ultimately the pages that described the home life of custom officer Bragi that gave me a greater understanding of his persona.
This is a wonderful example of Icelandic Noir and the research done by the author has made it a detailed and realistic portrayal of the financial crisis the country faced. 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! Trap also made me more determined to visit Iceland and tick another box on my bucket list!
I raced through Trap and as soon as I had finished I wanted MORE! 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. And I must mention the wonderfully seamless translation by Quentin Bates which makes you forget that English isn’t its original language.
Trap is uniquely involving with a strong plot and I loved every page.
Highly recommended by me!
Meet 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. 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