I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for utterly compelling thriller Betrayal by Lilja Sigurdardóttir. Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this outstanding Icelandic Noir thriller.
About the book:
Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again.
But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a policeman, and life in high office soon becomes much more harrowing than Úrsula could ever have imagined. A homeless man is stalking her – but is he hounding her, or warning her of some danger? And the death of her father in police custody so many years rears its head once again.
As Úrsula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witch- like cleaning lady intertwine. Small betrayals become large ones, and the stakes are raised ever higher…
The award-winning internationally bestselling author Lilja Sigurðardóttir returns with Betrayal, a relevant, powerful, fast- paced thriller about the worlds of politics, police corruption and misogyny that feels just a little bit too real…
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, including Snare, Trap and Cage, making up the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.
Betrayal has been translated by Quentin Bates.
Betrayal by Lilja Sigurdardóttir is a tense and intriguing thriller that tells a powerful story of politics, police corruption and misogyny that feels all too scarily relevant to the world we live in today.
Burned out and traumatised by her experiences as an aid worker, Úrsula has returned to Iceland and accepted a post as the Icelandic Minister of the Interior. But on her first day in the job Úrsula finds herself caught up in the case of a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who has been raped by a policeman.
As she delves deeper into the case, she uncovers a world of corruption and betrayal far bigger than anything she could ever have expected. Not only do dirty politics and police corruption lead Úrsula into a life of danger and fear, she also finds herself attracting the attention of a stalker, her life becoming increasingly intertwined with others as the story continues. And then the death of her father in police custody many years ago rears its head once again. What, if anything, does the death of her father have to do with what is happening right now?
What follows is a dark and compelling thriller that once started you do not want to put down. Beautifully translated by Quentin Bates, the story twists and turns as the pieces of the puzzle slowly begin to fall into place. With intriguing characters and a complex plot that will keep you on your toes throughout, Betrayal is an outstanding Icelandic Noir thriller that I did not want to end!
With its tightly plotted storyline and up to date issues such as homelessness and the impact of social media, Lilja Sigurdardóttir has written a fast paced and exciting thriller that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
Betrayal by Lilja Sigurdardóttir is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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