I have just noticed that I am currently reading my 90th book of 2018. Not bad going really! I have only managed to finish one this week and am currently enjoying a collection of short stories and novellas based around Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Anyway, I had better tell you about the one book that I have completed.
The book is called Snare, written by Lilja Siggurdardottir, part of her Reykjavik Noir series. Here is the blurb:
After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial crash. 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, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
This is the review I wrote on Goodreads and I awarded the book four stars:
Let me start by saying I loathe the drugs trade and drug dealers in particular. So I was very surprised to find myself hoping that the main character in this book, a drug mule, would find her way out of the trap, the snare, that she is struggling to escape. The book blends three stories together and is told by three main protagonists. Despite that, it works very well and the blend of tension and double-dealing holds the reader. I will certainly look out for other books in the series, if they are purchased by our library service.
I have read a couple of other books set in Iceland but this one had a unique flavour, which I really enjoyed.
As I mentioned at the start of the post, I am currently relishing Diana Gabaldon’s Seven Stones to Stand or Fall. I have read all of the books in the main Outlander series so far and have watched the TV programmes, so I am really loving this set of tales based on some of the characters and settings. More about this book next week.
I am sorry that this has been such a short post, but I have been very distracted this week by a major political issue that has taken up a lot of my attention. I am not going to write about this any further on the blog as I want to keep my writing here away from politics.
Happy Reading to you all!