At once a startling, tense psychological thriller, and a
sophisticated and twisty police procedural from a rising star in
When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving
an apologetic note on the kitchen table, it is assumed that she’s
taken her own life – until her body is found on the Grábrók
lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her
neglected fifteen-year-old daughter Hekla has been placed in
foster care, but is her perfect new life hiding something sinister?
Fifteen years earlier, a desperate new mother lies in a maternity
ward, unable to look at her own child, the start of an odd and
broken relationship that leads to tragedy.
Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which
becomes increasingly complex, as the list of suspects grows
ever longer and new light is shed on Maríanna’s past – and the
childhood of a girl who never was like the others…
This is book 2 of the Forbidden Iceland series which I read as a stand alone but this did not in anyway spoil my enjoyment of the book. I will read the first book in the series as soon as I can.
This book is written in two timelines. One set in the present where Maríanna disappears and is found seven months later in a cave on the lava fields. What is thought a simple disappearance turns out to be murder! The other narrative is told by a un-named women who is clearly suffering from depression and is set over a number of years…..Are these stories linked and will the reader find out if they follow the story. Well you will need to get a copy, read and find out.
Atmospheric, dark and chilling the the twists and turns as the tension will keep the reader enthralled and gripped. The bleak scenery of Iceland matches this tale. The quality of the writing and the superb story make this a book I will recommend to every lover of Nordic Noir.
ABOUT EVA BJÖRG ÆGISDÓTTIR
Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir studied for an MSc in Globalisation
in Norway before returning to Iceland and deciding to write a novel – something
she had wanted to do since she won a short-story competition at the age of
fifteen. After nine months combining her writing with work as a stewardess and
caring for her children, Eva finished The Creak on the Stairs. It was published in
2018, and became a bestseller in Iceland. It also went on to win the Blackbird
Award, a prize set up by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jónasson to encourage
new Icelandic crime writers. It was published in English by Orenda Books in 2020.
Eva lives in Reykjavík with her husband and three children and is currently working
on the third book in the Forbidden Iceland series. Follow her on @evaaegisdottir
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THE SECOND BOOK IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FORBIDDEN ICELAND SERIES,
FROM THE WINNER OF THE BLACKBIRD AWARD
WINNER OF THE CWA DAGGER FOR
CRIME & THRILLER
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR
‘An exciting and harrowing tale from one of Iceland’s rising stars’ Ragnar Jónasson
‘Eva Björg Ægisdóttir ’s accomplished first novel is not only a full-fat mystery, but also a
chilling demonstration of how monsters are made’ The Times
Fresh, richly atmospheric, and with quietly compelling and sophisticated writing reminiscent
of Ruth Rendell, Girls Who Lie was an Icelandic #1 bestseller. It further establishes Eva Björg Ægisdóttir as one of the most exciting young crime writers in Iceland