Today I’m delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Betrayal Lilja Sigurðardóttir.
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…
This is the first time I have read Lilja and oh my, does she writes a darn good thriller The tension is palable right from the get go and it didn’t ease off throughout. I won’t go into the plot, the synopsis tells you as much as you need to know at this point but what I will say is that if you love Iceland Noir then you are going to LOVE this.
Úrsula is a rather damaged character but she wants to do good in the world. There is darkness in her past and you really get a feel for this as the story progresses. Bad dreams, flash backs and memories cast a shadow over her life and stop her from finding contentment and happiness. Her family life seems idyllic, her husband supportive and caring and yet there is something holding her back. In this respect, at the beginning, I felt she came across as cold, or perhaps there was more to it and her survival instinct was kicking in? I did find it a curious side to her and it propelled me on, wanting to discover more. I did like her though. I liked that she was tough, yet vulnerable and also wrestled with her own emotions. She has a high profile job within the governement and Lilja clearly shows the sacrifice women often have to make when it comes to juggling family and career. Of course add to this dirty politics, death threats and cover-ups and you wonder how she is going to get though this in one piece.
Úrsula is an intriguing character but then Lilja does intriguing characters very well and there are many in the pages of this book. She keeps you guessing throughout and you never really know who to trust. It is one of those books that you can’t quite put down, wanting just one more chapter as each ones leave you wanting to know what happens next. I was literally reading whilst brushing my teeth – it is absolutely gripping. It is a powerful read in many ways, brilliantly written and translated. Yet another superb offering from Orenda Books. I might just have to check out Lilja’s previous novels now. I’m absolutely hooked!
Thank you so much to Ann Cater for invititing me to take part in this blog tour and the team at Orenda books for an early digital copy to review.
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.