Saturday 26 October 2019

Cage by Lilja Sigurðardóttir @lilja1972 BLOG TOUR @OrendaBooks #Cage Translated by @graskeggur

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.

As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis, María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed.
Ruthless drug baron Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home.
At the same time, a deadly threat to Sonya and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive.

Cage by Lilja  Sigurðardóttir was published as an ebook by Orenda Books on 17 August 2019, the paperback edition was released on 17 October 2019. I'm delighted to share my review as part of the Blog Tour today

Cage is the third and final instalment in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy; the previous books are Snare and Trap; both of which I've reviewed here on Random Things, and both of which I adored.

It was with a hint of sadness that I picked up Cage; I really didn't want this to be the last that I'd read about Sonya and Agla; however, I was soon absolutely transfixed and as I turned the final page, I had a feeling of satisfaction. Lilja Sigurðardóttir has done her characters such justice; this is a tough, unsettling and quite emotional ending to what has been a fabulous series.

My heart was in my mouth as I read the opening chapter where we find Agla in prison. She's had a very bad time, and whilst she's always been a strong, determined woman, she's really suffering. The loss of the greatest love of her life; Sonja, has had a huge impact on her outlook.

However, it's not that long before Agla finds herself entwined in scandal once more. Her one-time enemy Maria needs her help; she'd determined to expose the corruption in Icelandic industry, and there's danger ahead.

Whilst I did miss Sonja in this story (she makes an appearance later on in the book), I was intrigued and impressed by the author's development of the other characters from the series.

Once more, this clever author has produced a story that masters the art of combining suspense with literary depth. The reader gains an insight into the terrifying criminal underworld of Iceland and sees just how an ordinary person can be sucked into it and how difficult it is to escape.

This is a smart, chilling and suspenseful novel that doesn't let go until the very last page.

Bravo Lilja Sigurðardóttir, I'm really looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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 the Reykjavik Noir series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Trap was published in 2018, and a Book of the Year in Guardian. 
The film rights for the series have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. 

Lilja lives in Reykjavík with her partner. 

Follow Lilja on Twitter @lilja1972 and on her website

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