blog tour, Book reviews, Nordic noir

Girls Who Lie by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

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…

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.

MY REVIEW 

Set in Iceland, Girls Who Lie is the second in the Forbidden Iceland series with police officer Elma.

This thriller is told from two perspectives, Elma and an in-named woman.

A missing woman’s body has been found in a cave, first thoughts are this is a tragic suicide, but now suspicions are this may have been murder, so Elma begins the investigation.

Meanwhile, the other part of this tale is the unnamed woman as we hear of her depression and her struggles with her child…..how are these two stories linked?………slowly it starts to become clear!

This is an atmospheric, dark and chilling thriller that’s full of a simmering tension from the start. Great characters and a beautifully twisty plot, this will keep you guessing. Nordic Noir at its finest. Brilliant and I loved it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Girls Who Lie.

Purchase link : https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9781913193737

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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