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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,452 ratings  ·  238 reviews
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, whos ...more
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Orenda Books (first published October 15th 2015)
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"Snare" is a brilliant crime thriller with a very clever and intelligent storyline which is unique, original and gripping. It has a suspenseful plot line with incredible well defined characters and with it being so thrilling and fast paced this addictive book will have you reading well past your bedtime - I did and loved every minute!
It's the first in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy and considering how good this book is I really can't wait for the next two!!
Set in a Reykjavik that is still covered
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs
Snare is told via three separate points of view, that of Sonia, Bragi and Agla. All of their lives and stories merge at some point in really interesting ways and the cat and mouse game between Sonia and Bragi was unbelievably tense and exciting. My heart was in my throat for most of this book, as much as I shouldn’t have wanted Sonia to keep getting away with drug running I couldn’t help but sympathize with her and truly hoped she would find a safe way out.

Sigurdardottir is a fantastic writer,
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ah, Scandi-Noir! We meet once more and again, you didn’t let me down. Snare is one superb tense ride, centred around three characters who all find themselves trapped one way or another.

After a messy divorce, Sonja loses custody of her son. When we first meet her, she’s smuggling drugs into the country. But there’s more to her situation than meets the eye. It becomes clear quite early on that she’s not exactly a willing participant but is finding it hard to escape the hold the vicious criminal wo
Kylie H
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have had this book for quite a while but glad that I finally got to read it.
Sonia is in a 'snare' through a series of events and working as a drug mule. She is divorced and gets to have her son every second weekend. She hopes to save enough to free herself of the snare and get shared custody of her boy.
Bragi is a customs officer nearing retirement. He soon becomes suspicious of the attractive young woman that is frequently passing through the airport.
The book unfolds like a train wreck, it is
Joanna Park
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snare is definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time mainly because of its hard-hitting and sometimes harrowing, main story line about drug smuggling. It’s a subject we hear a lot about int he news and I’ve often wondered how and why people resort to drug smuggling in the first place, especially with all the risks involved. In Snare, the author offers up one explanation in a gripping and unflinching narrative that really had me breathless at times as I wondered what on earth would h ...more
Crime by the Book
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A taut and engaging blend of Nordic Noir sensibilities and high-stakes action thriller! This is a strong series launch. Books involving the drug trade aren’t typically my cup of tea, but I enjoyed this one!!
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lilja Sigurðardóttir is a name I won’t quickly be forgetting, Snare was an enticing read, filled with tension and a few heart-stopping moments. As the blurb indicates, there are three storylines taking place in this novel. Sonja caught up in the drug smuggling ring, looking for a way out and hoping to gain custody of her son. Bragi, a customs official, who suspects something is amiss with the beautiful woman who travels so frequently. And lastly, Alga, Sonja’s ‘kind-of’ girlfriend who is facing ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Time for some international reading. Iceland this time, a land of readers and writers if statistics are to go by. Also a land of brutal weather, terrible food and gorgeous scenery. All these ingredients were presents and permanently featured, it’s the story itself that was sort of underwhelming. Scandinavian fiction in general has a sort of flat aspect to it, but here it went beyond muted to plain averageness. Plus the ending was a definite detractor. Yes, I understand it’s a first in a new seri ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Snare proved a curious mix for me, as my overriding feeling that this was almost two books running parallel to each other, with a gripping story of drug running, running alongside a slower Borgen-esque feeling of financial impropriety, and double dealing. I’ll be honest, and say that I didn’t take to the latter thread as much as the former, finding it a little turgid against the relative excitement of the drug smuggling narrative, and although I was slightly questioning of the veracity of single ...more
Megan (ChroniclesOfABookworm)
*Received on NetGalley*

The ending just didn't do it for me. Super lackluster and devoid of any real thrill.
Callum McLaughlin
In some instances, the gripping pace of a thriller can come at the expense of character depth. Not so in Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Snare. This excellent example of noir fiction takes us into the underbelly of Iceland, following a tangled web of brilliantly well-realised characters, each as complex and morally ambiguous as the next.

Sonja is struggling to make ends meet in the wake of a messy divorce which saw her lose custody of her young son. Drawn into a dangerous crowd, she now works as a drug sm
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Snare – An Extraordinary Thriller from an Icelandic Author

Orenda Books are on a roll, they keep finding the best of Icelandic Noir, having Quentin Bates translate, and giving the English reader a new author. Lilja Sigurðardottir is already a successful playwright and author, and she has written a brand-new series and Snare is the first in the series of Reykjavik noir series.

Sonja has recently gone through a terrible divorce from her Adam, and she did not get a very good deal from her lawyer. He
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A snare is a trap from which it is difficult to escape. This book certainly lives up to its name. I was caught in Lilja Sigurdardottoir's trap from the very first paragraph and she kept me captive until I turned the final page. This is one hell of a story, a mind blowing read.

Lead character Sonja is ensnared, she's caught up in a seedy, dangerous underworld. Smuggling cocaine into Iceland in order to save enough money to get her beloved son back from his father; her estranged husband.
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Susan Hampson
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
Sonja is a very convincing liar. Everything about her, from the successful business woman who her documents say she is, to the classy way she looks, it is all lies. Sonja is a high-class drug smuggler and to be honest she is bloody good at what she does. At just a phone call Sonja can be jetting off anywhere in the world to smuggle cocaine back into her home country of Iceland. Talk about crafty, phew I won’t even glance at a stranger in an airport ever again never mind talk to one! This is one ...more
Ken Fredette
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lilja made a good story even better by flying off to London or Copenhagen as Sonja's pickups places before she would fly back to Iceland. It was a exceptionable round you go type of story that was really hard to except as noir but it actually was. I like the action it gave and made the story believable by all the characters that had some function in it. I'll let the people make there minds up in reading this story, they won't regret it at all. The only thing I found was the actual use of snare t ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fuller review to follow for Blog tour but just had to write this now as this was very unique and sharp as a knife!


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Read this last night and I had to write a short review now simply because it’s quite unlike anything I’ve read before. The tension, being part of a drugs run. I even feel nervous going through customs anyway so when this woman does knowing she has something illegal in her bag – I can’t imagine! The tricks that both sides use – the smugg
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
be gay do crime, essentially
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stylish crime novel without a murder. In a country with an economy just about wiped out by the 2008 economic crash, a divorced woman is coerced into smuggling cocaine into the country to improve her financial prospects and win custody of her son. Her lover is investigated for market manipulation. An elderly customs official starts following her moves out of and into the country. With these three characters as focalisators Lilja weaves her tale. It is engrossing, not only because of the narrati ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: iceland, crime
I read this as I'm a nerd for anything Icelandic. Although a lot of books are published in Iceland, the main ones available in English here are crime novels or Sjón, which is fine enough, but easy to tire of. This book was a bit of a disappointment as it never gets going. The entire book felt like throat-clearing, like the author was setting the groundwork and getting ready to tell a really good story here it is any minute now oh no now the book is finished. I know it's the first in a series but ...more
Sonia is offered help why she is going through a messy divorce and custody battle of her son. A simple errand is all that is required but little did she know that this simple errand would take her into a world of drug trafficking. Once she is in, she is in and she is now finding how difficult it is for her to escape this drug, money, and greed filled world. Sonia is in a relationship with Agla, Agla has her own problems and is under investigation for her role in Iceland's economic crash.

If I tel
Laura Rash
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very complicate story covering drug dealers, mules, messy divorce & custody, Bank discrepancies & elder abuse. Somehow with all the different point of views telling the story it made for an interesting & entertaining read.
Thanks to Orenda for this copy.
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‘She was almost at the southern end of Hyde Park when she realised that she was running. She slowed down to catch her breath. She wiped the tears from her eyes, but it made no difference as they continued to run freely down her cheeks. This had to be her last trip. She couldn’t do this anymore.’

SNARE is the first book in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy by Icelandic writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir. Set in a Reykjavík, still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, SNARE is described
Mary Picken
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh I really did enjoy this book very much indeed. Its a delight to take part in the blogtour for a book which I am sure will become a massive success.

Sonja and Adam have not long emerged from a bitter divorce; one in which Sonja was caught in the marital bed with Agla, a colleague of Adam’s in the banking industry.

Now Sonja has been left with no income, no house, and worst of all, she has lost custody of her only son, Tomas, whom she can now only see once a fortnight.

Now living in rented accommo
Christen Moore
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 has been a year of discovery for me. I discovered I enjoy reading crime fiction books with sci-fi elements as well as action thrillers. I am so glad I stepped outside of my usual preferences and gave these sub-genres of crime fiction a chance. Snare further confirmed that I will be picking up more actions thrillers in the future. Snare is a thrilling, fast paced, tense story of a woman who is down but she should not be counted out.
Sonia has found herself in a terrifying and dangerous situa
Susan Corcoran
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Orenda Books, blog tour organiser Anne Cater and the author for the ARC copy of Snare in return or an honest review.

It has to be said, I adored Snare and for numerous reasons. The outstanding quality of the writing, how the story slowly builds to a thrilling conculsion and the way the characters make you question your own actions if you to where caught in the Snare.

Its a slow burner, where the tension is built carefully. You don’t notice it at first, then suddenly you feel the mus
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Set in Rekyjavík, Sonja finds herself in a desperate situation after her divorce from Adam. Losing custody of her son Tómas, Sonja is desperate to get herself back on her feet and get Tómas back for good but the more she tries the deeper she finds herself trapped in the dark depths of drug smuggling and danger.
Sonja really has quite a complicated life. She’s smuggling drugs into the country but it’s not through choice and I really couldn’t help feeling sorry for her. Tómas, her son means the wor
A good page turner covering the impact of the financial crisis in Iceland and the scourge of drugs, albeit some of the storylines are fairly predictable.
The book follows Sonja who is separated from her husband Adam after being caught in bed with Agla, a co-worker with Adam. The other characters are Tomas, Sonja's son and Bragi a 70 year old customs officer.
Poor Tomas is a young boy struggling with the divorce of his parents. This is made worse as his mother is a drug mule and his father is like
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, scandinavia
Think Weeds by way of Arnaldur Indriðason. Not really my thing, I guess I prefer something a little more grounded, maybe not realistic, per se, but ultimately grounded in the minutae of how, for example, the drug trade works. Still, there's a bit about halfway through involving (view spoiler) that came as a delightful surprise. ...more
Alan Bevan
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting to read a story set in Iceland. Not much else interested me though...
Ross Cumming
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel is set in Iceland and is told from three different points of view. Sonja is newly divorced and is trying to make a new life for herself but has been caught up in a 'snare' by her lawyer, who is using her as a drugs courier to smuggle cocaine into Iceland. Her husband has custody of her son Tomas and she is trying to win him back but this has been complicated by her gay relationship with her lover Alga. Alga is a bank employee who has been implicated in the Icelandic banking scandal an ...more
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Lilja´s newest book, Netið ((Tangle) was published by Forlagid publishing in October 2016 and is the second book in the Reykjavík Noir Trilogy.
Lilja started her writing career in 2008 when she sent a manuscript of a novel to a competition run by the publishing house Bjartur whose aim was to find the Icelandic Dan Brown. Lilja got a publishing deal out of the competition and in 2009 her first book,

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