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Happily settled in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when her son Tomas is taken, she’s back to square one … and Iceland.
Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see her. And that’s not all … Agla owes money to some extremely powerful men, and they

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Published August 30th 2018 by ORENDA BOOKS
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Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series, I loved the first, Snare and highly recommend reading that before this one as it’s awesome and you’ll be properly caught up because the first book really sets the stage for what takes place in the second. It picks up soon after the first book ends and is just as tense and exciting as it’s predecessor.

You hear from Sojia, Bragi and Agla again and I was thoroughly invested in each of their stories, especially as they’re all connected in complex and interesting
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
W „Pułapce” czytelnik nie znajdzie brutalnych opisów, ani scen pełnych bezmyślnej przemocy, odnajdzie natomiast emocje i wybory, z którymi może się zidentyfikować. Czego zabrakło? Pazura ostrości i kryminalnej głębi. „Pułapka” okazała się stonowaną powieścią sensacyjną, subtelną w dawkowaniu kryminalnych doznań, ale satysfakcjonującą dla tych, którzy szukają w kryminałach czegoś nieco odmiennego. Lilja Sigurdardottir pokazuje rozpad jednostki rodzinnej, stratę, tęsknotę za bliskością oraz związa ...more
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Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trap hits the ground running, you’re immediately thrown into the thick of things, and the plot holds your attention throughout. Trap is the perfect title for this novel, because, as the blurb states, Sonja does find herself caught in the middle of a dangerous trap. As much as I like her, the danger she was in made for great reading. The pace was fast, Sonja was constantly on the go, trying to navigate her way out of the mess she found herself in. Trap is a continuation of its predecessor, so you ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sonja has taken her son Tomas and escaped to sunny Florida where she hopes to build a new life for them. She has finally been able to escape the trappings of the cocaine trade in Iceland. One day Tomas goes missing and soon a series of events are put into motion that will take Sonja straight back into the world she was desperately trying to escape. Along with her son, Sonja is whisked away back to Iceland where she will need to pay the consequences of her failed escape.

Back in Iceland we find th
Craig Sisterson
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's plenty of talk about the 'Scandi Crime Wave' and 'Nordic Noir' as if it's some kind of homogeneous offering from the crime writers of that multinational region, when in truth there are plenty of differences in settings, styles, and stories told.

Icelandic author Lilja Sigurdardottir certainly underlines that: TRAP is the second in her Reykjavik Noir series and is an edgy tale of international drug running and financial shenanigans centred on a host of rather unlikable but fascinating cha
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Snare was a novel that really stabbed its story and characters into your reading memory. This one takes Snare and sets it in a trap, which then grabs you and keeps you captive throughout.

The story of Agla and Sonja continues and boy does it ramp up! Agla is awaiting trial for fiscal misconduct, Sonja has to return to Iceland to save her son. Bragi is also once again at the heart of the story and the heart of the drug deals which flow through Iceland’s airports. Talk abot dealing and double deali
Laura Rash
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all I have to say that this cover is EVERYTHING! Striking simplicity at its finest! And the story within is anything but simplistic! A compounding complicated story that keeps you on the edge of your seat! I had enjoyed Snare so much that I was eager to see if this one enthralled me as much and it did not disappoint!
Thanks to Orenda for this early copy:)
Dimitris Passas
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I finished reading the new novel by Lilja Sigurdardóttir, who debuted more than successfully with the ''Snare'', I couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed. Though ''The Trap'' is definitely an enjoyable and entertaining crime book, it seems that it lacks the originality of the writer's previous novel and while it has a well-woven plot which keeps the reader interested, the tempo is somehow flat and anti-climactic, never reaching a peak. In my opinion, this is the book's main problem along ...more
Anna Hardardottir
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Góð og spennandi bók. Skemmtilegar persónur, maður heldur allavega með glæpa konunum.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In December last year, I read and reviewed Snare; the first book in this series. I adored it and it got a very well deserved place on my Top Books of the Year list. I've been looking forward to the follow up ever since then.

I would advise that readers make sure that they've read Snare before starting on Trap. Whilst you could, at a push read this as a stand alone, the whole experience is enhanced by having some idea of what happened in Snare. These are fairly short, quick reads that carry the re
If you read Snare by Lilja Sigurdardóttir, then you must head off to your local bookshop and get yourself a copy of Trap (Orenda Books) which is the second in the Reykjavik Noir Series. This I raced through in one day it was that gripping. One book I knew when I started there was no way I was going to put this book down.

Sonya is trying to make a new start and escape the world of drugs and is happy in Florida, the sunshine state. What could possibly go wrong. Her life is Thomas her son but when
Christen Moore
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book of the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, Snare was an eye opener for me. It is the first crime fiction book I read which focused on the illegal drug trade. I was a bit hesitant, but I am so glad I gave it a chance. Sometimes I do forget there is much more to crime fiction than just murder. Snare and Trap portray a dark world with characters as cunning and evil as those in any murder mystery.

Former drug trafficker Sonja and her young son Tomas have escaped Sonja’s dangerous occupation and he
Adam Pálsson
Eins og fyrri bókin grípur þessi manni heljartökum ásamt því að vera hröð, spennandi og vel fléttuð.
Fyrst þegar ég heyrði af þessu framhaldi Gildrunar bjóst ég ekki við því að bókin myndi standa væntingar því Lilja Sigurðardóttir var búin að setja markið ansi hátt með Gildrunni - en hún stóðst svo sannlega háar væntingar og rúmlega það!

Mæli tvímælalaust með þessari bók fyrir alla sem hafa gaman að góðum spennusögum.
Mary Picken
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways (with sincere apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height of thy story telling ability. This is a cracker of a story which plays out with just the right degree of mishap, tense action and manipulative behaviour to keep the reader transfixed and always intrigued.

I love thee for thy strong women of all shapes, sizes and abilities. From incredibly astute women to the brave in the face of adversity women, to the wo
Jackie Law
Trap, by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates), is the second novel in the author’s Reykjavik series of crime thrillers. I have not read the first. While the story holds together as a standalone I wondered if the limited backstory, which brought new readers up to speed, contributed to my inability to sympathise with any of the characters. Perhaps had I better understood how they ended up in the difficulties they must now face I would have felt more concern over their fates. It is ha ...more
Karen Cole
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been looking forward to finding out what lies in store for Sonja and Agla after reading Snare last year. The short answer is much of the same - Sonja might have thought she'd escaped the snare that saw her forced to smuggle cocaine in a bid to regain control of her life and custody of her son, Tomas but she very quickly learns that freedom is elusive and she is still trapped. She may have Bragi on her side but she has made some dangerous enemies and will be forced to come face to face wit ...more
Oh Lilja Sigurðardóttir, how clever you are! First you snared me with, er, Snare and now you’ve trapped me with, um, Trap. For those of you who are new to the Reykjavik Noir series, Trap is the second book and whilst it could be read as a standalone I would recommend giving Snare a read first so you can fully immerse yourself in the world Sigurðardóttir has created.

Trap begins with our protagonist, Sonja, living in a trailer park with her son Tómas, who has made friends and is happily learning t
J Fearnley
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I recently bought, read and reviewed Snare the first in this series and loved it so when the opportunity came along from Anne Cater and Orenda Books to join the BlogTour for Trap I was delighted, thrilled and happy to do so.

Would it be as good? Second books often take a dip for the reader, perhaps the after glow from a such a good first book means anything else has to do such a lot to even come near to matching that. Well Trap doesn’t disappoint.

It takes up the story from Snare seamlessly, wh
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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If you want the abridged version of my review without all the waffle, let me say it here and now, I loved this book. There. You can go now. No? Still here? Okay, so here's the rest of it.

Snare was one of the standout books for me last year and when we left our heroine, Sonja, she was escaping Iceland with her son Tomas, and hoping for a new start away from all of her troubles. Now for those not in the know, Sonja, bless her, had found herself stuck as a reluctant drugs smuggler, a woman under tr
Cram Book Club
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Sigurdardottir double bill this weekend with Snare, the first book in the Reykjavik Trilogy being the Book Club's Book Of The Month and Trap, the second book being my last Blog Tour of the month.

Picking up straight where Snare left off I really do recommend you read the first book before dipping your toes into the second helping of Sonja and her drug smuggling, Adam the evil ex husband and Agla Sonja's ex girlfriend and high finance crook. In fact all the character's from Snare make a return i
Stephanie Dagg
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d heard of Nordic Noir, of course, and watched several such series on TV, but this is the first time I’ve read such a book in this genre. And what a fabulous introduction it’s been!
I was enthralled from the first page – by the characters, the clever plot and the sheer readability. The book is the second in a series, but I hadn’t realised that when I began reading and I don’t feel I missed anything. However, I shall definitely be reading ‘Snare’ to find out how the characters get into their pre
David Harris
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to Orenda Books and to Anne for inviting me to take part in the blogtour and for letting me have an advance copy of Trap.

This is the sequel to Snare, picking up the story with the two women Sonja and Agla far apart - Sonja has fled with her young son Tómas and is hiding out in Florida - perhaps as much from her feelings about Agla as from her ex husband Adam. Agla in turn is sunk in misery, mitigated by booze and drugs, at home in Iceland. (I loved the portrayal of the ,lovesick Agl
Jacob Collins
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I turned the pages at breakneck speed reading Trap. Having read and enjoyed Snare, the first book in the series last year, I couldn’t wait to see how the series would follow on, and Lilja Sigurdardóttir has created a tense, action packed read that will keep readers enthralled. Once again the reader is taken into a corrupt world of bankers, money laundering, drug dealers and drug mules. If you’re looking for a unique crime series, that has fascinating characters, then I definitely recommend both ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trap picks up pretty much where Snare left off and we see Sonja in Florida with her son. However her peace doesn't last for long and soon enough Sonja has a whole new set of problems to deal with. I do have to mention that it might be a good idea to pick up a copy of Snare first. In a way I think Trap can be read as a standalone but I do feel that you will get a better understanding fully knowing the characters back stories. Also Snare is a brilliant book and I would hate for anyone to miss out! ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A nail bitting mystery that will make your heart pump faster than ever, because you will not be a simple reader in the story, you will feel the fear, the sweat and adrenaline beating in your own body since the first page!
First of all, this is the second part of the Reykjavik Noir series, and is so good that I highly recommend you to start from the beginning, in addition, have you seen the amazing cover? So related but subtile at the same time!
We will start the story with Sonya, that has to retur
Cheryl M-M
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trap is the sequel to Snare, which is the story of a mother caught up in drug smuggling ring and desperately trying to save herself and her son. Trap begins with Sonja being brought back to her harsh reality, when she and Tomas are returned to Iceland against her will.

Sonja finds herself back in the same cycle of emotional blackmail and in the middle of a hive of criminals. Her focus however remains the same, to get her son away from his father. The only reason he wants Tomas is to keep Sonja in
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Snare’ (book one in the Reykjavik Trilogy) but with ‘Trap’ my enjoyment was taken up a notch by Lilja Sigurdardottir. Although you can read ‘Trap’ as a stand alone, I do recommend you read ‘Snare’ first. It helped me slip right into Sonja’s world having previously met her and all the other dubious characters created by Sigurdardottir.

My favourite thing about this book (and ‘Snare’) is the relationship between Sonja and her son Tomas. A mother/son relationship is a very spe
The Literary Shed
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s excellent Reykjavík Noir Trilogy, Trap opens with Sonja living in the States with her son, Tómas. When ex-husband Adam grabs their son, he forces Sonja to choose between giving up Tómas completely or returning to Iceland and the life she left behind. Enmeshed once again in Iceland’s drug trade, Sonja fights to free Tómas and herself from the hold that Adam and others have over them.

Unravelling against the backdrop of Iceland’s floundering economy and the
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Liljas 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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The Reykjavík Noir Trilogy (2 books)
  • Snare
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