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Girls Who Lie by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4’5/5
Publisher: Orenda Books
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About The Book

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…


My Thoughts

Since the beginning the title of the book intrigued me “Girls Who Lie”, because, haven’t we all lied once?
So, it will not be difficult to feel connected one way or the other with this story and their characters; the victim Maríanna, her daughter Hekla or the main investigator of the case, Elma. Which one you’ll choose?
This is a book to remember that we all have secrets and some of them are so dangerous that can kill us. But most importantly, this is a story about motherhood, a mysterious woman will share her diary with us; the need to connect with her daughter but how she feels a burden instead. Who is this mysterious woman and daughter related to the story? And then we have the relationship between Maríanna and Hekla; distant, cold… she left 7 months ago with just a note and now her body appeared in the caves… It’s a suicide or someone killed her?
There are so many possible suspects that it will be impossible to not make your own guesses and stories while you are reading the book.
I’ll admit that I don’t know what part of the story intrigued me most, the mystery from the past, the one from the present or Elma’s life. They are all cleverly presented and written that it is impossible to stop reading page after page till the end.
Are you ready to be one of the “Girls Who Lie”?


About The Author

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.