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Cold As Hell by Lilja Sigurdardóttir

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

Estranged sisters Áróra and Ísafold live in different countries,
and are not on speaking terms. When their mother loses contact with Ísafold, Áróra reluctantly returns to Iceland to look for her. But she soon realizes that her sister isn’t avoiding her… she has disappeared, without a trace.
As she confronts Ísafold’s abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend Björn, and begins to probe her sister ’s reclusive neighbours – who have their own reasons for staying out of sight – Áróra is drawn into an ever-darker web of intrigue and manipulation.
Baffled by the conflicting details of her sister ’s life, and blinded by the shiveringly bright midnight sun of the Icelandic summer, Áróra enlists the help of police officer Daníel, to help her track her sister ’s movements, and tail Björn. But she isn’t the only one watching…


My Thoughts

There are some authors that it doesn’t matter how many books they write, all of them are special and unique. For me, Lilja Sigurdardóttir is part of this VIP group, I still haven’t read anything from her that I didn’t like or hasn’t made me think deeply of the story and the repercussions of it.
“Cold As Hell” is a psychological thriller, and before you read too much you should know that it’s an exceptional read, it will make you have internal debates about the main character’s position and her actions. So, let’s talk a little about the plot. Áróra has to return to Iceland to search for her estranged sister Ísafold, who lives with her abusive partner. Áróra has confronted feelings about Ísafold’s situation, did she leave her partner at once or something terrible happened to her? Should she feel guilty to not be worried about her missing or did she deserve that something happened to her? On the other hand, Áróra has found one very interesting job, searching for the missing money from one of the big fishes in Iceland. Everyone knows that he is dirty, but will she find where the money is staged?
The story is told between different characters that makes the story more complex and with small details of the full picture at the end. It’s interesting to see how the different characters that don’t seem relevant have an important part in the story.
I really loved this book, it had a mysterious magnet for me, not making me forget the story while I was reading it and even after finishing it!
“Cold As Hell” will be on my top ten this year, believe me, a must read. Ready?


About The Author

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurðardóttir 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, her English debut shortlisting for the CWA International Dagger and hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Trap soon followed suit, with the third in the trilogy Cage winning the Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year, and was a Guardian Book of the Year. Lilja’s standalone Betrayal, was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja is also an award-winning screenwriter in her native Iceland. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.