I have a fantastic Icelandic thriller for you all today as I join the blog tour for A Creak On The Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir. Many thanks to Eva, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Blog Tours, for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
The first in the electrifying new Forbidden Iceland series, The Creak on the Stairs is an exquisitely written, claustrophobic and chillingly atmospheric debut thriller by one of Iceland’s most exciting new talents.
When the body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.
Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her colleagues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day…
But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.
One of my biggest fears is hearing a noise from within the house when I know that I am the only one home. Because of this, A Creak on the Stairs felt incredibly sinister and chilling to me from the very first sentence. Eva Björg Ægisdóttir perfectly captures the claustrophobic feelings that sometimes come from life in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Add to this the long nights and freezing temperatures of an Icelandic winter and you have the perfect recipe for an incredibly atmospheric, gripping noir thriller.
There are a lot of characters to get to know in this book, and at first I must admit I struggled a little to keep them straight in my head. Unless your Icelandic is better than mine, I heartily recommend keeping a snap of the name pronunciation list at the beginning of the book close at hand. It didn’t take long though before I was drawn into each character’s individual story as they are all so beautifully developed, and there is not a single character who comes across as two dimensional or surplus to requirements. I found I had a very vivid image of each of them in my mind after a few chapters.
As secrets are uncovers and revelations made, A Creak on the Stairs moves from a crime thriller to a more emotional, and at times heartbreaking story where there are no winners. I very much look forward to reading more of Eva’s books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva moved to Trondheim, Norway to study my MSc in Globalisation when she was 25. After moving back home having completed her MSc, she knew it was time to start working on her novel. Eva has wanted to write books since she was 15 years old, having won a short story contest in Iceland.
Eva worked as a stewardess to make ends meet while she wrote her first novel. The book went on to win the Blackbird Award and became an Icelandic bestseller. Eva now lives with her husband and three children in Reykjavík, staying at home with her youngest until she begins Kindergarten.
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