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Fancy a chilling trip to Akranes? Girls Who Lie by Eva Björg Ægisdottir @EvaAefisdottir @OrendaBooks #GirlsWhoLie #Akranes #MiniReview

How fast is this month going? Can it slow down a little bit please? Just a tad. ANYWAYS, today is definitely a more chilling day weather wise, which means it’s becoming THE PERFECT weather to slip into that pile of Icelandic crime fiction reads you’ve been squirrelling away (but these books are for all year around, not just for those blanket worthy evenings!!) Today I’m reviewing Eva Björg Ægisdottir’s Girls Who Lie, the second in the Forbidden Iceland series – SUCH A GREAT SERIES!!

When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, everyone assumes 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 a shocking tragedy.

Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which becomes increasingly complex, as the number of suspects grows and new light is shed on Maríanna’s past – and the childhood of a girl who never was like the others…

I took a fictional trip to Iceland from the comfort of my picnic blanket with Eva Björg Ægisdottir’s second Forbidden Iceland novel, Girls Who Lie and I’m glad that I had the warm sun beating down on me because the cold terrain of Iceland with a chilling unravelling storyline had me shivering!

I absolutely LOVED The Creak on the Stairs and I was so excited to know there was a second book coming – Eva is an amazing addition to Orenda Books brilliant lineup of Nordic authors.

During Girls Who Lie, we return to Akranes with CIO Elma, who is investigating the disappearance of neglectful, single mother Marianna, who’s body is found on a lava field months later. This tightly plotted psychological thriller is wrapped around a cleverly plotted and shocking police procedural which delves into a complex case, leaving you with your jaw on the floor.

Girls Who Lie is a haunting tale filled with suspense, tension and a page-turningly addictive plotline that has been translated perfectly by translator Victoria Cribb who has captured the complete essence of the eerie Icelandic thriller vibe and whose talent, along with these immense Icelandic authors, always keeps me coming back for more!

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