A new chilling Icelandic series by Icelandic Noir royalty! Cold As Hell by Lilja sigurdardottir @Lilja1972 @OrendaBooks #IcelandicNoir #Orendtober #MiniReview

Icelandic sisters Áróra and Ísafold live in different countries and aren‘t on speaking terms, but when their mother loses contact with Ísafold, Áróra reluctantly returns to Iceland to find her sister. But she soon realizes that her sister isn’t avoiding her … she has disappeared, without 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 led 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, as she tries to track her sister’s movements, and begins to tail Björn – but she isn’t the only one watching…

Slick, tense, atmospheric and superbly plotted, Cold as Hell marks the start of a riveting, addictive new series from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.

Another day, another #Orentober mini review, and why not throw in one from Icelandic Noir royalty? Lilja sigurdardottir is an author of multiple Icelandic novels published by Orenda Books and I was so excited to hear that there was going to be a chilling crime series, front womaned by Áróra as she tries to hunt down her sister.

Cold As Hell is the first in a five installment series, translated by Quentin Bates and publishing in paperback by Orenda Books this October.

I’ve fallen hard for Icelandic Noir reads this year, especially those published by Orenda Books. Cold As Hell grabbed my attention instantly from the first page. I could feel the throat burning chilled air of Iceland, the anticipation at beginning a sinister tale, one of sisterhood, frayed family relationship, a mystery to be solved and an all around intense storyline. Atmospheric, beautifully written with a dark suspenseful thread running through the whole novel.
Cold As Hell is fast paced, filled with tension and before you know it, you’ve finished and you’re left greedily wanting more.

Quentin Bates, as always, has captivated Iceland and the storyline perfectly. Through his translation we are in Iceland with Áróra and honestly, I can’t wait to return to her with the next installment – it’s super exciting stuffs, I’ve even grabbed myself a copy of the audiobook so I can relive it!

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