The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 14

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My fourteenth #bookvent selection is book two in a series set in the dangerous world of smuggling. I loved the first book in the series and was really looking forward to reading book two. It seemed as though the heroine of the novel had found a happy ending but, thankfully for us – less so for her, that happiness was very short lived. With a plot that takes us from Florida to Iceland and to London, with a side trip or two along the way, the books is full of tension, action, double crossing and a brief cameo by ‘Tony the Tiger’. My fourteenth #bookvent choice is …

Trap

by Lilja Sigurdardottir

Happily settled in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when her son Tomas is taken, she’s back to square one … and Iceland.

Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see her. And that’s not all … Agla owes money to some extremely powerful men, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it back.

With her former nemesis, customs officer Bragi, on her side, Sonja puts her own plan into motion, to bring down the drug barons and her scheming ex-husband, and get Tomas back safely. But things aren’t as straightforward as they seem, and Sonja finds herself caught in the centre of a trap that will put all of their lives at risk…

Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Trap is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

If there is one thing I really love about this book – aside from the tiger which is incredibly awesome – it is the strength of character of the protagonist, Sonja. She thinks she has finally won her freedom and it doesn’t last and she is soon drawn back into the dangerous world of drug smuggling. In Trap, Sonja’s world becomes even more deadly and the number of people trying to bring her down seems to grow exponentially. She is a mother first and foremost and will do anything for her son, which is what ultimately leads her to her fate, as unexpected as it may be. Throw in some very dangerous men who work for her ex-husband, especially the one they call Sponge for reasons that will become very apparent in reading this book, as well as someone who uses Sonja for their own gain, and you begin to think that there is no chance of a happy ending. We learn more about Sonja’s lover Agla, and her role in event which led to the spectacular financial crash and this, for me, was really interesting to read. Finally there is Bragi, Sonja’s not quite tame Customs Officer. His story is not necessarily typical, but definitely moving and he is a character I also found myself rooting for. But it is the women who have all the power in this book and if you want to see some fierce and determined ladies in action, you really do need to read this book. All the muscles in the world can beat the guile of these fiesty gals.

If you would like to read my full review of Trap you can find it right here. The book is available to purchase from the following retailers:

Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Kobo ~ Waterstones

Happy #bookvent reading all

JL

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