Today it is my absolute pleasure to bring you an exclusive look at the cover for Orenda Books’ latest fabulous author, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir. Her debut novel, The Creak On The Stairs, has already garnered huge praise in Iceland, also winning the Blackbird Award in her native country, an award established by top authors Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jonasson to recognise the very best of Iceland’s newest crime writers.
The cover is gorgeous, and the story sounds amazing. Want to take a look at the blurb for yourself? Here you go.
About the Book
When a 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.
An exquisitely written, disturbing, claustrophobic and chillingly atmospheric thriller, The Creak on the Stairs is the first in an electrifying series, by one of Iceland’s most exciting new talents.
Doesn’t that sound amazing? And I am especially delighted to see the words “first in … series” in the blurb there too. Out in May 2020, I cannot wait to get a hold of this book, so you know I’ll be stalking Amazon from now until pre-order day!
Are you ready to see the cover now? Here we go then …
What do you think? Pretty awesome, huh? I am loving the lighthouse and the whole blending of the blood red into the shadows. Simply stunning. Another Orenda winner.
Welcome to Team Orenda Eva. I am sure your lovely colleagues will be able to reassure you that I am absolutely not an Orenda Author Stalker. Not me. No sirree …
About the Author
Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir studied for an MSc in Globalisation in Norway before returning to Iceland and deciding to write a novel – something she had wanted do to since she won a short-story competition at the age of fifteen. After nine months combining her writing with work as a stewardess and caring for her children, Eva had finished The Creak on the Stairs. It was published in 2018, and became a bestseller in Iceland. It also went on to win the Blackbird Award, a prize set up by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jonasson to encourage new Icelandic crime writers.
Eva lives in Reykjavík with her husband and three children and is currently working on her next novel.
TRANSLATED BY VICTORIA CRIBB