Betrayal by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Mystery Fiction

About The Book

Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again.
But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a policeman, and life in high office soon becomes much more harrowing than Úrsula could ever have imagined. A homeless man is stalking her – but is he hounding her, or warning her of some danger? And why has the death of her father in police custody so many years earlier reared its head again?
As Úrsula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witch-like cleaning lady intertwine. Small betrayals become large ones, and the stakes are raised ever higher…


My Thoughts

Starting a new job is always something exciting and frightening at the same time, you never know if you are fit for the job or if the co-workers will accept you.
This is the story of Úrsula, she has returned to Iceland after a few difficult missions and with PTSD, she hopes that her new job as a minister will give her some stability and peace of mind. But, as you can imagine it will not be as easy as she hopes, her first visit is a woman that blames a policeman to rape her daughter, of course Úrsula promises to help her without knowing that this will be possibly her most dangerous mission ever.
The story is told within a few weeks, from the moment Úrsula starts working till the end… But the story is told between different characters making the story more complete and full, because it’s not only important Úrsula but her co-workers and her stalker, of course.
It’s always frightening reading how corrupt are politics, because if this can happen in fiction, be prepared to discover the reality… “Reality is always worse than fiction” this is my mantra, and it’s not a good one!
This had been a slow paced story, told at it’s own pace but unstoppable and dark that will keep you turning pages. This is one of those books that any reader should discover, easy to read but difficult to digest, it will leave a print on you, believe me.
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About The Author

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.