14 comments on “Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir | Book Review

  1. Wonderful review, Callum! I think thrillers usually don’t work for me because they lack character development and nuance, so I think this might be exactly the kind of book that might work for me.

    • Thank you so much 🙂 I’m often underwhelmed by the lack of attention to characters as well, so this was a very pleasant surprise! I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts if you decide to pick it up.

  2. You do pick up some interesting reads, I wonder where you find them? This sounds like a good one, I generally enjoy thrillers and crime fiction and I love Iceland as a setting. The fact that the threads link together directly, but are also connected thematically is interesting and appealing as well.

    • All sorts of places! I’ve been reading exclusively books by women in translation throughout August (seeing as it’s Women in Translation Month!) and I think I first came across this when I was looking into recommendations.

      I thought this struck a great balance between crime thriller and character study, so hopefully you’d enjoy it 😊

  3. Great review! These characters do sound just as interesting (if not more!) than the crime plot itself. I’ll be interested to see what you make of the rest of the series!

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  5. Great review! Everything I’ve read set in Iceland seems so dark and gritty and yet everything I’ve seen picture-wise of the country looks so beautiful. This sounds more nicely complex than the average thriller.

    • It’s funny, I’ve been to Iceland a few times (I love it there), and it’s so peaceful and beautiful. A lot of Nordic people are amused by the huge popularity of Nordic noir, given that crime is actually incredibly rare in that part of the world. I suppose it’s the cold, expansive, and often isolated settings that get the imagination fired up! But yes, I thought this was more emotionally complex than a lot of thrillers.

      • You’re right, there are a lot of really dark thrillers coming out of that part of the world but it seems relatively peaceful in real life! Maybe that’s part of the appeal, it doesn’t hit too close to home.

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