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by Lilja Sigurdardottir

Crime / Mystery Political Thrillers Sharing Diverse Voices Thriller and Suspense Translated Fiction

LoveReading View on Betrayal

With short fast-moving chapters this is a piercing and riveting political thriller. Sitting within a time period of just over two weeks, former aid worker Ursula finds herself in deep water when she becomes Minister for the Interior in Iceland. Author Lilja Sigurdardottir and translator Quentin Bates team up again after the successful and fiercely intense Reykjavik Noir trilogy which I absolutely adored. The writing here is just as smart and powerful with dirty politics and corruption leading the charge and an otherwordly feel slinking around in the background. A number of characters are introduced, from Ursula who takes a high-profile role in government, to driver and bodyguard Gunnar, and cleaner Stella. A picture slows builds with a teetering edge of tension remaining in place throughout. I hovered on the edge of knowing and understanding, my focus sharp and waiting for what was to come. In summary, Betrayal is an edge-of-your-seat political thriller just brimming over with attitude.

Liz Robinson

Betrayal Synopsis

Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Ursula 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, Ursula 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 Ursula 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 Ursula 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 even higher...

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Betrayal Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

An easy and compelling read and meaning as the reader I always wanted to know 'What happens next'. A great book, not too political and with some twists. Full review

Alison Bisping

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ISBN: 9781913193409
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781913193416
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913193409
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Lilja Sigurdardottir
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 276 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Political Thrillers, Diverse Voices, Thriller / Suspense, Translated Fiction,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Thriller / suspense,

About Lilja Sigurdardottir

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.

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