Áróra returns to Iceland when her estranged sister goes missing, and her search leads to places she could never have imagined. A chilling, tense thriller - FIRST in an addictive, nerve-shattering new series - from one of Iceland's bestselling authors...
Icelandic sisters Áróra and Ísafold live in different countries and aren't on speaking terms, but when their mother loses contact with Ísafold, Áróra reluctantly returns to Iceland to find her sister. But she soon realizes that her sister isn't avoiding her ... she has disappeared, without trace.
As she confronts Ísafold's abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend Bjoern, and begins to probe her sister's reclusive neighbours - who have their own reasons for staying out of sight - Áróra is led into an ever-darker web of intrigue and manipulation.
Baffled by the conflicting details of her sister's life, and blinded by the shiveringly bright midnight sun of the Icelandic summer, Áróra enlists the help of police officer Daniel, as she tries to track her sister's movements, and begins to tail Björn - but she isn't the only one watching...
Slick, tense, atmospheric and superbly plotted, Cold as Hell marks the start of a riveting, addictive new series from one of Iceland's bestselling crime writers.
|Publication date:||28th October 2021|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 07/11/2021
'Icelandic crime writing at its finest ... immersive and unnerving' Shari Lapena
'Intricate, enthralling and very moving - a wonderful crime novel' William Ryan
'Another bleak, unpredictable classic' Metro
Winner: Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year
'Lilja Sigurdardottir just gets better and better ... Arora is a wonderful character: unique, passionate, unpredictable and very real' Michael Ridpath Praise for Lilja Sigurdardottir
'Smart writing with a strongly beating heart' Big Issue
'Tough, uncompromising and unsettling' Val McDermid
'Tense and pacey' Guardian
'A tense thriller with a highly unusual plot and interesting characters' The Times
'Deftly plotted' Financial Times
'An emotional suspense rollercoaster on a par with The Firm, as desperate, resourceful, profoundly lovable characters scheme against impossible odds' Alexandra Sokoloff
'Clear your diary. As soon as you begin reading ... you won't be able to stop until the final page' Michael Wood
'A smart, ambitious and hugely satisfying thriller. Striking in its originality and written with all the style and poise of an old hand. Lilja is destined for Scandi super stardom' Eva Dolan
'Zips along, with tension building and building ... thoroughly recommend' James Oswald
'Tense, edgy and delivering more than a few unexpected twists and turns' Sunday Times 'Sharp shocks of chapters hit with increasing energy ... a towering powerhouse of read and I gobbled it up in one intense sitting' LoveReading
'The intricate plot is breathtakingly original, with many twists and turns you never see coming. Thriller of the year' New York Journal of Books
'Taut, gritty and thoroughly absorbing' Booklist
'A stunning addition to the icy-cold crime genre' Foreword Reviews
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.More About Lilja Sigurdardottir