Betrayal by Lilja Sigurðardóttir
Source: Publisher via LoveReading UK
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: 1st October 2020
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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 & Review
Lilja Sigurðardóttir is a new author to me. I’ve heard about a couple of her books from a friend and seen them on Goodreads but never actually read any of them until now.
Betrayal is a well written book. It was an interesting read and pretty easy to follow. The book is quite short with just over 270 pages and quite a lot of chapters. The chapters are very short so don’t really take long to get through. Saying that it took me nearly 2 weeks to finish this book, the main reason for this was it was a hell of a slow burn for me. In my opinion nothing very exciting happens at the beginning. The scene is set and were introduced to Icelandic Politics. I found the Icelandic Politics quite interesting, but couldn’t really tell how accurate it was, as I know nothing about it.
The characters weren’t all likeable but were interesting enough to keep me reading. They made me want to find out how they were liked and what would happen next.
Betrayal is a translated book and think Quentin bates has done a great job in translating it but, like with quite a few translated books I’ve read before I feel something is always lost, and this is when I wish I could read multiple languages.
Although this was a slow burn I would say this is a good book, and one that I would recommend to a couple of friends, who love reading Icelandic read
I would like to thank LoveReading UK and the publishers Orenda for sending me a physical ARC of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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