#BlogTour Girls Who Lie by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

 It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Girls Who Lie by by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, translated by Victoria Cribb.

About the Author

Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir studied for an MSc in Globalisation in Norway before returning to Iceland and deciding to write a novel – something she had wanted to do since she won a short-story competition at the age of fifteen. After nine months combining her writing with work as a stewardess and caring for her children, Eva finished The Creak on the Stairs. 

It was published in 2018, and became a bestseller in Iceland. It also went on to win the Blackbird Award, a prize set up by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jónasson to encourage new Icelandic crime writers. It was published in English by Orenda Books in 2020. Eva lives in Reykjavík with her husband and three children and is currently working on the third book in the Forbidden Iceland series. 

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About the Translator

Victoria Cribb is one of Icelandic literature’s best-known translators into English, working with Arnaldur Indriðason, Sjón, and Gyrðir Elíasson, among others. She became interested in Iceland as a teenager and taught herself the language with a 1948 Linguaphone set.

About the book

When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, it is assumed that she’s taken her own life – until her body is found on the Grábrók lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her neglected fifteen-year-old daughter Hekla has been placed in foster care, but is her perfect new life hiding something sinister?

Fifteen years earlier, a desperate new mother lies in a maternity ward, unable to look at her own child, the start of an odd and broken relationship that leads to tragedy.

Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which becomes increasingly complex, as the list of suspects grows ever longer and new light is shed on Maríanna’s past – and the childhood of a girl who never was like the others…


This is the second book in the Forbidden Iceland series and whilst both books can be read as standalone novels I highly recommend reading the first –  The Creak on the Stairs. 

The story begins with a homicide, a less than perfect mother is found dead – is it suicide or something more nefarious? Elma starts to reconstruct the dysfunctional family structure and ties, which leads her in unusual directions. What kind of person treats her child like a hateful mistake? It’s a multi-layered story with plenty of areas that are neither black or white. Imperfect people with perfect little secrets, the kind of secrets that destroy people.

I was actually quite interested by the fact both books are very much individual experiences, despite some of Elma’s personal experiences and history flowing into this one. To the point where I had actually forgotten the connection. It’s the kind of book, and series, that makes a readers want to go back to the beginning, because you will almost certainly miss something the first time round.

It has the same noirish dark vibe that is tinged with an element of suppressed rage, frustration and despair. Ægisdóttir doesn’t shy away from speaking truths to the side of motherhood society likes to ignore to a certain extent. It isn’t all rainbows and daisies, sometimes it can trigger hormonal responses, and of course there are just some people who shouldn’t be mothers or parents at all. It’s a kaleidoscope of human emotions and mistakes, which bounce of each other to deliver a captivating read.

Buy Girls Who Lie at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Orenda Books, pub date 22 July 2021 | Paperback Original | £8.99. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

Apparently trying to be more organised has resulted in more disorganisation on my part, so here is the post that was supposed to go out yesterday. Either way it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, translated by Victoria Cribb.About the Author

Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva moved to Trondheim, Norway to study my MSc in Globalisation when she was 25. After moving back home having completed her MSc, she knew it was time to start working on her novel. Eva has wanted to write books since she was 15 years old, having won a short story contest in Iceland.

Eva worked as a stewardess to make ends meet while she wrote her first novel. The book went on to win the Blackbird Award and became an Icelandic bestseller. Eva now lives with her husband and three children in Reykjavík, staying at home with her youngest until she begins Kindergarten.

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About the book

The first in the electrifying new Forbidden Iceland series, The Creak on the Stairs is an exquisitely written, claustrophobic and chillingly atmospheric debut thriller by one of Iceland’s most exciting new talents.

When the body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area. Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her colleagues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day…

But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it ’s too late.


Elma has returned home to Akranes, because of a failed long-term relationship. Back to her parents, her friends and the quiet rural town of her childhood. When the body of a woman is discovered near a local lighthouse the investigation into her death begins to uncover some uncomfortable truths about the men and women she has known her entire life.

The investigation is impeded by her colleagues Sævar and Hörður, one of whom has other things on his mind and the other is determined to undermine the case by protecting certain bigwigs in town. Do they have something to hide?

Meanwhile Elma follows the path and story of the victim all the way back to her childhood. A childhood that appears to be filled with darkness, fear and pain. One that all the adults around her chose to ignore instead of helping her.

It’s a riveting crime read – a story of damaged souls and secrets buried so deep not everyone wants them uncovered.

Although it’s certainly an ending that is controversial in its own way it’s also one that is based in reality and very much one of our time. The futility and frustration is balanced out by complacency and an intrinsic need for certain truths to remain hidden. What matters the truth when the victims can no longer speak for themselves or reputations may be sullied? What matters justice when the deed has been buried in decades of lies, misdirection and denial?

It’s a driven and captivating read, not only due to the excellent plotting, but also because the author doesn’t present readers with a character or victim to root for per se. Instead it’s a case of perfect imperfections, which of course is the reality of life. We are all flawed in some way – some more than others. The question in this piece is whether those flaws excuse the deed or does the deed cause the flaw, and in doing so set a series of tragic events in motion?

This is the first in the Forbidden Iceland series and can’t wait to read the next in the series. Elma is more of a ‘I can feel it in my gut – and fly by the seat of her pants gal’ which makes for an interesting sleuth, especially when combined with the atmospheric feel of this Icelandic Noir.

Buy The Creak on the Stairs at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Orenda Books; pub date 14 Mar. 2020. Buy at Amazon comBuy at Orendabooks.co.uk