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.
The Creak on the Stairs is my first read from Icelandic author, Eva Bjorg AEgisdottir, and it won’t be my last. Wow! What a novel. This is the first book in a crime series, and I am very impressed.
Eva Bjorg AEgisdottir is beautiful. I absolutely loved the strong descriptions. They were so vivid, I felt as though I was there. The main reason many of us read is to be taken into the novel, and that is what happens here.
The Icelandic names took me a bit to get used to, but that isn’t a negative. I love learning and exposing myself to new things. This was an excellent challenge for me and in no way took my enjoyment away!
I love the slow burn, multi layer, murder investigation. Small town mysteries are always more sinister, and I think this was fantastic. Highly recommended!
*I received a free copy of this book from Random Things Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
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
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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