Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Girls Who Lie By Eva Björg Ægisdóttir very much to Anne from Random Things Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Orenda Books
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release date: 22 07 2021
Price*: Kindle £3.79 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $6.15 (USD)/ Paperback $15.95 (USD)
Pages: ~ 276
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Description of the book: When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, everyone assumes 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 a shocking tragedy.
Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which becomes increasingly complex, as the number of suspects grows and new light is shed on Maríanna’s past – and the childhood of a girl who never was like the others…
Breathtakingly chilling and tantalisingly twisty, Girls Who Lie is at once a startling, tense psychological thriller and a sophisticated police procedural, marking Eva Björg Ægisdottir as one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
After what felt like an interminable day, Hörður, Elma and Sævar had headed back to the police station in Akranes to decide their next steps. Elma was now sitting in the meeting room cradling her fourth mug of coffee. She’d almost finished the packet of biscuits that had been lying unopened on the table when they arrived. Sævar sat opposite her and yawned as he pushed away his laptop. The colour had returned to his cheeks, though he had subsisted on nothing but fizzy drinks all day. He glanced at his watch and then at Elma. Feeling his gaze on her, she looked up.
‘What?’ In the yellow glow of the ceiling lights she suddenly felt sleepy too and had to smother a yawn with her hand.
‘Shouldn’t we talk to Maríanna’s daughter?’
‘I’ll take care of that,’ Elma said. The girl’s name was Hekla. She had been taken in after her mother’s disappearance by a couple called Bergrún and Fannar, who had fostered her when she was younger and later looked after her every other weekend. Elma didn’t know exactly how the girl had come to be fostered by them in the first place, though she was aware that Maríanna had had a few problems. Bergrún and Fannar had been very helpful during the search for her back in the spring and more than willing to provide Hekla with a permanent home.
‘Is there anyone else we should be in touch with?’ Sævar asked.
‘Well, Maríanna’s father lives in Reykjavík,’ Elma said, remembering. ‘But, as far as I can recall, her brother and mother are dead. She didn’t have any other close family.’
Elma reached down to pat Birta, who was sitting at her feet. Sævar’s dog usually made a beeline for her when he brought her into the office, which had been pretty much every day since he’d split up with his girlfriend of seven years. He didn’t have the heart to leave the dog alone at home, so she had become almost part of the furniture at the police station. The ex-girlfriend had already got together with another man, and they were expecting a baby. Sævar claimed he was happy for them, but Elma doubted this was entirely genuine. He didn’t seem that pleased about Birta’s preference for Elma either, however much he joked about it. Elma had seen him staring fixedly at the dog lying at her feet, as if silently commanding her to come to him. But Birta ignored his summons, as she did any other orders he gave her in Elma’s presence. Instead, the dog would turn an enquiring gaze on Elma and wait for a command from her.
‘I’ll speak to her father,’ Sævar said, his eyes on Birta.
‘Whatever you think,’ Elma replied, and got up. Birta instantly sprang up too and followed Elma obediently into the office where she settled down again at her feet.
About the author: Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva moved to Trondheim, Norway to study 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 Creak on the Stairs. The book went on to win the Blackbird Award, was shortlisted (twice) for the Capital Crime Readers’ Awards, and became a number one bestseller in Iceland. Eva lives with her husband and three children in Reykjavík, and she’s currently working on the third book in the Forbidden Iceland series.
Twitter: @evaaegisdottir / Facebook: @evabjorgauthor / Instagram: @evabjorg88
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