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Red As Blood by Lilja Sigurdardóttir Review

Writer: Lilja Sigurdardóttir

Translation: Quentin Bates

Publisher: Orenda Books

Genre: Nordic Noir

Publish Date: 13th October 2022

Pages: 300

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


When entrepreneur Flosi arrives home for dinner one night, he discovers that his house has been ransacked, and his wife Gudrun missing. A letter on the kitchen table confirms that she has been kidnapped. If Flosi doesn’t agree to pay an enormous ransom, Gudrun will be killed.

Forbidden from contacting the police, he gets in touch with Áróra, who specialises in finding hidden assets, and she, alongside her detective friend Daniel, try to get to the bottom of the case without anyone catching on.

Meanwhile, Áróra and Daniel continue the puzzling, devastating search for Áróra’s sister Ísafold, who disappeared without trace. As fog descends, in a cold and rainy Icelandic autumn, the investigation becomes increasingly dangerous, and confusing.

My Opinion

Áróra explodes back onto the scene in Lilja’s continuation to the ‘An Áróra Investigation’ series!

An immersive and chilling crime masterclass by one of Nordic Noir’s greats! As you all know by now, I am a huge fan of Lilja and all her books, absolutely one of my favourite writers and I would say one of the best in the world in the genre. Red As Blood continues the trend with an atmospheric tale of abduction, infidelity and crime gangs.

Lilja has a distinct ability to craft the environment her books are set in with an ability second to none. Too often was I caught feeling the Icelandic cold or shrouded by a mysterious fog. To describe this book as atmospheric is an understated phrase. I honestly cannot fathom anyone other than Lilja delivering this gripping tale.

Áróra is a fantastic, deep and captivating character. We know this from Cold As Hell but Red As Blood sees the progression of Daniel’s story and this dynamic with Áróra is explored more, certainly the will they, won’t they aspect. Daniel is just as strong of a character as Áróra and the combination of these two by Lilja is a masterstroke.

If you are a Nordic Noir fan, or if you are a fan of Lilja, definitely get Red As Blood now! But make sure you have red Cold As Hell beforehand! Both are out now and the continuation of the series is coming soon! Catch up before it’s out! Thank you Orenda Books for the review copy! I loved it so much I bought it physically!

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