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The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir Review

Writer: Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

Publisher: Orenda Books

Genre: Fantasy/Thriller

Publish Date: 10th January 2020

Pages: 300

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


When a 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.

My Opinion

Suspense, darkness and mystery await you in between the covers of this modern classic.

Eva Björg Ægisdóttir begins her ‘Forbidden Iceland’ series with The Creak On The Stairs … a majestically written phenomenon of a novel. Crime writers make room! There is a new Queen of the genre in town. This story is a tightly formed mystery with deep characterisation and divine delivery.

Following the story of police officer Elma who is returning from Reykjavik CID to her hometown police force, believing it to be as quiet as it once was. However when the first case appears on her desk, Elma does not foresee the mystery that will require unravelling. Elma is a complex and compelling character with her own detailed past that itself will require the reader to discover as we journey along with Elma.

One of the most spectacular aspects of Eva’s writing is her ability to convey the landscape around the characters. Eva never shies away from detailing the environment in its entirety, portraying a stunning and tense aura that wraps itself around the novel throughout each chapter.

The story is tense and foreboding with twists and turns around every corner. The time jumping in-between the story of Elma is an incredible addition to the novel creating an additional layer that pulls you deeper into the story.

If you are looking for your next new thriller or mystery novel then look no further than this stunning first entry in a new, mysterious series by an impeccable author! A dark and tense novel with deep, memorable characters, A Creak On The Stairs is a masterpiece of modern Nordic noir that mustn’t be missed.

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