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White As Snow by Lilja Sigurdardóttir Review

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Writer: Lilja Sigurdardóttir

Genre: Nordic Noir

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publish Date: 12th October 2023

Pages: 319

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb


Daníel and Áróra hunt a brutal killer when a shipping container with the bodies of five women is found outside Reykjavik, as Áróra continues the search for her missing sister. Book three in the addictive, chilling An Áróra Investigation series.


On a snowy winter morning, an abandoned shipping container is discovered near Reykjavík. Inside are the bodies of five young women – one of them barely alive.


As Icelandic Police detective Daníel struggles to investigate the most brutal crime of his career, Áróra looks into the background of a suspicious man, who turns out to be engaged to Daníel's former wife, and the connections don't stop there…


Daníel and Áróra's cases pit them both against ruthless criminals with horrifying agendas, while Áróra persists with her search for her missing sister, Ísafold, whose devastating disappearance continues to haunt her.


As the temperature drops and the 24-hour darkness and freezing snow hamper their efforts, their investigations become increasingly dangerous … for everyone.


Review


Intense, suspenseful with superb characters and dripping in Nordic noir grit.


Lilja Sigurdardóttir strikes again with another spectacular entry in to the Áróra Investigates series. White As Snow is the most impressive book in this series yet. The story orients itself around what is most probably one of the most disgusting crimes that happens in this day and age. Human trafficking. A horrifyingly dark opening sets the tone of the story and Lilja doesn’t look back. The story grows increasingly dark and ensures that the reader becomes addicted.


Áróra is a superb character and she continues to be so in this book. Her evolution from Cold As Hell, through  Red As Blood, to now is phenomenal and her relationships mirror that. Daníel comes into his own in this book and my adoration for the couple reaches new heights. To watch their relationship form and evolve throughout the series has been an absolute treat and shouldn’t be look at as a ‘side story’.


The intense subject of the crime in this entry to the series has such a darker tone that in the other two. The trafficking aspect takes front seat in this novel with Áróra’s search for her sister moving firmly into the backseat. I am excited to hopefully return to this though as I believe Áróra needs the answers she is desperately searching for.


Lilja’s pens her usual Nordic noir artistry in her latest gripping novel. She simply is the BEST at what she does in my opinion. The absolute QUEEN of nordic noir. White As Snow continues to cement that title firmly against Lilja’s name. A clear narrative and a rapid story development underpin the exceptional story this is. I end with this question to Lilja...Can I be Áróra's friend? Pleeeease?


Thank you Orenda Books for allowing me to review this series.

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