When a woman’s body is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, investigators discover shocking secrets in her past. First in the disturbing, chillingly atmospheric, addictive new Forbidden Iceland series.
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**SHORTLISTED for the Amazon Publishing Readers Award for Best Debut Novel**
**WINNER of the Storytel Award for Best Crime Novel 2020**
**WINNER of the Blackbird Award for Best Icelandic Crime Novel**
‘Eva BjÃ¶rg ÃgisdÃ³ttir’s accomplished first novel is not only a full-fat mystery, but also a chilling demonstration of how monsters are made’Â The Times
‘Fans of Nordic Noir will love this moving debut from Icelander Eva BjÃ¶rg ÃgisdÃ³ttir’s. It’s subtle, nuanced, with a sympathetic central character and the possibilities of great stories to come’Â Ann Cleeves
‘An exciting and harrowing tale from one of Iceland’s rising stars’Â Ragnar JÃ³nasson
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 colleguesÂ SÃ¦var and HÃ¶rÃ°ur, 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.
For fans of Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Ruth Rendell, P D James, Sarah Hilary and Camilla Lackberg
‘Elma leaves Reykjavik CID for a job with the police in her hometown of Akranes, deeming it “every bit as quiet as it appeared to be” – until the discovery of a murdered woman starts to unravel a thread of long-buried crimes hidden deep in the community. Elma is a fantastic heroine’Â Sunday Times
‘We’re used to Icelandic writers lowering the temperature – in more ways than one – and ÃgisdÃ³ttir proves to be adept at this chilly art as any of her confrÃ¨res (and consoeurs). Elma is a memorably complex character, and Victoria Cribb’s translation is (as usual) non-pareil’Â Financial Times
‘A deserted lighthouse and a murdered woman set the scene for this haunting and compelling mystery where the dark secrets of a small town are shockingly exposed. As chilling and atmospheric as an Icelandic winter’Â Lisa Gray, author ofÂ Thin Air
‘The setting in Iceland is fascinating, the descriptions creating a vivid picture of the reality of living in a small town.Â The Creak on the StairsÂ is a captivating tale with plenty of tension and a plot to really get your teeth into’Â LoveReading
‘At each stage, ÃgisdÃ³ttir is not giving us information but asking things of us. She’s getting us to think through the implications: what if it’s him, what if it’s her, what would it mean? We’re involved, we’ve got skin in the game and we can’t ask for more as readers’Â CafÃ© Thinking