Cold As Hell
by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Thanks so much to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours and Orenda Books for gifting me a digital copy of Cold As Hell by Lilja Sigurðardóttir, translated by Don Bartlett, in exchange for an honest review, and for asking me to take part in the blog tour this month.

Cold As Hell was published on August 28, 2021 (in the UK) – OUT NOW!
It will be available in Canada/USA in February, 2022.

Where do I even begin with this book?! Cold As Hell is a refreshing crime book that had me completely HOOKED from the beginning with its cold and creepy, yet gripping prologue, and kept my attention right until the end. I seriously could not stop reading it.  

First in a new Nordic noir series, Cold As Hell is a chilling read about Áróra, a half Icelandic, half English Financial Investigator, and her search for her missing elder sister, Ísafold.  Estranged sisters Áróra and Ísafold live in different countries, and are not on speaking terms.  When their mother loses contact with Ísafold, Áróra reluctantly returns to Iceland to look for her.  But she soon realizes that her sister isn’t avoiding her… she has disappeared, without a trace. 

From the very first page, the reader is privy to what will come in the ensuing pages, even if the full ‘who,’ ‘why,’ and ‘how’ are unknown.  The ‘who’ becomes clear almost immediately, but the discovery of the ‘why’ and the ‘how’—what becomes the sole purpose of Áróra’s return to Iceland—are revealed very slowly to both the reader and Áróra.

I absolutely devoured this book.  It’s a slower-paced and contemplative read that is well crafted, well-written, and beautifully translated.  It’s filled with short chapters (2-3 pages each—my favourite!) told through alternating character perspectives, each revealing tiny details of the puzzle surrounding Ísafold’s disappearance.  The characters are extremely unique (and strange!), each with their own peculiar quirks that make them completely unforgettable.  The characters are not all entirely likeable, but there’s something about Sigurðardóttir’s writing that has you completely invested in who they are and what happens to them.

This is a very strong beginning to a new crime series.  I absolutely loved Áróra’s strength and intelligence, and I cannot wait to see how the rest of her story unfolds in the next four books of the series.



  • annecater

    October 27, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Huge thanks for the blog tour support xx

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