Lilja Sigurdardottir: Betrayal

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Betrayal. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she hopes to make a difference again.

But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a policeman, and life in high office soon becomes much more harrowing than Úrsula could ever have imagined. A homeless man is stalking her – but is he hounding her, or warning her of some danger? And why has the death of her father in police custody so many years earlier reared its head again?

As Úrsula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witch-like cleaning lady intertwine. Small betrayals become large ones, and the stakes are raised ever higher…


I’ve only read one of Sigurdardottir’s books before, but based on Betrayal, I should go and catch up with the Reykjavik trilogy! Betrayal is a standalone novel and the protagonist is Ursula Aradottir. She is a government minister and I loved her characterisation as a strong, intelligent, independent woman. The characters around her are also well developed, especially Stella, and I was interested to see how they all played a part in the complex plot.

Betrayal isn’t a fast paced novel, but there is a lot going on, both on and underneath the surface and I was intrigued to see how everything would be connected. Sigurdarddottir explores a lot of important and interesting issues, both for politics and society and I enjoyed this aspect of the novel.

Towards the end of the novel, Betrayal becomes much more tense and there are some dangerous moments. I was on the edge of my seat wondering how it would be resolved.

Betrayal is available from Amazon.

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