Lilja Sigurdardottir: Cold As Hell

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Cold As Hell. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour.


Icelandic sisters Áróra and Ísafold live in different countries and aren‘t on speaking terms, but when their mother loses contact with Ísafold, Áróra reluctantly returns to Iceland to find her sister. But she soon realizes that her sister isn’t avoiding her … she has disappeared, without trace. 

As she confronts Ísafold’s abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend Björn, and begins to probe her sister’s reclusive neighbours – who have their own reasons for staying out of sight – Áróra is led into an ever-darker web of intrigue and manipulation. 

Baffled by the conflicting details of her sister’s life, and blinded by the shiveringly bright midnight sun of the Icelandic summer, Áróra enlists the help of police officer Daníel, as she tries to track her sister’s movements, and begins to tail Björn – but she isn’t the only one watching…

Slick, tense, atmospheric and superbly plotted, Cold as Hell marks the start of a riveting, addictive new series from one of Iceland’s bestselling crime writers.


I love the start of a new series and getting to know all the new characters in it and what makes them tick. Cold As Hell is a brilliant book which ticked all my boxes. I loved the short, snappy chapters which allowed the scenes to change quickly and built up the tension as several different elements of the story slowly came together. I was invested in Ìsafold’s disappearance immediately and I wanted to know what had happened to her. It was clear that she had a complex back story and I was intrigued by it. As she was also estranged from her family, the reader learnt new information at the same time as they did and this made the novel particularly tense. 

Árora is an intelligent and feisty central character, which is just how I like them. The situation in which she finds herself also makes her vulnerable which allowed us to see another side to her character and I am looking forward to seeing how this develops as the series continues. 

Cold As Hell is a complex story that explores some interesting and important issues. It’s brilliantly written in such an engaging way and I did not want to put the book down or leave it behind after I finished. 

Cold As Hell is available from Amazon.

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