About The Book
A masterful conclusion to the award-winning, critically acclaimed Reykjavík Noir trilogy, as drug-smuggling, financial crime, political intrigue, love, murder and betrayal come together.
The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence for financial misconduct ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.
As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed. Ruthless entrepreneur Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home. And at the same time, a deadly threat to Sonja and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive…
The lives of these characters are about to collide in a shocking crescendo, until the winner takes it all…
I’ve been a huge fan of the Reykjavík Noir trilogy of books by Lilja Sigurðardóttir with the first two, Snare and Trap being two novels I really loved. I was a bit hesitant about reading Cage, the final instalment in this series of books about drug running, financial crime and ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary situations as I really didn’t want the trilogy to end.
Although this book could be read as a standalone I would advise reading the other two first so you can get an insight into the characters and their motivations. This review will also contain spoilers from Snare and Trap so please don’t read on if you intend to read the three books in order.
Cage leaps forward in time opening with Alga nearing the end of her prison sentence for being complicit in the financial crash of Iceland. She is far from happy at the thought of being free again, her ex lover Sonja hasn’t been in touch and her future seems to be full of uncertainty. She is in contact with her former adversary María who is investigating underhand business dealings and needs Alga’s help in digging into the numbers to find out what exactly is going on. Mixed into this is a female prisoner who Alga forms a connection with, powerful men who want even more power and a young man who finds himself going down a dark path.
Short, sharp chapters combine to build a world of espionage, crime, business deals, deception and an Iceland which is divided by racial tensions. This is a book with its finger on the pulse of issues facing the world today; a radio show which spouts racial and religious hatred and casual racism and discrimination drip feeds poison into the ears of its listeners. This lent a new angle to the series, with the previous two concentrating on drug smuggling and I enjoyed the new angle finding it compelling.
But what of Sonja our drug smuggler from Snare and Trap? Well, she isn’t quite as prominent in Cage and I have to admit to missing her, but, I really enjoyed Alga taking centre stage. Sonja and Alga’s relationship was a prominent theme in the previous two novels with Sonja calling the shots and I was intrigued to see how Alga would fare in this new chapter of her life. She really comes into her own and it is refreshing to read such a multi-faceted, sympathetic and flawed female character who makes mistakes and does brave and ballsy things. I think on reflection, Alga’s growth is my favourite part of the series.
Despite it being the final part of a trilogy the themes that are addressed combine to create a feeling of standing on the edge of a cliff. There are loose ends tied up for Sonja and Alga but, in the broader sense, what happens next? This question echoes throughout the novel as society continues to be increasingly divided and I found it a poignant end to this wonderful series. Thankyou Lilja.
About The Author
Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, including Snare and Trap, the
first two books in the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.