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The Creak on the Stairs Reviews

The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjoerg AEgisdottir, Victoria Cribb

The Creak on the Stairs

Eva Bjoerg AEgisdottir, Victoria Cribb

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2 reviews

Imprint: Orenda Books
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 8 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781913193041

When a woman's body is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, investigators discover shocking secrets in her past.

4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
29 Sep 2020

"a chilling demonstration of how monsters are made"

Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir’s accomplished first novel is not only a full-fat mystery, but also a chilling demonstration of how monsters are made. If there is a moral, it is that evil isn’t “to be found lurking in dark corners but in the human soul”. Once again Iceland, with its bleak landscapes and voracious sea fleas, foul weather and beautiful freaks, appears to be a hellish place to live. No wonder the noir fiction it inspires is the blackest of blacks.

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4 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
19 Jun 2020

"Rumours of the death of Scandicrime are greatly exaggerated, as The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg Ægisdottir proves"

In the Icelandic town of Akranes, a body is discovered in a lighthouse. Investigating officer Elma, smarting from a failed love affair, investigates the dead woman’s past and discovers tendrils that extend throughout the community. We’re used to Icelandic writers lowering the temperature — in more ways than one — and Ægisdottir proves as adept at this chilly art as any of her compatriots. Elma makes a memorably complex character, and Cribb’s translation is (as ever) a class act.