Girls Who Lie
BOOK ∙ 2021
Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
When a depressed, alcoholic single mother disappears, everything suggests suicide, but when her body is found, Icelandic Detective Elma and her team are thrust into a perplexing, chilling investigation.
PAPERBACK STAR PICK in THE TIMES CRIME CLUB
'Eerie and chilling. I loved every word!' Lesley Kara
'An exciting and harrowing tale' Ragnar Jónasson
'Chilling and addictive, with a twist you won't see coming. I loved it!' Shari Lapena
When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, everyone assumes that she's taken her own life ... until her body is found on the Grábrók lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her neglected fifteen-year-old daughter Hekla has been placed in foster care, but is her perfect new life hiding something sinister?
Fifteen years earlier, a desperate new mother lies in a maternity ward, unable to look at her own child, the start of an odd and broken relationship that leads to a shocking tragedy.
Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which becomes increasingly complex, as the number of suspects grows and new light is shed on MarÍanna's past – and the childhood of a girl who never was like the others...
Breathtakingly chilling and tantalisingly twisty, Girls Who Lie is at once a startling, tense psychological thriller and a sophisticated police procedural, marking Eva Björg Ægisdottir as one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
Praise for Eva Björg Ægisdottir
'Fans of Nordic Noir will love this ... subtle, nuanced, with a sympathetic central character and the possibilities of great stories to come' Ann Cleeves
'Not only a full-fat mystery, but also a chilling demonstration of how monsters are made' The Times
'Beautifully written, spine-tingling and disturbing ... a thrilling new voice in Icelandic crime fiction' Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
'As chilling and atmospheric as an Icelandic winter' Lisa Gray
'Elma is a fantastic heroine' Sunday Times
'Eva Björrg Aegisdóttir is definitely a born storyteller and she skilfully surprised me with some amazing plot twists' Hilary Mortz
'An unsettling and exciting read with a couple of neat red herrings to throw the reader off the scent' NB Magazine
'Chilling and troubling ... reminiscent of Jorn Lier Horst's Norwegian procedurals. This is a book that makes an impact' Crime Fiction Lover
'Elma is a memorably complex character' Financial Times
'The twist comes out of the blue ... enthralling' Tap The Line Magazine