I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Victoria Cribb
Published by Orenda Books on March 14, 2020
When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.
Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her collegues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day …
But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.
Here is what I thought
This was my first Icelandic mystery crime novel and I will admit I got bogged down a bit in the Icelandic names…lol! It did kind of bring me out of the story a bit and I just have to skim the names and move on. It did kind of make me curious about the Icelandic language and learning how to pronounce things! 🙂
Chief Investigating Officer Elma has returned to her hometown after a failed relationship. She isn’t on the job long when they get call about a dead body in the water out by the lighthouse. When they get their they find a woman who nobody recognizes which means she is not currently from Akranes.
They finally find out who she is when someone in a town not to far away from them. It seems that Elisabet was actually from Akranes when she was a child but was moved away around the age of nine and nobody knows why she decided to make the trip to Akranes. Her husband said that she hated that place and would never go there.
We get flashbacks to 1989-92 where we learn about Elisabet when she was young and get a little background into what a creepy kid she was, but also about some abuse she was being subjected too as well. We also learn about a couple more girls during the flashbacks. One of which we learn about in present day too as she had been contacted by Elisabet when she came back to Akranes.
It’s a slow build up to finding out why Elisabet was in Akranes and who she was there to see and why. With the flashbacks and the present day investigation we get to piece together everything along with the investigators and only really know a little bit more than Elma up till the final reveal which I would have to say did kind of surprise me. I was so close to piecing it together before the reveal and knew the why she was killed just not the whodunit!
While I found the last 30% the most interesting as we were getting close to putting things together it was a little to slow of a build up for me to have thoroughly enjoyed this one. I did like it, but I just didn’t love it like it seems a lot of others have according to the goodreads rating. 🙂 I was invested enough in it to want to see how it ended. I don’t know if it’s the start of a new series or not but if it is, I would try another. So I would say if it sounds interesting give it a try!
This was my first time with the publisher Orenda and I am interested in see what other offerings they have in the future!
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