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Girls Who Lie

By: Eva Björg Ægisdóttir,Victoria Cribb - translator
Narrated by: Diana Croft
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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 in the Grábrók lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her neglected 15-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....

©2019, 2021 Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Translation Victoria Cribb (P)2021 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Perfection!

This is the best kind of audiobook: a page-turner, well developed characters, and a stellar narrator. We accidentally found ourselves in Akranes and Bogarnes 2 months ago, so it was fun to hear her describe the places we had been (the tunnel, the lighthouse, etc.) and remember how good the cinnamon rolls and hot dogs are. Memories aside, the story is just the right amount of “noir” and keeps you guessing until the end. One of my favorite audiobooks ever and I listen to about 10 a month.

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Clever but difficult to follow. This author ends her stories with the criminals not getting caught, unless that is commonly what happens in Iceland. I basically don’t like any of the characters. They have no redeeming characteristics. Maybe the last book in the series will be better.

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A fine mystery- a lot of layers our intrepid detectives have to sort
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I liked it. I've been listening
to lots of Audible mysteries set in Iceland. This one ranks right with the best. Now I wait for the author's next
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Fantastic!

Loved the story, wonderful character development and bonus....was narrated by my favorite: Diana Croft. I highly recommend.

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  • 05-21-22

Contrived and unbelievable

Overly contrived, long tedious sections and dragging exposition at the end. Tedious and unsympathetic characters.

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  • Nethgirb
  • 10-28-22

Very long and very very slow.

I enjoyed the first book in this series (and I enjoyed the narrator in this one) but I’ll not be taking on the third.

I’m my opinion this is a short story massively expanded with pointless additional padding. At 11 hours it’s far too long. At 7 or 8, with a sensible edit, it would work for me. I know many people like the slow, dreary, going nowhere bleakness of many novels of this type and I’m not completely against some of that, but this one just seemed to drag.