#LiebsterAward Q&A #NominatedBlogs

I was nominated by Laura @LauraNazdeh of Snazzybooks.com.
Here: https://snazzybooks.com/2017/08/01/liebster-award-2/
I get really nervous with things like this, as I am a very boring person lol!
I suffered a spinal injury a few years ago and tend to live in my own little world, with a stack of books. But in a strange way, I am glad of the nomination and chance to put a little bit of me, on my book blog! 🙂

I have the answers to Laura’s questions and 11 of my own with 11 nominees!
So here goes……..

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.

    If you had to pick a literary character to marry/enter civil partnership with, who would it be?

Easy, Leo Demidov from Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. I read the whole trilogy in a weekend and was head over heels in love. I would gladly back my things and head to communist Russia for Leo!

What instantly puts you off a book?


If you had to pick favourite 3 authors?

This is a very tough question! As I have so many 5* genius faves! *Gun to my head! M.P Wright, Sarah Pinborough and Joe Ide

Most Read series?

I have read all the JT Ellington series by M.P Wright and re-read the first many times, in an attempt to learn the skill of writing. I have also read all the IQ series by Joe Ide. But series that stick out to me are: Game Of Thrones, read them all in 12 days! Also Poldark I read them all last year! (Ross Poldark is my book crush #2)

Tea or Coffee whilst reading or neither?

Either or beer or rum! Lol

  1. If you could only eat one food or cuisine for the rest of you life, what would it be?

I am a Veggie and an insanely picky eater! I would say Italian! I love the food and it is very healthy!

Ebooks or paper books?

I read both but prefer paperbacks!

What do you do with books you don’t want to keep? Give them to friends, charity shops, sell them?

My next-door but 2 neighbour Sue, she is in her 70’s and can’t always afford the latest hardback releases etc. So she often pops round to what she calls ‘my library’ but is actually my dining room and scours my arcs. She borrowed the latest Paula Hawkins novel before I have even read it. She is awesome! We live in an area that has a 30% OAP demographic. So I prefer to donate my books to the local older population, as I know money can be tight for them. I am amazed at their choices. Sue is a huge fan of crime and the darker the better!!!!!! Lol

Favourite book of 2017 so far?

I would have said Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough but I read this last year via Netgalley. I would say…….. A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward (due for release in September 2017), IQ by Joe Ide and Seas Of Snow by Kerensa Jennings.

Favourite Genre?

Historical crime fiction.

Favourite book to movie/TV adaption?

Game Of Thrones is epic! My kids would choose The Book Thief as they loved both book & movie!

My 11 questions…….

  1. Name 11 novels you love?
  2. Favourite genre?
  3. Favourite place to read?
  4. Favourite non-fiction read?
  5. 3 favourite publishers?
  6. What is your worst distraction from reading?
  7. The novel that has really helped, in a time of need?
  8. Favourite location in a novel?
  9. The novel you are a super fan of? for example, my sister is a devout Potter fan.
  10. The last book that made you cry?
  11. The last book that made you laugh out loud?

I nominate:

@Nholten40 /Claire
@SarcasticEnigma (lol)

*I shall break a rule and tag via Twitter to let you know 🙂 lol

#Review #WhyDidYouLie @YrsaSig 5* #Genius @HodderBooks #IcelandicNoir

Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb


A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide.

An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing.

Four strangers struggle to find shelter on a windswept spike of rock in the middle of a raging sea.

They have one thing in common: they all lied.

And someone is determined to punish them…

My review:

The cover of this novel comes with the stamp ‘winner of the Petrona award 2015’. I have also heard huge praise for the author and thoroughly enjoyed one of her previous novels The Legacy. So I knew I was in for a cracking good read, how much of a cracking good read, I could not have predicted!

The novel is almost split into 3 separate parts. The group stranded at the lighthouse. The family returned from a house swap style vacation. Tough but troubled cop Nina. Whilst I loved all these individual stories and the plots that ran within them, my ultimate favourite was Nina.

The prologue opens in the midst of an event at sea. It is a crazy prologue and you never truly know what has taken place. But that is the idea and the pure genius behind Yrsa’s writing in this novel. The novel continues to move around the various parts of the story in the build up to ‘the event’ but as stated we don’t know what the event is all about. Cue epic amounts of tension!

Helgi, Ivar, Toti and Heida make up the group of four stranded at sea, whilst attempting to document a lighthouse at the giant rock in the sea. Their story develops from one of a shared experience to one of accusations and paranoia. I found this gripping, yet I also felt mystified as to how they fit into the plot, what is their narrative’s relevance to the other characters?

The novel moves onto Nina, who is a struggling cop. By struggling I don’t mean with her job or her workload but with the sexism and female oppression that is allowed to thrive in the police force. After raising a complaint, she taken off duty and pretty much sent to the basement to rot away an existence, alone with cold case files. Just when I felt complete and utter sympathy for her character. I was yet to learn her personal history. Nina spends her days at work and her evenings by her comatose husband’s bedside. Her husband Throstur having attempted suicide just 8 weeks earlier, failed in his attempt and now lays in a coma. Doctors have advised to turn off the life support but with Nina struggling to gain his sisters respect, let alone support, it is a tricky decision to make. That is until Nina stumbles upon a cold case file that has her husbands listed as a child witness…………..

Husband Noi, wife Vala and teenage son Tumi, make up the other part of the novel. They are a family returning from a fantastic vacation in Florida. However, their American counterparts are nowhere to be seen. Their house is in disarray, their cat half-starved and their keys nowhere to be seen. What has happened to the people staying in their home? When Noi’s attempts to investigate himself fail, he calls on the police who offer little assistance themselves.

“you can’t go around destroying other people’s lives without suffering the consequences”

This novel is layered with mystery upon mystery as it develops. The novel is titled, Why Did You Lie, for the first half of the novel I couldn’t see who was lying about what and wondered if they were all lying. But that is the essential beauty of this novel. It isn’t about the individual parts of the story; it is in how they come together. This novel not only reads to the very last page; it actually reads right up to the last sentence!
5* Genius

Authors links:
via Hodder: https://www.hodder.co.uk/authors/yrsa+sigurdardottir.page
Twitter: @YrsaSig