Icelandic crime fiction author, who has made a successful debut with the awarded The Creak on the Stairs.
Eva Björg Ægisdóttir was born (in 1988) and raised in Akranes, a small town about half an hour drive from Reykjavík. After finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology she moved to Trondheim in Norway, where she got her Master’s degree in Globalisation. Ever since she was a child she has been fascinated with books and she started writing early, although at first it was mostly diaries and half-finished stories. As a teenager she won a short story competition and after that she was determined to become a writer in the future.
After moving back to Iceland in 2015, she decided to finally write her first novel. Being a mother, she knew it would be difficult to find time to write, but she got a job as a flight attendant and in nine months she finished the first draft. She lives with her husband and their three children in Reykjavík and is currently writing on her second novel, hoping to become a full-time writer.
You may find her on Twitter.
The Creak on the Stairs
Translated by Victoria Cribb
Original title: Marrið in stiganum (2018)
When the 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 colleagues Sævar and Hörður, have to start an uneasy investigation, which uncovers shocking secrets in the dead woman’s past. Step by step Elma and her teammates make a series of discoveries, that bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that may shake the entire community. Sifting through the townspeople’s lies and shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice – before it’s too late.