TRAPPED | Au­thor Yrsa Sig­ur­dar­d­ot­tir talks Se­ries 2 of the Ice­landic crime hit.

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With her new novel Why Did You Lie? fea­tur­ing a group of peo­ple con­fined to an iso­lated light­house in a storm, Yrsa Sig­ur­dar­d­ot­tir was the ob­vi­ous can­di­date to de­vise a story for Se­ries 2 of Trapped. The au­thor from Reyk­javik tells Crime Scene about work­ing on the sec­ond sea­son of the Ice­landic show, which was a hit on BBC Four this year.

“I was in­volved in the sto­ry­line de­vel­op­ment – I loved it,” says Sig­ur­dar­d­ot­tir of her work along­side two screen­writ­ers. “We worked the sto­ry­line through from be­gin­ning to end – the whole thing. It was re­ally great fun. As a writer, it’s kind of lonely – you’re al­ways on your own – but this was throw­ing ideas back and forth. It was re­ally fun to do.”

As well as be­ing a lo­cal au­thor who knows Ice­land, Sig­ur­dar­d­ot­tir was brought on be­cause of her track record writ­ing Nordic Noir best­sellers. “I know crime, and it worked out re­ally well,” she says. “If I man­age to fin­ish the book I’m writ­ing at present, they have of­fered me to come and write one of the episodes, which I’d love.”

Although it’s early days, there’s talk of a sub­tle shift in the dy­namic be­tween of­fi­cers An­dri (Óla­fur Darri Ólaf­s­son) and Hin­rika (Il­mur Kristjáns­dót­tir). “I like Hin­rika, and one of the things dis­cussed was that she needed a more prom­i­nent po­si­tion,” says Sig­ur­dar­d­ot­tir. She con­firms that both char­ac­ters will be


coming back for a new story, along with fel­low cop As­geir (Ing­var Eg­gert Sig­urðs­son). “It’s Trapped in a bit of a dif­fer­ent way this time – it’s not like the first one, where they’re all stuck in the en­vi­ron­ment of the town,” she adds. “But of course it’s in the win­ter. It will use the Ice­landic lo­ca­tion, the weather and the ac­tors in a very pow­er­ful way.” It’s been a busy time for the au­thor, who also works as a civil en­gi­neer. She’s been writ­ing her next novel and will re­lease a newly trans­lated book in March – The Legacy is the start of a new crime se­ries. Sig­ur­dar­d­ot­tir is also in­volved in putting on the Ice­land Noir crime fes­ti­val in Reyk­javik on 17-20 Novem­ber. She’s also look­ing for­ward to the first fea­ture film based on one of her books, although pro­duc­tion on the Ice­landic movie has been de­layed be­cause of lead­ing man Jóhannes Haukur Jóhan­nes­son’s Game Of Thrones com­mit­ments. I Re­mem­ber You, the novel be­ing filmed, is one of her scari­est, so ex­pect frights when it is fi­nally re­leased. “It’s not a mon­ster movie, it’s creepy,” she says. “Mostly it’s a build‑up of ten­sion and creepi­ness, which I pre­fer when I watch hor­ror movies – when you see the mon­ster or a ghost it’s al­ways a dis­ap­point­ment.”

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