Karin Müller of the German Democratic Republic's People's Police is called to a factory in the east of the country. A man has been murdered - bound and trapped as a fire burned nearby, slowly suffocating him. But who is he? Why was he targeted? Could his murderer simply be someone with a grudge against the factory's nationalisation, as Müller's Stasi colleagues insist? Why too is her deputy Werner Tilsner behaving so strangely?
As more victims surface, it becomes clear that there is a cold-blooded killer out there taking their revenge. Soon Müller begins to realise that in order to solve these terrible crimes, she will need to delve into the region's dark past. But are the Stasi really working with her on this case? Or against her?
What a book! I was pulled into this gripping read from page one and despite being in Barbados, surrounded by a tropical backdrop, I couldn't lift my head from this book even for a moment.....I just had to know happened next. The writing was exceptional and wove together a page-turning story, with an unspeakable atrocity at it's core, that left me reeling and turned my blood cold. The horrors of man never fail to shock and this book sheds light on a hideous war crime that hasn't been brought to the forefront like so many stories of the time.
Karin is a fearless protagonist who is relentless in her approach to solving cases. I was in awe at her imperturbable way of finding answers and was with her every step of the way to bring those accountable to justice in this story. Yes this is book four in the crime series featuring Karin, but I never once felt left on the back foot as the author carefully filled in any gaps deemed useful to the plot. If anything it has piqued my interest to seek out and read the first three books in order to spend more time with this courageous character.
I don't want to dive into details regarding the narrative as I feel it is best to experience the story the way the author intended and witness first hand the way the plot unfurls layer by layer. This experience had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't read the pages quick enough for my liking to get to the end and find those all important answers. But this is truly a book not to be missed in order to bring to the attention war crimes that have for years been carefully hidden and pushed out of sight. I'm very much looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Read and reviewed with kind permission by Zaffre Books.
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