This unusual and thoughtful book deals with the big themes: prejudice, heroism and sense of identity. Via the fictional Troy family the reader is taken through some of the most significant historical events of the twentieth century in a vivid and - at times - rightly horrifying manner. It provides the reader with a shocking insight into the casual racism of the 'thirties and 'forties. The characters are credible and the writing is detailed. It is not a conventional thriller in that the murder being investigated is not the central theme of the book, but nonetheless it does draw the reader in. However, where this fascinating book really does score is as a commentary on the zeitgeist of the period, and for those readers interested in this aspect I would unhesitatingly recommend it.
The narration is first rate too.
A superb and well researched detective thriller set in pre-war Germany. The narrator's American accent is totally implausible, however, and ruins an otherwise excellent story. Take a tip from me. If you like Philip Kerr, do yourself a favour and read the book.
If you would like a poorly written, extremely lengthy book with a preposterous concept, this is for you. The characters were cardboard cutout with no development. I had the impression the writer had little idea as to how to bring her curious story to a conclusion. Furthermore, the authoress's knowledge of Oxford University suggests she gleaned her information from a guidebook, and a poorly written one at that. There are plenty of excellent reads on Audible. This is not one of them.
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