How long can you pretend to be mad without going mad? Two English pilots are forced to find out when they are shot down behind enemy lines in 1944. The area is swarming with German troops, so, unable to escape, they ditch their clothing and personal belongings, pose as German soldiers, and board a train carrying wounded SS men home from the eastern front. But their act is too convincing and they find find themselves being transferred to Alphabet House, a mental hospital for those damaged by war. They are playing a dangerous game, and it seems they might not be the only ones there hiding secrets....
Both escape adventure and psychological thriller, Alphabet House is a meticulously researched stand-alone story from the acclaimed author of the 10-million-selling 'Department Q series'
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Definitely no, but you might survive, or kind of survive.
Two childhood friends are sended on a doomed bombing mission, and find themselves in mad house for german officers, losing their minds and souls in nightmare with in a nightmare.
This is a hard book to read, with extreme violence and degradation of humanity that is hard to stomach, even the innocent end making terrible decisions to stay alive and compromise it all. Probably not far off in the conditions of hospitals for the soldiers returning from the front with mental illness.
Half the book is spent in this house of horrors and the other half is more of standard thriller of after the war germany, the links are made to the first part but the atmosphere is so different, it feels like two books.
This is a book about friendship most of all, where all heroics are less than romanticised, but brutalised with an air of reality, only in the second part do we get more of the standard revenge cure but it is still very violent and with a bitter edge that stays with you.
A dark book that punishes the reader with the violence of the past century, hard and void of hope like a holocaust book. Because in the end revenge is a dish that must be served cold but also empty of any real redemption. Just a disillusioning illusion that can not return all that was lost.
What an amazing book. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout that I even listened to it through the night as I couldn't bear to put it down. Not something I would normally choose, but very well worth it. Brilliant.
A well written ( & translated!) story with highly descriptive and graphically worded passages about the latter part of WW2 and the early 70's in Germany.
One has to try hard to grasp & retain the names & identities of the main protagonists as they seem to change at random.
17 hours of my life I will never get back ! I love the Department q series and was really looking forward to this - sadly it is dull dreary and full of plot holes - thank goodness I did Department Q first or I would never have read / listened to them after this !
what a fantastic story. i was hooned from the very first few lines. improbable you would think if trying to describe it but so wrong you would be I loved the whole book.
The story has aa slow start but stick with it. I have listened to several other novels by this author but this is a different style. However is still worth the time.
the unusual view of madness or perceived madness was a compelling read. the main characters were described in a way that brought them to life
Outstandingly well written. Deeply disturbing and, ultimately, heartbreaking. Won't go into any details of the plot, there's a blurb for that. Just wish the next reader of this book the emotional strength to finish it.
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