I am delighted to bring you all my review of Stasi Wolf, by David Young this morning!
Here’s the blurb . . .
Zaffre (9 Feb. 2017)
How do you solve a murder when you can’t ask any questions? The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Stasi Child.
East Germany, 1975. Karin Müller, side-lined from the murder squad in Berlin, jumps at the chance to be sent south to Halle-Neustadt, where a pair of infant twins have gone missing.
But Müller soon finds her problems have followed her. Halle-Neustadt is a new town – the pride of the communist state – and she and her team are forbidden by the Stasi from publicising the disappearances, lest they tarnish the town’s flawless image.
Meanwhile, in the eerily nameless streets and tower blocks, a child snatcher lurks, and the clock is ticking to rescue the twins alive . . .
My thoughts . . .
I didn’t read Stasi Child. It really didn’t appeal to me I’m ashamed to say.
German history isn’t my thing and I couldn’t imagine how about it would entertain me at all.
Then I saw the reviews come rolling in, five star after five star from all kinds of people including lots of my blogger friends who are very crime/thriller focused in their reading. I realised I’d made a rash judgement and am so glad I got the chance to read this follow up!
Now, the history ‘stuff’ (Sorry David!!) It is clear to me that the Young has an immense understanding of this period in time but not only that, he clearly understands the way things worked then. The research for this book must have taken forever! But bravo Sir! It is great, Young’s descriptives are brilliant, there isn’t a word too much or too little which allows the reader to be swept away and into the pages.
Young brings Karin to life on the pages, she is so real it’s quite scary! Aside from being demoted as it were, and recently divorced, she is no longer allowed to work on the ‘good crimes’ but has to work with minor criminals. Until she gets an offer she can’t refuse. To go and investigate the kidnapping of twin infants. As she starts to investigate, the whole town, including the officers there, are against her. They don’t want these details coming out, they want to keep their towns good name as it is.
She has to find the twins with out much help at all.
I really loved the way this is a police procedural / crime thriller but with a lot of heart. We have lots of emotion in Stasi Wolf and I think that is due to it being set in the time it is. Female officers nowadays may not respond in such a way that Karin does, she just kinda deals with what she gets told and as much as she tries to stand her ground, it doesn’t really work all the time. It’s nice to have a female protagonist with a heart. We get a lot of Karin’s background which allows you to really fall for her.
All in all this was a really great and enjoyable read. I loved that the author put in a bit of a reference chapter with maps of the areas mentioned in the book and an introduction detailing the background of the time and situation. There is also an amazingly useful glossary at the back!
I would really recommend this book, Young’s depth of writing and descriptives make for a thrilling read!
Many thanks for my review copy.
Stasi Wolf is out now and you can get your copy over at Amazon UK
About the author . . .
Many thanks for taking an interest in my Oberleutnant Karin Müller series, which begins in the mid-1970s with Stasi Child.
The books are part police-procedural, part thriller and have a dash of historical mystery thrown in. There’s a smidgen of Cold War politics in the mix too, so hopefully fans of several different genres will enjoy them.
It’s early days, but initial reviews have been good and Stasi Child has already won the City University/PFD Crime Fiction Prize and been placed third from hundreds of entries round the world in the international Yeovil Literary Prize.
But the biggest thrill for any debut author is knowing that people are actually reading and enjoying their books. The German Democratic Republic is now a lost world, but I hope – through my stories – you’ll get the chance to discover what it was like on the other side of the Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart: the GDR’s favourite term for the Berlin Wall.