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This review is from: The Day of the Lie (Father Anselm Novels) (Paperback)
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'The Day of the Lie' was my first encounter with Father Anselm and I must admit I was somewhat disappointed. I thought that a novel about a lawyer turned monk written by a monk turned barrister turned author would be a pacier and less laborious read. The basic premise of the story was good, but I found myself getting bogged down as more and more, at times superfluous, detail, was thrust upon me. Father Anselm is asked by his old schoolfriend John, a journalist, whom he hasn't heard from for some time,to go to Warsaw to find out why he was imprisoned and then deported during one of the earlier uprisings there. Father Anselm is reluctant to take on this task at first but is persuaded by his superior to go. Anselm thinks this will only involve looking at some old files which will hold the answer to John's question. This proves not to be the case as Anselm finds himself getting more and more involved, uncovering information that will bring closure of a sort to Roza Mojeska who, as a young woman, had been a member of a clandestine resistance group in what was then Communist Poland. She has a secret which she is reluctant to share with anyone and has given up everything to protect the identity of the person known only as the Shoemaker. As Father Anselm digs even deeper into the documents the web becomes ever more tangled and the connection between Roza and John seems to grow. The finale to the story came as a surprise to me because it was far from the ending I had expected. I found it a difficult read, not because of the context or content, but because the author seemed to labour every point.