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Glad I read it but not sure if I enjoyed it,
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This review is from: Purge (Kindle Edition)
I'm glad I read Purge, not sure if I enjoyed it, but will definitley go back and read it again in a couple of months.
In common with many of the reviewers I found this book alternatley gripping, frustrating, tense, boring and most stages inbetween. All the emotions of obsessive love, rivalry, jelousey, betrayal, corrpution, fear and what people will do to survive are played out against the backdrop of Estonia in the build up to the Second World war, thru the occupations of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, onto the Cold War years and finally into the post Gorbachev era. There are parts that have a '1984' feel to them.
The timeline does jump around so you must keep track of what year the characters are in.
Some quite ordinary scenes feel very drawn out while other very dramatic events are handled with just a couple of bald sentances - I had to go back and re-read them a few times to make sure I that what I thought just happened really had happened. And yes, there are a couple of quite nasty stomach churning scenes but they aren't gratuitous and they do add a lot of emotional punch.
For me, the final coda was very effective even it did jar slightly with the way the rest of the book had been written.