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A good story but is the setting a device or could it have been more?
25 August 2014
A fascinating idea to stage a police procedural on the premise that Germany won the war, and a gripping story. For myself, I really wanted more nuance on the social and political situation. Robert Harris does a good job of setting out some of the new reality, seeding 'facts' into the narrative all the way through the book - I just wanted more of them, and particularly on the lives of ordinary people living in Berlin. You do get a very good feeling of the unrelenting anxiety of living in a police state, and the complete absence of trust, which makes for a very charged atmosphere.