Bought the talking book of this on a bit of a whim to keep me company while cooking, cleaning etc. I enjoyed it so much that I then bought the book for myself and several other friends and family members. I'm not generally a reader of thrillers as plots usually bore me but this is a really gripping story with a fantastic twist that you see coming but can't believe at the same time. Add to this the beautifully drawn relationship between the lead character and his wife and the moving depiction of the Stalinist era during which most of the book is set and you have a a truly brilliant read. I ought to add that the audio book is read extremely well and would make a great present for someone who spends a lot of time in the car or doesn't have time to read much.
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