Many thanks to Joe Christie for sending me a proof copy of this book. I really enjoyed reading the author’s first book Dear Child so was very keen to read this new one.
Published June 24th 2021
Published by Quercus Books
It’s over, my angel. Today I’m going to die. Just like her. He’s won.
It’s been years since Nadja Kulka was convicted of a cruel crime. After being released from prison, she’s wanted nothing more than to live a normal life: nice flat, steady job, even a few friends. But when one of those friends, Laura von Hoven – free-spirited beauty and wife of Nadja’s boss – kills her lover and begs Nadja for her help, Nadja can’t seem to be able to refuse.
The two women make for a remote house in the woods, the perfect place to bury a body. But their plan quickly falls apart and Nadja finds herself outplayed, a pawn in a bizarre game in which she is both the perfect victim and the perfect murderer . . .
Having read and enjoyed Dear Child, I was looking forward to this second novel, which didn’t disappoint. Concentration is needed for the first part of the book as there are three different story lines, with different characters to follow, but I like a mystery which keeps me on my toes.
The three story lines involve Nadja and Laura, as Laura asks for her old friend’s help after she has killed her lover! The story of Nelly Schutt, a young woman who was murdered five years before, plus interspersed between these stories are anonymous letters from yet another different time line.
I was unclear how these three strands would ever connect, but that same feeling of not quiet knowing what was going on, intentional I’m sure, was just what I wanted, reminding me of Dear Child and with a similar dark, sinister feel and cleverly written twists and turns, but this time with a slower moving pace, made for an interesting and enjoyable read.
The book covers some deeper questions and topics which were well written, and the group of often dark and unlikable characters works perfectly within the story. The end sees all that’s happened come together, as the pace and suspense builds wonderfully with a great finish.
I found this a compelling and multi layered read, which was well written and translated, and thought it another clever novel from this author.