Rating: 3.5 stars
Read for The Reader’s Room Winter Scavenger Hunt Challenge
I wasn’t sure about this at first. Robert Harris seemed too accepting of the Nazi régime carrying on. It seemed like a police procedural set in a world where the Nazi régime hadn’t been defeated, and I wondered what the point was. Especially as it seemed to give a weird validity to the Third Reich. There wasn’t enough disapprobation. Then the point was made clear. If the Nazi régime was still going strong, there would be certain central pillars of their ideology that were kept secret from their loyal subjects. About halfway through the book came to life and the jeopardy became more believable. Imagine you had become an adult under that régime, had begun to question its purity, and then you discovered its most terrible secret. Robert Harris has used historical fact to imagine a different end game well. It is a clever book. I just wish he’d been more unaccepting sooner in the story.