Title: The Stasi Game
Author: David Young
Publication date: 31st December 2020 (Ebook is available now)
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Goodreads rating: 4.42
Genre: Historical fiction/mystery/crime
*Trigger Warnings – Death, mentions of suicide, sexual assault*
I would like to thank Eleanor Stammeijer and Zaffre Books for sending me a gifted PR copy of this book to review as part of the blog tour. All opinions and views are my own and are not influenced by receiving a copy of this book in any way. I would also like to thank the author, David Young.
A man’s body is found buried in concrete at a building site in the new town district. When People’s Police homicide captain Karin Müller arrives at the scene, she discovers that all of the body’s identifiable features have been removed – including its fingertips.
The deeper Müller digs, the more the Stasi begin to hamper her investigations. She soon realises that this crime is just one part of a clandestine battle between two secret services – the Stasi of East Germany and Britain’s MI6 – to control the truth behind one of the deadliest events of World War II.
Overall Opinion of the Book:
This was such an interesting book and I loved the whole concept behind it. I have not read historical fiction for a while now and this was just the book I needed!
Although this is the 6th book in the Karin Muller series, this can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. I have not read any of the other books in the series (yet), but I did not feel lost when reading it.
The previous books are likely to give you more of an insight into Karin Muller herself. My favourite part of the novel was the different perspectives.
While we follow Karin Muller in her investigation to uncover what happened to the body that was found, we also have snippets from the past too. These snippets follow two characters Lotti and Arnold, a German girl and an English boy over the course of the war. As the story progresses we learn more about these characters. While I did enjoy the investigation side of the novel, the flashbacks and snippets of letters were my favourite part of the novel. I found these two characters to be so interesting.
The plot goes into detail about both of their experiences during the war and their opinions on Hitler and Churchill. It was fascinating to see this difference in perspective. As the synopses suggests, this book is mainly set after WW2 and during The Cold War.
Much of the plot without giving too much away, focus on the devastating effects that the Allied bombing had on Dresden at the end of the war and the opinions surrounding this. As someone who studied history at a degree level, this particular instance has always been something I have been interested to hear people’s thoughts on. So, to read a story deeply rooted in this was interesting.
I thoroughly enjoyed Young’s writing style. It was easy to follow and he was great at building suspense and mystery. The flashbacks complimented the overarching plot and did not feel disjointed in any way. As this book is set in East Germany, there are a lot of German words throughout, which I enjoyed. Young includes a glossary of all of these words at the end of the novel to explain what they mean if readers are unsure.
The twists and turns in the book were interesting, and I was able to guess how some of the plot would be carried out. There was a lot of depth to the plot and I enjoyed how the story unfolded. It is clear to see that Young is knowledgeable about what East Germany was like at the time. The distrust between the People’s Police and the presence of The Stasi was so interesting.
I think that Young has written a fantastic book that keeps you hooked. The plot is intricate and detailed. Without given too much away, there is so much to be unpacked as the novel progresses.
Overall, I enjoyed The Stasi Game. It was a fascinating book that gives you a good insight into what East Germany was like in the early ’80s and the increasing tensions that were building.
As someone that loves historical fiction, particularly when it surrounds the war and the aftermath of it, I found this book interesting. Even if historical fiction is not a genre that you gravitate towards, you will enjoy the crime and mystery side of the book.
The characters were interesting, the plot was intricate and overall I think that Young has written a gripping novel. I will certainly be picking up the rest of the books in this series to read in the future!
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