So today is my stop on the blog tour for Stasi Winter by David Young which is number 5 in the Karen Müller series, I have actually read all the other books as you may all be aware that Nordic Noir is one of my favourite genres and I really enjoy David Young’s writing.
This tour is organised by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers so a big thank you for inviting me to take part.
IN EAST GERMANY, SOLVING A MURDER CAN GET YOU KILLED . . .
In 1978 East Germany, nothing is at it seems. The state’s power is absolute, history is re-written, and the ‘truth’ is whatever the Stasi say it is.
So when a woman’s murder is officially labelled ‘accidental death’, Major Karin Müller of the People’s Police is faced with a dilemma. To solve the crime, she must disregard the official version of events. But defying the Stasi means putting her own life – and the lives of her young family – in danger.
As the worst winter in living memory holds Germany in its freeze, Müller must untangle a web of state secrets and make a choice: between truth and lies, justice and injustice, and, ultimately, life and death.
There are so many different elements in this book that it’s hard to put down! I always forget that this series is technically historical as it is set back in 1978 during the time of the wall with Germany split in half. We are given a shocking insight into life for those in the East and the risks that some take to try and escape to the West.
I really loved the premise, Karin is pulled out of retirement into a case which looks like it was due to the weather, which we know must just be a cover story by the Stasi officials. The added feel of the ‘catastrophe winter’ definitely upped the stakes and added to the difficulty of trying to solve the case. Bringing back a character from one of the previous books was a really nice touch, especially making her a real focal point.
The last quarter of this book was filled with so much tension that I actually delayed my plans until I had finished the book. That’s all I’m going to say as I don’t want you to know too much about the plot, just know that you need to read this book!
So who is David Young?
David Young was born near Hull and – after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree – studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic specialising in Modern History. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van were followed by a career in journalism with provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and the BBC’s international newsrooms where he led news teams for the World Service radio and World TV.
David was a student on the inaugural Crime Thriller MA at City University – winning the course prize in 2014 for his debut novel Stasi Child – and now writes full-time in his garden shed. In his spare time, he’s a keen supporter of Hull City AFC.
-Keep Up With The Other Stop On The Tour Here-
See you in the next one…