My #Review of A Darker State by David Young @djy_writer @BonnierZaffre #ADarkerState

For the Stasi, it’s not just the truth that gets buried . . .

The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People’s Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi.

Then, when the son of Müller’s team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead Müller and her young family into real danger.

Can she navigate this complex political web and find the missing boy, before it’s too late?



I had been looking forward to getting my hands on “A Darker State” (which is the third book in the Karin Müller series) after reading the author’s previous books – Stasi Child and Stasi Wolf.  The author is someone you know will give you a book to remember and the detail in his work is evident and for me it makes them even more enjoyable as they are very realistic, you really do feel as though you have been transported back to the DDR as you read on.

This book is darker than the previous two works but it works very well.  You really feel for Karin in this book as she is torn between her home life and her baby twins and a new promotion to the role as Major of the People’s Police and she is really put through the emotional ringer.  There are quite a few tough scenes in the book and a couple of real shocks that you can tell will impact Karin and her team going forward.  Karin really is an excellent character and the writing style really brings her character alive with her passion and determination.

To get the best out of the book I do recommend that you read the others in the series as they do run on (and if you haven’t read them there are potential spoilers) but if you are just looking to read just one, this is fine as a standalone as the back story is covered.  This is a great addition to the series and I am really looking forward to seeing how Karin handles everything the author has thrown at her in this book going forward!  She is one tough lady!! 

4.5 stars from me rounded up to 5 stars for Amazon and Goodreads!  Very highly recommended and a very enjoyable read!




David Young was born near Hull and, after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree, studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic. CityCrime 2014 DY Photo.JPGTemporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van were followed by a career in journalism on provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and international radio and TV newsrooms. He now writes in his garden shed and in a caravan on the Isle of Wight, and in his spare time supports Hull City AFC.

David is the author of the Karin Müller series of crime thrillers set in East Germany in the mid 1970s.  The series is published by Bonnier Zaffre in the UK and by publishers in ten other international territories. It begins in 1975 with Stasi Child, David’s critically-acclaimed debut which was an official Top Twenty paperback bestseller in The Bookseller, won the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2016, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

The second in the series, Stasi Wolf, was published in e-book and paperback in February 2017 and A Darker State was released on February 8th 2018 in the UK. Two more novels are under contract, making five in all.