Berlin is in the midst of its worst winter in decades.
Against the backdrop of freezing temperatures, blizzards and snowstorms, the city refuses to grind to a halt. Lurking within the shadows is a Stasi victim, out for revenge against the former East German informants known as ‘The Ears’. Their dark secrets are about to be exposed.
A mix of ice and water and a single gunshot, provides the ultimate payback.
With the Millennium approaching, Hanne Drais, the criminal psychologist working within the Berlin Mitte Police team led by the irascible Oskar Kruger and his laid-back sidekick, Stefan Glockner, are seeking the perpetrator of these violent crimes.
Who is the man they’ve nicknamed Snowflake?
Who is turning the river red?
I love books set in this period, this era in history I find fascinating and it was great to find a new author writing about Germany both post and pre reunification.
The plot was great, very gripping and I warmed to Rudy from the outset, he is a brilliant character, lots of hidden depths and secrets too.
I loved how the Stasi were dealt with in the book and the author has really given them an added implied menace to illustrate just what it would have been like living in Germany where your every move could be watched and reported back. It must have been horrific not being able to trust anyone or speak your mind for fear of the repercussions, something we take for granted today.
Four stars from me, it is well written but I wished that it had the dates at the start of the chapters , I think that would have helped carry the story forward and lose and misunderstanding as it’s not clear what was in the past and present at times.
A very enjoyable story, I loved the crime elements and the police procedural aspects too, I thought they had some really interesting characters and I’d definitely look for more books by this author now – highly recommended!!
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ABOUT THE ABOUT
Ally Rose writes –
“I’ve always been interested in writing crime stories and with the Cold War era, there is such a rich tapestry to draw from; especially the notorious and quelling Stasi reign in East Germany. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, gives a contrast between the different worlds and any past crimes are held to account in a unified Germany.
Berlin is one of my favourite cities, and I’ve spent time living and discovering this diverse city and its surrounding areas. Seeing my characters in familiar places, they seem to come to life.
Hope you enjoy my Hanne Drais books.”