Two positive reviews this time around, the first from No More Grumpy Bookseller:
Snowden’s Summer of Long Knives was really an impressive historical thriller. In a lot of ways it brought to mind Tom Rob Smith’s debut Child 44. Both deal with countries in the midst of political upheaval. And both deal with police whose jobs are hampered by their respective political atmospheres. While Rolf doesn’t toe the party line the same way that Leo does, they do face similar emotional turmoil.
The second was from Svetlana’s Reads and Views:
I’ve had an array of mixed emotions while reading the book: first is the fact that it’s seen from the Germans’s point of view in 1936, three years before the start of WWII and of Germany desiring “living space” from Poland and Ukraine. (I’m a third generation removed from horrors of Holocaust who majored in history and learned more than I wanted to about Jewish horrors throughout the 2,000 years.) I also recalled the time when I was in Holocaust Media and Representation and we watched a movie about how concentration camps were formed on the Swiss mountains and the fact one of the murders was trying to be portrayed as sympathetic, well, that’s what at first Rolf felt like to me. I also felt sickened when I even saw so many nazi high official names in beginning of the first few chapters. However, as the story moved on and I started to see both Rolf and Klara as multifaceted individuals, I began to see the relevance of this book in modern times. At the first glance it does become intriguing as to what this book might have in common with today, but it has plenty, believe it or not. One of the major things that it has in common with today is high official crimes versus the marginalized group, how hard it is for disadvantaged people to get the help they need, and how, despite the almost seventy years WWII ending, these themes are repeated even today.
Here’s what’s coming up for Week 6 (exhausted yet?)
Monday, October 20th: Omnimystery News – author guest post (I answered a ton of questions for this one. I wonder how many of my answers they’ll use.)
Wednesday, October 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Oh, and by the way, Summer of Long Knives will be featured in The Fussy Librarian newsletter on October 24th. It’s a pretty cool service, and it’s free. You tell them what sorts of books interest you, and they’ll send along recommendations that should suit your reading fancy. I’m proud to be a small part of it.