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Whereas a few years ago Sweden became a hub for mysteries translated to English, now it s Germany s turn this is the fifth or sixth I ve read in the past year The premise is simple man finds photo, has daddy issues, piques a journalist s curiosity But of course things are never that simple, especially because there s another narrative going on, taking place during World War 2.For a while the journalist is the protagonist, but when she s killed this turns from a history mystery to a murder my Whereas a few years ago Sweden became a hub for mysteries translated to English, now it s Germany s turn this is the fifth or sixth I ve read in the past year The premise is simple man finds photo, has daddy issues, piques a journalist s curiosity But of course things are never that simple, especially because there s another narrative going on, taking place during World War 2.For a while the journalist is the protagonist, but when she s killed this turns from a history mystery to a murder mystery The new lead is a small town cop derisively described as a small town sheriff who talks to cats Oh boy.This could have easily been two separate stories, but thankfully they tied together very well The last twist did indeed surprise me nothing told me it was coming And the killing of the journalist turned out to be probably not a spoiler, but why take the chance Altogether a well written book setting and plot in particular stand out The one place that could have been improved was the dialogue in helping to set each character apart, especially in the historical storyline there s a character guide in the beginning, but I was hoping not to have to refer to it as often as I did Wow Ein richtiges G nsehaut Buch mit spannenden und unerwarteten Wendungen. Eine traurige und ber hrende Geschichte, wundersch n erz hlt Das war jetzt mein zweites Buch dieser Autorin und auch hier h tte ich mir gew nscht, dass es dicker ist Damit ich l nger etwas davon habe Friedhelm Lubisch founded a respected construction company and donated a fortune to the Association of Displaced Persons in Germany But his son Robert never lived up to his expectations While going through his deceased father s papers, Robert is reminded of the story his father told him of stealing a dead SS guard s papers and running away from the war front He also finds a photograph of an unidentified woman from the same time period, and decides to try and identify her.This novel deftly wea Friedhelm Lubisch founded a respected construction company and donated a fortune to the Association of Displaced Persons in Germany But his son Robert never lived up to his expectations While going through his deceased father s papers, Robert is reminded of the story his father told him of stealing a dead SS guard s papers and running away from the war front He also finds a photograph of an unidentified woman from the same time period, and decides to try and identify her.This novel deftly weaves past and present together to consider the question of identity What makes us who we are Our family Our actions Our secrets What is the cost of keeping secrets Or of breaking silence The past is the relationships and actions of five young men and women, close friends on the eve of World War II, who are separated by actions and ideaology The present is Robert s search for the identity of the woman in his father s photo The intersection of the two results in a murder and the uncovering of at least two secrets.First published in Germany as Wer das Schweigen bricht the one who breaks the silence , this novel won the 2012 Deustcher Krimi prize for best crime novel Translated into English by Aubrey Botsford.I received an electronic copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a review One of the best book I ve read in a long timeRobert Lubisch found an old photograph of a young woman and some papers in his father s study after he died This discovery led Robert to search for the woman and her connection to his father The story starts before the second world war and ends early this century I won t go into anydetails because it would spoil the story for other readers.I usually only review really good books or really bad ones and this one is exceptionally good Although One of the best book I ve read in a long timeRobert Lubisch found an old photograph of a young woman and some papers in his father s study after he died This discovery led Robert to search for the woman and her connection to his father The story starts before the second world war and ends early this century I won t go into anydetails because it would spoil the story for other readers.I usually only review really good books or really bad ones and this one is exceptionally good Although there are quite a lot of characters with German names, I didn t find it difficult to follow An excellent author and I hope I can findof her work translated into English.Congratulations also to the translator As I was reading, I forgot that the book wasn t written in English Because of the spelling and some terminology, I assume it was aimed at the American market but this didn t detract in any way Im Mechtild Borrmann Fieber Looks like the Scandi noir genre has some competition Mechtild Borrman is well known in Germany for her murder mysteries and I believe this is the first one translated into English It s not a tremendously long story, barely 230 pages, and there are a lot of characters readers might have difficulty keeping track of, but it s an intriguing tale that jumps back and forth between the late 1990s and the war years in northern Germany The ending is one I didn t see coming, which is always a pleasant Looks like the Scandi noir genre has some competition Mechtild Borrman is well known in Germany for her murder mysteries and I believe this is the first one translated into English It s not a tremendously long story, barely 230 pages, and there are a lot of characters readers might have difficulty keeping track of, but it s an intriguing tale that jumps back and forth between the late 1990s and the war years in northern Germany The ending is one I didn t see coming, which is always a pleasant surprise, and despite the shortness of the novel, Borrmann has managed to create mostly well rounded and 3 dimensional characters *FREE BOOK ☂ Silence ☈ Augustsix young people band together in the face of war torn Germany, their friendship about to be put on trial as they land on opposite sides of World War II Flash forward to NovemberRobert Lubisch brings the group back together for the first time in decades to investigate a tragic family secret Trust is shattered when one of the friends turns up murdered, leaving all of them guilty until proven innocentWinner of theDeutscher Krimi Prize for best crime novel Family secretsInteresting story often told through flashbacks while solving the murder of a woman today and the connection to the disappearance of a man during World War II Enough intrigue and surprising twists to keep the reader curious. Robert Lubisch pensait se contenter du nom de la jeune inconnue souriant avec une affection particuli re l objectif du photographe Huer, qui a immortalis l instant en un clich qu il retrouve, bien des ann es plus tard, dans les affaires de son d funt p re Mais voil qu en d cidant d lucider ce myst re lui est impos un retour en arri re, lorsque la second guerre mondiale secouait le pays Entre nazis et collabos, amours interdits et amours non r ciproques, vengeances et trahisons, ce que l Robert Lubisch pensait se contenter du nom de la jeune inconnue souriant avec une affection particuli re l objectif du photographe Huer, qui a immortalis l instant en un clich qu il retrouve, bien des ann es plus tard, dans les affaires de son d funt p re Mais voil qu en d cidant d lucider ce myst re lui est impos un retour en arri re, lorsque la second guerre mondiale secouait le pays Entre nazis et collabos, amours interdits et amours non r ciproques, vengeances et trahisons, ce que la jeunesse de cette poque voulait faire et pouvait faire, Robert d couvre son pass et celui de son p re une dimension totalement diff rente de ce qu il imaginait La figure paternelle lisse et parfaite s effrite pour laisser place la v rit.Et si celui qu il pensait conna tre n tait en r alit rien de tout ce qu il paraissait tre Si la trame est classique, d j vue, l auteure a su tenir mon int r t en veil et m me me surprendre avec un d nouement auquel je ne m attendais pas Tout au long de ma lecture j ai mis des hypoth ses, avanc avec Robert et la police, a a t un r el plaisir de voir ce drame se jouer sur papier comme si j y tais