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David Young – A Darker State | Review

Title: A Darker State

Author: David Young

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 376

Rating: 3.5*/5

 

David Young - A Darker State

David Young – A Darker State

 

Disclaimer: While I am to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book is the third book in Young’s Karen Muller series and as with the others, it takes place in East Germany during the Cold War and follows the young detective through another adventure. I really loved Stasi Child (the first book) and quite liked Stasi Wolf (the second), and I guess that trend has continued into this one, the third.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. The story was fine, but it just wasn’t as engaging as the others and there was a lot of back story to try to remember. On top of that, the story itself mainly focuses on medical trials on homosexuals and we repeatedly have people’s sexuality revealed as a plot twist. It’s not that it’s handled insensitively or anything, it’s just that I’m not so sure it’s necessary. It seemed as though all of the gay characters were only in it so they could die.

I should clarify here that perhaps it’s just me as a reader and that I’m starting to grow tired of Muller’s world. I feel a little bit as though the worldbuilding that made the first one such a great read has now started to make the stories feel a little claustrophobic. Where the others gripped me and dragged me in, I feel like I just sort of floated through the story without actually being engaged with it.

Still, I am glad that I read it and I imagine I’ll continue with the series when the next books come out. Young has signed on for two more and the next one is supposed to take a darker turn, which should be good. That said, I wouldn’t recommend starting out the series with this one because Stasi Child was fantastic and it’s also the first one in the series. Grab that instead and if you get to this one and you’re still enjoying it then you’ll probably want to grab it anyway.

I just hope that the next one is on par with the first one. Guess we’ll see.

 

David Young

 

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David Young – Stasi Wolf | Review

Title: Stasi Wolf

Author: David Young

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 404

Rating: 4*/5

 

David Young - Stasi Wolf

David Young – Stasi Wolf

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

Stasi Wolf is the second book so far in David Young’s Karin Müller series of detective novels, and while I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Stasi Child – the first book in the series, which I’ve also reviewed – I did still think it was a cracking little read. It’s definitely not suffering from the dreaded second book syndrome.

The interesting thing about these books is that Young is a master at evoking a sense of place and time, and while he does occasionally use German words – particularly when talking about police ranks or place names – it isn’t difficult to understand and does a great job of making you feel like you’re really there. He also captures something of the vague sense of menace that surrounded socialist Germany in the 1970s, when the book is set.

Here, Müller investigates the abduction of two children, and she finds that it has some chilling connections with the past – both with previous crimes and with her own personal life. In fact, this book gives you a much more intense look at the lives of the main characters, and Müller herself finds herself starting a new life, and a new relationship, while she’s investigating the case.

 

David Young

 

From time to time, it got difficult to understand what was happening when you were jumping backwards and forwards, and the ending itself left me a little bemused because I found it hard to remember who some of the characters were, and what they’d done throughout the book. That said, that’s not really a problem with Young’s writing – it’s a problem with my attention span, and I think I’d find it much clearer if I went back and re-read it.

Overall then, this was a decent enough read, but I would recommend reading Stasi Child first – I thought it was a better book, and also, as the first book in the series, it’s also the better introduction. Then, if you enjoy Young’s interesting twist on crime and historical fiction, you’ll know that this is the perfect book to keep you going. His writing is fantastic and his story lines hook you in and keep you entertained. I also think they could work as a television series!

 

David Young - Stasi Child

David Young – Stasi Child

 

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