Tell us a story

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2019! If you think you have a story we'll love, click here to find out more and how to enter:

Find out more

Alphabet House

by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Alphabet House

August 2014 eBook of the Month.

Absolutely fascinating and riveting, this powerful read draws you in from the beginning and doesn't let go. Although partially set during the Second Wold War, this is not in itself a novel about war but rather a psychological suspenseful thriller. 'Alphabet House', a secure mental institute in the heart of Nazi Germany, holds more than the obvious concerns for two escaping RAF pilots. This novel contains two parts set in different time periods, allowing the true depths of horror experienced, to shriek and howl from the pages. It’s difficult to comprehend and impossible to fully understand the mental and physical torture that takes place. Adler-Olsen handles the anguish with great sensitivity, yet tells the tale with a stark, brutal reality. At times uncomfortable and difficult to read, none the less it’s a totally compelling tale of survival, guilt and love. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Alphabet House Synopsis

Germany, World War II. Two English pilots are shot down and crash land behind enemy lines. The area swarming with German troops, they have only minutes to crawl from the wreckage and make their escape.

 

 

Boarding a train reserved for wounded SS men on the way home from the eastern front, they ditch their clothing and personal belongings and pose as German soldiers, hiding for days in soiled, bloody beds, feigning unconsciousness. But their act is too convincing and they find find themselves being transferred to Alphabet House, a mental hospital for those damaged by war. How will they escape? And for how long can you simulate insanity without going crazy for real? They are playing a dangerous game and it seems they might not be the only ones in Alphabet House hiding secrets...Alphabet House is a page-turning psychological thriller, containing the same panache and style fans will have come to know and love from Jussi-Adler Olsen's Department Q series and is a great introduction for those who are yet to discover this award-winning author.

Win Don't You Cry

Win Don't You Cry

Closing date: 11/10/2018

Cass Green's "dynamic, powerfully expressive novel" Don't You Cry was released on the 6th September. To celebrate we are giving away FIVE copies of the latest psychological thriller AND a 'Most Stressful Night of Your Life package' of luxury Hot Chocolate and a MINI Bottle of Whiskey.  She saved your life. Now she'll make you pay - One stolen baby. Two desperate strangers. One night of terror. The competition closes on the 11th October 2018. The winner will be informed by the 17th October 2018. To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter and you must be 18 or over to enter this competition. Multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. By entering this competition you are agreeing to the conditions mentioned above and to adhere to the LoveReading Terms and Conditions. 

Enter Now

The Good Book Guide Review

With a new film opening to great acclaim (The Keeper of Lost Causes, based on the novel released in this country as Mercy), people are starting to wake up to one of the most successful of Scandinavian crime writers, the Dane Jussi Adler-Olsen. But the weighty Alphabet House is not one of the series featuring his copper Carl Morck, but is, in fact, the author’s first novel beginning in Germany during the Second World War with two RAF pilots shot down deep inside enemy lines. The eponymous Alphabet House is a mental institution, rendered brilliantly here, which is hardly surprising given that the author’s father worked in one and Adler-Olsen was brought up in its environs.

If you loved this, you might like these...

The Killing 3
More Bitter Than Death
The Killing 2
The Fallen Angel

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781843915447
Publication date: 11/08/2014
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843915447
Publication date: 11th August 2014
Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories:

About Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen was born in Copenhagen and worked as a magazine editor and publisher before starting to write fiction. Mercy and Disgrace are the first two in currently four novels in the Department Q series. He holds the prestigious Glass Key Award, given annually for a crime novel by a Scandinavian author, and is also winner of the Golden Laurels, Denmark's highest literary accolade.   Author Photo © Bjarke Johansen   Below is a Q & A with this author.   If you were asked to describe Fasandræberne in three words, which would they be?I really prefer ...

More About Jussi Adler-Olsen

More Books By Jussi Adler-Olsen

Cover for Guilt Department Q 4 by Jussi Adler-Olsen
View All Books By Jussi Adler-Olsen

Share this book